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I just went gluten free 3 weeks ago. Still not feeling very well but I know it may take a long time. I have a few questions, please.

I am way underweight due to the last 7 months of horrible symptoms. I'm trying to eat what I can, but I've learned you can't gain much weight no matter how many fruits and vegetables you eat. I'm also eating meats and I've made a few gluten free pasta dinners. I've got to feed the family too.

I'm trying to drink Ensure Plus because it has 350 calories and lots of vitamins and minerals. It doesn't go down well or sit well with me though. Is Boost better?

Also, I got rid of all my scratched teflon pans and all my tupperware and replaced with new. Toaster too. However, I have these wonderful cookie sheets given to me by a family member that worked in a school cafeteria. They're thick and everything bakes so nicely on them. I haven't been able to part with them yet. However, they are scratched and everything I baked on them in the past likely had gluten. Must I get rid of scratched metal cookware like a cookie sheet? I understand the teflon, the plastic, and most especially scratched wooden cutting boards, but what about my nice cookie sheets and my club aluminum ware that my mother purchased for me many years ago but is still in good shape?

Your input is much appreciated!

Debbie

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You can scour aluminum pretty well with barkeeper's friend. I kept my stainless pots and cleaned them with it and all is fine. If there are deep impressions you may just have to switch them out.

I kept my aluminum cookie sheets (after scouring with bkf). An alternative is to line them with parchment paper when using. So far so good but I will eventually replace them with new. I don't allow gluten on my new aluminum holey pizza pan, too difficult to clean!

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You can scour aluminum pretty well with barkeeper's friend. I kept my stainless pots and cleaned them with it and all is fine. If there are deep impressions you may just have to switch them out.

I kept my aluminum cookie sheets (after scouring with bkf). An alternative is to line them with parchment paper when using. So far so good but I will eventually replace them with new. I don't allow gluten on my new aluminum holey pizza pan, too difficult to clean!

Oh, I'm so pleased to hear I can keep my nice cookie sheets and my club aluminum ware. Thanks so much for the reply!

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Oh, I'm so pleased to hear I can keep my nice cookie sheets and my club aluminum ware. Thanks so much for the reply!

Just beware - if you feel like you get glutened after using them (or feel like you can't shake the gluten and can't pinpoint it) you may need to revisit those cookie sheets and pots.

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I second parchment paper or maybe even a silicone baking mat.

Being underweight is not a situation I've ever had to deal with, but can you tolerate dairy? Maybe add some cheeses, cream soups, sour cream, that sort of thing to meals.

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