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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 Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  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


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  1. I've been making my grandma's recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for years. Found out in August I need to be gluten-free, so I've tried making them with Namaste Perfect Flour mix
  2. I've noticed a difference depending upon at which store I buy the bread. At one it's always been soft and fresh, but at the other more stale-tasting. I wonder if the handling process in the stores is different? I've just decided to not ever buy it at the "stale place."
  3. Probiotics?

    Pretty much yes to all of those, although the bloating and other GI issues have much improved gluten free (have only been gluten-free since August 10). I'm not sure exactly why she recommended probiotics, but I'm guessing to help my overall digestion and to normalize the good bacteria in my intestine after years of "abuse." I wish she'd been more specific
  4. I know a lot of you take probiotics, and I'm wondering what you'd recommend. When I met with my dietician I asked her, and she said anything is fine as long as it's refrigerated. But when I got to the store, whoa, there were a TON of choices! Different numbers of bacteria, huge price range, different things it's supposed to help... I don't know where to start! I just randomly chose one, and I'm not sure if it's helping or not (doesn't appear to be hurting either). Any recommendations? I am lucky to live in an area that is very good for special diet needs, but this is crazy! Also, I've seen people mention enzymes. What kind, and where would I find those? As always, thanks for your help!
  5. I saw a Dietician at the hospital a week ago, and honestly she had nothing to tell me that I didn't already know, all thanks to this forum! This is such a great resource, and everyone I've encountered here is so helpful and friendly. My Celiac diagnosis was really overwhelming at first. I got a phone call saying my blood tests confirmed the initial biopsy, and THAT'S IT. No follow up, not even a stinking hand out. Finding this site and forum is the only thing that got me through this, and I just wanted to thank all of you! Your advice has been right on, and as you all know, there is nothing like realizing you are not the only one out there with all these weird symptoms. Thank you!!
  6. All great advice here, but I thought I'd mention this in case the hair loss isn't gluten related (although it sounds like you should stay gluten-free for the rest of your health either way). My husband had large patches of his hair fall out last year. It was not gluten related
  7. Rode a century today with a few friends, and wow do I feel different after going gluten free a few weeks ago! I figured I'd feel better cycling, but I've gotten some rather strange (in a good way) results. This has happened for the past three rides, all of which have had significant climbing: Besides having much more energy overall
  8. Well I Finally Did It

    Yes, what lucia said! Very true. I went to Olive Garden for my dad's birthday the other night. They have a gluten-free menu, and our server was great. i asked him about cross contamination. He asked how bad my "allergy" was, and when I told him that any gluten would "ravage my intestine," he was extremely helpful and reassuring! I think I may have to keep using that phrase... And I did appear to come out unscathed, as well.
  9. My Little Curiosity Poll

    I said both, but I'm a newbie to this
  10. I have that same pain/bloating thing due to my period right now as well. I've been gluten free (as far as I know!) for just over two weeks, and it makes it hard to tell if this is from accidental glutening or just cramps! I guess we'll both know more in a few days.
  11. Store-Bought Bread?

    OH. MY. GOD. You guys are so awesome. I just got home from the store and ate a slice of the Udi's whole grain bread, plain and straight up. And, it tastes like... BREAD! Real bread, not even stale, real bread! Immediately made turkey and cream cheese sandwich with it, called parents to express my glee while eating it (just as rude as that sounds, chomp chomp!). Promptly ate another half sandwich, ahh. Bread craving over. THANK YOU!!!
  12. I tried the search function for this but couldn't find what I was looking for, so sorry if this should be somewhere else, or if you've answered it a thousand times already! I am wondering if there are any store-bought breads you would recommend. The few I've tried are DREADFUL to say the least, so I've just given up on eating bread. But I miss sandwiches! I've seen some bread recipes here that look good, but until I have a chance to stock up on all those ingredients, I'd love any recommendations you may have. Thank you!
  13. Need Help For Cycling Tour!

    Cool, thanks very much! The tour has a forum as well, and I've posted something there. I can't be the only one with Celiac in 2200 people, but so far no one has responded... The tour (Cycle Oregon) is set up mostly in extremely rural areas, all VERY small towns. And it is all camping, usually in the middle of nowhere, so I really am dependent upon their food and whatever I can bring along. I'll definitely take your suggestions (I recently discovered Larabars, they are indeed tasty!), and see what I come up with. I guess I'll need to just figure out one meal at a time, and not let the enormity of it all paralyze me into procrastination (with is what has been happening so far!). I have already noticed a slight improvement in my cycling, and am hoping for more, but I've noticed I have to be careful about getting enough carbs beforehand. An omelet just doesn't get me that far.
  14. I'm newly diagnosed with Celiac, and I have a week-long bike tour coming up in a few weeks. It's about 500 miles total, 2200 riders. The organization provides all food as part of the tour, which is where my problem begins. Much of the menu is filled with gluten (cycling, so naturally bread, pasta, bread, and more pasta!). I am allowed to bring a cooler with food to replace the things I can't eat, but I am pretty overwhelmed trying to figure out a menu that will provide enough carbs for that much cycling. Since I'm new to being gluten free anyway, I don't have much in place yet for everyday, much less something like this. Any help would be MUCH appreciated! Thanks!
  15. Just Diagnosed, Questions Inside Post

    "DON'T PANIC" in large, friendly letters. **Goes to start a new thread about cycling trip...**