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Member Since 25 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active Jun 28 2012 06:53 PM

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Godfather's Pizza

09 April 2012 - 09:08 PM

I just wanted to relay that I had a really good experience with Godfather's Pizza. I found it using a registry in my area, and then visited the website beforehand. Their management has all attended Celiac Awareness training, and all of their gluten free pizzas as prepared at a dedicated facility and shipped to the store.

They were very nice about it, and assured us they take special precautions. We were able to see from our table and they cooked it in a special container, and used special utensils and sterile technique when cooking it.

It was very good,and just tasted like a normal pizza. My husband is a expert pizza eater, and he even enjoyed it. They come in 6 options, and we tried the meat combo, which was amazing. My only complaint is that they are small, like a personal pan size, and they have just the one size. So it is slightly expensive for the size we got, but it was worth it.

Highly recommended, and makes me happy that I can still have pizza on occasion.

Good Beverages?

03 April 2012 - 03:19 AM

Hi! I am still newly gluten free, and I was wanting to get an opinion about beverages.

I am a big Diet Coke drinker, and I am trying to to switch to something else, as I seem to not be able to tolerate citric acid, and I also do not want to drink or ingest artificial sweeteners. However, I am having a hard time, because I love soda. I know that water and juice are good, and I have largely switched to those, but I am having a hard time letting go of my dinner-time Diet Coke.

I would really like to find a soda that uses Stevia, if anyone knows of one. So I was just wondering what all of you drink in a normal day, and what you would recommend.

I am open to trying sodas with cane sugar, or some other natural flavoring, I'm just not sure if this would be bad for me. I do have some concerns that I may be getting low blood sugar, because when I wait to eat I get very intense stomach pains, irritablity, and I start to feel a little light headed. I also am losing weight at a very fast rate since I went gluten free, enough for everyone around me to find it noticeable. I am wondering if I need to add some sugars to my diet.

So far I am not really consuming anything processed, other than soda. I am sticking to meat, veggies, fruit, greek yogurt, cheese, nuts, cornbread, fish, and quinoa. I also have been making smoothies with half strawberry banana Kefir, and half juice. Does it sound like my diet can tolerate the added sugar from an organic type soda?

Advice Would Be Sooo Appreciated!

26 March 2012 - 11:01 PM

Hi, my name is Jessica, and I am in need of advice, if anyone has the time.

I have been ill on and off since I was a child. I am adopted, so I have no medical background on my parents. My mom says that as a baby, I had colic, and had to be fed soy milk. I was also a fairly irritable child, and went to the doctor many times with constipation for weeks at a time and kidney infections. I also have had flat fingernails and red bumps on my upper arms since childhood, which I am told are signs of anemia.

I was very small until the 5th or 6th grade, and then I suddenly ballooned to 100 lbs over a summer break. I was taken to the doctor, where he checked me for diabetes, and then said that I was just fat and sent me to a nutritionist. My mother was baffled, as I played every sport available, and was very active. After that I continued to have stomach issues, and as a teenager, I never started my period. I was diagnosed with PCOS. I also started getting migraines, and my stomach began to alternate between being constipated for days and diarrhea. The diarrhea was abnormally urgent, and painful. It would feel as if someone was stabbing me in the abdomen, and on one occasion, during a long commute, I had to pull over and use the bathroom in the woods. I also developed severe acne, which went away after I started using hypoallergenic shampoo and conditioner, which I thought was just because I had sensitive skin. I was also diagnosed with depression right around this time as well.

Let me just say that through all of this, I had been eating gluten very heavily. Pasta was my favorite, but my mother was also a big pusher of bread, grains, and barley. In my 20's, I barely had any money, so I began just eating fruits and veggies from the farmers market. I was not sick that entire time. Then I started dating my husband.

My husband eats basically nothing but gluten. Since I have been cooking for him all the time, I have been eating lots of breads, pizza, pastas, tacos with flour tortillas, and sandwiches. Looking back on it, from when we started dating my health has went markedly downhill. I even had to quit two jobs because I was having serious joint issues with my hands and knees. The were tingling and numb sometimes, and at night I would wake because my hand would feel like it was on fire. This definitely was abnormal because up until I got sicker, I worked out about an hour a day, walked, and had no issues. I am only 27, so I shouldn't have arthritis. Things just got worse until I hit an all time low last month.

I also was having another kidney infection. I went to a clinic, and I told the doctor about my issues, and that I believed something was seriously wrong. He basically ignored my request to do some blood tests to find out what was wrong, and prescribed me with two antibiotics. After finishing the antibiotics, I got even worse. I had diarrhea for 4 weeks, a migraine that lasted near a week, and would fall asleep as soon as I was sitting down. This whole time, I was eating Subway and bread products, thinking that if I ate something more solid, my diarrhea would stop. It escalated to the point that I was in the bathroom 10 or 15 times a night. My stomach also became huge, and my mother in law kept asking me if I was pregnant. I went through my clothing, and none of my pants fit.

I was terrified that I had cancer, and spent a lot of time researching my symptoms, which were seemingly random, until I came across Celiac Disease. I have most of the symptoms, but I cannot afford to go to the doctor until my husband gets paid again. But since I was miserable, I decided to just try a gluten-free diet for a week and see what happened.

It has only been 4 days, and my diarrhea has stopped. So have my stomach cramps, and my exhaustion. My stomach has gone down a considerable size, and I no longer look pregnant, just chubby. In fact, I have honestly not felt this good, or had this much energy since I was a child. I know this is a long story, but I just wanted to provide background so that everyone would know why I am fairly sure I have Celiac. So now I have several questions, and would be so grateful if someone could help me out.

Firstly, does it sound to anyone with Celiac like I have similar symptoms? Also, if I do have it, can I bypass the doctor and just eat gluten free forever, or is it necessary that I go? I know that they run some tests, so I also have questions about that. If I need to go have testing done, do I need to eat gluten again, or will I be okay eating gluten free, if I plan on going in two to three weeks? My last question concerns genetics. If the testing is based on genetics, will they be able to complete it, since I am adopted and do not have a family medical history or records? I would really appreciate any help I can get with these questions.

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