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Don Pablo's Still Not Gluten Friendly

19 April 2012 - 05:19 AM

I was hoping to take my kids somewhere new and decided to give Don Pablo's a try. I couldn't get on the internet because of the power outage and I couldn't cook, so I winged it.

When we got there, I asked firsthand if they had gluten-free options, to which they replied that they did. So we waited for our table and when we were seated they handed us the menus. I was so impressed that their gluten-free menu was actually a professional-looking menu and not just a printout!

I started looking at the menu, and a very large disclaimer at the bottom states that yes, the food on this menu is gluten-free, but is NOT cooked separately from any of the fryers or prepared on clean surfaces.

Okay, what's the point of offering gluten-free food if you gluten it before you serve it anyway??

I am going to write a letter to them asking about their procedures, but I don't expect much.

Anyway, Don Pablo's - still unsafe.

Gluten Free Pain Medications

29 March 2012 - 06:20 AM

I found that the Meijer brand of medications are largely gluten-free. They have a list on their website under "Healthy Living" which will list all items they carry in their stores (store brand and national brand) that are gluten-free. Upon searching the list for the Ibuprofin I carry with me all the time, I found that their list of medications is quite extensive.

Hope this helps. I know Meijer is a regional store, but if they have stuff, odds are they aren't the only one.

Really Ticked Off At Doctors Right Now

22 February 2012 - 04:50 PM

A little background on me: now 34 years old, with two of three of my kids diagnosed with celiac. Those two kids also (separately) have hypothyroidism and diabetes type 1. Before their diagnosis, I had no clue what Celiac Disease was. Now that I've experienced it, I'm kind of ticked off. I think I might have it, and I think I've been suffering with it my whole life.

When I was younger, my parents didn't really feed me, so I was very underweight and didn't have any actual symptoms that I could think of. But when I finally moved out at 16 and was introduced to food, I started having problems. I couldn't keep weight off (and I was not a big eater, I just ate regular meals). I began an unending stint of anemia so severe that when I tried to donate blood they told me to see a doctor immediately. I haven't been able to donate blood since I was 18, even though I take iron supplements. I had to quit sports because I couldn't breathe well and was getting depressed. I never felt good after eating, never.

As soon as I had my first daughter, I kind of went off the deep end and tried to get in shape after some nasty comments from my ex about my figure. I pretty much ate cucumbers and grapes, drank water, and took vitamins. So that didn't help. But when I met my husband, I started taking care of myself. Eating balanced meals regularly, exercising properly and such. I started gaining weight again. I thought this was my only problem. Between 2000 and 2003, I went from 145 pounds to 275. I paid so much money to different programs to lose weight. I tried every type of diet under the sun. Finally I had gastric bypass surgery. I did great, I lost the weight. Shortly after, I divorced and started dating someone who I can see from hindsight was pressuring me to "stay pretty" so I went back to barely eating to keep the weight off.

Now that I am single, I have been eating regularly again (without so much exercise, but I'm working on it) and I have gained weight back. I'm up to 210 after being down to 135 after my surgery. Needless to say, it doesn't make me feel good. But my daughters were diagnosed with Celiac, and the doctor said they must have got it from me (my oldest doesn't have the same dad as my younger two) since I have hypoglycemia already there are no indications from the dads' sides of the family of any autoimmune problems. I started thinking about my history.

My brother and my best friend both told me that I have complained about not feeling good as long as they can remember. I do remember laying down on my friend's couch lots of times because I felt like crap. It was always after eating, and we usually ate pizza when we hung out.

I even called my ex-husband and asked him. He said he can't remember a time where we had a meal and I didn't complain.

Even my co-workers (when I had some) used to make comments about how I was always "not feeling good."

I have ugly, white bumpy patches of skin all over my arms. I have headaches all the time (and always have, that I can remember). Bowel movements are irregular and urgent - and I usually only have about two a week (not fun). It's been that way since high school, except after the surgery. It's hard to tell whether my depression could be a symptom, because I've been bipolar for so long and they thought it was caused by my upbringing.

I was even treated in high school for "excessive gases" that were working away at my intestine.

Anyway, now I'm thinking that I could have had Celiac Disease this whole time, and I altered my body when all I probably needed to do was lay off the gluten! It totally makes sense to the people in our lives who have chosen to become educated about Celiac, because they've seen me in the past, and hear about the symptoms when I tell them what it can do.

As soon as I get insurance again, I'm going to get tested, but for now, it's just my theory. But it just makes me upset that I have been dealing with this for almost 20 years. Eighteen years of feeling like crap, feeling like I look like crap, hiding myself, wanting to not be around because I'm so depressed, and all I needed to do was change my diet. I feel like I've been robbed, because I have such an uphill battle now to fight to get back to healthy. Grrr!!!!!

Spring Valley Supplements

12 February 2012 - 08:42 AM

I found these at Walmart. My daughter's doctor said she needed a vitamin D supplement in addition to her multivitamin until her body heals.

Well, I took a look at Walmart and found that the Spring Valley brand vitamins they carry have statements whether they are gluten free or not.

"No gluten, no yeast, no wheat, no milk or milk derivatives, no lactose, no sugar, no preservatives, no soy, no artificial color, no artificial flavor, no sodium (less than 5 mg per serving)."

The one I picked up was the vitamin D3, 400 IU, which is 100% DV.

I didn't look at the other ones since this was the only one I needed, but maybe this might help someone here.

Texas Roadhouse

07 February 2012 - 06:54 AM

I was not impressed with their knowledge of gluten-free/Celiac Disease.

They are not knowledgeable about gluten intolerances, as I asked several different people and finally had to instruct the cook on how to prepare food for my family. They were accommodating, but I really wanted to leave without even eating there. Had it not been so late and my kids were hungry, I would have.

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