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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. Xanthum Gum

    YOu will need something. I have heard of people doubling the amount and using gelatin. I don't know about it's safety but you will only be using 1 or 2 teaspoons.
  2. YOu could put pb and j on rice cake or corn thins. Or dip some pretzels in the peanut butter. Bananas are easy to carry around. There is a lot of debate on Slim Fast being gluten free, you could try that. Or another drink that you feel safe drinking. Pudding cups would go with the bananas.
  3. I have the Nearly normal cookbook and I have loved everything I've made from it. I keep a Lock and Lock of 'nearly normal' flour that I make myself from the book. The recipe for those chocolate chip cookies are in the book and everyone who eats them says they are the best they've had. She also has a recipe for graham crackers that are very good. I didn't know she has a website, I'll have to google her. If I were you, I'd buy the book.
  4. While I was waiting for the page to load I was thinking about Cocoa Pebbles.
  5. I didn't have my daughter biopsied either. The doctor who dx her said that the blood tests were pretty acurate now a days and said to skip the biopsy. I put her on a gluten free diet and saw major improvements. Not radical and not overnight. But slowly but surely she was feeling better. It wasn't until a few months later that I started to really re think my decision to pass on the biopsy. We had done all kinds of blood work prior to me insisting on the celiac blood work. So I knew she didn't have an ulcer and she wasn't this or that, we went through the whole work up. The first doc said she was depressed. So when we started her on the diet and she felt better I asked her if she wanted to do the biopsy so she would know 100% for sure it is Celiac. She said no. She doesn't care what it is or what you call it, we call it Celiac, she wants nothing to do with gluten. And this is from a girl who would love to go to KFC and eat a whole bucket to herself. She is 12 and I can't imagine putting her through that. A toddler would be harder. I get the "I need to know" attitude and I also get the "I already know" attitude.
  6. I have never used Pamela's, but I think Bob's red mill tastes gross because of a bean flour they use. It over powers everything.
  7. Thanks, I am so glad to hear it. Xanthan gum is such a budget killer. I bake a lot and try to make everything homemade for my kids. It starts to really add up. I bought the Organ gluten substitute online but after shipping I didn't save any money.
  8. Getting a donation is a great idea. But if you don't have the time to get the donation, I'll give you my recipe. Buttermilk Pancakes 1/4 C sugar 2 Tablespoons shortening 2 Tablespoons oil 1 egg 3/4 C cornstarch 3/4 C potato starch 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 C buttermilk In a bowl mix sugar and shortening. Add everything else, but the buttermilk. Slowly add buttermilk, make sure to remove all lumps. I don't use buttermilk, I make my own sour milk. That will make it cheaper to make. Sometimes I need to add a little more milk, but I don't bother making more sour milk I just pour it straight from the jug. This is very easy to double I could do a triple batch but my kitchen aid is the small one. I have also made this batter the night before and then cooked them in the morning. They do freeze well, but taste WAY better fresh. the recipe says you will get 15 3 inch pancakes. I think that is about right. Maybe you could make the gluten free pancakes silver dollar pancakes so they don't get confused with the regular pancakes.
  9. Has anyone used guar gum instead of xanthan gum? I found one recipe, long ago, that called for guar gum and haven't used it since. Than I read in Living Without magazine that you can use either one. At my local health food store xanthan gum is $14.45 and guar gum is $5.35. For the same 8oz. I have always been to nervous to try the guar gum, I don't want to have to throw out anything if it doesn't turn out. I also read somewhere that you can use unflavored gelatin. You just double it. But I have never tried it.
  10. Here's what Living Without magazine says: Add 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum or guar gum per cup of flour blend to make cakes, cookies, bars, muffins and other quick breads. Add 1 teaspoon per cup of flour blend to make yeast bread, pizza or other baked items that call for yeast.
  11. The gluten free kitchen cookbook has the best pancakes ever. And she uses only cornstarch and potato starch. Both my daughter and I don't care for pancakes, but after I made these for the rest of the family, we both dreamed about these. They are so stinking good. We ordered something from amazon and they gave us a mix by accident. I think it was Kinnick (sp?), we were not impressed. Then I used a recipe from Carol Fenster, again not impressed and not as easy to make as The Gluten Free Kitchen recipe. I'll post it iff you don't have it. Let me know.
  12. When my daughter was newly dx'ed I bought a three ring binder and just started stashing information away. Everything any company sent me, any website I discovered, or any notes I took, or any recipe I printed. This helped me a lot because I could tell my daughter to get the note book and she knew how to look things up on her own. And I knew right where I could find out my own answers. So much information is going to flood you, and you will get over the feeling of being overwhelmed. It takes time, a lot of reading.
  13. One time I bought my daughter some turkey from the deli. When we were home, I noticed that something was on the turkey. The clerk had used the cheese slicer and contaminated ALL of my turkey. At the time we were doing a dairy challenge, I was so MAD. I am now only buying her packaged meats.
  14. I haven't tried going through my insurance, but I met with the one at the celiac disease conference in May. And all I can say is, I'm glad I didn't have to pay for that meeting. She just told me to let my daughter eat nachos and and to buy greek style yogurt. I would suggest eating well but still add a multivitamin.
  15. I understand your dilema, but yes I think you are overracting. You are not "the crazy allergy" mom, food allergies are serious. But that doesn't mean you can change the whole theme of the day. Don't be sad for your daughter, it is only going to make her feel bad about her diet restrictions. Feeling bad won't change anything. And I bet you think it is a bigger deal than she does. Just send her with her own bag of mixed gluten free cereals and tell her she cannot do the exchange but she can still sit at the table with all the rest of the kids eating with their hands out of a bag. You can't keep her home every time food is involved and you can't make other people go gluten free. She has a lifetime of this ahead of her. She needs you to help her feel ok about that. That being said, I keep making my daughter cupcakes to take to parties. Even though she has told me over and over that she doesn't want them. My response is "every kid should have cake at a party" She handles it her way, but I make sure she has options. I understand the mama bear.