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Monael

Member Since 04 Apr 2011
Offline Last Active Jan 12 2013 08:38 PM
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#784289 Problems Maintaining A gluten-free Diet With A Busy Schedule

Posted by Monael on 30 March 2012 - 08:39 PM

junk food: cheetos, fritos, potato chips, peanuts, peanut butter and jelly on rice cakes (I also love lunch meat or sliced chicken breast with mayo on rice cakes), ice cream (most are gluten free), mcdonalds french fries (there are other fast food restaurants that cook their french fries separately so do your homework on that)

yogurt, fruit, cut up veggies (celery sticks, baby carrots, radishes, cucumbers, broccoli), nature valley has gluten free snack bars, nuts, cheese

2 corn tortillas are great with cheese in the middle and either cooked in a skillet with a cooking spray or even directly on the flame and crisped a bit or you can make so many different kinds of tacos or tostadas, cereal such as rice or corn chex is awesome! even without milk you can take some in a baggie in your purse to have a handy snack

if you can't find gluten free pasta, then if you can find corn meal you can make polenta which is very versatile if you like italian food. Many possibilities with polenta. Also, baked potatoes with all kinds of toppings. You can just stick them in the oven when you are studying. The microwave makes a decent baked potato, too.

I got lots more, this is just off the top of my head. Hopefully this will help you come up with ideas with foods that you like.
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#758883 Mother Drives Me Nuts Cooking Gluten Laden Foods

Posted by Monael on 21 December 2011 - 07:13 PM

I, too, am new to the gluten free diet, self diagnosed, and feeling a great relief from intestinal problems that I am sure many can relate to. That being said, maybe I come from a perspective that perhaps might help. When I read the OP I thought to myself, that is something that I might have done because in the beginning I didn't realize how devastating it can be to be gluten free for a while and then accidentally ingest gluten. Now that I have done so a couple of times (accidentally) and confirmed my diagnosis (unscientifically), I feel as if my perspective can be of use.

I think your parents were a bit insensitive to your situation. Absolutely. However, at the same time, we have to be vigilant ourselves because we are the only ones who will suffer the consequences of gluten ingestion. I would chalk this up to a lesson learned that you have to be your own advocate. Before I figured out that I had a problem with gluten, I had heard about celiac disease but I had no idea what the consequences were and had other things to deal with so didn't learn more. Once I figured out that that I had to be on a gluten free diet, I realized that if I never had this problem, I would still be in the dark about the disease (or whatever you want to call it).

If others in your household can eat the stollen, then I would just tell your mother, in calm, nonjudgemental terms, that you gave the stollen to your children/husband or whoever it was that could eat it and that they enjoyed it. And maybe throw in a comment that you wish you could still eat it but you can't anymore. Depending on your mother, she may get it or not. If not, just keep giving the stollen to your family and keep on going. I do miss so many things that I can no longer eat but honestly I just don't care any more. I focus on what I can eat. This holiday season has been challenging because it is the first one I have had since going gluten free but my well being is so much more important that treats.

I think the most important thing for us as people who can't eat gluten, is to accept it, and move on with all that we still have that are blessings. I can still eat ice cream, potato chips, chocolate, and so much more :) And I am learning about gluten free baking so I am going to add to that list of things I can eat. Anything else is really just pouting. And I refuse to do that. We are so blessed to be able to pick and choose what we can eat, instead of wishing we had food to eat.
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#755734 Explaining Celiac To People Without Talking About Poop?

Posted by Monael on 11 December 2011 - 11:09 AM

I find that people are pretty skeptical of my allergies to the point where they do ask what happens if i eat gluten and don't just accept that I'm allergic to it. If it happens I give them the whole explanation to make them as uncomfortable as possible....
I like to think it might help the next person they meet with celiac. :D


OMG I can't imagine what I would say to someone if they pressed me for details. Your idea is pretty funny! But honestly, if someone is skeptical or doesn't accept what I tell them then I really don't care. It's really none of their concern. I know it can be tough sometimes when we are dealing with people we have to work with or get along with. I have told people straight out, in a calm non-confrontational way, that I don't want to talk about it (not about gluten but other personal questions people sometimes ask) and I have had good responses to that. But then again, maybe if I encounter someone skeptical of my gluten intolerance, I will give them the gory details just to see the look on their faces :lol:
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#720872 Discovering New Gluten Free Foods

Posted by Monael on 04 August 2011 - 06:42 PM

Hi, where do you find-get `Schar` Crackers...I need crackers, so far on my own I cut slices Udi`s bread into 1/4`s and toast with olive oil & seasoning on cookie sheet [similiar to how make croutons], and have littel toastettes to put meat spreads, cheese etc on.Thanks ever so much for tip, Terri



Vons carries them here. THey are also known as Safeway in other parts. Vons actually is starting to carry a lot of gluten free crackers and cookies.
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#720664 Discovering New Gluten Free Foods

Posted by Monael on 03 August 2011 - 08:58 PM

Schar crackers! I love them. They are a bit brittle but taste wonderful. I like Pamela's chocolate chip cookies, too.
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#701764 My Friend Is Coeliac, What If She Decides To Eat A Piece Of Cake?

Posted by Monael on 23 May 2011 - 05:06 PM

I agree with a previous poster. If her cakes taste delicious, who cares how the textures compare? Not only that, but even gluten containing cakes have varying textures. Think pound cake vs. angel food cake. Among others!

Once I went on the gluten free diet, I realized that things would be different. But seriously, there are so many other things to eat, why risk your health? I used to looooove pie, cake and cookies. Instead of eating those treats, I just substitute with either ice cream, chocolate bars, caramel corn, etc. I am still working on the bread substitutes but so far rice cakes are replacing bread for my sandwiches.

The thought of cancer or other neurological issues is enough to keep me honest. I hope she reconsiders, before she lives to regret it.
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#690715 I Can't Do This

Posted by Monael on 08 April 2011 - 01:05 PM

I am new to this too. I haven't been diagnosed like you have, I simply put 2 and 2 together when I went on a low carb, no starch diet for a couple of weeks and noticed that my bowel symptoms cleared up. When I went back to my regular diet back came the bowel issues. So I decided that for me, I would rather just avoid the gluten so I would feel better. It was only through researching the disease that it became apparent just how damaging gluten could be for me (and explained a whole lot of other symptoms I have been having as well).

It also was clear that it would not be easy. But I am comforting myself with the idea that I will be able to have bread and other things I love like cake and cookies. It will just take more effort. So I probably won't have them as often. But that is probably for the best anyway :)

As for your husband, what the heck is he going to do, force feed you gluten containing food?? What if you just don't eat it and don't even mention it? I don't understand your relationship, as I would be very turned off if someone reacted that way to my disease. But if you are happy with him then who am I to judge? There are all kinds of things to eat that don't have gluten in them. The only things you have to worry about are the pre-made foods. And there are still premade foods with no gluten in them. Like potato chips :)

It's up to you though. I know I used to smoke cigarettes, too. It wasn't until I was ready to quit that I was able to do it. And I have been smoke-free for over 11 years. It took me a while to do it though. Good luck! I hope your husband changes his mind so you can be healthy.
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