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umsami

Member Since 10 Jun 2013
Offline Last Active Jul 20 2013 05:11 PM
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Gluten-Free Bread Recos, Hated Udi's

04 July 2013 - 05:23 PM

So, I finally made the trek to Trader Joe's to buy some Udi's bread.  I was so excited.  I bought bread, bagels and hot dog buns.  Today, I had a sandwich on the bread (toasted) and it was nasty.  Didn't even want to finish it.

 

Is Udi's the best there is?  Help!  Very disappointed as I was so looking forward to it.  Maybe after I've been gluten-free awhile, it will taste better?


Chuck E. Cheese Has gluten-free Cheese Pizza And Cupcakes For Birthdays

21 June 2013 - 04:14 PM

Was looking at booking a party for my daughter and was psyched to see that they offer individual gluten-free cheese pizzas and even gluten-free cupcakes.  These are individual items...and packaged separately.  The pizza was $5.99 and the cupcake was $2.99.

 

From what I can tell, you can order these at any time.  It doesn't have to be a birthday party!


Anybody Bake With Hi-Maize (Resistant Corn Starch, High Fiber)?

12 June 2013 - 03:44 PM

We used to buy this high fiber flour from King Arthur, that had hi-maize corn starch in it.  It's a super high fiber product that contains resistant starch which is supposed to be good for you.  According to KAF, the box of Hi-Maize they sell on its own, is gluten-free.

 

Usually one uses a 1/4 cup or so of this with regular flour.  Has anybody ever experimented mixing it with gluten-free flours? How did it work?  


Bob's Red Mill gluten-free Flour--Help Me Bake Something Sweet

11 June 2013 - 05:55 PM

So, I picked up my first gluten-free flour at the store today, Bob's Red Mill.  Most of the gluten-free baking blogs I follow are very particular about which brand of flour to use with which recipe... and in looking them over, most like other products (Better Battter, King Arthur/Trader Joe's, Cup4Cup?)  better than Bob's. Bob's is mostly chickpeas as far as I can tell.

 

What something great you've made with it that I can feed my non-gluten-free family?

 

Brownies, cookies, muffins... what works best for this particular flour?


Is It Worth Testing?

11 June 2013 - 05:43 PM

I'm in my 40s now.  When I was in my 20s, I saw a few different gastreoenterolgists trying to figure out what was wrong with me.  My issue? Basically, diarrhea with urgency.  Like no warning.  I'd have accidents even because it came on so suddenly.  Completely embarrassing.  I went through three colonoscopies, and nothing was found.  So, they put me on what was then Rx Immodium... and sent me on my way with a diagnosis of IBS.  Nothing changed.  I just learned to eventually buy Immodium at Costco and keep it in my purse, car, everywhere.

 

A few years ago, I realized that I often got the diarrhea about 20-30 minutes after eating fast food when traveling.  I suspected it was the hamburger bun, but didn't really want to delve into it too much.  I had been told by my GI that it couldn't be celiac disease because I was obese.... and they just scoped me to rule out Crohn's.  

 

I also have had hypothyroidism for the past 15 or so years, and was told a year and a half ago that it was Hashimotos.

 

I remember when the "gluten-free Diet" book came out thinking... oh dear, thank God I don't have to give up gluten.  I love flour-containing things so much.

 

About a month ago, I got back my 23andme genetics test, and included in the results was the fact that I had one of the genes that made it possible for me to develop celiac disease.

 

In the past week or so, I've actually been tracking my symptoms (yes, I've been living with the diarrhea thing for 20+ years), and now I'm pretty sure it's related to gluten.  I'm at the point where I'm wondering if I should even bother going to yet another GI (I really don't want another colonoscopy) to request blood work, etc.  I don't want to be brushed off. Should I just eat gluten free?

 

Thing is, my seven year old has been complaining a lot about stomach pains.  Like every day.  This is a kid who does not complain.  A few years ago, he told me once his ear hurt.  Never said another thing about it.  Three weeks later, the nurse at school called me to tell me that he had a very bad ear infection.  He'd suffered three weeks and said nothing.

 

My daughter is also extremely thin, and always has been.  (5th percentile for weight).  She doesn't complain about food or her stomach hurting, though.  She doesn't like bread, though.

 

So, I'm thinking about getting tested only to see if it might be worthwhile for them getting tested.  (Does that make sense?)  What do I say to the GI? Will it be hard for me to convince them? I feel like I went through so much in my 20s, that I'm kind of wary of getting brushed off again.