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Poppi

Member Since 18 Apr 2011
Offline Last Active Jul 23 2013 03:30 PM
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#719098 Cc In Kozy Shack Pudding?

Posted by Poppi on 27 July 2011 - 01:15 PM

We eat Kosy Shack all the time and have never had a problem.
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#718072 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Poppi on 22 July 2011 - 01:58 PM

I am so freaking excited to start cooking dinner tonight!

Butter chicken
Jasmine Rice
Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower and potato curry) with the cauliflower and potatoes from my own garden!
Pakoras with tamarind and mango chutneys

All homemade! I love cooking Indian food but only find the time once a month or so. I've never made pakoras before but I bought a deep fryer so I can have all my favourite deep fried foods at home where I'm safe.
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#716609 Why Do I Care If My Doctor Discounts My Experience

Posted by Poppi on 15 July 2011 - 01:29 PM

You are not alone. My doctor refuses to acknowledge that I have a gluten problem. She wants me to do a 4 month gluten challenge and do testing despite the fact that all the health problems she has been treating me for for years are gone now that I am gluten free. Whatever, I don't need her permission to be gluten free.

The only thing that bothers me is that she refused to test my kids unless I agreed to be tested too so I wound up just making my kids gluten free anyway.
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#715237 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Poppi on 08 July 2011 - 07:05 PM

Turkey lettuce wraps.
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#715204 What If My Chicken Eats Wheat?

Posted by Poppi on 08 July 2011 - 04:45 PM

How about eggs? I am finding that corn is a major problem for me, and of course chicken feed is corn. Please don't ell me I have to give up eggs! I started getting better, then ate corn and got sick again. That seemed to trigger something, because now I can't even eat Udi's because of the corn starch in it. If I'm super sensitive to corn, do you think I should avoid eggs too?


Laying hens don't eat much if any corn. It makes them fat and doesn't have enough protein to induce laying. And even if they did it shouldn't come through the egg otherwise none of us could eat eggs because laying pellets are almost 100% gluten grains.
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#714648 Starbucks Can Kiss My ....

Posted by Poppi on 06 July 2011 - 11:39 AM

I never thought about it, but I think they are supposed to have an ingredient list. At all the fast food restaurants (McDonalds, Jack in the Box etc.) they have a big board up on the wall. I think this is also for health people looking into their caloric intake. It's funny, but I am like a local at one or two of the Starbucks here in Temecula and also one of the Jamba Juice places. The people know me and know what I can have. I went to Jamba Juice and they had a book of all their drinks listing ingredients for each one (plus the calories). I found that I cannot have the brown sugar crumble for the oatmeal since it has flour in the crumble. They now know this and do not include it in my oatmeal order. I ordered a rice crispy treat from Starbucks one time and they girl saw that it had been resting against a banana bread and replaced it with one that was "clean". If you find the right people, they are very concious and helpful in these regards. B)


Later,

Ray


Um. The rice krispie treats and oatmeal aren't safe. Rice Krispies have barley malt in them and unless the oats they are using at Jamba Juice are certified gluten free (highly unlikely) the oatmeal is not safe either.
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#713948 What Good Things Have Happened To You Since Being Gluten Free

Posted by Poppi on 03 July 2011 - 07:31 AM

I could go on and on. There are the obvious ones of course. I have more energy, less pain, brain is clearer etc but what is exciting is what the relief from those symptoms has allowed me to accomplish.

At the beginning of April I could not walk my 5 year old to school 6 blocks away, everything hurt too much and it would take me days to recover. In the last month I have completed 4 10+km hikes and passed my intro level sea kayaking course which was a hard 8 hour day of paying attention including 6 hours paddling in ocean swell with wet exits and rescues. It was incredibly hard work but I did it. That has definitely been my proudest achievement in all this.

I have rediscovered the love of baking. My freezer is full of brownies, cookies, banana bread, muffins and cakes. Not everything is perfect but I am starting to love cooking again, who needs gluten? :rolleyes:

I am starting to think about returning to school. I never completed my biochemistry degree because I just felt so stupid all the time. The brain fog was intense, I had no energy and sitting all day was really painful. I transfered into an easier Environmental Technology program and completed that but I'd love to return to the chemistry lab.

I was an avid knitter before I went gluten free and that was mostly because my hands were the only part of me that didn't hurt all the time. I haven't knit a stitch in almost a month because I've been so busy doing all the things I wasn't capable of before. I love knitting and will get back into it when the weather is cold again but I'm thrilled that it's no longer my only option. I'll have to get my spinning wheel out of storage and get back into that too.
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#713224 New Here...need Advice!

Posted by Poppi on 30 June 2011 - 11:43 AM

You can do it. If one of your children had a severe food intolerance and was being kept sick by the food in your home you would not hesitate to make the entire house gluten free for their safety. You deserve no less.
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#713210 New Here...need Advice!

Posted by Poppi on 30 June 2011 - 11:13 AM

Thanks,I think I will talk to my husband about this but my kids are very picky eaters and isn't it pretty expensive that way?


It's a little bit more expensive but it's worth it. We have made changes. Those cheap fillers like bread, pasta and pancakes rarely make it to our table anymore because the gluten free alternatives are very expensive.

They miss their Campbell's Chicken noodle but I make them a similar soup with gluten-free chicken bouillon and broken up corn spaghetti, we also buy Campbell's chicken and rice.

I love to bake and have done a ton of experimenting with gluten-free flour mixes. My favourite gluten-free flour mix sells for $14 for 1.36 kg (I'm in Canada so we pay more for everything) but I've been able to make an almost identical mix at home for $4 a kg. I keep the freezer stocked up with muffins, cookies, brownies and banana bread. We eat a lot of fruit, potatoes, rice and meat.

A typical week for us for dinner would look something like this:

~ Tacos (corn shells are gluten-free, I make my own taco seasoning and the toppings are just lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, cheese, sour cream etc)
~ Turkey chili with cornbread (I like Bob's red mill cornbread mix but I'll make it from scratch too)
~ Breakfast casserole, fruit and pancakes (I use Pamela's, the little kids get 2 pancakes each because they don't like eggs and everyone else has 1)
~ Baked potatoes topped with Campbell's Homestyle Chili and big salads
~ Some sort of chicken dish with rice and veggies
~ Some sort of soup or stew in the crock pot
~ Grilled salmon, rice and veggies

It's just normal food. The little kids can be picky so I cook a pot of steel cut oats (Bob's Red Mill gluten-free) every other day and keep it in the fridge. If they don't like dinner they are free to have a bowl of oats or a hot dog and some fruit. Lily likes her hot dog naked and Logan likes his on a bun so I buy the Udi's buns. They are expensive but we buy a bag a week or so.

On the last Wednesday of every month a local store has 20% off everything and I go in and buy a whole month's worth of gluten free oats, steel cut oats, flours, crackers, graham crackers, graham cracker crumbs, panko crumbs, granola etc.

I also watch the sales obsessively as we don't get coupons in Canada. If something I know is gluten free goes on sale I stock up. The other day I bought a case of Bush's baked beans, a case of campbell's homestyle chili, 6 boxes of Honey Nut Rice chex, 14 450g packages of corn spaghetti and 8 boxes of Chapman's gluten free cookie's and cream ice cream. All of them were at least 50% off and now they are happily waiting in my pantry to be eaten.

It takes a lot of planning and compromise. Before my diagnosis I baked and/or bought up to 10 loaves of bread/buns a week. Now we make do with 1 loaf of bread and 1 package of hot dog buns. Pancakes used to be a biweekly meal and now they are a treat. The kids used to eat grilled cheese or chicken noodle soup for lunch every day and now they have hot dogs, fruit, cheese, banana bread, muffins or chicken and rice soup. We all adjusted because the health of one of our loved ones is at stake. It's what families do.
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#712261 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Poppi on 27 June 2011 - 08:21 AM

Tonight is our Vietnamese girls' last night at home before they head back to Vietnam for a 2 month holiday with family. We are going to make sushi, tempura and chicken kaarage. (I bought a deep fryer yesterday!).

Can't wait!!
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#712240 Blood Tests Came Back Normal!

Posted by Poppi on 27 June 2011 - 07:47 AM

Absolutely, I feel better. My life's changed dramatically!


There's your positive test results then.
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#712162 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Poppi on 26 June 2011 - 08:21 PM

Since there are some bacon fans here, has anyone tried brushing bacon with something sweet such as maple syrup and roasting in the oven? Lovely - sort of like bacon candy. Also good sprinkled with black pepper and pomegranate molasses.


So, cook it first or brush it when raw and then roast it?

Dinner wound up being bacon and pancakes made with Pamela's mix. Man do I love that stuff for pancakes.
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#711910 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Poppi on 25 June 2011 - 04:00 PM

Bacon.

I honestly haven't though further than that for tonight and it's 5:00 now.
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#711549 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Poppi on 24 June 2011 - 08:48 AM

Last night I made cheeseburgers on my little George Foreman grill, corn on the cob and a baked potato. Tonight, I have no flippin idea! I'm sooooooo tired of cooking! :angry:

Anyone have any good crock pot recipes? That would be so much easier for the summer.


A Year of Slow Cooking


All gluten free!
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#711497 Odd Benefits Of Going Gluten Free

Posted by Poppi on 24 June 2011 - 07:01 AM

Sara you can still have s'mores but make them with gluten free chocolate chip cookies!
YUM, YUM, YUM, even better!


That sounds good! I use the kinnikinnick s'moreables (gluten-free graham crackers). They are great. On Sunday night my husband had taken the wee one in to bed and my son wanted help with his s'more so without thinking I helped him squish it and then went back to eating my own. I had that "oh NO!" sinking feeling that I had messed up as I was licking the marshmallow off my fingers. Sure enough the stomach rumbling started an hour later.
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