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I've only been on a gluten free diet for a week now. I was at my sister-in-law's house Saturday and they got Famous Daves for dinner. I was like I can eat that stuff it's meat. I had three bites and was in such pain and discomfort. I started to read the barbeque sause packet and it has wheat in it. I know I'm new to this and won't know a lot of stuff that has gluten in it within the first week or two but I was totally not thinking and paid the price.

We had a potluck at work today and I brought a veggie platter with dip so I could have something to eat. Someone brought fried chicken so I had a piece with the skin removed and it didn't seem to bother me. My husband was teasing me about talking non-stop about gluten and what products have it and which don't (he has been great even found three or four things for me to try that are gluten free) have gluten. I guess we really do have to obsess about it for a while.

Thanks for letting me rant.

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We had a potluck at work today ... Someone brought fried chicken so I had a piece with the skin removed and it didn't seem to bother me.

Oh, please don't do this! Whether you noticed a reaction or not, you definitely put gluten into your system when you ate that chicken. Your food must not come in contact with gluten-containing foods. Ever. At all. Gluten cannot be removed from any food item. Once it's there, that food is not for you.

It's mightily inconvenient, but very important.

Hang in there!

Beth

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Please don't pick the breading off the chicken! There's no way you can get all the gluten off. Even if you don't feel sick, you are damaging your intestines.

It will sound like you're obsessing over what has gluten and what doesn't for the first few weeks. It takes a lot of research to get the hang of the diet! For now, I'd just bring your own safe food until you know what to look for when you're eating out.


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Peanut-Free since July 2006.

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I guess we really do have to obsess about it for a while.

If you think obsessing is bad, wait until you start dreaming about gluten. I've had dreams where I'll eat something and suddenly realize that it contains gluten and I shouldn't be eating it.

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This is very true. My daughter got glutened at a restaurant because a onion ring accidently got put into her fries. Even though they use a dedicated fryer for the french fries and we told them about Celiac and not having gluten, etc. And she did quit eating the fries the minute she saw the onion ring but still it had touched other fries that she had eaten. So we too will have to be more careful.

It does seem awfully inconvenient for us at the moment because we are still fairly new to the gluten-free lifestyle but we keep telling ourselves that after we learn more it will get easier.

Take care & please be careful :) .

Virgie

Oh, please don't do this! Whether you noticed a reaction or not, you definitely put gluten into your system when you ate that chicken. Your food must not come in contact with gluten-containing foods. Ever. At all. Gluten cannot be removed from any food item. Once it's there, that food is not for you.

It's mightily inconvenient, but very important.

Hang in there!

Beth

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In addition to the gluten sticking to the chicken, how was the skin taken off? Using either your fingers or silverware, those things then get gluten on them. Your plate probably had gluten on it from the chicken sitting on it.


McDougall diet (low fat vegan) since 6/00

Gluten free since 1/6/07

Soy free and completely casein and egg free since 2/15/07

Yeast free, on and off, since 3/1/07 -- I can't notice any difference one way or the other

Enterolab results -- 2/15/07

Fecal Antigliladin IgA 140 (Normal Range <10 units)

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 50 (Normal Range <10 units)

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score 517 (Normal Range <300 units)

Fecal anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA antibody 127 (Normal Range <10 units)

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0501

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 06xx

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 1,1 (subtype 5,6)

Fecal anti-ovalbumin (chicken egg) IgA antibody 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (dietary yeast) IgA 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Soy IgA 119 (Normal Range < 10 units)

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