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mommyof4

Member Since 03 Feb 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 02 2013 06:26 PM
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#864820 Gluten On Dishes? Being Too Careful?

Posted by mommyof4 on 23 April 2013 - 10:06 AM

Hi Laura!

 

Welcome to this forum.  No question is ever stupid, and this is a great place to get answers from experienced people.  :)  It is overwhelming to figure this g.free thing out at first, but just like some others posted, it will become second nature with time. 

 

When I was first diagnosed with Celiac in the Fall of 2011, I remember having that fear of constant cross contamination...especially when you live in a household of gluten eaters too.(I have a hubby & 4 kids...only one child has to eat g.free).  I had to figure this out without driving myself & my family crazy.  It has actually turned out to be a great learning experience for all of us...it just takes time.

 

Make sure you have your own toaster, own butter dish(I keep my butter in a seperate cupboard), & own foods that are jar dipped(like p.butter, mayo, etc).  I use all the same dishes & utensils for eating.  I bake with the same cake pans, muffin tins, frying pans, etc...I just make sure everything is washed well.  I found, with time, that most of my baking is g.free anyways just because I don't want to make 2 different meals or treats.  I like the advice about the colander & teflon vs. stainless steel pans...I hadn't thought of that. 

 

Anyways, good luck...you will get this down, just relax & give yourself time.          


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#836718 Still Have Chronic Fatigue - Please Help

Posted by mommyof4 on 15 November 2012 - 02:10 PM

I know this journey can be frustrating & exhausting!

One other thought...have you ever tried juicing? It's just one more idea...you can read about the benefits of juicing online. I bought a juicer about a month and half ago...I also have had ongoing issues...I am a year post-diagnosis. I read an article from a gentleman with Celiac that started juicing & it really helped him...so, I thought I would give it a try. I feel like my energy has increased some, but it is really too early to tell. I juice about 28 ounces a day of carrots, cucumber, celery, apple, spinach, beets...or whatever else I want to throw in.

Just a thought...hang in there!
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#789050 If You Have Celiac Disease, Would You Keep Your Children Gluten Free For Life...

Posted by mommyof4 on 19 April 2012 - 12:57 PM

This is a very interesting question...my husband & I are in the middle of figuring this out ourselves right now. I was diagnosed Celiac 6 months ago. I got really sick & ended up spending 2 weeks at Mayo Clinic getting testing done...I am still in recovery mode, but improving. Because it is hereditary, we had our 4 children (ages 7-14) tested. Two of them carry the DQ2 gene. One of those has active Celiac...diagnosed through the Celiac Panel blood test. My husband is not Celiac and 2 of my children are for sure not.

So, lots of changes for us. Almost all of the cooking I do is gluten-free. Our evening meals we eat as a family are 100% gluten-free & any cookies, bars or other treats I make are also gluten-free. However, I do still make some favorite gluten items for the non-celiacs in our home...like homeade caramel rolls...as they are a favorite...I don't eat them, obviously. I don't feel like everyone should have to give up everything if they don't have to, yet I know there is a risk of cross-contamination.

With that said, as a Celiac, and a mom of both Celiacs & non-Celiacs, the reality is that our whole family needs to get used to this change & I want it to be as positive as possible. We have years of birthday parties, graduations, weddings, etc. to look forward to & we will probably always have gluten & gluten-free cakes at all of them. I want all 4 of my children to learn to cook g.free.

It is such a personal decision to figure out what works best in your own home.

As far as having children, even if I had known before having children that I am Celiac, I would definately still have had them! Being Celiac is not a horrible thing...just challenging. I often think how thankful I am that changing my diet can increase my health...we are fortunate. There are many people that cannot improve their health with diet. Again, a personal decision, but children are such a blessing! Get connected with a fabulous doctor that can be an encouragement & keep an eye on your health & your child's health...that would be my suggestion if you have children...Celiac or not.
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