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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Someone Needs To Make An Effort

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I work over 40 hours a week sometimes and also go to college full time. I was diagnosed about 10 years ago with Celiac disease and soy intolerance. Back when none of these big brands cared whether people with celiac disease could eat their food or not. I have to say the market has gotten a little better. But, as I'm sure everyone can relate, walking in a groceries store is more frustrating than anything. In every store the Gluten free section is in a different isle or its all mixed in with everything. And every "gluten free" shopping guide isn't all that helpful. I will never quite adjust to not being able to shop for food like everyone else does. The eating strange food around other people at work and school is surprisingly normal to me. I will pull out some gluten free fried chicken from my lunch box with a Tupper wear of mashed potatoes and some corn, while everyone else is ordering out McDonalds or burger king and shooting me strange looks. My only satisfaction is that I am eating healthier than they are anyway and I will never have the experience of eating a synthetic heart attack with some ketchup on a bun.

But nothing will quite ever get me used to groceries shopping for the things I will need for the next week. I need a book that tells me what I will be in the mood for, for the next week, and what I need to go out and buy. None of these fancy cook books with tons of spices, because the reality is, 1. not everyone is a fantastic cook. and 2. Spices are about 4 dollars a bottle. no thanks. I want someone to come out with a book that is called "For the Celiac, college kid who is a workaholic and a terrible cook."
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I hear ya!  My husband and I used to joke that we needed a "wife" to do the cooking and housework...  But here's a suggestion that might help a bit - when you do cook, do a larger amount so you'll have the left-overs for a busier day.  There's nothing wrong with just using a few favorite recipes over and over either.  I think we forget that much of the world eats a heck of a lot of soups and stews day in and day out.  


Stick to a few good spices and substitute if you don't have what the recipe calls for.  I like dried parsley, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper all of which you can get in economy sizes.  Guess you'll have to find a few that don't cause you problems and just use them a lot until you're through your studies and can buy all the spices you want!

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So, I'm new to this forum but let me add a piece here. If you suffer from migraines in addition to celiac: Cooking ahead is great; but be certain to freeze the food you prepare. It is important for migraine sufferers to avoid excess consumption of tyramine. Tyramine is an amino acid known to cause headaches and increase the occurrence of migraines. It Is known to be naturally contained certain foods like aged cheese, red wine, and soy sauce, but it it also builds up in leftovers stored in the refrigerator. This makes your once yummy, safe gluten free meals a potential migraine trigger food for us sufferers. Hope this helps someone.

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