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elleystar

Member Since 14 Apr 2012
Offline Last Active Aug 15 2012 08:36 PM
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In Topic: Coconut Milk Problems?

12 August 2012 - 10:37 PM

I only use canned coconut milk (Native Forest). The milks like the So Delicious brand have carrageenan in them and many people have strong reactions to that. It's a source of MSG and is shown to cause a lot of gastrointestinal problems especially for celiacs. In fact researching carrageenan effects on celiacs is what led me to this forum in the first place. The search function should pull up some old threads. Personally I'd give it the boot, it's hard enough getting your intestines to heal without the extra onslaught.

In Topic: Gluten- Free Causing A Gluten Allergy?

17 July 2012 - 09:19 PM

Thank you for the advise. I haven't found a gluten free pancake mix my kids like yet and thought I would be okay to cook. All part of the learning curve.


Pamela's is the only one I like. It is nearly indistinguishable from the buttermilk pancakes I used to make pre-gluten-free. Which have you tried?

In Topic: 6 Months Gluten Free 35Lbs Lost

09 July 2012 - 09:13 PM

I'll just agree with everyone else, you look happy, healthy, vibrant and energetic. Let's just say, you look GREAT! You'll find a celiac chick knocking on your door soon enough, I'm certain of it! :)

In Topic: Newb From Sd

14 June 2012 - 09:52 PM

Ellystar, I just wrote to you in the other thread you have posted on, but I forgot to say, "WELCOME!!" I'm sorry you had to join our "club", but it's good to know I have a neighbor I can actually meet up with sometime. I LOVE Spearfish! Not just the beautiful canyon, but the town is great too. You guys have some great restaurants. I used to really enjoy Roma's. Of course I doubt THEY have a gluten-free menu, being an Italian restaurant.

You guys have a Safeway up there, don't you? The one by Bakken Park in Rapid has a HUGE organic section and they carry a ton of gluten-free items, so if your local one doesn't have much, it's worth a trip down. I never used to like grocery shopping, but when I go there I have a ball. "LOOK!!! I can EAT this!!"

Let's stay in touch.


You mentioned the gluten-free fest in Rapid City in your other thread, and I wanted to tell you. My endocrinologist in Rapid is great. He is very knowledgeable and kind of specializes in celiac. He travels around to med schools trying to educate them on it and teach them how to look for it. My cousin's husband (a dr. getting his endo specialisation right now, who lives in NH right now!) actually knew the name as soon as I told him, he'd met him and really respected him. Anyway I know the celiacs group in Rapid works with him and tries to get him to participate in events like these. I wonder if he had the time this go-round.

Hello Elleystar! I am pretty new around here but I'd like to welcome you nonetheless. That's really cool that you work at a health food store, I'm jealous.
I can definitely understand the difficulties of staying gluten free in a household that consumes gluten. I live with two roommates, both of which eat gluten. Before them I lived with my ex girlfriend who actually worked at a bakery. Patience is easily spread thin in that environment until you find your own methods of keeping everything safe. I hope your efforts are going more smoothly than mine did.


She worked in a bakery? I don't know how you survived. Truly.

I used to bake so much, OH MAN I loved to bake. I could make anything. Now I can't do it anymore, not like I used to, know what I mean? It's sad but I try not to dwell on it. I can't give away my cookbooks yet though.

In Topic: Afraid To Say It Out Loud

14 June 2012 - 09:47 PM

Yes! A while back there was a "gluten free festival" in Rapid and all of the restaurants that had gluten free menus were there with food. I was rather limited because of the corn intolerance, but I still ate well, and some of my favorites came from Curry Masala.

The festival was wonderful. There were several mini seminars, one with a compounding pharmacist, one on gluten-free kids, one on testing, all kids of informative stuff. I hope they do it again.


Bummed that I missed that!