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Poppi

Member Since 18 Apr 2011
Offline Last Active Sep 23 2014 08:30 AM
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#711440 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Poppi on 23 June 2011 - 09:08 PM

Split pea soup with mennonite sausage, cheese and glutino "ritz" on the side.
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#710777 Need Someone Who Knows What They're Talking About

Posted by Poppi on 21 June 2011 - 01:04 PM

1. How long does it usually take to work? (I was told to try it for 2 weeks - is that long enough?)


It can take a few days or it can take months. Everyone heals at a different pace. I think most people find some improvement in the first couple of weeks though.

2. Will it still work if I am accidentally exposed to trace amounts of gluten? Or do I have to start over if that happens?(for example, I went to a restaurant where there was nothing for me to eat, so I had a garden burger and took the bun off --- then I learned that many veggie burgers contain gluten!)


Nope. Even if that garden burger patty had been 100% gluten free it was contaminated with the bun. If you had fries then they were probably fried in a contaminated fryer. It's all or nothing if you want to see results. I am sick right now because a few days ago I touched my son's graham cracker with one finger and then forgot to wash my hands before eating my own snack and licking marshmallow off my fingers.

3. Any other tips or advice from anyone else who did a diagnosis through elimination diet?


Patience. With yourselves and others. The easiest thing to do for the first weeks and months is to go to a whole foods diet. Eat things that are naturally gluten free like meats, vegetables, fruit, dairy products (if you can digest dairy) and eggs. When you do add new foods add one at a time and wait a couple of days to make sure it doesn't make you feel horrible.

Don't eat out. For the first little while just don't do it. It's not worth it.

Chin up and remember that if this works it'll be a whole new life for you and that is worth the inconvenience.
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#710027 I'm So Happy!

Posted by Poppi on 18 June 2011 - 05:57 PM

Thank you so much. Every part of my body hurts right now but it was worth it. We're looking at doing our level 1 skills certification in August and that is two 8 hour days in a row.
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#709993 I'm So Happy!

Posted by Poppi on 18 June 2011 - 04:28 PM

I don't know if this belongs in "Coping With" but there is no "Celebrating" section so I'm putting this here.

2 1/2 months ago I could not walk my youngest son to school. 6 blocks was too far for me. My arthritis was crippling, I had no energy, every part of my body hurt. SIX BLOCKS was beyond me. I was terrified at the thought of living another 60 years in this body becoming more and more crippled.

Today I completed my intro level sea kayak certification. 6 hours in a kayak paddling against wind in ocean swell. Wet exits, eskimo rescues, using my upper body strength the lift and turn kayaks in the water and climb in and out of the boats. It was exhausting but I am so proud of myself. I was the only woman in the course and the other 3 participants were military men in great shape (my husband and 2 coworkers). I kept up with them all day and did everything that they did. Occasionally it took a couple of tries but I did it.

The 2 coworkers and the instructors were horrified at lunch when I was telling them what I can't have because of celiac but it didn't phase me at all. Go ahead and eat your sandwich, drink your beer ... being gluten free has given me a life I always envied in others.

I'm so happy right now. Exhausted and sore but happy.
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#709669 Happy To Be Celiac?

Posted by Poppi on 17 June 2011 - 01:44 PM

I don't love being Celiac. I would love to be eating french bread with my brie instead of rice crackers or eating my bacon and eggs with real thick flaky wheat biscuit instead of rice flour biscuits. I want to eat street food and enjoy a potluck. I hate that I am cross reactive with coffee.

On the other hand I am eternally grateful that I have found what was making me sick all my life. I love that I wake up with optimism and energy instead of waking up sore, nauseated and depressed. I can do things I never though possible, my life has changed so much in the last few months. At the beginning of April I found it difficult and painful to do the grocery shopping and tomorrow I am taking an 8 hour Kayaking course with my husband. On Sunday I am planning a 10km hike with my teenager. That's more physical activity in one weekend than I used to undertake in 2 months.

I love my life now but I will always be a bit sad about the things I can never have.
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#709231 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Poppi on 16 June 2011 - 07:02 AM

Tonight will most likely be breakfast casserole and either gluten-free biscuits or cinnamon buns. A bowl of fruit on the side.
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#708989 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Poppi on 15 June 2011 - 01:18 PM

Chili, Corn Chips, Cheesecake and Chocolate Chip Cookies while watching the Canucks win the Cup!

Tonight is brought to you by the letter C!
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#708298 Did You Have A Dark Time Dealing With This?

Posted by Poppi on 13 June 2011 - 09:48 AM

Well, I am a mom and I love to cook so you're right, that makes day to day life much easier. I refuse to do without my favourite foods so I am slowly learning to remake them at home.

The frustration for me comes in other ways though. We had our children young and spread out. I'm 34 and my kids are 15, 6 and 2 and we have 2 Vietnamese girls who are living with us for a few years as well.

Once our kids are grown my husband and I plan to travel the world. I LOVE food so I had these big dreams of eating my way around the globe. Street food, local cuisine, breads, cakes, cookies, desserts... I wanted to eat everything I could get my hands on in every country we could possibly get ourselves to. We've been saving up a few dollars at a time for several years and have several more to go before we can start.

But now what? I can't eat street food in Thailand anymore? I can't blindly enjoy sushi in Japan with all the lovely soy sauce based toppings and dips, I can't eat Calamari in Greece or have a croissant in Paris. A lifelong dream down the toilet. It's devastating.

We will still travel but it will look very different. I'm sure it will still be amazing but it won't be the same.

I'm a silver lining person though so I try to remind myself that although I can't eat everything I want I now have the energy to do the things I always thought were beyond me. I can climb mountains, raft down rivers, hike through forests, surf in the worlds' beautiful oceans. My Celiac diagnosis has made my life better but it's not always easy to see that.
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#708195 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Poppi on 12 June 2011 - 09:07 PM

Cinnamon buns. Amazing, wonderful, perfect cinnamon buns. I'm trying really hard not to eat them all so there are some for the kids to have for breakfast.
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#708109 Need Help From The Chefs On The Board

Posted by Poppi on 12 June 2011 - 03:55 PM

You can use split peas to make dhal.
Split pea dhal recipe
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#707336 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Poppi on 09 June 2011 - 06:13 PM

Tomorrow night will be good.

Chicken wings, these potatoes, corn and salad.
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#704816 Retail Therapy - Celiac Style

Posted by Poppi on 01 June 2011 - 06:07 PM

So I'm mildly peeved at my husband. His work is sending him away on a course and he's floating about the house all happy that he gets to spend a whole week in Ottawa in a nice hotel with $100 a day for food and entertainment. :angry: I'm insanely jealous. I want to get away from the kids and home too.

So in a fit of poutiness I just spent a bunch of money ordering cake mixes, cookies and donuts from Kinnikinnick. :huh: I probably shouldn't have done that. It's funny because a few months ago I would have spent that $100 on yarn or spinning fibre but now it's bread, donuts and cake mix. :lol:
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#704814 Should I Even Be Here?

Posted by Poppi on 01 June 2011 - 06:04 PM

I think celiac is a definite possibility. Your boyfriend is right on one count though, a whole foods diet is a great way to start. In your case just leave the gluten and dairy out of the equation. A month on meat, fruits, veggies, rice and quinoa is a great beginning. Then you can try a bit of gluten or dairy and see how you feel. If you feel like crap you have your answer.

Good luck!

And depression is often caused by celiac so you may find your depression improving as well.
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#704693 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Poppi on 01 June 2011 - 10:19 AM

Turkey soup from the bones of last week's turkey and gluten-free cornbread. Maybe some salad.
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#704438 Diagnosed 4 Months Ago. Still Lost.

Posted by Poppi on 31 May 2011 - 04:10 PM

I posted a month's worth of dinner plans on my blog recently. I feed a family of 7 and while some of these dinners aren't super cheap there is enough variety that you should be able to get a few ideas.

Lentil soup, salad and gluten-free cornbread
Hamburgers, steamed cauliflower and baked potato wedges
BBQ salmon, brown rice, steamed broccoli
Grilled skewers from M&M meats (they have several gluten-free varieties), grilled asparagus and rice
Roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn
Turkey tostadas with homemade corn tortillas
Bacon & eggs, hashbrowns and fruit salad
Asian peanut butter pork, rice and broccoli
Green Thai curry with chicken, zucchini, carrots and baby corn, rice
Beef stir fry with lots of vegetables and rice or rice noodles
Salad and turkey soup made with the bones from last week's turkey
Tacos with corn taco shells, ground beef and homemade taco seasoning along with all the usual taco toppings
Breakfast skillet with potatoes, eggs, sausages and toast
Sole fillets fried with panko crumbs, cauliflower and rice
Chicken nuggets, fries and tabouleh
Maple salmon, brown rice and corn on the cob
Grilled steak salad and baked potatoes
Butter chicken, curried cauliflower and rice
Prawns sauteed in garlic butter with rice and grilled zucchini
BBQ chicken, Macaroni and cheese (I'll post a recipe for feeding a mixed family of gluten and gluten-free eaters) and salad
Homemade pizza
Fritatta with potatoes, peppers and mushrooms, fruit and bacon
Beef stir fry with lots of vegetables and rice or rice noodles
Asian peanut butter pork, rice and broccoli
Hamburgers, salad and fries
Maple salmon, brown rice and steamed carrots
Chili and cornbread
Korean Ribs, rice and steamed broccoli

I don't generally plan a full 31 meals because there are always at least 3 evenings a month where we eat leftovers or eat out or just feel like oatmeal and tea.

t's pretty much the same food we ate before I had to stop eating gluten. I just cook with some slight modifications. Where ever there is a bread product I either purchase a gluten free alternative for myself and a regular version for everyone else or I bake a gluten free version for everyone.
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