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I just got back from a family reunion and was pleasantly surprised. :) There were over 100 people and everyone brought food. Lots of gluteny desserts of course. We are talking Southern Georgia here.....Fried okra, black eyed peas, ham, cobbler, biscuits and everything else Southern you can imagine.

Well before I went I told my Mom I would be bringing my own food. She said she understood. I brought a big cooler full of things I could eat. Well, my Mom made a roasted turkey. She used only salt, pepper and garlic powder for seasoning. She showed me each spice bottle so I could approve of them. And I ate the turkey with no problems. She used a stainless steel pot to make me some turnip greens with only salt and olive oil (cuz the ham had "spices" and I didnt trust it). She baked sweet potatoes wrapped in tin-foil.

I was able to eat a "normal" Southern meal and no one gave me any crap. A few people said...."My you eat so healthy." and "You arent eating dessert, no wonder you are skinny." But none in a bad way and no one pressured me to eat anything.

I had a good time! And I didnt get sick!

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I just got back from a family reunion and was pleasantly surprised. :) There were over 100 people and everyone brought food. Lots of gluteny desserts of course. We are talking Southern Georgia here.....Fried okra, black eyed peas, ham, cobbler, biscuits and everything else Southern you can imagine.

Well before I went I told my Mom I would be bringing my own food. She said she understood. I brought a big cooler full of things I could eat. Well, my Mom made a roasted turkey. She used only salt, pepper and garlic powder for seasoning. She showed me each spice bottle so I could approve of them. And I ate the turkey with no problems. She used a stainless steel pot to make me some turnip greens with only salt and olive oil (cuz the ham had "spices" and I didnt trust it). She baked sweet potatoes wrapped in tin-foil.

I was able to eat a "normal" Southern meal and no one gave me any crap. A few people said...."My you eat so healthy." and "You arent eating dessert, no wonder you are skinny." But none in a bad way and no one pressured me to eat anything.

I had a good time! And I didnt get sick!

My mom's the same, she's totally awesome. fortunately for me, we bought a house together so I get to run downstairs whenever I bake something cool and share it. She's pretty much the only person I trust to cook food for me.

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I did talk to a few of my Aunts who have the "family curse - nervous stomach", but neither of them were even remotely interested in finding out if gluten was a problem for them. I guess for some, food is way to important.

I did bring some of my gluten-free Jennie's macaroons for dessert. My little 16 mo old nephew went ga ga for them. :)

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I know you are limited on what you can eat esp. not having chocolate!...so when I read your GOOD NEWS, it brought tears to my eyes B)

Hooray for Shay!!!

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Eating was no problem....Sleeping was another matter entirely. My parents bought a 100 year old farm house in GA and this was my first overnight there. I learned that old houses have NO SOUND INSULATION and that dogs CAN bark ALL night......LOL

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congratulations on the eating, sorry about the sleeping.

I was surprised this week this week by my mom also, But then she knows how sick I was.

I went to the zoo with family and arrived late. My nephew offered me half has wrap and my mom actually

blocked him from giving it to me and then nicely explained how ill it made me. I was in shock. Mom always had

told me I was weird or making it up when I told her that foods were making me ill.

I am so glad your mom gets it! It is nice that you got to have a good meal with the family.

One more mile

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Aren't moms great. My mom has developed a new hobby over the last year since I was Dx. Everytime I go over to her house (probably 3 times a month or so) she is so excited to give me the new gluten-free treat she has found. Cookie and cake mixes, last time it was french bread mix. She's the bomb.

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That's really great news for you! I hope my family will be as accepting when I go to my first family event with them on this new diet! They live back in the midwest though and are completely meat and potatoes people so all I'll probably have to turn down are the delicious home made dinner rolls!

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That's great news Shay. It's so nice to hear of good experiences. We're from Georgia too so i know about the good southern cooking. ;) My second cousin found out not too long before i did that he has the same problem (his Dad is my first cousin, who btw has stomach issues) and they think it came from his Mother's side of the family since her uncle has celiac...sorry that's probably confusing! I haven't seen him yet so maybe i'll get a chance to see and talk with him, i'm not sure what his dx was, possibly celiac. This is my Dad's side of the family and my Dad has acid reflux and one of his sister's has acid reflux and gas/stomach issues. Another one of his sister's was dx with osteoporosis a few years back so i often wonder if it may be on my Dad's side. :huh:

I love Jeannie's macaroons! Can't wait until i can eat them again! :)

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Whereabouts you from? My family is mostly in Douglas, but my parents live in Quitman.

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My family is mostly in Thomson (near Augusta). My husband and I live in Central Ga. I've heard of Douglas but can't think of where it is. My in-laws live in Florida so we visit there as often as we can. They live in Port St. Lucie. The last time we visited a NutritionSmart had just opened and they had great gluten free stuff! I think i'll have to take back some hemp protein powder i got from there though, i've never opened it and have the receipt so hopefully they will. I tried drinking hemp milk and it didn't seem to agree with me. Maybe in the future i'll be able to tolerate it.

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The hemp isnt agreeing with me either right now. I have 2 canisters of it in the freezer. Hoping someday........

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That's great news, Shay! I'm so happy for you. Isn't it great when your Mom get it? My Mom struggled for years w/my lactose intolerance but she is on board this time. She likes to bring me Chinese that she grilled the cook about. I'm proud of her. It's good to have family support. I think mine comes from my dad's side of the family. I'm waiting for a family thing like you went to to quiz them.

Keep up with the good news. Sometimes I get bogged down in the negative. It helps to hear others successes.

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