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lilu

Member Since 03 Jul 2011
Offline Last Active Oct 06 2011 04:54 PM
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#721781 Withdrawl

Posted by lilu on 09 August 2011 - 08:54 PM

No, no, no... Please do not give him gluten! From an addiction perspective that's like giving an alcoholic a little bit now and then to take the edge off. Giving him gluten now will only prolong the withdrawal. From a celiac perspective, additional damage will keep happening if you do this, which will result in a longer healing time and greater injury.

I know it's tough, but you are so far into it that I'm sure there's a light at the end of this tunnel. Keep up the good work!
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#720864 Discovering New Gluten Free Foods

Posted by lilu on 04 August 2011 - 05:29 PM

I don't know if you have Albertsons, but where we are they carry a lot of Schar products
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#720657 Discovering New Gluten Free Foods

Posted by lilu on 03 August 2011 - 07:48 PM

Wow! Great ideas! You know, you can also make chex mix gluten-free... Just omit wheat chex and increase rice and corn chex to offset. Use gluten-free worcestershire sauce, Glutino or Snyders gluten-free pretzels, and rice cracker bits instead of bagel bites. Instead of "season salt", I use an organic herb blend called Herby (Frontier Organics, gluten-free). Other than these substitutions, just follow the original chex party mix recipe. It's awesome! And you can serve it at parties and no one's the wiser!

I love finding great gluten-free foods, too! But even more, I love finding ones that totally make a lie out of "you poor thing! That's such a restrictive diet! You have to give up so much!" ... Yeah, right! The only things I've given up are diarrhea, gas, bloating, fatigue, nausea, mood swings.... Ha ha ha!!! :D
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#719916 I'm Freaking Out

Posted by lilu on 31 July 2011 - 06:57 PM

I don't have any good advice or wisdom, but I wanted to send you hugs and hope anyway! It's a journey... :)
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#719879 I Glutened Him!

Posted by lilu on 31 July 2011 - 03:27 PM

I am so sorry this happened, and please don't blame yourself. Part of the benefit of a gluten free home is "knowing" you can eat anything at home safely. This was just an unfortunate set of too many weird situations happening all at once.

As far as anything to help, the only thing we've found that provides a little relief is very light eating, lots of peppermint tea and water, and rest.

I hope his symptoms pass quickly. Try and get some rest yourself. Sometimes the best thing we can do for others is to take a little care of ourselves.
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#719780 Hello In San Francisco!

Posted by lilu on 31 July 2011 - 07:30 AM

The August/September 2011 issue of Living Without has a travel article about San Francisco w/ restaurant and food recommendations. The recommendations include:

Daily Grill in Union Square (noted as the only restaurant to currently hold GFRAP certification (gluten free restaurant awareness program)

Farallon - also near Union Square - notes staff is very aware and accommodating to special diet needs.

Mariposa Baking Company (the bakery is in Oakland, but has a kiosk in the Ferry Building. This is a dedicated gluten-free bakery. Notes brownies, breads, cinnamon rolls, etc.

Slanted Door - modern Vietnamese with a gluten-free menu available

Amicis Pizza (Lombard St location) serves gluten-free pizza and gluten-free beer

Crepe O Chocolate (near Union Square) - breakfast and lunch -offers gluten-free quiches, omelets, souffles and brownies.

Lime Tree Southeast Asian Kitchen in the Sunset District - says they don't have gluten-free menu, but the owners child has multiple food sensitivities and so he is understanding and accommodating, will modify dishes. Author recommends gluten free Singapore glass noodles with coconut curry sauce.

Saha on Sutter St, has gluten-free menu - Arabic Fusion cuisine

Dosa - in the Museum District - serves gluten-free dosas(crepes) with a variety of fillings

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen - gluten-free bread for sandwiches and special pans to avoid cc.

Eagle Pizzeria - gluten free pizza and beer, separate prep area and ovens to avoid cc.

Ristorante Bacco - offers gluten-free pastas and homemade gluten-free bread

Spin City Launderette and Coffee Bar - offers gluten-free treats. Noe Valley area.

Zadin - Vietnamese fusion - offers gluten-free menu.

Ajanta - Berkeley/Oakland - extensive gluten-free and dairy free options -Indian cuisine

Gather - Berkeley/Oakland - green/organic menu gluten-free menu

There's more... But my fingers are cramping!

Good eating to you!
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#719402 Can This Happen?

Posted by lilu on 28 July 2011 - 09:20 PM

Even if he is not celiac, his developing symptoms do suggest gluten intolerance. Since this condition has only recently even been recognized, there isn't any information (other than anecdotal) that gluten intolerant people are doing permanent harm to their bodies (like celiacs do if the eat gluten). I wouldn't be surprised, however, if research down the road determines that this is the case. The bottom line, whether you are celiac disease or are otherwise intolerant, is that YOUR BODY DOESN'T LIKE THIS STUFF!!!
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#718941 Glutened At Costco

Posted by lilu on 26 July 2011 - 04:40 PM

I agree with Takala that you should contact the Costco store manager and report the incident. While I believe the "sample lady" was probably just ignorant about the disease (Most samplers are employed through temp services, and are not actual employees of or trained by stores), the store management should be vigilant in ensuring that any sample offered as "gluten free" has not been tampered with or amended, and that samplers working at food tables with products marketed to special diet populations do not alternate between tables so that the risk of cross contamination is minimized.

This is your opportunity to be an ambassador for our community, and to educate a member of the public at large about this important, critical issue.
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#718681 It's Starting To Get At Me

Posted by lilu on 25 July 2011 - 02:46 PM

And we can all bring him goodies from the gluten-free world!
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