I just feel like people come on here for support, not to be made to feel like they are complete idiots who know nothing about how to manage their own health, esp. from a moderator. I have ACCIDENTALLY eaten things containing non-gluten-free soy sauce about twice. I eat out regularly but only at organic restaurants with a plethora of gluten-free options and specified gluten-free menus (I'm in SF, they are everywhere). I eat from the hot bar at a natural foods store but only items like steamed broccoli and sweet potatoes where the ingredients are clearly stated. I went to these lengths prior to knowing about Celiac so I think I am pretty responsible and well-informed when it comes to my health.
Now that it is safe to say I have Celiac I have some questions and am seeking support. My questions are what does everyone here do- do you cook only in your own kitchen or do you ever eat out? Do you feel like you get a reaction just from touching flour? From all I have read you really need to be in a bubble and be crazy careful and I am MORE than willing to jump on the bandwagon and become even more of a food-nazi than I already am! I just want to know what everyone else is doing, how everyone else is dealing, and get some support- food sensitivities are not new to me, auto-immune diseases however are. I count myself lucky that I've been in tune with my body enough to have cut out gluten years ago, and that I've been able to finally discover what is going on with my body so I can do something about it. So yes, I am reading all the forums on here.
And fyi, I DO think I need to cut those things out (thanks for assuming I didn't) I just wanted to know what everyone else thinks, do they freak out around bread crumbs and when they see flour on the conveyor belt next to their veggies, etc! Not here to start an argument about how 'right' I am in all this or to be told that I am wrong- here for SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Celiac isn't like an allergy in the slightest, you have to be extra careful. Some eat out, others do not. It doesn't matter how organic or clearly listed ingredients are, there is always a chance of being CC'd. Who is to say that someone did not use the serving spoon from one dish into another?
Would i freak out about the conveyor belt? No, because the veggies would be washed.
I'm hosting my very first Friends-giving this Saturday. I have a total of 8 people to cook for. I plan on taking the leftovers to my boyfriend's family's on Thanksgiving so I won't feel left out and no one has to worry about changing their plans for me. I told my guests that they are allowed to bring their own beverages but I am cooking everything so it's all gluten-free. I have a gluten free house so no one is allowed to risk CC'ing me by bringing a dish.
I am a little nervous since I haven't hosted a gathering before, especially a traditional holiday..
Brined turkey with herb butter (not stuffed)
Red mashed potatoes
gluten-free gravy (already made a test run with Arrowhead Mills pancake flour -worked really well)
gluten-free stuffing (crockpot recipe)
green beans with bacon
pumpkin pie with almond crust (also going to be dairy free)
maple vanilla ice cream (using coconut milk since I'm dairy free)
Am I missing any important dishes? I figure I should have another vegetable.. any quick n simple suggestions?
I've been gluten free for about 6 months now and my symptoms have improved a lot. However every now and then I experience severe bloating and my stomach is visibly distended. I look 6 months pregnant! Not to mention its hard and very uncomfortable. I've been having one of my bloating episodes for a week now with no relief in sight. Also my joint pain has worsened and I've been having "foggy brain" and can't seem to focus. I've been taking Schiff digestive advantage probiotics for about a month now. And I don't think I could have been glutened cause I eat and prepare all my meals on my own at home. I've heard that culturelle is supposed to be a good probiotic and I'm thinking maybe I should switch. Does anyone have any thoughts? I'm very uncomfortable and I'm having trouble finding clothes to wear to hide my distended stomach. I don't know what else to do. Any advise would be greatly appreciated !
I'm thinking you might have another food intolerance or you are getting cc'd somewhere.