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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I went to Cape Cod in Massachusetts to get married yesterday. The wedding was very small and was held on the beach in Dennis. Because I hadn't searched for many gluten-free restaurants beforehand, we went to BZ's afterwards for pizza. They get their gluten-free pizza crusts from Good Ju Ju Bakery. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the whole gluten-free thing. Their gluten-free pizzas are made in a separate area of the kitchen and I did not get sick! Most of their specialty toppings can be done on the gluten-free crust (I'd avoid the chicken tenders or alfredo sauce toppings). I had the Medditeranean (sliced tomatoes, black olives, red onions, green peppers, feta, marinara sauce and mozzarella) and it was AWESOME! The taste and texture would be similar to a chewy crunchy thin pizza crust. The toppings were perfectly done. My mother in law had the same gluten-free pizza and she couldn't tell the difference from a gluten pizza. The restaurant is a very causal and relaxed place (think of plastic cutlery, paper plates, plastic cups and sports on tv). The waitress was very friendly and prompt with the drinks, food and refills. I'm going there more often when I move closer to the cape! We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast called Brewster By The Sea. The room was nice, cozy and clean. They left fresh flowers picked from their garden in our room and turned down the bed and left mints for us. They have a pool, hot tub, lovely yard and offer massages. We had breakfast prepared on site this morning and mine was gluten-free. A family with a young girl that has Celiac stays there each year and the owners of the Bed & Breakfast purchase gluten-free things for her from a local gluten-free bakery, so they know how to treat us Celiacs! We had started the meal with fresh fruit, then were served a yummy lemon sorbet. For the main course we were served an amazing vegetable frittata, sausage (best I've ever had), gluten-free biscuits for me and of course tasty coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice. I left feeling very full and didn't have one single problem with gluten while staying here. I'd definitely recommend a stay at this Bed and Breakfast, they are such nice people and their home is well maintained and comfortable. They think of everything and even gave us a little bag with a bottle of lavender oil and other goodies. They really took care of us!
  2. Outback

    I've eaten at the Outback restaurants twice here in Mass. and haven't gotten sick at all. I do have to say that the steaks I make at home taste better. I went to Outback in Mechanicsville, VA when I visited family before Christmas and got horribly sick. The only thing different was that they put seasonings on the steak. The previous restaurants in MA didn't use the steak seasonings. This Outback also had a difficult time finding the gluten-free menu. In the future I'm going to take this as a huge warning signal to not eat at a restaurant if they are confused about the gluten-free menu and can't find it. It also irks me big time when I request a gluten-free meal and ask for no bread and the Outback waitress slaps the loaf of bread right in front of me...
  3. I had my birthday dinner last night at the Revere, MA Uno's and did not get sick. The cheese is very yummy, the crust is thin and has a good flavor and the outside crust is a bit crunchy. The sauce is pretty good, almost close to the homemade marinara I put on my gluten-free pizza at home. I just use more garlic and herbs. The salad at the Plymouth location was better, but I won't complain too much. I guess the pizza is close to a well made Domino's thin crust cheese pizza with light sauce. At least this is what I remember them tasting like 4 years ago! I'm liking the Uno's a lot. Two safe meals so far and my boyfriend has a huge menu to choose from (he can eat gluten), so he won't get too bored when I want to eat out!
  4. I ate at the Uno's in Plymouth on 12/27/08 and did not get sick. I had a side salad and the pepperoni pizza and loved my meal! The pizza is as big as a huge dinner plate and I was quite full afterwards. The servers found the menu immediately and knew about celiac disease and gluten-free food! I'm very impressed!
  5. A Reaction From Cheetos?

    I have been getting DF rash flare ups for a few months and tummy issues here and there (ever since I started this job). I've been bad and have snacked on Cheetos bought in the vending machine since I started working here (at least twice a week). I quit the Cheetos for two weeks, the rash got better and my tummy behaved more. I ate Cheetos this morning and got a HUGE red flare up on both of my legs. omg itching itching itching and had to run to the bathroom because my intestines basically went haywire. So, I went to the FritoLay website and Cheetos are listed as Gluten-Free... However, at the bottom of the Gluten-Free list it says this: *The above products do not contain gluten; however, they are produced on the same line as our products that do contain gluten. Although the lines are washed between batches, a slight residue may remain on the lines. Individuals who are extremely sensitive may be affected. I'm sorry, but I have rarely seen anyone in a food processing area truly clean it thoroughly in all the years I worked in restaurants, so I'm going with the strong assumption of it also being true at any pre-packaged food company as well. So I'd take that statement as a no, Cheetos are NOT Gluten-Free.
  6. Metabolife

    I emailed them a couple of months ago and got a vague reply. They responded with a list of the ingredients, but no actual answer to advise if any of them are gluten in disguise.
  7. I have PCOS and am addicted to carbs as well. The addiction to carbs was horrible a year and a half ago, but it's getting better. It's a mental thing and I'm teaching myself to view the foods as if they were cauliflower, which I despise. bleh!!
  8. Dairy that isn't low fat isn't going to help. Since I started eating low fat and cutting down on the dairy intake has really helped the scale for me. I'm doing weight watchers and using the flex point system. Those gluten free goodies suck when it comes to points, they aren't so good for you. I found that I was eating what I thought were light meals, but actually were larger portions than I thought, thus more calories. I am eating small meals, several times a day and sticking to my points and getting exercise. The weight stopped going up and is slooooowly going down. Before I found out about celiac, I had lost 40 pounds in just a little bit of time, now a one pound loss is difficult.
  9. Soyjoy

    I'm totally fine with corn, thank goodness. I find that darn warning under the flaps of packages a lot, so now I'm looking there right after the ingredients list!
  10. The Stop & Shop in Malden, just outside of Boston has a decent gluten free selection. Getting to Whole Foods is a pain since I moved outside of the city, but now shopping is less expensive. I go to Wild Oats once a month or so to buy Chebe bread and a few other goodies. For normal shopping, I can still get my Tinkyada pasta and a bunch of fresh produce and whatnot from Stop & Shop, so no special trips are needed all the time anymore. I do miss living across the street from the Symphony Wild Oats!
  11. The same stuff happened with me until a year ago, when I ran across an ad on a website and then everything made sense. Going gluten free has changed my moods, gotten rid of most of the depression, made the neuropathy symptoms lessen, etc. The depression comes back if I get glutened, plus a bunch of other things. I've had this for a long time because I can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't in the bathroom 20+ times a day. I just wish my hair would grow back. I was lucky to get super thick and curly hair, it's not quite as obvious that I've lost 2/3 of my hair because it's still thick looking. I have PCOS too, so that causes hair loss and problems, so the hair probably is gone for good.
  12. Soyjoy is manufactured on equipment that also processes wheat and nuts. bad soyjoy, bad bad bad!!!
  13. Soyjoy

    They claim to be Gluten Free on the label and on their site. HOWEVER: They also print an additional message that states: Manufactured On Equipment That Also Produces Tree Nuts and Wheat. This tiny message is printed under the seam of the packaging, where I did not see it until after I had consumed the snack. Yes, I got a nice glutening and it wasn't pretty. I had gone gluten free for two straight weeks, which is the longest thus far.
  14. I've been buying the frozen breadsticks from Wild Oats and LOVE them! I am doing Weight Watchers, so I don't overdo the breadsticks or have them too often, but when I do, it's a nice treat. I will have to try out the recipes posted here, they sound pretty good and variety in my meals is something I enjoy. My non-celiac boyfriend loves the Chebe and has not had a problem with going gluten free at home. He gets to eat whatever he wants for lunch during the week, but also enjoys what we make at home.