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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.


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    Diagnosed 3/3/10. Finally (!) well and loving life! I kayak, walk, rv, do crafts & love life with my partner of 18 yrs & 3 our furkids. Loving this new life of ours in Central Oregon.
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  1. There is no "standard" time line. Everyone is so very different. Age, degree of illness, surrounding factors of life, it all counts. You do your very best, read suggestions and take from that what you feel would work for you!
  2. I was diagnosed when I was 59, I am now 66. I suspect there were problems all my life as I have always had constipation, tummy issues etc. That said, yes, given our age, we have messed up our body. However !!! Good things can and do happen! Our body can heal. And it will. It may take longer for those of us that are a little older but it will happen. Not to sugar coat anything, but for me, it took about 4 years before I felt really well. Before I felt like my system was "working" properly again. Somethings never heal completely, like I will always probably suffer with low iron/energy, but stick to the g.f. plan and you will heal, you will feel better. Just a side note, if you can, try to stick with good old-fashioned plain foods as much as you can. Stay away from processed foods. You will heal faster. Processed foods have so many ingredients in them that just aren't healthy. Your husband sounds like a supportive guy!
  3. I was on 3 different anti-depressants for years as was told I was depressive bi-polar. One years after going g.f. I woke up one morning and just felt, good! I slowly, very slowly, worked my way off of all meds and have been off now for 4 years.. My doctor felt that my depression was gluten caused and once my body started to heal everything else fell into place. I am not saying that would be everyone, or work for everyone, this is just my experience and always worth checking out!
  4. Sounds like 3 out of 4 have an issue with celiac/gluten. Husband needs to get with the program and be supporative. You cook, do it your way!
  5. Our rv is gluten free. period. It was two years pre-owned when we purchased it and I scrubbed top to bottom, vac'ed out the drawers, lined the drawers with fresh paper, lined the shelves, new sink strainers (those are impossible to scrub!) , and a total scrub of the the oven. All those nasty spots! Vac'ed all the cloth chairs. All of that done and I feel quite safe in it now. Gluten free it is and gluten free it stays.
  6. You do have a lot of stressers going on. Young kids & a puppy (may as well have a third kid) and a job is enough to make anyone tired! Add to that the fact that it does take time to heal. Your body is pulling as it heals and that alone will make you more tired. If your vit levels are ok, especially iron and b12 then, then work and kids are doing it!
  7. Agree - in U.S. it would NOT be considered safe.
  8. They should be quite safe. McCormick is a good company and properly lists all ingredients. Or you can just add your own pure spices and then no worries at all!
  9. Regular frozen veggies should all be quite safe. It's when you buy a mix (rice with peas and a flavor) that you run into a possible problem. Read the ingredient list. To be very safe buy a bag of any frozen veggie that has only that one ingredient - peas (or corn or whatever veggie it is)
  10. I have not found a coffee to have gluten in it. Other ingredients yes such as flavoring that could bother your tummy just because, but not gluten. That said, always read the ingredient list.
  11. I would tend to look at the ingredients in your artificial peanut extract and the chocolate syrup. Something there probably bothered you.
  12. As Kareng said, it is the cross contamination that will get you every time. The reason for the small pizzas is that the dough comes from the g.f. manufacturer usually frozen and is kept separate. So with that you are safe. Get to know your local pizza place. Ours changes gloves, takes the g.f. dough to a total separate area and uses total separate toppings, etc. Pizzas are cooked in the same oven but on a specially lined dish and on a separate shelf. My reason for not eating salad bar any place - tongs, toppings and children who self help. People at salad bars are sloppy and may use tongs/spoons for several toppings and contaminate those that were safe. Add to that salad prepared at a pizza place, well, too much chance for accidents.
  13. Since moving to Central Oregon we eat out more than in the past, mainly because we have to drive 30 minutes to get to the next "big" town and like to indulge in a lunch out. That said, we have found more and more places that offer a separate gluten free menu which makes it so much easier. Even when ordering off of the g.f. menu I always state "I am ordering from the g.f. menu and this is an allergy, not a choice for me!." I learned to do this the hard way. We have friends who are gluten intolerant and are not at all careful. They will order from a g.f. menu and then ask for a side of something that obviously has gluten in it. I want to be sure the kitchen takes ME seriously!
  14. Be sure and try some Star fruit & Ono fish!!!
  15. Based on the list of ingredients on these types of drinks I would not recommend them to anyone, celiac or not. They are full of stuff that is just plain not good for you