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Brandiwine

Member Since 27 Mar 2013
Offline Last Active Nov 21 2014 01:54 PM
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#934741 Glutened Or Vitamin Deficient?

Posted by Brandiwine on 12 November 2014 - 10:32 AM

Have you tried different brands of vitamins? There could be something else in the vitamins that are causing the issue. 


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#874837 Celiac Equals A Lonely Life

Posted by Brandiwine on 16 June 2013 - 03:38 AM

I feel you! I haven't seen any of my friends since this started. Actually as weird as it sounds I've gotten closer to my ex husband, we have to talk about Celiac and GFD because of our oldest son. I'm sure he gets sick of hearing about it too. :-/ I too fight depression, and I feel it's because this has taken over my life. Don't get me wrong I'm thankful to have a name and treatment for it. I'm thankful for the improvements my son and I have made. But I feel like I eat, sleep, and breath GFD and Celiac! If I try to distract myself with tasks and jobs, I start having nightmares of eating gluten! Weird huh?!
Have you looked into support groups near you? I would think that should help a lot to make new friends that share this experience.
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#874693 I Can't Believe That Just Happened......

Posted by Brandiwine on 15 June 2013 - 04:49 AM

So sorry Hun, this always hurts worse when it's a " friend". Maybe when you both have a bit of time to clear your mind from raw emotion you can talk and maybe she will be more willing to listen. Maybe reschedule some where you can eat. She may have been upset because she felt robbed of a personal victory, she could have been excited to be able to take you somewhere new that was safe for you and failed. Feeling a little blindsided she probably didn't express herself well. She obviously doesn't understand very much about your needs, hopefully she will be open to learning more. I know it was terrible but try to see her side and hopefully she will try to see yours. Maybe if you let her know that you see her effort and appreciate it, but you are very sensitive.
You probably know how to better deal with your friend than I do just, trying to give an outsiders prospective.
Good Luck
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#873869 Celiac Vaccine? Not For Me

Posted by Brandiwine on 11 June 2013 - 04:41 AM

So proud of everyone who replied to these :)
We are Celiacs we are not a problem to be fixed. Finding that gluten was why I was so sick for so long has saved my life! It's saved my son from a whole list of sickly symptoms. We all want the best for our children, by getting this vaccine would be the same as saying something is wrong with him. I don't want him to have a desire to be like everyone else, I want him to be proud if who he is! Finding this has been a blessing to me and my family, I've gotten my mother (who has MS) to see the connection and she has talked to other family members who we suspect to have it all her immediate family who are considering testing. We are certain my uncle ( her brother) died from this. We hate we couldn't have found it sooner, but relieved to put a name on what has been poisioning us. I feel they should put the effort they put into conjuring this vaccine into Celiac awareness so we can save others not change them.

You all had GREAT things to say! I am proud to be a part of this board!!!! You are all some smart (gluten-free) cookies!!! ;)
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#873388 Applebee's

Posted by Brandiwine on 08 June 2013 - 03:08 PM

You can contact corporate, but I'm not sure it will do any good. It is just my opinion, but trying to force the issue with a restaurant that clearly has no interest in providing safe gluten free meals won't help get safe gluten free meals. And no one reads employee handbooks, training at places like these is a joke (in relation to this sort of thing) and unless (or until) they make it a serious focus and selling point they will not take the time needed to appropriately cover the subject.


I don't agree, I feel they do have an interest in providing safe meals or they wouldn't have had a gluten-free menu at all. They compt his mashed potatoes to replace the fries they were very understand and made a great effort I could tell that they just weren't very educated about it. Emailing corporate may or may not do any thing but I feel if I sat down with the manager I dealt with last night she may try to incorporate changes. They didn't treat us rudely about it at all.... We don't even have a Red Robin around here.
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#873192 Okay Curious Anyone Feel Sicker In The Summer

Posted by Brandiwine on 07 June 2013 - 08:59 AM

I wouldn't run to the dr just yet, there's a lot of things at play here all which would cause some effects by themselves.I think you should just be careful and take care of yourself if things don't improve in a week or two then make a dr appt. long trips are exgausting, any pain and definitely a broken bone add stress and discomfort, PMS can make you feel lousy and periods are worse, plus you glutened yourself that effects me for a at least a week.
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#872193 Okay Curious Anyone Feel Sicker In The Summer

Posted by Brandiwine on 02 June 2013 - 11:10 AM

If I am already having some issues before going out in the heat it makes it worse. It's almost unbearable :-/ sorry you feel bad, hope you recover quickly.
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#872176 Thoughts On Hoda

Posted by Brandiwine on 02 June 2013 - 08:29 AM

What is it about shows making Celiacs out to be weaklings?! She saying a Celiac can't put away a steak?! ( not this Celiac cause I'm Vegan which she also makes a comment about in one if her videos where she says we should stay home and eat our pre-prepared meals) she acts like a man with Celiac is cutting his food with pinkies up!!! Unbelievable at the ignorance of this women! At one point they say she wants a "caveman" that's right at her level of intelligence!!
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#872155 My Only Celiac Friend Started Eating Gluten Again, And I Feel Alone.

Posted by Brandiwine on 02 June 2013 - 06:20 AM

I'm certain my mother and brother have Celiac I believe my Aunt (mothers side) has it as well as their brother that passed away two years ago in his 40s. My mother is diagnosed with MS. My brother has sick migraines and nose bleeds and gets D. I wish I could get them to see what they are doing to themselves. They won't listen to me because in my search to get better and before I found Celiac I went vegan which they find rediculous. Because of the arguments we've had about food they won't listen to me. The only other individual in my life gluten-free is my son. My youngest shows no signs and is thriving without the GFD so it's just me and my oldest son. He is 7 so it's more like more responsibly, not so much like having an adult friend but I do enjoy having someone to share snackes and dinner with :)
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#872086 But It's Not Gluten-Free!

Posted by Brandiwine on 01 June 2013 - 04:48 PM

That reminds me of our last trip to Albertson's. They carry a brand of sandwich meat and cheese that is gluten free in the deli. The girl that generally waits on us wasn't there last Wed. She is as good as gold because her Mother has celiac. A different guy was behind the counter so I made sure to tell him I had to be careful. He had just waited on another lady who bought another brand, not gluten free. I turned for a moment to look at something and when I looked back he was using the same slicer, there was another slicer that had been cleaned beside him. So I did say, excuse me, did you clean that slicer and did you change gloves? The look he gave me made me feel bad so I said, I'm sorry but if I eat that it'll make me terribly sick. He got an attitide and slung the meat in the trash. At this point I said, I'm sorry I've changed my mind, I better just pass and we decided to just leave.
Another lady walked up to me on the way out and said, he had emptied trash before the previous customer and didn't change gloves before cutting her meat. I wanted to know how she knew all this and she said she'd been waiting to get some ham and cheese but changed her mind. No, I didn't tell the manager. I should have but I just couldn't stand knowing I might have caused him to lose his job, now I feel guilty that he might make someone sick.
I get so tired of people making me feel guilty and yes embarrassing me. Some people just don't get it.
The last time I got sick from cross contamination it took me 3 weeks to start to recover!


I would have felt the same way, but it doesn't sound like you were rude and you did explain yourself saying it would make you sick. It's hard knowing you may cause some one else grief by complaining, but he didn't seem to mind causing you to be ill either. It is part of his job to serve you politely. He won't learn otherwise and you shouldn't have to pass on your food, for us safe places are like gold! It would be a shame for you to have to pass every time you see him working the slicers :-/
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#872049 New To gluten-free And Seeking Suggestions! Running To Work - Lunch?

Posted by Brandiwine on 01 June 2013 - 01:37 PM

Do you have a freezer at work? You could precook and freeze meals and pull them out and put the in the frig the afternoon before. Pre-make gluten-free pasta salad. And I know if it was me I would get an electric hot eye to heat my food. Microwaves are not good for you at all. I bought two of the same plant, watered one with tap water one with microwaved water (room temp) and it took less than three weeks for the microwaved plant to die :-/
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#871801 Is Yeast Gluten Free?

Posted by Brandiwine on 31 May 2013 - 05:12 AM

I asked this when I first joined the forum because it was a little confusing to me and got these answers. I have done no research myself about yeast but I now know since a few days ago that I can't have it, it makes me sick and feel as if I've been glutened. Not saying it has gluten, most of us have other allergies besides gluten, yeast is one of mine apparently.
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#871743 gluten-free Oats Have A 1 In 20 Chance Of Causing Celiac Attack

Posted by Brandiwine on 30 May 2013 - 06:18 PM

I would give the BRM gluten-free Oats a try -- perhaps late in the day the first time!

Fruits and vegies aren't enough to live off long term -- Are you getting enough protein and good fats -- meat, fish eggs, legumes or nuts?

I get the everything giving you a reaction deal...hang in there... you will find more foods you can eat.


I don't eat meat or eggs. I do eat lots of beans, kale, avocados, nuts and seeds.
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#868685 Favorite Emergency Food

Posted by Brandiwine on 14 May 2013 - 12:20 PM

I keep packs of sunflower seeds in my purse, jif pb to go packs with gluten free pretzels. Hummus, and or guacamole with anything from celery and carrots to chips or cold fries to dip!
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#867594 Read This If You Could Use A Chuckle :)

Posted by Brandiwine on 09 May 2013 - 04:17 AM

This morning getting ready to take the kiddos to school, I put my pants on over the shorts I slept in not realizing what I was doing until I catch myself tucking the shorts in because "something didn't feel right!" Looked over my sweater three times hanging on the coat rack (who would find it there?!) I mean I looked on the rack three times! How did I miss it? Sometimes I feel like I'm on the Truman Show, I start looking for hidden cameras! It's gonna be ona dos dayz....
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