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Member Since 24 Jul 2013
Offline Last Active Feb 21 2014 12:20 AM

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In Topic: Gluten Free 5 Weeks Some Symptoms Getting Worse

13 February 2014 - 08:08 PM

Your reactions do sound like the same reaction I get when I eat either oats or dairy.  Hmmm!  Hope you feel better soon.

In Topic: Chicken And Dumplings

09 February 2014 - 10:04 AM

I recently made the gluten-free bisquick chicken and dumpling recipe, but it is technically chicken and biscuits.  I dropped them in smaller teaspoonfuls so they'd be closer to real dumplings.  Pretty good, though. ( I didn't use canned chicken just cooked up a diced chicken breast)



But on the box itself there is a biscuit recipe that is similar to how biscuits/dumplings should be made.  I am definitely going to try that way out next time.  I think they may hold together, but I guess the only way to tell is to test it.  

I love chicken and dumplings too.  I did try the Betty Crocker recipe, but I used the recipe on the box for biscuits (I like my dumplings rolled out and sliced into strips).  While the dumplings did fall apart to some degree, they tasted great.  I'll try adding a bit more flour next time to see if that helps. 

In Topic: When Does The Exhaustion Stop?

09 February 2014 - 07:00 AM

I've never even thought of this. Wow. Talk about a lightbulb. I keep a food journal and keep coming back to my favorite guilty pleasure - jalapeño kettle chips - making me sick. I must've read the ingredients a million times. Maybe even a million and a half.


I love this site!


And as far as your exhaustion goes, I wish I had a great answer. I'm two months in and, for example, after a weekend of truly resting/sleeping late, I'm so much better Monday but by Tuesday evening I'm wiped out and feel like I could take Wednesday off. I've just learned the value of rest and have told my family I just have to lie down. It's as important as anything for your body to heal.


We'll just keep telling each other IT GETS BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER!!!!

You guys are all so great!  I thought I was really humming right along with my gluten-free practices, but you've given me a couple of other things to think about now.  I definitely need to redo the chips bag practices and had not thought about washing the dishes, or drying them for that matter, separately.  Thanks so much!  Still struggling, but was able to go hiking a bit with my husband yesterday for the first time in months.  Was shot for the rest of the day, but it felt so good to get out.

In Topic: Just Diagnosed...need Advice/moral Support

01 February 2014 - 10:30 AM

I was diagnosed a week ago with celiac.  I was relieved to get a diagnosis after feeling so bad for so long, but now I feel kind of depressed/alone/confused.  I don't know anyone else with this disease and am hoping here I can get some advice and moral support.  Encouragement, something.


SInce my diagnosis I've been gluten free...I think anyway.  It seems like all I do is read labels.  I'm also hungry all the time.  Starving.  I still feel completely exhausted.  I don't know that I can tell any difference yet.


Can anyone provide some words of encouragement?  How you got started...books to read...recipes to try...anything that really helps you.


Thanks so much!


So glad you found this site.  It has some great people that give great advice.  I don't know what I would have done if I had not found them last year when I was looking for answers.  Just wanted to comment on a coupe of questions you had.  Don't let anyone convince you what you are going through is all in your head.  The gluten withdrawal is real.  Like has been posted, mine lasted about 3 weeks.  After that, I had a noticeable lift in spirits...that's not to say it doesn't go there again, but it will get better.


I also wanted to address your questions about what to do with your diet while you have three kids and a husband to worry about too.  I have had some difficulty with that.  I have found that I cannot cook both ways at the same time.  I end up tasting the gluten version if I do.  I usually find what works for me best is to take a Saturday morning and cook a couple of casseroles for me that I can freeze part of for later.  There are lots of straight across simple replacements in dishes that can help you too.  Many times, my husband can't tell if it's gluten free or not.


I know it's one the newbie thread, but one of the first things I did for myself that made a huge difference is I got an inexpensive toaster just for me.  You can make toast (my favorite breads are Udi's), waffles (my favorites are Vans), and English Muffins (Glutinos are great).  I can find all of those at Walmart.  The other thing that helped me was finding Udi's muffins...I love their Blueberry and Lemonpoppyseed.  Pop them in the microwave oven and they are great for breakfast.  My favorite pancake mix is Pamela's...and I also have a great recipe for mini donuts that my husband and grandkids love made with the same Pamelas flour.  I bake them in the oven.  I will send it if you like.


Gluten free mushroom soup will be your friend.  There are many simple recipes that use it.  I just made a very good roast with carrots and potatoes for my mom and dad to have in the crockpot...so simple.


I always make extra pancakes so if I need something quick to take with me (I teach and need something I can take on field trips or to the zoo with grandkids), I can eat them just like a slice of bread with fruit or carrot sticks for work too.  Same for gluten free pasta.  I keep some so if I need something and just don't feel like having to cook, I can add some butter and parmesan cheese (grandkids love this too) or some gluten-free marinara sauce.


Udi's also makes a great gluten free pizza.  Costco in my area sells gluten-free pizza in a larger size and sometimes has gluten-free bread.  They also have some pretty good gluten-free tamales.


One place I have had good luck with to eat out is Chilis. Outback Steakhouse is another good place.  They even have a gluten free dessert.  PFChangs gluten-free menu is terrific. But most of us don't eat out much due to fears of cross-contamination.


One of the best places I have found for gluten-free recipes is Pinterest. 


Hope this helps and you're feeling better soon.

In Topic: Levofloxacin For Acute Sinus/ear Infection

01 February 2014 - 09:33 AM

After being in a gluten free diet for 6months and not getting a sinus infection for any of that time, I was put on levofloxacin for a sinus infection that I had been fighting for about a month.  Caused immediate major muscle and joint pain, headache, exhaustion.  Has anyone else had a problem with it?  I only took two pills. 


My doc changed me to cefuroxime.  Symptoms not a bad, but still struggling daily with different headaches than for the sinus, jaw pain (I have a weak joint there from tumor removal in my parotid gland a few years back and jaw can be easily pulled out of alignment with any tension, causing a vise-like gripping and migraines in that joint...yuk!) My joints, particularly in the right elbow and base of both thumbs are so tight and achy.  My right forearm from the elbow toward the wrist feels tight and inflamed, even the top of my right hand at times.  The left side aches , but not to the extent of the right.  My feet are very stiff in morning...sometimes need to walk flat footed for a while.  Muscles in front part of calves feeling it too today...as is the joint where my right leg joins to my pubic area. 


The achiness was there to some degree before taking these meds, but has been awful since. I have really been trying hard and have not knowingly glutened myself.  Am wondering about rheumatoid arthritis.  Besides celiac disease, I also have hashimotos.  Other than that, have low vitamin D and glucose rising, but not at concerned level yet.  B12 is about mid range according to latest blood tests.  I am totally exhausted most of the time, even after sleeping...more than I was 3 months ago.


Any suggestions?

Anybody else get a chuckle out of "public area"?  I'll blame it on brain fog :)

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