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Member Since 04 Dec 2011
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#758955 "can You Eat This? What About That?"

Posted by on 22 December 2011 - 04:13 AM

I know exactly how you feel... people can be so curious! And sometimes, I think people ask just because they think it's polite.
I usually just say that I can't have most baked goods and pastas... I know that there is so much more to it than that, but I also don't want to give them a health class lesson explaining it all... I get bored of it after a while :P
Along with explaining my condition in the shortest of terms, I get a lot of sympathy- which I don't always like because I want to feel like I'm normal, not sick! I've also had some pretty funny reactions, like "Oh so you can have cookies, but not the dough?" Uhhh, what? They then said that they thought all the gluten "baked out." *facepalm* Gotta try to understand though, most people don't even know what gluten is, I know I didn't before my diagnosis.
If you find yourself being pressed with all kinds of inquiries that you've heard 1000+ times, or find yourself being the center of attention when you don't want to be, I would just try to change the subject. I've had plenty of times when I've wanted to say, "Just STOP asking me about it, would ya??? It's not a big deal, okay?!??" It would probably feel good at the time, but I'd totally regret it and feel guilty later! :P
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#758949 Mother Drives Me Nuts Cooking Gluten Laden Foods

Posted by on 22 December 2011 - 03:51 AM

Oh dear, I'm very sorry that happened! And unfortuantely, this proabably won't be the last time something like this happens... you know, there's the people that think it's okay to use white flour instead of wheat flour! :P
But sometimes we are lucky enough to come across people who understand it and are more than willing to accommodate it... it's even better if they do it right! I've had people think that I can eat cookies, but not cookie dough, because "all the gluten bakes out." *headshake*
Once again I'm sorry that happened!

And come on fellow Celiacs, this isn't a place to criticize people or make them feel bad for making an honest mistake... obviously, no one would gluten themselves on purpose. We have all been new to the diet before and probably didn't comprehend quite how serious it was at first... I know I didn't! Let's make this a place where we can vent safely and be BUILT UP by others, not admonished for all the times we are accidentally glutened.
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#753623 Help Me Please

Posted by on 04 December 2011 - 09:06 AM

YES YES AND YES!!!! It's amazing how evil gluten can be.
Your symptoms are quite similar to what mine were, though every case is different.
My advice to you would be to adopt the gluten-free diet for about a month or so... and I mean cold turkey, no gluten whatsoever. If you feel better, then there ya go, case closed. If not, I would reccomment seeing a GI, which you said you would do.
gluten-free Safe foods include:
Fruits&vegetables with ranch dip (read ranch ingredients)
Nuts (check label to be sure that they aren't processed on shared equipment)
Udi's gluten-free sandwich bread (I use mine with turkey, mayo, and avacado)
Breadless wraps- Ex: salami wrapped with pepper jack cheese, mayo, and lettuce
Lay's potato chips- regular, barbeque, sour cream and onion, salt and vinegar
Ruffles Chips- regular, cheddar, BBQ
Spinach dip (with gluten-free bread)
Salad (No croutons, be aware of dressing ingredients)
Scrambled eggs with cheese/tobasco sauce
Rotisserie chicken
Hershey's chocolate bars
Snickers Bars
Swedish Fish
Milk duds
Chex cereals (cinnamon, chocolate, honey, and rice)
Tostitos Tortilla chips and salsa
Chick Fil A waffle fries
Wendy's Baked Potato
Taco Bell Tostada
Nachos (with no meat, unless you know what's in it)

ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS check ingredients before eating anything. Soon, you will grow accustomed to it and it will be like a second nature. Don't be shy to ask about gluten-free options at restaurants. I hope this helps, and I hope you get your case resolved!:)
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