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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. Celiac Horseback Riding?

    Thanks everybody. I'm pretty sure we can work around it. But I just wanted some affirmation that it's not that big of a deal. -Margaret
  2. Celiac Horseback Riding?

    There's wheat in most horse feed. Barley too. It's kind of a given... What do you do??
  3. Hi Everybody, Haven't posted in a while. Looks like child #2 may be celiac as well and I'm really sad. She loves food and it was fun while it lasted... She's been interested in horses lately and I want to take her for riding lessons this summer. Just a little worried about the enviornment in a barn if the horses are eating wheat based products and slobbering over her. We work so hard to have our house gluten free to avoid CC. But a barn is a whole 'nuther ball o' wax. She's not quite 4 and her hands are in her mouth from time to time. Any celiac riders out there? What precautions do you take, if any?
  4. Hi welcom to having to be gluten free. I'm doing ok so far coping. how are you doing?

  5. Hi all, Just got a new Cuisinart bread machine. I mad the Gluten Free Pantry White bread and it came out GREAT. The loaf was yummy and did NOT collapse when I remove it from the pan. (A problem we struggled with in the past). Looking for some more recipes. Do you have a bread machine? What's your favorite recipe? I'd love to find an Oatmeal bread recipe... Thanks!! Margaret
  6. Need Menu Ideas

    That looks REALLY good. Thanks! Have you made it without the cheese?
  7. Normally my house is just gluten free. We eat everything else. My vegan friends are coming over next week. We're gluten free I'm soy intolerant, so no tofu or tempeh DH will not eat beans unless they are re-fried What can I do besides gluten-free pasta with red sauce? I could do something Mexican with beans and rice and my friends could just skip the cheese. Since you guys are the gurus of menu planning with limitations... what should I make? I have a nice rice pudding recipe that uses almond milk. But other than that (which is a little bland and BORING to make for friends I haven't seen in ages) what can I do? Thanks in advance, Margaret
  8. I meant making pizza for the class... I'm just not sure what to ask them for. It would probably be OK if all the kids remain seated like they do for lunch. But I don't want them to cotton on to the fact that he's the reason that they can't have a "normal" party.
  9. I can make him a pizza, that's not the problem. I make great pizza that he likes. It's the fact that the classroom will be slimey with gluten and crumbs for the duration with the day. He's always wiggling his loose teeth and I just don't see how he won't get sick.
  10. Hi there, My son's school is really big on pizza parties. The principal is retiring and plans on having a pizza party for each classroom. They have evening events that center around pizza parties which I am dreading. My son is in kindergarten and has loose teeth that he loves to wiggle. 'Nuff said? I don't want to leave him out of things, but he may as well be going to a strychnine party. I'm thinking about keeping him home for the classroom one. I'll be there for the evening ones to keep an eye on him for possible CC issues. The school would probably do whatever I asked them to, rather than have him miss it. Other than making the pizza myself which is a big, expensive hassle that would require me to take the day off anyway, I'm not sure what to do. There's a couple local pizza places (in Cambridge, MA) that make gluten-free pizza, but it's expensive and not very good. If I asked them to cancel it or do something else, like fruit salad and brownies (provided by me), he's having a hard enough time socially that I don't want him to be the reason their class couldn't have a pizza party... Just ARGH. Argh. Argh. Any ideas?
  11. Try this for the shortbread: http://www.foodphilosopher.com/assets/docs/0404gluten.cfm This is a lemon square recipe that my whole family loves. I think you could use the bottom part for what you're describing. The flour is 3 parts Authentic Foods Brown Rice Flour, 1 part potato starch and 1/2 part tapioca starch. It's very, very good. -Margaret
  12. We didn't biopsy, we were already gluten free by the time we got into see the GI and I flat out refused to start feeding my son gluten when he was already getting better. But I don't know of anybody who has regretted the decision to biopsy. It's a very quick and safe procedure and it might be good to know the extent of the damage. If my son had been older I would have done it.
  13. Holiday Parties

    What is it in BBQ Beef that you can't have? Most BBQ sauce is gluten free. Can't you just request a specific brand of whomever is making it, or you can make your own. Here's my recipe: 1 (28-ounce) can tomato sauce 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (The bottle of Lea and Perrins I have is gluten-free, but check the label, they change the formula from time to time) 1 tablespoon wheat free soy sauce (such as Tamari) 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  14. Try lite coconut milk. WAY less calories and I can't taste the difference. You can get it at Trader Joes. I also saw some coconut milk in the organic section at Stop & Shop in a big container. It's made by the same company that makes the coconut milk ice cream.
  15. I'm about as pro vaccine as they come. BUT, I did wait until both my kids were three months old and a little sturdier before I allowed them to get the Hep B or any other vaccine. It just felt right to me. I knew I didn't have Hep B, so that wasn't an issue. I'm leery of the newer vaccines, but we did all the standard ones with no issues other than a few tears at the doctors, both for my celiac guy and my non celiac girl.