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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Five Guys

    I just thought I'd write in with a little counterpoint here. We all have to make our own decisions but what you described is exactly why I am willing to occasionally eat at places like Five Guys. I can watch everything they do and I am not afraid to refuse food or carefully explain why and how I need them to remake it. I have never had to ask for a refund, and while they may grumble about me when I leave I also don't get sick. Also, Five Guys in particular varies wildly. We have one near us that has someone who declares an allergy alert and they all spring into action freeing one person up to make my meal so that they don't have to keep changing gloves. Another I have to watch like hawk because they have put a bun out for mine. (And I have to get them to replace the foil and change their gloves.. ) Needless to say I reward the good location with my business.. Which results in them getting the business of my friends too usually. None of this is to blame you for your decision, which I probably would have made in your shoes, but just to provide a counterpoint that not all is necessarily hopeless everywhere and forever. :-)
  2. Anyone Have Pmdd Or Pms?

    Not a doctor, of course. But I have been diagnosed with PMDD and it's a lot more than PMS. Not only are the symptoms more severe, but they also cover more of the month. I have problems while I'm ovulating and for at least a week before my period as well as during. That being said, a doctor should be able to help whether it is bad PMS or PMDD. I have done anti-depressants but now have been having good luck with just birth control to balance my hormones. As to the prescription question, I think the other poster had good suggestions. Any medication can have gluten (and I have found some by mistake) but few actually do. Still need to do the research on whatever is prescribed.
  3. Meh, I Think I React To Chex :-(

    I react to Chex as well, and also to the new gluten free Rice Krispies. It could be that they are glutened, but I considered another possible source: they all have MBT in them. I don't eat many foods with MBT anymore since most processed food has gluten in it (and much of the gluten-free processed food is "all-natural" or "organic" and doesn't have harsh preservatives. To test this theory, I got the Wegman's store brand rice chex, which are gluten-free and do not have MBT. So far, no reaction. So either Wegman's is doing a better job of keeping gluten out or I was actually reacting to MBT rather than gluten, I think!
  4. Yeah, I would be afraid of how much worse my reaction would be if I ate that much. I haven't made angel food cake, but I make homemade pizza all the time (Chebe is an easy option). Also, a few years ago some friends were willing to have a gluten-free Thanksgiving and we made all the hard stuff (gravy, rolls, etc).. we used Pamela's Products Bread mix and this recipe: http://www.pamelasproducts.com/recipe/Pamela39sCloverleafStyleDinnerRolls/276.aspx. My friend that had never eaten gluten-free bread in her life asked me for the recipe because she loved them so much. I've had other good gluten-free dinner rolls in my life but those were the biggest success. A little extra work to make the cloverleaf style but they are so good. :-) Basically, instead of craving things and torturing yourself by eating the gluten versions, take a leap and try making things for yourself. I bet you'll find you can satisfy most of your cravings, without making yourself sick!! Kika
  5. I had an unused bread machine from back before I went gluten-free, and I used it extensively when I first went gluten-free (I had a particularly nasty store-bought bread first and decided I should be making bread at home). I haven't used it in a long time because I have switched to bread recipes that I bake in the oven instead.. Speaking of one of those recipes, Pamela's has a recipe for a crispy french bread loaf here: http://www.pamelasproducts.com/recipe/CrispyFrenchBreadLoaf/271.aspx It uses vinegar to create a slightly sour taste--it's not like "real" sourdough (I'm from CA, so I grew up on San Francisco style sourdough) but it's a lot easier because you don't need a starter. And with the mix, it really doesn't take long. I'm sure someone else has other recipes for real sourdough.. I planned to make some but still haven't gotten around to it yet. Maybe I will try within the next few weeks, and if so, I'll let you know how it goes (and how hard it is)!
  6. Starbucks Can Kiss My ....

    That's crazy.. I've totally had them pass containers with ingredient labels over the counter for me to look at. It may be that you needed to be more specific (since Frappuccinos have a base and then lots of things they add in, rather than one big mix like they used to). But if he wanted to be more specific he should have told you that. IF you want to go back to Starbucks, just be aware that the Frappuccino light base contains gluten now. And they don't put it into separate blenders from the regular Frappuccino base. So basically, all Frappuccinos have a chance of being CC'd unless you're really lucky (e.g. they cleaned really well and no one gets a Frappuccino light). I switched to getting iced drinks (non-blended) because they just dump all the ingredients in the cup--much less chance of CC, and it turns out I like 'em better that way! I would contact Starbucks about this, and if there's another Starbucks around, check there. That manager might have been having a bad day or just be not a good manager. You could ask to see the ingredients of the Frappuccino bases instead of the Frappuccinos as a whole--the rest is milk, coffee, and syrups, which as far as I know are all gluten-free! Kika
  7. I've never used Swanson's, so I can't speak to whether it is "really" gluten-free, but I've never had a reaction from Pacific Natural Food's chicken broth! And I see it everywhere around here, even at Costco.
  8. Allergy Pills

    Can you afford the brand name? Loratadine = Claritin, and I've had problems with the generic, so I switched to the brand name and no more problems. I get them in big bottles at Costco--it's still more expensive than the generic but cheaper than buying lots of things that all make me sick!
  9. Ireland

    Thanks for sharing the warning about the tea! I am headed to Ireland in September and was planning to have tea while there, so now I know to check carefully. Also, I would love the name of the restaurant you ate at in Dublin with the gluten-free sandwiches.. sounds fabulous! I am even more excited about my trip after reading about how easy it was to find good food! Kika
  10. Depending on where you live, there may be a PF Chang's or a Pei Wei (they are connected). PF Chang's has a very large gluten-free menu (they started marinating most of their meat with a marinade that has gluten-free soy sauce so we can have it!) and I've never had a problem there. Pei Wei is more of a "fast food" type Asian place, and they have a much smaller gluten-free menu, but they have some tasty food nonetheless. The food is very Americanized but it helps me get my Asian fix. (For whatever reason, Asian food is almost a comfort food for me, so I had to figure out a way to get it at a restaurant!) If you have a favorite restaurant, you could always go and try to talk to one of the chefs and see if you can figure out things you can have, but for Chinese at least soy sauce is in almost everything. Now if you like Thai, I've heard they put soy sauce in a lot less, and they tend to use rice noodles in noodle dishes, so you could scope that out! And finally, I know it's not a restaurant but I have learned to make a few of my favorite dishes at home, because that way I can get them when I desperately want them! Many online recipes can be easily made gluten-free just by substituting gluten-free soy sauce for regular.. just watch out because there are a few other "sauces" that can contain soy sauce (and hence wheat) in them. There seem to be subs but some of them can be REALLY hard to track down. I hope you can find a way to feed your craving without making yourself sick, one way or another!
  11. I took the massive packet of multi-vitamins from Kirkland, which was labeled gluten-free, and I didn't have any problems. A small amount of cross contamination is usually enough to set me off. I have no idea about Nature's Bounty though!
  12. Gianvi

    I forgot to report back here. I took Gianvi for two months, then asked them to do my next refill as Yaz (even though the copay was significantly higher). Turns out it WAS the Gianvi causing my diarrhea. Joy. Then just recently I transferred my prescriptions to a different pharmacy and my old one didn't pass on the info about no generic.. so just had another month of confirming that there is SOMETHING in Gianvi that really doesn't get along with my body. Anyone else had this problem?
  13. I don't have a teen, but I have always been very picky about vitamins myself. I think because a lot of them made me queasy before I went gluten-free. Anyway, I started taking the gummy vitamins from Vita-Fusion. I get them at Costco, and they taste really good. There's definitely better vitamins out there, but if I don't take those better vitamins every day and I do take these every day, I figure I'm coming out ahead. Hope you can find something that works for your daughter!
  14. Another Bread Question

    For bread, I was making Pamela's bread in a bread machine (which I thought was pretty okay, but nobody else really ate it unless they were gluten-free too). Then for Christmas I got the book Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day. There's only one chapter on gluten-free bread, but it's pretty amazing. You make dough when you have the time (I find it takes 30-40 minutes for me, with a kitchenaid mixer). It makes enough for 4 loaves of bread (I have been making the "crusty boule" recipe), and keeps in the fridge for up to a week. You can also make pizza with it (you just take a chunk of the dough out and roll it out). They also have a "Not-Quite-Rye" or something to that effect (can't remember the exact name off the top of my head) that you might like. You could check if they have it at the grocery store, but beware if it might have flour from all the whole-grain (gluten-heavy) recipes in the rest of the book! The slices aren't huge (it's a boule) but they are hearty, and this is the first bread I've found where people who are not gluten-free enjoy it too!!