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There is only my husband and me living in our house.  I only cook gluten free with our dishes but we have adult kids who come by and make themselves something to eat if they are hungry.  My nutritionist stated that once the dishes are washed it is fine..... Any ideas suggesions, etc. of how to properly organize/label etc.... your kitchen.  Is there a system someone has used?

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We used to have a shared kitchen before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, but with both my husband and I needing to be gluten free, we just banned gluten period.  It is a relief for my husband and it just makes it easier for us.  We need at least one safe place to be gluten free and let down our guard.  Let's face it, it is hard to think clearly when you are ill!  

 

My 14 year old gets her gluten fixes at school or outside of the house, otherwise, she is gluten free.  All parties we host are gluten free too.  I prepare all the food and no one ever misses anything!  

 

Others here will chime in.  They have some good systems in place.  

 

Have your adult kids been tested?  Many celiacs are symptom free!  I had anemia, but no tummy issues at the time of my diagnosis yet I had moderate to severe intestinal damage.  


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We used to have a shared kitchen before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, but with both my husband and I needing to be gluten free, we just banned gluten period.  It is a relief for my husband and it just makes it easier for us.  We need at least one safe place to be gluten free and let down our guard.  Let's face it, it is hard to think clearly when you are ill!  

 

My 14 year old gets her gluten fixes at school or outside of the house, otherwise, she is gluten free.  All parties we host are gluten free too.  I prepare all the food and no one ever misses anything!  

 

Others here will chime in.  They have some good systems in place.  

 

Have your adult kids been tested?  Many celiacs are symptom free!  I had anemia, but no tummy issues at the time of my diagnosis yet I had moderate to severe intestinal damage.  

I am a symptom free celiac.  I only have one daughter (2 step-sons) and two grand sons.  They have not been tested because my doctor stated to me (the symptom free celiac) that unless they have issues no need to be tested.  However, when I go back I will discuss with him AGAIN.... I think my oldest grandson needs to be tested. He is only 3 but tells me his tummy hurts quite often.  (he also is a TAPVR survivor so I think gluten free may just help him all around)

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There is only my husband and me living in our house.  I only cook gluten free with our dishes but we have adult kids who come by and make themselves something to eat if they are hungry.  My nutritionist stated that once the dishes are washed it is fine..... Any ideas suggesions, etc. of how to properly organize/label etc.... your kitchen.  Is there a system someone has used?

More advice needed..... what does everyone do when they have a wedding, family reunion, etc. to attend? Do you eat before?  I am very active in many areas in my life and if I have to start carting around a cooler so be it but if there are other options or ideas anyone can offer I would greatly appreciate it.

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More advice needed..... what does everyone do when they have a wedding, family reunion, etc. to attend? Do you eat before?  I am very active in many areas in my life and if I have to start carting around a cooler so be it but if there are other options or ideas anyone can offer I would greatly appreciate it.

 

 

Sometimes I eat first.  Sometimes I bring food.  Sometimes I see if there will be something I can eat. sometimes I bring a dish that I can eat and get the first serving or bring a little bit separate for me.    It depends.  A good caterer may be able to give you gluten-free food.  But I would talk to them first.  If you are going to a restaurant, you might want to call about 11 a.m. and talk to a manager & see what you might be able to get.  

 

You will figure it out.  Its something that will comes with time.  


 

 

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If you wash the dishes they should be fine.  Be wary of pitted and scratched wooden surfaces or teflon though.

 

For family events, it depends on who is hosting. I was at a wedding where my family and a cousin were gluten-free and ther were able to make us a gluten-free plate before everyone else used the buffet.  We didn't get to eat everything but it was a nice meal.

 

A few weeks ago was my godfather's memorial. My aunt and family planned sandwiches and trays of veggies, fruit and goodies. I told her I would bring gluten-free foods so I brought enough sandwiches for at least 30 and treats for more than that.  In a situation like that,I don't want others to have to fuss to accommodate me and my family.  As it was, the butter and sauces I brought were promptly contaminated despite my labeling, but I didn't really expect it to stay safe with a bunch of farming seniors around. ;)

 

At a family gathering, I figure it's all fair game and I rearrange all dishes so I can keep my stuff safe and separate.  I do tend to end up bringing twice as much as everyone else though, so I can feed me and the others.  KWIM?

 

If I meet others when going out, I eat ahead and just have drinks. it's safer.

 

After a few months gluten-free, you'll find your comfort levels.


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We are  a 100% gluten free home.  My partner was recently diagnosed gluten intolerant so that makes it easier, however we did go 100% at home some time back and she got her fix when we dined out.  We recently moved and have a ton of company this summer, mostly grandkids.  It has cost us more (and killed the budget) but we have provide all food consumed in our home.  That way we know there will be no issues.  Since I cook mostly veggies & meat the only added expense (gulp) was g,f. bread for kid's sandwiches.  Anyone that wants to visit gets the same thing.....No gluten!!  No, I do not have a safe place where you can put it.  No, you may not bring it in the house.  Period.  

 

As for family/friend events.....it depends on the event.  I take something or eat first and stick to drinks at the event. 

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