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mamabear272

Member Since 06 Jun 2011
Offline Last Active Jun 26 2013 08:11 AM
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#759486 "can You Eat This? What About That?"

Posted by mamabear272 on 24 December 2011 - 06:12 AM

I felt like that at first too. It seemed like I was all-consumed by it. I read everything I could get my hands on. I was actually in the hospital when I got diagnosed and had my iPad in the hospital with me. I found this forum and read every post possible (I was laid up in the hospital, what else did I have to do? :lol:) I had to explain it to my family and friends and of course they had questions. "Oh you can't have potatoes?" (I don't have a problem with nightshades) "Nope, I can have them." I do still get questions 6 months later. We go to my mom's for breakfast every Sunday and if I want toast, I bring my toaster and bread. If I want pancakes, I bring my gluten-free pancake mix and my mom has a pan just for my pancakes. When I came in with the toaster the first time I had to go through the whole explanation that I can't use the other toaster. Now it's kind of a joke when I walk in with the toaster, "Molly's having toast today." LOL

I had to change my way of thinking about it. I started a blog shortly after dx and one of my posts was about feeling like celiac was all I talked about. It's typical that newly diagnosed celiacs seem to be talking about it and the people around us talking about it. You have to change your thinking on it. I talked about it because it was new and scary and very relevant in my life at the time. Others talked about it because they didn't know about it and they're curious. It obviously still comes up but here's a way to look at it...at least they're asking. It shows that they're concerned and they're trying to make the right choices for your benefit. Last week my friends and I got together for Christmas and I spent a lot of time on the phone with the hostess because she was asking questions and making sure that she was getting things that were safe for me.

Just take the attitude that people do care and they're trying to figure things out, just like we did after diagnosis.

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#759307 How Awesome Is It When People "get" It?

Posted by mamabear272 on 23 December 2011 - 05:16 AM

My friends get it! Last Sunday we had our "chosen family" Christmas get together. The hostess made sure that there was plenty for me to eat and the things she questioned, she kept the packaging for so I could check. I had explained to her previously that not saying "contains wheat" doesn't necessarily mean it's gluten-free (that we have to read the ingredients). She also made sure that she had separate spoons for the gluten-free dip from the dip I couldn't have. She also went out of her way to make sure she bought gluten-free things. Like, went to several stores looking for gluten-free versions of things. Another friend made a potato salad (I know it's a summer food but she knows the recipe is gluten-free) that she knows I can have.

Now on to my blood family. Most of them do NOT get it! My sister never asks if I can have certain things, doesn't keep packaging and really doesn't concern herself with whether or not I can eat it. I called her yesterday to see what we were having for Christmas Eve. "Well I am making Swedish meatballs and BBQ meatballs." I told her that I was planning on bringing grape jelly meatballs (FYI, the turkey meatballs from Aldi are gluten-free). She said she would take the BBQ meatballs back then and we'd have my jelly meatballs. There are things that I'll be able to eat but only by virtue that they are naturally gluten-free. No one calls or asks how they can modify things. It's actually pretty easy to make modifications to things. My mom is ok about making gluten-free things but I have to buy the gluten-free ingredients and take them to her but she has no problem going out of her way to buy specific things for my brother-in-law. Not that he has specific dietary needs, just that he likes them. :blink:

And that's why I call my friends chosen family! :D

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#718564 Weight Watchers

Posted by mamabear272 on 25 July 2011 - 06:27 AM

I am also on WW and I love it! I would say it's probably the beat plan out there for us. So much freedom! And it easily incorporates the foods that are the beat for us to eat. I actually find it easier now that I'm gluten-free. Two thumbs up here!
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#714742 Feeling Good Again!

Posted by mamabear272 on 06 July 2011 - 06:01 PM

The first 2 weeks after my dx, I felt really good. Then I got glutened and ended up back in the hospital with diverticulitis again. Felt bad for almost a week but now I'm back to feeling really good again! I'm so happy! When the diverticulitis came back I felt so defeated but now I'm feeling great again! :D
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#713868 Olive Garden

Posted by mamabear272 on 02 July 2011 - 05:22 PM

My bff is a manager at OG and the new menu has been rolled out. The old pasta dinner was basically a TV dinner and according to her was terrible! The new pasta dinners are much better. They get the pasta in frozen and as it's ordered, they portion it out and it gets brand new sauce to be put on it. Of course everything's done with clean dishes. I can't wait to try it! Here's the link to the gluten-free menu: http://www.olivegard...nu/Gluten-Free/
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#712326 Very Angry

Posted by mamabear272 on 27 June 2011 - 11:34 AM

The comments from her are nuts,too. Oh well! I think I've given her way more of my time than I should,


She got 5 minutes of my time that I'll never get back! Such nonsense!
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#711179 Feel Like I Am Finally Starting To Get Somewhere

Posted by mamabear272 on 23 June 2011 - 04:40 AM

I couldn't even tell you how many times I just sat in the house in my jammies for DAYS!! I almost never do that now and I'm only 2 weeks into being gluten-free. And if I was out, all I could think about was getting home. So many things didn't get done cause I would come home before I was finished. I didn't even think about it till I read this post. What an amazing feeling isn't it? Good for all of us!! :D
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