My name is Jon, I'm 40 and this is my first post. I was recently diagnosed with Celiac. I'm still trying to figure out the in and outs of this disease, so it has been frustrating for me. When I received the diagnosis I said to myself, "big deal, all I have to give up is wheat bread." The doctor at that point told me it was a little more complicated than that. I was shocked at how many things gluten is in, even some prescription drugs.
I'm scheduled to see a nutritionist next week, but until then, I've been reading everything I can get my hands on. At this point, I'm extremely paranoid about what I'm eating. I have just gone through 7 weeks of nasty symptoms and I don't want to consume any gluten. Since I know so little about the disease I've been buying boxed "Gluten Free" foods (I generally don't eat a lot of processed stuff).
My question is this. How concerned should I be about my household family members and the cookware, utensils, plates, toaster, etc. that we use? My family eats a lot of products with gluten in it. Do I need to go buy new stuff for me only? Can I use the toaster? What about the colander that we generally put whole wheat spaghetti in? Can gluten get on plates? I have no idea what I'm doing, so any help would be much appreciated.
I look forward to talking to you.