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#220410 Any Normal Kiddo Food Out There?

Posted by on 16 October 2006 - 07:23 PM

don't forget snickers and reece's cups and all that other wonderful fattening chocolate! We do the fritos and stax and cheetos too with no problem and my son is super sensitive. I order the Enjoy Life Snickerdoodles in individual packs too. Also fruit roll ups, jello, dried fruit, raisins, cheese sticks, hormel pepperoni.......
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#154609 List For The Newly Diagnosed

Posted by on 18 June 2006 - 11:26 AM

I've seen a lot of posts lately asking how to get started. Why don't we make a thread of things to do to get started post diagnosis? That way we can direct new people to this thread to see the great ideas. All you old pros, add your info in. I'm still relatively new to this (9 mos.), but these are some tips that would have helped me:

1. Take a breath!!! You're not going to be able to do this overnight, but it will all come together. We're all here to help, so try not to panic!!!

2. Buy some gluten free treats that make you feel like you can eat!!! I highly recommend Enjoy LIfe snickerdoodles, Chebe breads and pizza crust, Cause you're Special (glutenfreegourmet.com) and Pamela's brands (on sale now at amazon .com), and Tinkyada pasta. If you don't have a good health food store near you, glutenfreemall.com is a good place to start and order from.

3. Go through your pantry and call the 1-800 #s on the backs of the package to see if they're gluten-free. Ask the manufacturers for gluten-free food lists. Most are great about this and will also send you coupons. The web also will have some companies' lists. This takes some time, but it helps you identify what you're already using that could be gluten-free.

4. Do the same with your med cabinet. Call about any drugs you take. This is sometimes harder to get info on, especially with generics. Vitamins, pain killers, cold meds, topical meds, everything has to be checked.

5. Move on to your health and beauty supplies next. This may not seem like a big priority, but it really is. Especially anything that goes on your hands. My daughter was VERY sick over some curel lotion we were using, then touching her bottles, etc. Unilever, lubriderm, and suave are some good companies for listing gluten ingredients, so that might be good to start with.

6. You don't have to throw out all your pans, but do be careful. I didn't realize this was an issue for months and months and got glutened several times. I wouldn't use cast iron, wooden spoons, colanders and scratched teflon pans. Other things will probably be ok if you wash them good and use the dishwasher!!!! Some people have used the self clean option on their oven to clean their cast iron.

7. Remember that a lot of pet foods have gluten. Wash your hands thoroughly after feeding animals. Be careful about the animals (dogs especially) licking you or the kids in the mouth or hands.

8. Be aware of Cross Contamination:
*Be careful for to have separate containers of Peanut Butter, jelly, butter, mayo, etc. Bread crumbs in common containers will cause a reaction. Squeezable condiments are great. We keep mayo, mustard, ketchup, and jelly this way.
*Make sure you thoroughly wash your hands between handling gluten and gluten free foods. Purell WILL NOT remove gluten, things have to be washed with gluten-free soap and water.
*Do not cook gluten-free food in a toaster that is used for gluten products.
*Glues often have gluten in them, so avoid using the paper towels with glue on them and be careful when playing with arts and crafts, washing hands thoroughly afterwards. No licking envelopes, stamps, etc. No playing with the paper towel roll.
*DO NOT fry things in oil that has been used for things with gluten in them. Major source of contamination.

9. Stick with brands you know are safe:
These companies do not hide gluten and always list Wheat, Oats, Rye, or Barley if they use them:
Aunt Nelly's
Balance Oasis (Balance Bars)
Baskin Robbins
Ben & Jerry
Betty Crocker
Blue Bunny
Cascadian Farms
Celestial Seasonings
Country Crock
General Mills
Good Humor
Green Giant
Haagen Daz
Hillshire Farms
Hungry Jack
Kozy Shack
Martha White
Master Foods
Muir Glen
Old El Paso
Russell Stover
Sara Lee and their subsidiaries (Kahn's, Ball Park, Jimmy Dean, etc...)
Seneca Foods
Sunny Delight
T marzetti
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#132750 Vision

Posted by on 27 April 2006 - 08:14 PM

I went gluten-free in Sept. I've worn glasses for 22 years and for the first time ever my Rx improved in Jan. Since then I have heard that gluten can cause damage that leads to needing glasses. My Rx is about 1/2 what it was. I was amazed as was the doc!
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