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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I have a friend who's vegan, so when I make things to bring and share I always make it gluten free and vegan. If you start looking at all the (non soy based) vegan items and then just edit them to fit your other needs it makes it a lot easier to find other substitutes and food items so that you don't feel as restricted. If you keep forcing yourself to think that way and outside of the box eventually the cravings will lessen a lot. =]
  2. To everyone else: I hadn't realized there was so much possibility of issues even if you don't have celiac's. I thought I had done a lot of research on this stuff, how did I miss so much important stuff?! And thanks to so many of you responding. =] I really only know anyone with celiac's through multiple people. And no one in my family has any issue similar to this (that they know of, I suppose). So thanks for all of your advice. Seeing that there are strong possibilities to be more than just sensitive is a little unnerving, but I don't think I could bring myself to eat enough gluten for long enough to get tested to be sure. As I said (and this was partly about) I do sometimes eat gluten, but not as much as I'd need to be tested. But since it is possible... I guess I need to step up my game and stop slacking.
  3. At this point I'm pretty much not eating gluten, just the very occasional bit, and I truly can't even fathom the thought of having to eat a lot for multiple months to get the test.
  4. Mushroom and Laura: You're both right. I don't even feel that pressured to eat it, I think I do it to myself. This is my last semester of college, so maybe I'll be busy enough that I won't have as many opportunities to have to make myself say no and I can get into the habit of stopping myself. Thanks guys. =] I know it sounds like a stupid thing to be talking about, but it's nice to hear from people who can kind of relate. I think I need to try going on here more often so I can get that feeling more often. Maybe it'll help.
  5. I'm totally down with sounding harsh, I'm pretty brash/sarcastic so I sound that way myself a lot... That is a pretty good reason though. I hear about so many people not getting correct results with their testing too, so you could have it and not find out that way. So maybe I should just try thinking of it as a strong possibility so I feel like I legitimately have to to stick to it.
  6. I think a lot of people just don't really realize how hard it is to be the only one who can't eat gluten (or anything). So even if they do something that seems blatantly insensitive, and even if they're trying to be supportive, they really just don't know how you're feeling.
  7. If I had celiac I would go all out, there's no doubt about that. I'm not sure I even know what I think I'm trying to ask, which is why it's so rambly, long and stupid sounding. I know that if I eat gluten there'll be repercussions, if there wasn't I wouldn't be here in the first place. I guess it's more that with celiac I know people who have had worse reactions the longer they're gluten free, and I just don't know if that happens if it's a sensitivity since it's not the exact same issues? And then on the opposite end I really want to go completely gluten free, and at home I totally am. Sometimes in group settings I still feel weird and end up eating gluten things, and I just don't know how to get over that mentally so I can go full force into gluten free. Does that even make sense?
  8. I haven't been tested, so technically I guess I don't know. My mom and I agree that I have very few of the symptoms most commonly associated with it. I don't really know how to word it besides listing all the symptoms I do have, but I've looked into it plenty and am pretty positive.
  9. Over a year ago now I started a crazy intense food testing process/elimination diet to try and figure out if gluten was what was bothering, and more importantly, if it was the only thing bothering me. I am positive I don't have celiac's and am sensitive to gluten. I went through getting pretty depressed about it, and then okay, then back again. At this point I'm pretty okay with it and have recently gotten some gluten free cookbooks and have been playing around with baking without recipes. As I said I'm pretty okay with being gluten free at this point, the only thing holding me back from going full out and never "slipping" (sometimes I eat gluten things that people bake or something) is that I'm scared of making the sensitivity worse. Since I have been eating gluten free (and then later mostly gluten free) it takes way less for me to have stomach issues or some other issues I don't feel like mentioning. So here's the end of my babbling that is starting to sound stupid. Since I'm gluten intolerant and my issue isn't life threatening is it bad to eat something wheat every now and then? I feel that since I think this way it subconsciously makes me less careful. I'm scared that if I cut it out completely then when I do eat some on accident the symptoms will end up being more severe than they are now. Or does anyone have any ideas on ways to help me get past this mental block of thinking it's okay for me to eat some gluten? Deep down I know I shouldn't, it's just hard since I'm not full out celiac to take it super strictly. Does any of this make sense? Or does it sound more like a whiny diary entry?
  10. Thanks for the detailed rinsing instructions! I read that too. I'm thinking I'll retest it a few months down the road and make sure to do a super thorough wash.
  11. I have yet to add Millet, but it's on my list as I add things back. I still have many grains to try!
  12. In N Out Milkshakes

    Just found that they do, just don't know how to delete the topic... So ignore this.
  13. What Can I Eat?

    Keep going with the natural things, like fruits and veggies. But look into alternative flours and things like that. Are beans okay? Add those in. Garbanzo beans can be made into a flour, and of course hummus. While other beans can be added to quinoa or eaten by themselves. Amaranth, potato, almond, and Sorghum flour are just some of the gluten free flours. Look for some gluten free and vegan cookbooks. The vegan ones you just have to learn to substitute flours and such. You can also make smoothies with the fruit, some juice, and a little honey. Mainly, if you have tons of issues stay away from pre-made guten free products and make your own.
  14. In N Out Milkshakes

    Does anyone know if the In n Out milkshakes contain soy or some sort of corn product (like corn syrup)? I've heard they're gluten free, but can't find any ingredient information to find out about other things.
  15. It's definitely not a strange reaction to feel sad, it's totally understandable. You're facing having to overhaul your whole diet. Just focus on those positives you mentioned. Do get excited that you're going to feel better, because you WILL. And you can find substitutes for plenty of foods. Pasta is a super easy one. There's lots of rice pastas, or various non-gluten things. As for losing weight, I'm not sure how it is with everyone. But I'm currently just two months into the elimination diet stage and I can fit some jeans I haven't been able to fit in a while. Don't know if that's weight loss or loss of bloating, but I don't care either way. Since you say you like junk food and a lot will be cut out you might lose weight because of that. But if you're not active it's only going to go so far.