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Member Since 28 Oct 2005
Offline Last Active Oct 09 2006 03:27 PM

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Doctors-worth It?

18 April 2006 - 08:59 AM

It seems like I am constantly being told by other doctors (ob/gyn, dermatologist) that I should be seeing a GI doctor, or in the case of my pregnancy, they recommended a nutritionist. I've been down this road, and it seems like a waste of time and money. If I'm doing the diet, why do I need to pay money to go tell a guy that everything's going fine. Shouldn't doctors be there for when there is something wrong and you need help?

Has anyone that has been doing the gluten free diet benefited from seeing a nutritionist? My preg. doctor keeps mentioning it, but I have a feeling that they are going to tell me what I already know, and give me lists I already have. When I first got diagnosed, my GI sent me to one, and she knew nothing. I hadn't even started the diet, and I could walk circles around her with all my knowledge.

It seems to me like doctors sometimes have an overinflated sense of self-importance. Like we need them in order to survive properly. What is the benefit in an appointment where the doctor just wants to make sure everything is still going okay? How about I'll call him if everything ISN'T going okay???

Agree? Disagree?


Gig Statement: Mcdonald's Fries

06 March 2006 - 02:08 PM

This link was posted on our local celiac forum, and I thought I'd share. It has a lot of information about the laws and a good explanation of why this happened in the first place.



Sarah Vowell

04 February 2006 - 12:48 PM

I was watching Conan O'Brien last night and one of his guests was Sarah Vowell. She is an author and also did the voice for Violet in The Incredibles. One of her comments was how playing a superhero only accentuated her weaknesses, one of which is being allergic to wheat. Conan thought it was hilarious that there is a community for people with "wheat allergies" (I checked and she has celiac), and even a magazine. He thought that was really weird. She was saying how some magazines are called Vogue or Mademoiselle, but hers is called Living Without. She was like "how depressing is that? Why not just name it Loser?" She was so funny! I kept wishing I could read lips so I could see if he was asking her dumb questions like "can you just eat white bread?" Did anyone else see the interview?

Left Over Gluten Foods

06 January 2006 - 01:45 PM

Since going gluten free, I have had a pantry full of gluten containing foods. I used to stock up on Hamburger Helper when it was on sale, so I had a ton of those. I was thinking about giving them away, but winter is hard for us financially since my husband owns a semi-seasonal business, so I decided I needed to do something with them. So yesterday, I got out all of my frying pans and started cooking. I made 15 boxes of Hamburger and Tuna Helper in less than 3 hours (2 burners at a time), and put them in large freezer bags, flattening them out and then stacking them in the freezer. Now, when I don't feel like cooking, or don't have enough gluten free food to make a meal, I can just defrost one of those meals, and feed it to my family without having to cook two separate meals. I also cooked the 5 boxes of mac & cheese, and put them in separate smaller bags (about one portion each). These will make good snacks for the kids or lunches. Soon I will tackle the rice-a-roni's I have left.

I thought I would share this in case there is someone relenting over all of the gluten food they have stocked up on and now can't eat and don't want to make two dinners at a time. It goes by fast once you get going and will be a huge payoff when you're done!

Just make sure you don't eat any finger foods while you're cooking. I found out it was not a good idea to eat a piece of (gluten-free) pizza while cooking (it is too hard to keep up on the hand-washing!)


Paper Mache

30 December 2005 - 02:13 PM

Just wondering if anyone has had to do a paper mache project and how you approached it. gluten-free flour is way too expensive to use, and I am very leary about soaking my hands in regular flour (not to mention getting it everywhere-it is so messy!) Luckily, my husband is helping out, so I am sitting out. Has anyone had a reaction after making paper mache?


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