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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes


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  1. Marathon Running, Training, Gluten-free

    I am an avid runner and just ran a half-marathon last weekend! You really shouldn't have too much trouble getting calories eating a gluten free diet. Meat is gluten free! So is dairy! So is a good old fashioned baked potato with sour cream and butter! My typical eats when training are: Breakfasts: buckwheat prepared with whole milk; non-homogenized full-fat organic yogurt w/ raspberries & walnuts; lara bar & a big organic apple; 2 pieces gluten free bread (I make the Gluten Free Pantry sandwich bread mix) with organic almond butter; Glutino Bagel w/ almond butter; eggs (but only if I'm not running for a few hours) etc. Snacks: raw almonds/raisins/walnuts/dried cranberries; lara bars (delicious and healthy!); half slice of gluten free bread; lattes and cappuccinos; nut thins; banana muffins (made with Pamela's Baking mix) Lunches & Dinners: Tinkyada or Bionaturae pasta w/ regular pasta sauce; beef roast w/ potatoes/carrots/etc., Pacific brand organic tomato or red pepper or corn soups w/ sauteed chicken added; baked salmon prepared however! with Seeds of Change brand quinoa; Steak marinated in amaretto w/ mashed potatoes or white rice; chicken stir fry (make sure you buy gluten free soy sauce); and the list goes on!
  2. Wow, that woman's blog really offends me. She writes very ill-informed opinions, instead of factual information. Yikes.
  3. Gluten Free Prenatal Vitamins

    E, D, A and K are fat soluble, so you MUST take fat with them for them to absorb. Most people take vitamins simply with water or carb-heavy breakfasts, making it highly unlikely that the vitamins will absorb. Also, there are many micronutrients like phytochemicals needed for absorption that are not present in pill-form vitamins. This is from Forbes.com: "Another reason to fill your plate: Scientists also are finding that taking multivitamins doesn't have the same effect on a person's health as eating well. In the past ten years, they've begun focusing on the role of hundreds of plant chemicals known as phytochemicals, which can have a positive impact on the immune system. Along with the phytochemicals scientists have identified, such as lycopene in tomatoes and anthocyanin in blueberries, there are also likely many that haven't been discovered yet. What's more, there is no recommended daily intake for phytochemicals, and the only way to get them right now is through whole foods." If you can't stomach spinach (or eat enough of it), there are many other sources of folate: asparagus, lentils, garbanzo beans, black-eye peas, kidney beans, walnuts, peanut butter, broccoli, almonds, cabbage, eggs, avocados, green beans, oily fish, dates, bananas, blackberries, potatoes
  4. Gluten Free Prenatal Vitamins

    I have been thinking and reading about this topic a lot lately, as I plan to TTC later this year. In my college Dietetics course, we were taught that vitamins and supplements are ineffective because they are void of the other ingredients found in food that aid in absorption. So, basically you urinate out almost all of the vitamin you take in when you ingest a pill-form vitamin. Modern dietitians will tell you to get your vitamins from food sources. (Doctors really only get a brief nutrition intro while in med school, so they are definitely not the source for your nutrition info.) I just found this article from the NY Times on the subject, which only skims the surface on how ineffective pill-vitamins really are. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html...35754C0A9649482 60&sec=health&spon=&pagewanted=1 Here's a little clip from the article: "A sensibly balanced and varied diet that includes fresh vegetables and fruits and whole grains as well as dairy products and meat or meat substitutes can provide all the needed nutrients, with extra to spare, for the vast majority of people. (See menu plan in accompanying table.) Many people with special needs, such as heavy smokers, can get the extra nutrients they require by making small additions to or changes in their usual diet." Anyway, the reason most doctors will put you on a prenatal vitamin is to get your folic acid. Of course, the easier and healthier way of getting folacin is just to eat dark green leafy vegetables like spinach. This way, not only are you ensuring absorption of the folacin, but you are also getting fiber and other vitamins! Seriously, if we as celiacs are eating balanced diets, there is no need for us to get our vitamins from a pill.
  5. What Books?

    I totally agree with this suggestion!!! Awesome book and it really has changed my food outlook.
  6. Gluten-free Dining In Northern Virginia

    I'm in NOVA. I like Artie's, Mike's, Coastal Flats and Sweetwater. I have also eaten at Clyde's with no problem, however their options were very bland. Oh, and I ate at PF Chang's for my birthday and *hallelujah* I didn't get sick.
  7. Pamela's Baking Mix

    Hmm, I can't get the link to work, but if you go to amazon .com and search for pamelas mix, it will come up on the first page.
  8. Pamela's Baking Mix

    You can get the four-pound bag on amazon right now. Here's the link: http://www.amazon .com/Pancake-Baking-Wheat...9295&sr=8-2 I love this stuff and substitute it in all my old wheat recipes. The only thing it really hasn't worked in was my Sprinkles Bakery cupcake recipe. They sunk in the middle. I'm sure I can tweak it with added leavening.
  9. Redbridge Beer

    I dunno. I think Redbridge has sort of a metallic aftertaste. Oh well, I'm happy we are at least starting to get options!
  10. I buy Bionaturae's Gluten Free Penne regularly, but lately I've been getting a really really gritty feeling when I chew it. It's almost as if there's sand in it! I contacted the company and they sent me three new bags, but those were the same! I even asked my non-celiac husband to try a few bites and he said there is something definitely wrong with the penne. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm seriously concerned because the Penne has always been my favorite.