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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I saw this thread and can't let it go by without comment. REMEMBER celiac disease is AUTOIMMUNE and is active in the prsence of gluten (technically it is active in the presence of broken down gluten amino acid fragments called "GLIADIN"). I have seen the "GlutenEase" product made by Enzymedia and been to the company's web site. My husband (not a celiac) has difficulty digesting carbs and uses another one of their products called "digest gold". I have contacted the company about the GlutenEase and they have said that "IT IS NOT FOR PERSONS WITH CELIAC DISEASE!!". Enzymedica offers various digestive enzymes for persons who have difficulty with digesting certain foods (sugars, starches, proteins, etc). We (celiacs) don't technically have a digestive problem, we have an immune system problem which effects our digestion. I would be the first one to grab a glazed donut and basket-full of real garlic bread if the pill were effective for celiac disease. Stay healthy!
  2. Anyone In Utah?

    I am originally from Utah but was not diagnosed until I moved to Colorado. I have family from both my side and my husband's side still living in Utah and we usually make it out for Thanksgiving. I stop at "Good Earth" health food store (about 4th south and State in Orem) when we get into town because they have a good selection of gluten-free cereals, crackers and mixes. I do notice that the cost for gluten-free products in Utah is quite high. However if any of you can make it into SLC go to the "Wild Oats" store which was in Sugarhouse last time I was there. Wild Oats sells a lot a gluten-free items and even has an in-store list of all items which are gluten free. One of my favorite items is the wild oats gluten free chocoalte chip cookies. They are mini cookies that come in a small plastic drum and they are astonishinly delicious! They also have frozen bakery items such as dinners (Amy's organic enchiladas, rice lasagne, rice mac n cheese, (check the Amy's organic site for a complete listing) etc). Now that Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats have merged I am hoping that a Whole Foods Market opens up in Utah. Whole Foods has some of the best gluten free baked goods I have had (check out their site for a listing of gluten-free products) including frozen pre-baked pizza crusts. I live quite close to a Whole Foods Market and don't know what I would do without it. Eating out in Utah when we visit is always tricky, but there are several restaurant chains that have gluten free menus available (P.F. Changs (never thought I would get to eat Chinese food again!), Outback Steakhouse (the chocolate thunder from down under is gluten-free and the best brownie sundae ever!) Chili's, QDoba, Chipotle, Biaagi's, Etc). I am not certain that all of these have locations in Utah but it never hurts to call restaurant you are going to ahead of time and see what they can offer you. I don't know if you have them in Utah, but in Colorado we have large support groups (3 chapters in all). The support groups are sponsored by the Celiac Sprue Association out of Omaha Nebraska. If you go to the CSA web site you might be able to locate a support group in your area. The support group has made all the difference in my life. We meet every other month in northern colorado (I also sometimes attend a Denver meeting which meets every month the northern chapter is off). In fact I meet with my group this upcoming Thursday. We are having a chili dinner. EVERYTHING at the dinner is safe including bread and dessert! I also find out about new products, restaurants and local bakeries when I go. Sometimes we have Specialists (gastroenterology) speak to us about new research or answer questions. I did see that there are a couple of women in Orem who are making gluten free mixes under the company name "eating gluten free". They also have cooking classes and a cook book. They may have information on local support groups. One thing that I can get in Utah that I look forward to is the gluten free torts at IKEA. Sadly we have no IKEA in Colorado. Celiac disease is really common in Europe (espcially Scandinavia) and the Swedes make some delicious almond torts which you can buy at IKEA under the brand name "Almondy". If you don't want to buy a whole tort they have a cafeteria upstairs where you can sample each type by the slice for around a dollar each. IKEA is huge if you have not been yet and just over the point of the mountain (Draper?). It is big and bright blue with big yellow letters, you can't miss it. Our support group here has a gluten free product guide book that they update and print every other year or so. They sell it for 7 dollars and it includes gluten free products of most major name brands. The CSA site also has a guide book for sale. I was diagnosed in 2002 and started feeling REALLY good again in September of 2006. The thing that helped me the most (besides a totally gluten free diet) was taking vitamins. After about 90 days of religious vitamin swallowing I felt more healthy than I had in 14 years. Just be sure to check your vitamins for gluten! When I was diagnosed I was told that it would take my intestines about 120 days to heal. The journey back to health has been slow but worth it. I do notice that I respond more acutely to gluten contamination in my food. Before the gluten free diet I would just get tired and cranky when I ate wheat. Now I get a weeks worth of stomach ailments. I hope this helps some of you Utah folk! Good luck and stay healthy!
  3. Hello! This has probably been said but.... I also hold a B.S. in Biology and currently work as a chemist for a Biopharm company. The best way to think of it is like this: The major protien in an egg is "Albumin" which is mainly the egg white. If you were to develop the "Albumin" you would do something mechanical to it, like whip it into a froth. Gluten is THE main protein found in Wheat. To develop gluten you mechanically agitate it by kneading.
  4. I AGREE!!! I have tried so many brands of mac n cheese in the box and have been pretty dissappointed until Heartland's Finest. I tried the following: Debole's (rice mac N cheese) Pastato (white cheddar) Annie's (white cheddar) All of the above came out gummy and pretty disgusting. Heartland's Finest gives me a bunch of nutrients (calcium) with the benefit of 4 grams of fiber per serving. The best featrue besides tasting decent is that the pasta cooks in exactly 4 MINUTES!!!!! I will on special occassions make mac n cheese from scratch, but I dress it up with a quality cheddar and gruyere cheese mix. Gruyere really gives the gluten free bechamel sauce a nutty depth that cheddar lacks.
  5. So Disappointed!

    It isn't that I am not happy I found out I have celiac disease, truthfully I am happy I found out. I thought I had cancer I felt so lousy. It is just that I have not yet learned to temper the celiac disease with health. Being 50 lbs overweight is definitely not healthy for me. I am glad you responded to my post. I guess the symptoms are discouraging on both ends of the scale. All you can do is love yourself and by doing so encourage your body to comply with your wishes for health.
  6. How many of you who are overweight felt like you got the short end of the stick when you found out being overweight was not typical for celiac disease? I had weight problems as a teen, found exercise and became tiny by the end of high school and the first part of college. started to gain weight after college became sick with anemia and was diagnosed in 2001 with celiac disease and gained 50 lbs!!! I did try the south beach diet and felt GREAT!! but if I even get the tiniest bit of gluten then I become ravenous for weeks. I am joining weight watchers and will see if I can get my diet under control while still getting the nutrients and satisfaction we all need from eating. Any advice??? I am so sick of feeling weak. I remember a fitter me that could easy run a 7 minute mile and not jiggle or faint. HELP!!