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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. First off I'd like to say I hope your little one feels well soon. In my experience everyone responds differently to being glutened. I was glutened on Mother's day last month and I'm still feeling the effects. My dermatitis herpetiformis has mostly cleared up, but I am still in pain, and very fatigued. Another Celiac in the family was glutened at the same time and she started feeling better after a couple weeks. In my experience digesting much of anything can be very painful after getting glutened. If you think that might be why your daughter is eating less then you might try easy to digest foods that are soft. I don't know what gluten-free foods are available for a child that age, but mashed potato or rice cereal immediately came to mind. I have experienced some relief from drinking cherry juice, which is reported to have anti-inflammatory properties. Best wishes to your little one and her healing.
  2. I have found some good recipes on the following blogs, but they are not all vegan or gluten free blogs/recipes. The recipes may need modification to suit your needs. Let me know if you find one that you want to make, but need to sub. out an ingredient. I do that all the time, so I might be able to help you find something that works. http://www.thesensitivepantry.com/ http://reluctantveggie.com/ http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/ http://www.theppk.com/blog/ http://celiacsquirrel.blogspot.com/ The squirrel one isn't recipes but it has useful information, links, reviews, etc. I pretty much only follow recipes to the letter for baking. For regular cooking I take recipes and modify them to suit my tastes, the tastes of my dining companion(s), or to work around a food allergy or intolerance.
  3. (I'm sure most people know this, but to avoid any potential confusion I'd like to state that tofu is made from soy.) Early on in my recovery, and after I get glutened or casiened (which rarely happens) I stick to brown or white rice noodles that are cooked soft, red lentils, cooked to the consistency of refried beans, banana based baked goods, hemp milk, and corn tortillas. I try to incorporate as many vegetables as I can, but unfortunately when I am sick I can't handle a lot of fiber, and my usual salads and the like tend to make me feel sick. So the vegetables tend to be boiled with the lentils, or some rice. I'd rather have a salad, but eating some vegetables is better then none at all. This is just what I have found that works for me, but I would look towards soft, cooked foods at first, until you get some relief. You mentioned eating an apple, and it didn't feel good. You might try baking apples, or chopping them up and making applesauce. Homemade soups are another good way to get nutrition.
  4. Hello! Fellow vegan with Celiac here! Karina's kitchen has great recipes, I'm so glad someone sent you there. I just found her recently through Twitter. The list of what you can eat is similar to what I do eat, except I don't think I am allergic to any fruits anymore, and I do occasionally have a little soy. But I'm not sure how complete the list of what you can have/cannot have is. Can you eat lentils? Vinegar? Nutritional yeast? Wild rice? Amaranth? Tapioca? Millet? Also, what are you interested in making to eat? Is there a dish you would like to have that you can't figure out how to make? If you are only concerned with getting the best possible nutrition, eat a wide variety of what you know is safe (i.e. have some red quinoa or black, instead of only common "white" quinoa all the time, same with other foods that naturally come in other shapes, sizes and colors). By eating a wide variety of non-glutinous grains, seeds, nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables I've found that I feel great, and I never get bored with my food, I'm always finding new recipes to try. I've made this easier for myself by following a bunch of food bloggers on Twitter, and I figure out how to make the dishes that appeal to me gluten-free and vegan if the recipe isn't already.
  5. I was "glutened" about 3 weeks ago and I am still experiencing discomfort in my abdomen after I eat. I think inflammation and damage to the villi are reasons why I am in pain, not the food I have eaten since. Since I first went gluten-free I have never purposefully eaten anything that contains gluten, so I do not really know what happens when I eat a gluten food and then a non-gluten food like a donut. If I get glutened I make sure I eat easy to digest foods, since I'll have a stomachache anyways. But I know of no reason why gluten and non-gluten food would react to each other and cause someone discomfort. I would think the discomfort is caused by the damage that has been done and is being done.
  6. Opinion?

    In my experience anyone who finds any relief of their symptoms by going on a gluten free diet doesn't want to start eating gluten again to get an official diagnosis. Without being "properly" diagnosed you are potentially opening yourself up to being called a hypochondriac again. I agree that any health professional who is using shaming tactics like calling you a hypochondriac is not one that I would trust, and if I were in your position I would find a doctor who takes you seriously and is willing to have you tested.
  7. They also make a product called "Sticks and Twigs". The curry flavored ones remind me ever so slightly of my once-beloved sesame sticks.
  8. Dating And Celiac

    Thanks. He's not vegan, but he understands it. He's got a sense of humor about my situation, without making me the butt of the joke. This is new to me, and I'm really enjoying it. I forgot to mention, not only is close to my age, he's actually younger. I have cautious optimism. I think in general non-food-centered socializing is so much more fun than food-centered socializing. It feels a lot healthier anyways. There's lots to do if you can find someone flexible enough to break out of the dinner-and-a-________ mold. Food can be incorporated too, just in a different way than normal. Like a bring your own picnic lunch....
  9. Nitrelle Gloves

    I wear gloves a couple times a day at work. I have DH, and my skin gets irritated by prolonged exposure to latex. I wear non-powdered nitrile gloves, and I've never had any problem with any of the brands I've used. Another option might be silicone gloves, though most people seem to find them cumbersome.
  10. Dating And Celiac

    So, I started seeing someone who is very patient and understanding about my Celiac/vegan thing. We do non-food-centric activities like movies and farmers markets and walks. When we eat it's been at my place, and he's willing to brush his teeth with gluten free toothpaste or forgo kissing me on the mouth or sharing a drink with me. He's made a couple mistakes, but really I'm pleasantly surprised. It's only been a week, so I'm not exactly getting my hopes up yet that he wont tire of this or get frustrated. After all the gloom-and-doom experiences I alluded to, I thought I should share this surprising development.
  11. Sleeping 10 Hours/nausea

    I hope you feel better quickly! Could it be a cross contamination issue? A utensil or hand touching a gluten-y surface and then touching your drink? Or some gluten residue in the equipment they used to make your drink? I'm very sensitive to gluten, and this is what gets me most of the time, not the actual ingredients in the food I order. I think, but am not sure, that a brand of milk sub. with the word "Eden" in the name had barley malt.
  12. Dating And Celiac

    Even the most mild mannered statement of fact can be too much for some people. A local guy who is on a gluten free diet and I were talking about restaurants, and he mentioned one that I hadn't been to, and he recommended the tabbouleh. Tabbouleh is almost always made with wheat. When I mentioned that and inquired further about the ingredients, he got really defensive. I wouldn't want to be in the company of someone who goes off on a rant, but I'm equally turned off by someone who doesn't care enough to want to learn. Especially when it's their own health issue too. Planning and thoughtfulness is too much to ask of a lot of people. I think in order to find someone who is willing to put in extra effort and learn and be patient, I'm going to have to put in extra effort and learn and be patient too. (btw, I checked later and yeah, the tabbouleh at that restaurant has wheat in it :-P )
  13. Dating And Celiac

    I think there is more to the whole dating thing than where to eat and expecting to be respected and appreciated. So you want to kiss your date? Does he/she have gluten residue in their mouth from their last drink/meal or their toothpaste or breath mints? Does their lotion contain gluten? What about lip balm/lipstick? I'm very sensitive to even trace amounts of gluten, so I have to know these things before I kiss someone. Even if you can find someone who has the exact same dietary requirements as you, and you actually like each other, not everyone on a gluten free diet is really knowledgeable about what has gluten in it and what doesn't. To further complicate the matter, not everyone on a gluten free diet wants to hear about how what they eat isn't actually gluten free. That kind of person is an unsuitable partner for me since they could gluten me. So add that to the equation. I'm holding out hope that someone will be a good match someday, but I'm also not getting my hopes up anymore when I meet someone new. Usually they bail before the first kiss. Nothing ruins the mood quite like asking to read someone's toothpaste label. :-/ I think part of it is maturity level. People my age (mid-twenties) generally want to drink and party and live care-free. They tend to be selfish and more interested in instant gratification than long-term rewards. So dating me is beyond their capacity right now. It's not just age though, there are people a lot older than me who are just as immature as most of the people my age. So dating older isn't a great option for me, since in my limited experience, older people who want to date younger women tend to be a little immature. I'm glad that I haven't gotten involved with the people who can't deal with me having Celiac. They weren't the quality of company I want anyways. Celiac disease is my own litmus test/chastity belt. :-/
  14. San Diego

    Hey, I'm new to the forum. Glad to find a fellow San Diegan on here!
  15. I would think that your substitutions would be ok, but without knowing what you are trying to make, it's hard to answer you. Coconut oil and Canola oil are interchangeable for some purposes, but act very differently under some conditions. The same is pretty much true of walnuts and cornflakes. So, what is the recipe for?