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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Oh, believe me I'm . I'd like to use it somewhere on him besides his backside. I'm going to soak it in hot water with dish detergent tonight, and then do the vinegar soak and wash again. Hopefully it will work, because I can't afford to go and get another one. Thanks for the tips. Too bad I will have to test it to see if it worked. If I get sick I'll use it on him! I've taken meticulous care of my Paula Deen cookware. It was one of the first things I bought after I found out I had celiac. Just something that made me feel better about cooking so much more lol.
  2. My son cooked grilled cheese sandwiches (with regular white bread) in my Paula Deen non stick skillet. It has about three very small scratches in the coating, and up until now I wasn't too worried about them. Can I still use this skillet, or do I need to get another one?
  3. New Format

    Love the new look. Really miss seeing the locations of everyone. This really helped me when someone posted about a store, restaurant, etc. that was in my area of the country.
  4. My daughter heard back from Wal-Mart. Here's their response: Thank you for your contacting us regarding our Great Value Italian Diced Tomatoes. We recognize the importance of labeling gluten-free products appropriately and apologize for the confusion caused when a secondary allergen warning is placed on a product labeled "gluten-free." It has come to our attention that a small number of Great Value products contain both a gluten-free label and a statement indicating that the product "may contain traces of wheat." > > While the products contain no gluten or gluten derivatives as part of the ingredient list, they are processed in plants where products containing wheat are also processed. Although the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) allows a product to be labeled "gluten-free" if it contains less than 20 parts per million of prohibited grains, it is not our intention to confuse customers. To that end, we are reviewing labeling on all "naturally gluten free" products and will take appropriate remedial actions. > > The health and safety of our customers is paramount. Should you have any concern about a "gluten-free" item purchased at Walmart, please return it to your local store for a full refund. > > If you have any additional questions about the product you have purchased or if we can be of any further assistance, you may contact us by visiting www.walmartstores.com and clicking on the contact us link or by phone @ 1-877-505-2267. For future questions regarding product ingredients, nutritional facts, preparation instructions and more, click the grocery link at www.walmart.com . > > Sincerely, > > Jen Petrelli > Great Value Customer Contact Team > > > > Maybe they will straighten their labeling problems out. Even if they do, I won't be buying their Great Value products. I've since began a food boycott of Wal-Mart and won't purchase food items there. I get my groceries from Publix now.
  5. I thought that labeling food allergens was the law now. Under the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), food labels are required to state clearly whether the food contains a "major food allergen." The law identifies as a major food allergen any of eight allergenic foods: milk; eggs; fish such as bass, flounder, and cod; crustacean shellfish such as crab, lobster, and shrimp; tree nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and pecans; peanuts; wheat; and soybeans. The law also identifies as a major food allergen any ingredient that contains protein derived from any of these eight foods. The plain language declaration requirement of FALCPA also applies to flavorings, colorings, and incidental additives that are or contain a major food allergen. -http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps1609/www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2006/206_foodlabels.html But the thing is that the "Naturally Gluten-Free" banner on the front of the product is much more visible than the label on the Great Value can of Italian-style diced tomatoes my daughter bought and could have served to me if she didn't have such a sharp eye and read the label, where it said, "may contain traces of wheat." Why, oh why, would tomatoes need wheat in them? And why does Wal-Mart have to be so misleading and get my hopes up, just to be let down when I read the label. Am I wrong? I just want to be able to go to the store and find something that I can eat and trust it won't make me sick. I don't think this is too much to ask. *sigh* This very thing ticked my daughter off so much she emailed WM corporate offices and let them have it. And on top of that, the super Wal-Mart in my town is constantly removing items from their shelves that I trust, such as from Gluten-Free Pantry. Me and my family are considering not shopping at Wal-Mart any more, and going to Publix, where they have a much greater selection of products from well-known companies that make gluten-free products.
  6. Thanks, ENF. I'll get the Caltrate. I've heard some people here are a little wary of Centrum and Centrum Silver. I appreciate your quick reply!
  7. I was diagnosed with osteopenia in my right hip today. Anyone know of any gluten-free calcium supplements? Do I need a vitamin D and a magnesium supplement also? I have a Wal-Mart and a health food store close by, but the closest GNC Nutrition Center is 30 miles away. I don't have medical insurance, so a Rx wasn't an option. I need an OTC. Sorry if I posted this in the wrong place. Thanks.
  8. I've also noticed that they are resetting their shelves and not carrying well-known gluten-free items anymore. They took my Gluten Free Pantry brownies away.
  9. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  10. Thanks for the replies, everyone. Yes, I think cooking there will indeed be unrealistic. I love the idea of cooking my food at home and freezing it to take there, and pre-chopping my veggies! That sounds much easier. Unfortunately the closest Whole Foods is over 100 miles away, and the closest Kroger is over 30 miles away. I live in a small southern town. We get medicine delivery from the pharmacies here, but not grocery deliveries. Thanks for the ideas everyone! This will indeed be my first gluten-free adventure. If my client's family cancels their vacation, I won't be mad. No amount of money is worth me getting sick over.
  11. Thanks Momma Goose, mushroom and Wenmin for your replies. I don't even own a toaster, and I'm sure not using theirs, so I guess I'll skip the Van's Waffles. I've never seen them before. Does Wal-Mart carry them? The closest Whole Foods is over 100 miles away. I eat only fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, and meat. Maybe I could keep all my meat in the original packs in a WalMart bag in the freezer until I'm ready to thaw it out and cook it, and do the same for the raw vegetables in the fridge? I don't have a cooler, and I won't be able to leave this house at all for five days to get more food or ice until the client's family returns from vacation (my client is confined to a wheelchair). So I have to make sure that I have everything I need when I get there. I guess after the client's daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons leave I'll try to clean the kitchen and areas I will be in spotless, and just keep my cooking supplies in one of those big plastic bins and keep it in a separate area of the house, like Wenmin and mushroom said. I've got hand sanitizer in the pocket of my scrubs at all times when I'm in my clients' houses, anyway. Mushroom, I like your idea of taking my own sponge and towel. I hadn't even thought of that! And I just remembered I must take my coffeepot and other items like shampoo, laundry detergent (I have to use fragrance free) etc. And my cutting board, veggie chopping knife, etc! I just keep thinking about it and I find more stuff I need to take just so I can eat! I usually don't get upset about cooking all my food at home and having to eat gluten-free, but it's situations like this that I get really frustrated and wish I could just eat whatever. But I don't even cheat a little bit, because I don't want to end up bedridden for three days like I did when I accidentally got glutened in March, after feeling great for a month. And for weeks after that I still didn't feel as good as I did before I got glutened. I'm starting to wonder if the money is going to be worth all that trouble! I've only had to stay with this client for 4-10 hours at a time before, and I brought my own food and had no problems. But five days is a different story altogether. Thanks for the tips! I'm glad I've got until the middle of June to get this figured out!!
  12. I'm a personal assistant/caregiver. Next month I am scheduled to stay in a client's home and provide round the clock 24 hour care. There is gluten everywhere in this house. Wheat bread crumbs all over the kitchen, (client's daughter bakes her own bread) and the kids take food into other rooms, drop food, etc. The client's grandson is on a special food additive/food coloring free diet, and she said he has some gluten free food, too. I was welcome to it. I look and the gluten-free food bag is open, no telling if it's CC'd or not. I said thanks, but I thought "No Way". I told my boss that I would do the job (it's only the pay that's appealing about this), but that I would have to bring my own food and cookware. They know I have to eat gluten free, and I explained that I couldn't cook my food with what's in the client's house, (all non-stick coated cookware) and that I would have to bring my food and cookware. They agreed I could do this, but I don't think they understand what all that entails. Five days worth of food in a refrigerator that is not what I would call clean, and stored gluten containing food all through it. No area in that kitchen is dedicated to gluten-free, and even though the client's daughter buys gluten-free food for her son, he's not on a strict gluten-free diet, and I don't really think that woman knows exactly what is going on with gluten intolerance. How do I manage this the easy way? So far all I can come up with is for me to take my own cast-iron skillet, my microwave egg poacher and omelet cooking items, my own silverware, and my vegetable steamer. And just take some raw veggies and some hamburger meat. This is mostly what I eat anyway, since I'm mostly on the Paleo diet. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  13. Bursts Of Anger

    I get angry too. Like when my kids visit and they order pizza. Bless their hearts, they eat it outside and won't bring it in my house, and that was their decision, not mine. I get angry when I have to go to the bathroom, because I practically lived in there for months and was just sick of looking at the bathroom. Or when I'm driving and I pass restaurants I won't eat in anymore. And when I'm trying to decide what to eat. Sometimes it pisses me off so much I just say 'forget it' and don't eat. And I'm usually in a bad mood when I leave the grocery store. I try to stay positive most of the time, and remind myself that at least now I know what's wrong and can make changes, and I do feel a lot better that before I went gluten-free, I feel like getting out of bed now. I also try to remind myself that I suffered a loss, even if it is just the foods I loved it's still a loss. Like ravenwoodglass said, there is a grief process involved here, and anger is a part of that and it will pass in time. And I write about my feelings as it seems to help. Good luck. You aren't alone. We're right there with you.
  14. No possibility of crumbs. I live by myself and bake my own gluten-free bread, so there's no bread containing wheat in the house. And eggs don't bother me, so I don't think it's the Miracle Whip. I dunno either, maybe I'm just having a bad digestive day? Cool avatar, Salax! Thanks for your replies.
  15. Anyone else have problems with WalMart's Great Value products? The ketchup says gluten-free, but I'm wondering about cross-contamination. I ate some last night, and some Miracle Whip. I'm having a lot of nausea today, and making quite a few visits to the bathroom. I also seem to have problems when I use their vegetable oil, clearly labeled gluten-free. I've been very careful. I've only been eating fresh or canned vegetables, fresh fruit, and fresh meat. I don't eat out. It's not the cookware, etc. It's all new stuff. Also wondering when will the fatigue get better? I've been gluten-free since Feb. 15th, and while I'm seeing much improvement in the depression and arthritis pain, the fatigue is not much better.