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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Need A Gluten Free Friend

    I'm 21 and was diagnosed 4 years ago. It definitely was a struggle at first but here's a few tips that have really helped. I found the best ways of coping with being around friends and family is being ready. It's a hassel, but preparing meals ahead of time, or having quick go to snacks ahead of time makes social situations so much easier so you never have to worry about being without food. I also bring a lunch bag with food ready in it, or sometimes just pack some fruit and protein bars (homemade!) in my purse (having a big purse really helps). If I know that people are going to be sitting down and having dinner (like at Christmas time) I also bring a full meal with appetizers and a dessert so I don't feel left out. I've even talked to staff at restaurants and they've been understanding if I eat my own meal there while my friends order. I've also found that as I got older it was easier socially. A lot of my friends just can't afford to go out to eat all the time, so instead we go to the grocery store together. Another thing with getting older is a lot of my friends want to be more health conscious, so instead of them saying "Oh that sucks all the time", now instead I share some really cool super healthy gluten free snacks which taste great and they are really interested. The hardest thing is explaining it to people who are new to it, but whenever people try to make a gluten free diet sound like a bad thing I usually just jokingly tell them that it doesn't bother me that I'll still have a great body when I'm 50 from eating so well. It helps to just make light of the situation. I also tend to host most sleepovers or get togethers to make it easier for me to trust the food I'm eating and if anyone offers I tell people to bring some gluten free snacks, but to make sure they have the gluten free labelling on it. If people insist on making food I usually ask them to run recipe ideas by me, or I usually just don't eat them because the slightest-cross contamination makes me sick. It's also fun to have baking parties with friends. You get to let them in to your world and make some awesome food that everyone can eat. It is unfortunate to have to deal with celiacs as a teenager when all your friends are so care-free, but honestly, especially for those who are young and new to the diet, it gets way easier socially, mentally and physically. That's not to say you may not struggle here and there, but to me I've just embraced is as my lifestyle and it's just become second nature to me.
  2. Margarine Tubs

    I agree with many others that you shouldn't risk it. On another note, margarine is horrible for you. Hydrogenated oils are horrid for you and contain trans fats. There is no limit on the amount of trans fats one should consume because we aren't supposed to eat them and are advised against eating them. To really be healthy, eat as close to nature as you can get. Butter is a far superior alternative, and in moderation, it won't make you gain weight.
  3. Hmm... never heard of mono leading to celiac disease, although I got mono in grade 10 and was laster diagnosed with celiacs in grade 12 after years of symptoms. Have heard of mono leading to type 1 diabetes though, and there is a connection between diabetes and celiac diease. Can rationalize though that it would be a lot harder to recover from mono if someone with celiac was eating gluten, or eating gluten would lead to mono especially if exposed to the virus, even if years prior to.
  4. Super Easy Pancakes

    Right on, I'll try that out sometime. Thanks.
  5. Hey, I came across this awesome recipe online which is really really easy to make and super delicious. Ingredients: 2 mashed bananas 1 egg 1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter Mix ingredients together, and there's your batter. Simple as that. Cook on a low heat as you would normal pancakes. If the mix is too runny simply add more almond butter (I buy the brand Nuts to You Nut Butter and get the Almond and Hazelnut Butter) or what I have started doing is adding ground flax and chia seeds to help thicken. Cinnamon added to taste is a great way to spice this up for a good morning jolt and is as well used medicinally as a digestive aid. Hope you dig it.
  6. Some ingredients I have been told to watch out for include tomatoe puree (often found in refried beans) and modified corn starch (found in almost everything). Apparently wheat is often used to thicken it, so if you want to know for sure if it is gluten-free you have to call the manufacturer.
  7. Be sure she is taking the iron pills with something like orange juice. Iron needs vitamin C to be used by the body. Also, it is my suggestion to get more blood tests after a bit to test for iron levels again. If it hasn't risen sufficiently ask your physician about alternatives like iron transfusions in case it's because of malabsorption.
  8. I don't want to be discouraging in any way, nor want to feed current misunderstandings or misinterpretations of he said/she said, however I will agree that after my experiences eating in is the safest and no one will care about your health as much as you do. Although Canada is know for high standards of what is or is not gluten free, it is still very considerable that many restaurants are not on the same board. Many offer a checklist which shows which dishes do or do not contain common allergens, gluten-free now included, and as nice as it would be to rely on that, there is the * followed by a statement which covers there asses if you get sick. Completely understandable, so easily you can get cross-contaminated in a busy location such as a restaurant. But then there the complete idiocracy which follows. Example: sweet potatoe fries are listed as gluten free. Hooray. You ask the waitress if they are fresh cut or packaged. Wonderful, fresh cut, nothing added. But then you find out they are deep fried with all the other foods, onion rings, chicken nuggets. There is no separate deep-frier and they offer no alternative to cooking them. So if you hadn't dug deeper you would've gotten sick. So technically, if a restaurant offers no other way prepare a food, which in it's preparation is inevitably contaminated, is it really gluten-free? Rene, I agree that you have to look into anything. If they were adding flour into completely perfect rice, I would not be surprised. Flour is cheap, that's why it's found in everything. It's a drying and thickening agent, it helps prevent things from sticking together, and did I mention it is cheap. Money talks and bullsh*t walks and yes, you will have to get used to it. And if you want to complain, I definitely think you should be open to do so on a website that is full of so many compassionate people who all struggle with this problem. It's not that easy when not everyone is as honest as they should be. Not many people understand how serious this is.
  9. As a heads up, my doctor also told me to be aware of teas. Many factories use a glue to hold together the bag which is wheat-based.
  10. Depression?

    I was extremely emotional, depressed, anxious and had food problems prior to diagnosis. After eating gluten-free, all those problems went away. One of the first signs I've been glutened other than stomach aches is depression and anxiety. Hope you feel better soon.
  11. This is similar to what I went through. Look into adrenal function as well as the thyroid like others have suggested. All the endocrine glands work with one another. I used to faint a lot from low blood pressure and was put on a medication called Midodrine. That really helped and haven't fainted for a really long time now. Increasing salt intake was also recommeded to myself to help increase my blood pressure. Considering her body is under a lot of stress right now, it's considerable it's more than low blood pressure causing these fainting spells though. As well, try a naturopath. Some of the stuff seems like quack science, but from what I have experienced recently, I am up for anything that actually works. Started IV Therapy which basically overloads the body with vitamins directly into the bloodstream, so it bypasses the gut to rely on absorption. After accidentally glutening myself for 3 months straight and getting really sick, this has been really helpful. If your daughter is having problems with absorption, this may be a good alternative. Some other things which help me includes digestive enzymes, evening primrose oil, adrenal support and vitamin D3. Another thing which I found helpful is not eating anything pre-made or processed foods. After a few incidences with "gluten-free" products, switching to making things at home has been so helpful. Knowing exactly what is being consumed is helpful in ensuring minimal chances of cross contamination.
  12. According to my doctor if one has an autoimmune disease like celiac, you are more likely to have another autoimmune disease, although it isn't necessarily so. Even if you aren't diagnosed as celiac, but did find it helpful for a bit, maybe try sticking to it until you get an official diagnosis. I'm currently in a similar boat. Diagnosed celiac, but still sick and waiting for results from ANA testing for lupus.
  13. Thank you so much for all your support! As an update I realized that I was feeling so horrid because of my suppressed immune system and I got recurrent mono, which I am still battling. I sure am happy to have at least found the culprit and have been using your suggestions with great success. May this never happen again to any of us.
  14. Is Anyone Here Rh-negative?

    I am O- and have Celiac.
  15. I unfortunately found out that one of the products I was using everyday for about 3 months had gluten in it. I do not know if the recipee changed, or if I hadn't noticed it before, but it wasn't until 3 days ago I figured out the culprit to a slew of symptoms. I was wondering if anyone has gotten contaminated for this long of a period and how long it took for them to recover. For about the same amount of time I have been feeling all the usual symptoms of eating gluten: -headaches -unbearable exhaustion -dizziness -hard time focusing -"head fogginess" -stomach issues (constipation) About a week ago I think my system just had enough and I couldn't get through a 10 hour day, and all my symptoms got worse. I thought it was due to me being in college and being stressed, not to mention I've been too stressed to even really pay attention to my body. If anyone could offer me any advice, it would be much appreciated. I have exams coming this week and honestly have no idea how I'm going to get through it feeling this ill. Thank you so much.