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heidi b

Member Since 07 Jun 2012
Offline Last Active Jul 18 2012 08:36 PM
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In Topic: Boo! Think I'm Reacting To Smaller Amounts Of Exposure

25 June 2012 - 06:41 AM

I've been gluten-free since November, so 7 mos. It took about 4-5 months to see real consistent improvement in my symptoms. I keep a daily log of food and symptoms. Unfortunately so far this month, things are starting to get slightly worse, minor in comparison to where they were before gluten-free, but still a noticeable recurrence. I'm thinking it is from household exposure in my non-gluten-free home. I work in education and therefore have the months of June and July off. During this time I'm home full time with my 2 small children (2.5 and 5). Hubby and kids are gluten eaters. Hubby does 99% of the cooking. Dinners are almost always gluten-free for all and during the school year, hubby feeds the kids breakfast and they get lunch at daycare/school. Hubby packs his own lunch and I pack my own lunch and get my own breakfast after they've left for school/work. On weekends, hubby usually make the kids lunch. So for 10mos out of the year I don't have much contact with the rest of the family's gluteny goodness. I don't share condiments. And my symptoms gradually improved.

But, now that I've been home full time for the past 3 weeks I've been doing the kids breakfasts and lunches. This means handling frozen bagels, toast, wheat bread sandwiches, wheat tortillas, etc. I'm very careful about fixing their meals separate from mine and washing my hands well after preparing their meals. But, it must still be problematic because since June 10 I've had 4 small canker sores (1 at time about 1 every 4 days) and seen a small increase in headaches, fatigue, and looser (but not D) stools. I also occasionally use a shared toaster (I know, I know) but haven't had a problem with that before. At first I thought the canker sores were caused by a big intake of strawberries. We picked a huge lot of them and the 1st canker sore appeared the next day. But now that I've had 3 more and I'm not eating strawberries that's not the issue. Nothing else in my diet has changed and I don't eat a lot of gluten-free substitute foods. Of course hubby doesn't understand that I could still be getting gluten. When I told him about the canker sores he said, "Well, you can't blame those on gluten."

So, I'm guessing I need to bite the bullet and get a 2nd toaster. Any other suggestions (other than taking the whole family gluten-free which I don't think I can do just yet) to help reduce my exposure?

Yes, celiac does cause mouth sores, at least in my family. Try increasing your vitamin C intake to help prevent them. It's obvious to me that you shouldn't be touching the kid's gluten-containing foods. Since the tendency to develop celiac is inherited, you and your hubby should give careful thought to whether or not you want the children to have gluten. As an interim solution, maybe wear plastic gloves when you feed the kids? And yes, get a new toaster. Good luck. I know family members can be tough to convince because I am the only non-celiac in our family and after 3 years my family says I still don't get it because I want to eat gluten while away from them at work.

In Topic: Hidden Valley Ranch Reply

15 June 2012 - 09:24 AM

Modified food starch is gluten free unless it says wheat. MSG is gluten free.


Some people say modified food starch is safe and some do not. This website has it on the unsafe list. If it truly is safe, we could eat more products more cheaply. Where can I find more information?

In Topic: Hidden Valley Ranch Reply

14 June 2012 - 08:56 AM

How can Hidden Valley Ranch be gluten-free if it contains modified food starch and MSG?

In Topic: Has Anyone Tried The Vitamin "cili-Act"?

14 June 2012 - 08:39 AM

The pills are large and hard to swallow for some. Plus you need to take 6 of them a day. Them seem to work for some members of my family but others aren't so sure. Also, the pills have no iron (apparently some celiacs can't handle it), so if you need iron you have to take it separately.

In Topic: Is There Absolutely Any Kind Of Gluten Free Hand Wipes?

14 June 2012 - 08:34 AM

On May 8, 2012, I got the following info from the manufacturer: "Our Pampers Sensitive Wipes are gluten free. Our manufacturing facilities are gluten free as well." I did not ask them about any of their other wipes because they all have fragrance.