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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Thai Restaurants

    Unless they make the rice noodles themselves, it's very likely there's some wheat in it. Dried noodles like those used in Pad Thai are generally safe, but fresh noodles like those in Pad See Ew and Lad Naa will likely have wheat. Soy sauce, oyster sauce, and broth (frequently knorr) all have gluten, and even if you don't order these things, whatever you DO order is likely to be made in a gluten-contaminated wok. Seasoned woks only get cleaned with water -- I wouldn't feel too safe there. Spring rolls at Thai restaurants are generally wheat, not rice wrappers (I've only seen rice wrappers used at Vietnamese places), thus making anything fried risky. (Plus, wontons would be fried in the same oil.) Many curry mixes use wheat, but if they make it themselves it's probably safe. So... as much as I love Thai food, I'd have to say it's probably not the best eating out option. I'm getting my info from someone who grew up in a Thai restaurant kitchen and knows his stuff. Luckily, he also has taught me how to make my favorite dishes at home, so I'm not missing out.
  2. Fruits And Vegetables!

    Oh my gosh... that sounds delicious!
  3. Juicing

    I pretty much only use my juicer in the summer. It's good stuff, but it is a bit of a pain to clean, as someone else mentioned.
  4. Help?

    Find out what your meals are going to be like -- will you be eating out? Will food be provided for you through a service? Look up any Celiac resources in the area you'll be traveling too -- some places I've considered traveling to ended up looking like gluten-free HEAVEN. Maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised. Definitely tell your teachers/chaperones your concerns. I'd even go so far as to make sure they each have a little handout or brochure about Celiac Disease, what you can eat, how to order food, etc. When you talk to them, do they seem like they understand? Do they seem like they care? What it really comes down to, though, is you. Are you the type of person who can stand up for his/her needs (sorry -- don't know your gender!), or are you likely to cave in and eat something questionable because you don't want to be a bother? Are you confident in what foods need to be avoided and what foods are safe, or are you still trying to figure this whole thing out? How soon is the trip -- will you have time to prepare yourself if your answers to these questions tend to be on the "not prepared" side? I noticed your user name is "vegiac" which is often used by vegetarians/vegans with Celiac Disease. If that, indeed, describes you, then you'd probably already be well-versed in describing what you can and cannot eat -- that could be a boon for you (it definitely helped me speak up in restaurants since I'd had 14 years of experience asking for special dishes before being diagnosed). I can't answer your poll simply. I love traveling, so my gut answer would be to try going, but I don't know how sick you've been previous to being diagnosed, how strongly you react to glutenings, or the answers to any of the questions I asked above. Take all those things into account, think about your decision, and you'll very likely make the right choice. Good luck.
  5. Naan Bread!

    Wow! Those look good! I have all those ingredients on hand right now... I just may try it tomorrow. I wonder if it could be par-baked and then frozen... hmm...
  6. Sticky Rice

    Not only is it safe, but it's absolutely delicious.
  7. Got A Diagnosis

    Congratulations on your diagnosis. Hopefully now that you know for sure what you're up against, things will get better for you! It looks like they already are improving a bit. I've been on the diet almost a year now and I'm STILL finding little ways that my quality of life has improved. It may not be fun to have Celiac Disease, but it's a heck of a lot better to KNOW you have it than to wonder what's causing all your problems.
  8. Sometimes I take the risk, and sometimes I pay for it. When I discover a new place that can take care of me, though, I generally become a regular. I've started to see eating out as more of a social endeavor than a food adventure, and that helps. Recently I went somewhere where the ONLY thing I could have was plain, white rice. Seriously. But because the company and conversation were good, I didn't much mind.
  9. Gluten-Free Elephant Ears?

    Hmm... last time I made gluten-free pie crust, the dough itself didn't taste all that great, so I didn't make my usual cinnamon and sugar stuff with the extra, BUT when it was baked it was delicious, so maybe I should have. I've never fried it -- I'll have to try it out and let you all know how it turns out.
  10. Ooh... guess I'll be one of the first to try it since I'm going to the conference!
  11. I didn't have the heart to throw away all the nasty gluten-free breads I tried, so I froze them all and, for Thanksgiving, turned them into a delicious stuffing. It does seem to be the save-all use for awful bread! ...except for that one. The Tapioca Loaf was the first one I tried, too, and that promptly went in the trash. I couldn't eat more than a biteful.
  12. Celiac-Friendly Summer Camps

    Even without the food angle, that looks like a really awesome camp.
  13. Joint Pain

    I'm going to be making an appointment tomorrow to see my doctor about my knee pain. Last time I was there she messed around with my knee, didn't find anything special, and told me to work on the muscles around my knee. I have, and this knee pain is STILL both erratic and annoying. It follows no pattern -- sometimes it will hurt as I walk upstairs, sometimes as I walk across a flat surface, sometimes as I sit in a chair. It's truly bizarre. Sometimes it pops, sometimes it's just a throbbing pain, and sometimes it's debilitating. And last week I felt it in my left knee, which has never hurt before. I also have some wrist and thumb pain that seems to mimic arthritis, mostly on my right side, but sometimes on the left. I've tried to match it up with accidental glutenings to see if that could be the cause, but I haven't had much luck there. (I did get glutened on Friday, and my knee does hurt a ton this weekend, but it also hurt Friday morning before said glutening). I kind of hope it's the gluten because then one thing could be the cause of all my woes and I can control it, but I really think my body is just broken a bit. We'll see.
  14. Constant Hunger Pangs

    I went through that, too. Mine eventually subsided, but it took at least a month -- maybe two. I think part of it going away was me getting a better hang on cooking my favorite foods gluten-free. I have a feeling a lot of those hunger pains were cravings for foods I could no longer eat, but that's just a guess. I've heard people on here talk about gluten withdrawal, so maybe that's it. Hopefully yours will pass soon. It's definitely no fun in the meantime, though. Try not to eat everything in sight.
  15. I'm useless for a good four to twenty-four hours. Because of that, I've gotten into the habit of only taking risks like eating out at a new place or eating something a friend prepared on Friday nights. That way I won't miss work. I got hit pretty bad this past Friday night, actually, and Saturday morning was no fun. It's still messing with me now, but I'm functional.