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I was diagnosed with Celiac about two weeks ago. Am I supposed to get seperate forks, spoons,pots and pans? I am the only one in the house with this. What about the food pantry and fridge? Any suggestions or explanations would be great. I have lots of books here to read but it is all a bit overwhelming.I thought joining this forum would be a better way to start off.

Thanks

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Separate wooden spoons, colanders, cutting boards, and cooking utensils, ie whisks, spatulas, etc. are probably a good idea. Don't share the toaster, and cover cookie sheets carefully with foil or parchment. I have my own shelf in the pantry and drawer in the freezer, but that's more for organization than anything else. If stuff is properly bagged/covered, and you family doesn't touch your safe food with gluteny hands, you should be ok.

I don't share any on the common snacks, even if they are gluten-free, because I periodically watch my dad eating a sandwich and sticking his hand in the chips at the same time. Last night we had a special dinner because my stepsister came home, and there was ciabatta bread involved...can you say crumbs?!? So I made everyone wash their hands like mad. There was only one potentially dangerous incident. My stepmother was putting the bread in the oven at the same time whe was taking a tray of crab legs out, and I actually saw crumbs fall onto that tray. Luckily there was another tray that had already been taken out of the oven.

also watch out for dishcloths, sponges, etc.


Gluten Free since 10/07

Mildly Lactose Intolerant, slight intestinal symptoms after eating milk products, but easily corrected with lactase enzyme

Endometriosis- DX'd 5/07

Gluten Antibodies- "negative"...don't know exact numbers, am highly suspicious...

DXed celiac 12-19-07 via genetics/elimination diet- DQ2 allele

Brother with Celiac, aspergers...his tests were all negative (he didn't have genetics done), including endoscopy, but he definitely is at the least gluten intolerant...highly suspect my mother has it as well- she has hyperthyroid, fibromyalgia, hemochromatosis, and now colon cancer, and she has been weak and exhausted and just generally sick. She's going to get tested.

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glad to help :)


Gluten Free since 10/07

Mildly Lactose Intolerant, slight intestinal symptoms after eating milk products, but easily corrected with lactase enzyme

Endometriosis- DX'd 5/07

Gluten Antibodies- "negative"...don't know exact numbers, am highly suspicious...

DXed celiac 12-19-07 via genetics/elimination diet- DQ2 allele

Brother with Celiac, aspergers...his tests were all negative (he didn't have genetics done), including endoscopy, but he definitely is at the least gluten intolerant...highly suspect my mother has it as well- she has hyperthyroid, fibromyalgia, hemochromatosis, and now colon cancer, and she has been weak and exhausted and just generally sick. She's going to get tested.

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Welcome!

Here is some start up information:

http://www.celiac.org/downloads/Quick%20St...NAL%2010_06.pdf

Here is a list of companies who will clearly list all forms of gluten. It makes it so much easier to shop:

http://www.glutenfreeindy.com/foodlists/in...donothidegluten


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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When I was diagnosed almost two years ago it took some time to figure out what we could and couldnt share.

Since then we've had to go almost all gluten free. Other things to watch out for are shared jars of condiments.

Peanut butter, mayo, jelly etc. You don't want to have anything that a knife which just spread something on bread was in the jar.

One of the odd ones that got me was paying bills --literally made me sick.. The gluten in the glue on the envelops.

It takes time to figure it all out but gets much easier in time. The hardest part for us is still eating out.

Good uck

Ken

I was diagnosed with Celiac about two weeks ago. Am I supposed to get seperate forks, spoons,pots and pans? I am the only one in the house with this. What about the food pantry and fridge? Any suggestions or explanations would be great. I have lots of books here to read but it is all a bit overwhelming.I thought joining this forum would be a better way to start off.

Thanks


"Ryo tatereba mi ga tatanu"

If we try to serve both sides, we cannot stand our own ground.

Japanese proverb

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I organized the pantry where I have my gluten free items on a shelf and my husband has his gluten foods on another then a shelf with shared foods that we both like that are gluten free.

We each have our own peanut butter and tub of butter (I put stickers sometimes on the ones that are mine or a big G F). He makes his sandwhiches on a counter that I never use and then cleans it off. Chip bags we put what we want on our plate so gluten fingers do not get crumbs in the bag.

In the refrigerator and freezer I have a shelf that is dedicated to gluten free items then the rest of the shelfs are up for the taking (also do it this way so I can see easily if I am running low on one of my gluten free items) :)

Here are some links that may help with some things:

http://www.venturaceliac.org/glutenfree-basics.htm

http://www.csaceliacs.org/

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbook:Gluten-Free

http://www.dfwceliac.org/ (this one has skin and body items that are gluten free -- left side of page)

Best of luck :D


Rebecca

Partial Gluten Free March 2007

Completely Gluten Free February 2008

Tapioca Starch/Flour Free April 2008

No MSG July 2008

Cut out Nitrates//Nitrites January 2009

Problems with Tomatoes and Potatoes -- Cut out Nightshades Aug '09

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One of the odd ones that got me was paying bills --literally made me sick.. The gluten in the glue on the envelops.

Ken

After reading this totally false urban legend, you will never again forget that "GLUE STICKS ARE YOUR FRIEND!"

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/food/tacobell.asp :ph34r:


Sandi ~ learning to live in a world obsessed and infested with wheat.

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" probably was not referring to us . . .

"For the love of money gluten is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." (apologies to 1 Timothy 6:10 (NASB)

The person we most dislike is still a soul for whom Christ died. (David Jeremiah)

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Hi,

I know this is an older post but I thought I would reply anyway.

It all depends on how sensitive you are to the gluten. Some celiacs find that they can't use

some brands of shampoos and soaps because they contain gluten which accidentally gets on

thier hands or in thier mouth. Other celiacs never get dagnosed because they don't have any symptoms (jealous? I am!)

If you are not starting to feel better within a couple of months, take a look at your soaps and

other personal products.

Good luck :)


Australian

Gluten Free Since mid March 2008

As well as gluten I can't eat: cantaloupe, honeydew, dairy and most nuts and seeds. I also seem to have a problem with a lot of fruits and vegetables but only when they are raw.

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