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Hi there--I'm newly diagnosed and have been gluten-free for 14 days. I feel HORRIBLE. My stomach aches and is hugely bloated.

I am just reading some threads about cross-contamination through toasters and am starting to get overwhelmed.

Is there some kind of checklist for people newly diagnosed? If I'm going to do this, I want to do it 100%, but I need some more resources.

Right now this does NOT feel sustainable...please tell me I'll feel better soon!

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Not so much a "checklist" but heres a few things to doublecheck.... dont give up it takes a while to get back into shape and get the diet down

Non-kitchen items:

hand lotions

shampoo/conditioners

Kitchen and food related things:

doublecheck all labels on food in your cupboards including spices and seasonings

stay clear of dairy for a while (6 months average then try it again and see if your healed enough for it yet)

if you live alone or will have a 100% gluten-free household, anything containing gluten give it away or toss it

go on a "cleaning binge" in your kitchen (cupboards, counters and drawers)

stick to the basics, meats and veggies dont get to fancy at first keep it simple

"start fresh" if you can afford it

plastic containers that are scraped or scarred

plastic utensils with scrapes and scars (spatula's ect)

wooden utensils

teflon pots and pans with scratches

stoneware

cast iron

toaster

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Be careful of any surface with scratches or that is difficult to clean. You will also need new cutting boards. I also bought a new deep fryer and replaced my son's plastic plates with new glass ones. I basically replaced anything that was not glass, but my stuff was quite old.

When I prepare food I basically act like there is poison everywhere. No food touches any surface. I always put a paper towel or a clean plate under food and utensils. I know it sounds unbelievable but soon all of these things will seem routine and normal.

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Hello!

You need to be 100% gluten-free to heal....it will take awhile to get the hang of things but you'll get it!!!

Not sure if a new colander was mentioned...but you may want to get a new one.

New sponges ect for your kitchen cleaning.

Good Luck and hope you feel better soon!

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Hi there--I'm newly diagnosed and have been gluten-free for 14 days. I feel HORRIBLE. My stomach aches and is hugely bloated.

I am just reading some threads about cross-contamination through toasters and am starting to get overwhelmed.

Is there some kind of checklist for people newly diagnosed? If I'm going to do this, I want to do it 100%, but I need some more resources.

Right now this does NOT feel sustainable...please tell me I'll feel better soon!

It does take a good bit of studying and relearning how to eat gluten-free. I am diagnosed less than six months myself and still stumble around a bit but feel 100% better than I did.

Dumb stuff to remember:

envelopes - use a wet sponge to seal them; check any OTC medicines beforen you take them. All meds have a coating to make them appear more appealing; toothpaste is and can be a source of gluten; and butter and spreads - put your name on the containers so others in your family don't use

Don't despair - it will all come together for you and you will know if something gets by you.

Good luck,

Lynn B

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Here is a link to a great startup guide. It really helps you think about things that might not have occurred to you before.

Don't worry, you 'll get the kinks worked out in time.

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When you are first starting to cook gluten-free, stick to the basics. It is best for your stomach and your wallet. What I ate was:

Breakfast: eggs, gorilla munch cereal, banana and peanut butter, or apples and almonds

Lunch: I normally made soup on Sunday and froze it for the rest of the week. Here are the recipes:

Veggie Soup

In a large pot throw in:

1 large can (32oz) of diced or crushed tomatoes

3 cups water

8-10 chopped baby carrots

1/2 a chopped onion

bring to boil.

add:

3/4 cups brown rice

1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables

any leftover or canned veggies you have

simmer for 40 minutes. Cool and freeze

White Bean Chili

In a large pot throw in:

1 tiny (tuna sized) can of diced chili peppers

1 large (32 oz) of diced or crushed tomatoes

2 cups of water

2 cans (16 oz each) of Great Northern white beans

bring to boil. add 3/4 cup rice. Cover and cook for 40 minutes.

Dinner: This is where a George Forman grill is wonderful because you can really get it clean and can grill up any plain meat and it tastes great. For sides I normally cook brown rice with a Herbox bullion cube in it. Remember it is 2 parts water for every 1 part rice. I also will add steamed veggies and/or apple sauce. For dessert you can have fresh or frozen food with cool whip.

It will get better if you stick with it. Good luck!

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<a href="http://forums.gluten free.com/viewtopic.php?t=1309" target="external nofollow">Here is a link</a> to a great startup guide. It really helps you think about things that might not have occurred to you before.

Don't worry, you 'll get the kinks worked out in time.

I tried to click on your link but it doesn't work on my computer. Will you list the link you mentioned in the above message. Thank you

Marlena

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I tried to click on your link but it doesn't work on my computer. Will you list the link you mentioned in the above message. Thank you

Marlena

Sorry for the snafu with the link. I have fixed the one above, but here it is again: http://tinyurl.com/2odsam

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