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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. So....now it is many days later and I just cannot tell you how good I feel with the combination of 1000mg of Vitamin D, melatonin for sleep and an antidepressant. I am good natured, do not snap at my husband, feel so much more at peace with my life. I just went to the doctor today for a follow-up appointment and had to tell him how life-altering this regimine has been. I feel I must have been depressed for a very long time now and am so happy to have found a solution. It really is hard to explain, but I was always living either in the past (going over what is wrong with my life and wishing it were different) or living in the future (trying to see what I could do to make things better) and not living in the moment. I am able to do that more now. After nearly 65 years the other way, it takes some time to change, but it sure is wonderful. Happy New Year. Barbara
  2. Insomnia

    Try Melatonin, I don't know if anyone else has suggested this, I don't feel like going through all of these answers. The doctor told me about Melatonin and it works.
  3. If any of you think you have SAD, a common ailment that affects people who do no get outside and who are bummed in the winter.......last winter was awful for me and no doctor put their finger on it. This winter I suggested to my doctor that I might have this, he agreed and put me on a much larger dose of Vitamin D, Melatonin for sleep and an anti-depressant. I was having so many "nerve" headaches (used to have migraines, but don't anymore) and "episodes" where I was so very sick that I just had to go to the bed and sleep it away, kind of like I was in a stupor. In the beginning I could attach each "episode" to a gluten accident, but not the three in one week that I had Thanksgiving week. After I saw the doctor, and went on the three things he suggested, I feel so, so much better and even am a nicer person. Christmas is a very hard time for me and then the cold months of January and February are tough too. I had just a crappy winter last year and am looking at a much better one this year. Happy Holidays.
  4. LaChoy soy sauce is gluten-free. I use it all the time. I don't know what you meant by "regular" but LaChoy is a very popular name in the Chinese section at regular grocery stores.
  5. Chex

    I'm with you.........I eat Rice Chex almost every morning and I have for over six months now, I just do not tire of it. It is almost the only way to get milk in me, too unless I use it for cooking as I do not drink milk. I don't like the Corn Chex and have not tried any of the flaovred ones.
  6. Biaggi's Italian Restaurant

    Yes, Biaggi's has awesome gluten-free pasta. It is green and must be spinach pasta, but you can't tell that when you eat it. The only time I was there, I just ordered the pasta with red sauce, but they have a large gluten-free menu and now to think they may have bread too. That would push it up to the top of my favorite's list. Before gluten-free, bread could make or break a meal for me in a restaurant, I love good bread. You can google Biaggi's maybe they have the menu online. I was to the one in Raleigh, NC and it was really good. Barbara
  7. Just google gluten free carrot cake recipe and it will take you to lots of places, but I just chose the Betty Crocker site and there are what looks to be lots of really good ways to use their mixes. I am going to try some of them. Betty Crocker has really come through for us, and will line their pockets with gold due to the fact that their mixes are so expensive. We are worth it, though!!!!! Barbara
  8. Just Not Sleepy/tired!

    Hey, Babysteps, you put your finger on something here.........last night I had a bowl of chocolate pudding (sugar free/gluten-free) and sleep was impossible. I had already figured out the caffiene thing re: soda, but chocolate??? That's it. I am going to stay away from any chocolate things before bed and see if that helps. By the way....did you notice how many people took a look at this site, must be a lot of non-sleepers out there. Barbara
  9. Rain Forest Cafe

    There is a basic rule in the previous letter............go with a char grilled steak, some kind of potato that you feel safe with and a salad or veggies and you pretty much can't go wrong when dining out. I know what I can eat in every restaurant that I go to. Noodles is the best as they have gluten-free rice pasta that is scrumptious. It is one of my favorite places to eat and they are very busy, not cheap either. Barbara
  10. Olive Garden

    Had the gluten-free pasta at OG and I agree, it is a bit blah, but surely a step in the right direction. I eat the salad, asking for the croutons to be on the side and do fine. I have to admit that the pasta was a little dry so I asked for some of their regular red sauce and that was fine too. As far as CC goes at OG, this product comes prepackaged so I imainge they just microwave it and slip it on a clean plate. Biaggi's is a wonderful restaurant, and they have a huge gluten-free menu. Their gluten-free pasta is green/spinach and so nice, and much better than what OG offers at this time. NOW if only they could come up with some interesting gluten-free bread with these Italian dinners, we would really be happy, right? Barbara
  11. Is this test effective if a person has a gluten intolerance and has not been eating gluten for some time? If it is cheap enough, I might try it for confirmation. Barbara
  12. Bob's Red Mill Bread Mix and All Purpose Baking Flour are staples in my kitchen. I love the bread, when I make it I use all eggs rather than waste money using so many whites, cheaper too. The flour I use as a substitute in lots of recipes. I have found that you can use a little less as it is more dense than regular white flour. Also be sure to use Xanthun Gum, about 1 t. per cup of flour. I have fed gluten-free things to people that didn't know and they could not tell. Actually I did try Pamela's bread mix and it is good too. They have it at my Walmart in a special section for us gluten-free people. Pamela's baking mix is so awesome for pancakes and waffles, try it with blueberries on top, so yummy. Barbara
  13. To China To Adopt Our Daughter

    CONGRATULATIONS on getting a daughter from China, they are just beautiful children and so blessed that someone wants to give them a good life. We have friends that have two Chinese daughters, they got them two years apart------their names are Sarah and Rachel. They wre adopted into a very loving large extended family and will have such a nice life as the whole family is very comfortable financially, too. Hopefully you have enough time now to research the gluten situation in China, so that you can eat okay while you are there. Barbara
  14. Serious Bowel Disfunction

    For my chronic constipation the doctor told me to take Miralax. I bought the generic form at Walmart, their brand is Equate (exact same stuff). I took it for four days and it completely straightened out my problem, actually going in the other direction so now I am trying to fine tune how often I need to use it. I swear by it. Barbara
  15. To Hungryforlife, I get those same symptoms, I call them neurological as it is like I am in a stupor and I just have to go to bed and sleep it off. Happened just recently when I ate some regular pumpkin bread (what was I thinking), won't do that again. I am fine if I just eat gluten-free. I did do the Enterolab full deal and I have the gene, a sensitivity to gluten and at the lactose, but that has passed. Although not many people have responded, this thread has had a lot of lookers, so it may be important to many. Barbara