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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. My doctor told me I would be 70% more likely to get bowel cancer if I did not strictly adhere to a gluten free diet. Better safe than sorry IMHO
  2. I've been gluten-free for over a year and am mostly symptom free, but have been having a problem with burping for a few months. I am definitely not ingesting any gluten, I am obsessively careful and nothing has really changed in my diet. Any ideas about what could be causing it or how to fix it?
  3. Coping With The Beast

    Hi Mike, I only take liquid vitamins, taking the regular tablets is pointless for me because I just don't absorb them. How long have you been gluten free? I remained the same weight for the first six months or so, but then gained about 7kg (a lot for someone who is 5ft1) over the next six months. I have been gluten-free for about a year and a half and am now finally at a normal weight for my height...I guess what I'm saying is that it takes different people varying amounts of time to get back to being healthy. Good luck.
  4. Why Do I Do This To Myself?

    I'm one of those people who has never deliberately cheated with the diet, the only reason for this is that honestly every time I see regular bread or pizza or anything containing gluten, I immediately picture diarrhea, stomach pain etc. I know it sounds kind of twisted, but I think what might help you stick to the diet is to sort of train your brain to find those foods disgusting by remembering how sick you get when you eat them.
  5. Irrational Anxiety Issues

    Has anyone else found that anxiety has actually gotten worse since going gluten-free? I have always had a mild anxiety problem, perhaps the stress of going being diagnosed and the difficulties in going gluten-free have made me stresses, paranoid about food and exacerbated the anxiety? FYI re St Johns Wart - it reacts to a lot of different medications, so anybody considering it should really check with a Dr first.
  6. Hmmm I seem to have a similar problem. Let me know what you find out!
  7. I was at the supermarket and I found a new gluten free snack, which was so exciting. I bought a pack and quickly chomped down half before realizing the label on the front said 'guilt free' which I had mistaken for 'gluten free' mostly because they were sitting amongst all the other gluten free snacks in the health food section in the supermarket...they were not gluten free, the first ingredient on the back was 'wheat gluten'... Over a year of being so careful about being STRICTLY gluten free (I never eat out, I only eat fresh fruits and veg and packaged food that is specifically labeled as gluten-free) and I have thrown it all away on a stupid stupid mistake. I made myself throw up so hopefully I won't get too sick. I feel like such an idiot.
  8. I was a vegetarian for many years before I went gluten free. After being gluten free and vegetarian for a while I decided to start eating meat again because I felt like my diet was too limited. However, there are a lot a meals that you can do that are both vegan and gluten free. Vegetable curries are yummy and versatile, you can add cannellini beans to salads or gluten-free pasta, or you could do lentil and rice salad. If you want to bake without butter you can use olive oil as a replacement. You have plenty of options, you just need to think outside the box a little.
  9. I'm so glad someone posted this! I thought maybe it had something to do with getting older, or maybe I had developed another intollerance. I am a very petite woman and used to be able to hold my drink like a man, I could just keep drinking and drinking and never really feel it let alone get sick from it. But since going gluten-free I find that 1 glass of wine will get me tipsy, 2 glasses and I am drunk, 3 glasses and I am REALLy drunk and my poor husband has to take me home. I also find that it takes me a lot longer to recover, I am usually still drunk the next day and it takes me about 2 days to recover fully from a hangover (I never used to get hangovers before I was gluten-free)
  10. Can you see my avatar? Its a cartoon I drew of a dream I had about gluten, essentially I am being chased down a dark alley by giant animated donuts, hot dogs etc with limbs and fangs...lol! This is only one of the many crazy gluten related dreams I have had. Others include dreaming about eating bread and waking up yelling 'Nooooo! Don't eat that!', and dreaming about biting into a pastry and all my teeth falling out. You are most definitely NOT the only one who has had these dreams. I have been gluten free for just over a year and the dreams have mostly settled down, I occasionally have a crazy dream when I am stressed because I think I may have glutened myself, or if I'm travelling or something and not certain I will be able to find gluten free food. HTH
  11. Thanks for the product suggestion burdee but I'm in Australia and we don't get 'Bob Red Mill' cereal here. Also I tend to react to oats (even the gluten free ones), but I will definitely give the rice bran a try
  12. I agree with just being nice and polite about it. In my experience catering companies are usually well aware of most dietary requirements. They usually have a standard meal for each specific diet eg. if you are vegetarian they will give you pasta, if you are gluten intolerant they will usually give you a steak and vegies. But if you are vegetarian and have celiac disease they will get confused and have no idea what to do with you...Grrr...anyway, that's just my little rant. I'm sure they have experience with celiac disease and you will get a suitable meal. You may come across problems with the waiters on the day so its best to tell the host (if there is one) when you arrive and confirm each course is gluten free before you touch it. Good luck!
  13. Unfortunately there are a lot of things that can make you sick after you eat. Not being fully healed since going gluten free is a pretty common cause, you could also look at eliminating dairy and getting tested for parasites. I had to eliminate everything in my signature before I stopped feeling sick after every meal. Good luck.
  14. What Do You Do When Your Starving?

    I make sure I always eat before I go out, or carry a gluten free snack in my bag. But when I'm at some sort of social event and gluten filled good is being passed around, tempting me with its deliciousness, I try to focus on how horribly sick I would get if I ate any of it...gets rid of the appetite pretty quickly.
  15. I've been making my own gluten-free muffins with a plain mix I buy from the market. I add strawberries and banana to the mix already but am wanting to add some fiber somehow but I'm allergic to most seeds. Anybody have any non seed suggestions? PS: Sorry if this has been asked already!