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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Actually, I meant that I messed up the encounter with the woman who approached me I don't want to make light of the gluten-free issue because I realise that many people find it difficult to adjust, but I've personally found it relatively easy to adapt. It seems as long as you take the time to read the labels of the food you are buying you will be okay. I admit that there isn't a great deal to choose from on the processed food front; but if you're buying the ingredients yourself and preparing the meal with your own two hands then there's *no chance* of being glutenated (unless you're part of a household that eats gluten items.) I've tried so many hair-brained schemes in my time that this really doesn't feel like a chore. In fact, I quite enjoy eating all of these 'new' foods. I'm also happy that my culinary skills have gone from non-existant to not-bad-at-all! Just a shame about the whole restaurant/eating out thing. I've read about some local venues that cater for celiacs but I'd be so dubious about putting anything in my mouth for fear of contamination that I think it would take all the fun out of it. Still, seems like a fair trade to me: health, energy and happiness in exchange for foods containing gluten.
  2. Oh, and for anyone who's interested - I completely messed it up! Baby steps...
  3. Thanks to everyone for your replies. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who gets this! Patty: I don't get any pain with it. I just found it somewhat disconcerting and was concerned that there may be yet *more* problems waiting to be discovered. Mariann: I'm still a newbie to the whole 'gluten free lifestyle' I've been *strictly* avoiding gluten for the past fourteen weeks and I feel absolutely fantastic. I've self diagnosed through a dietary challenge which I know isn't strong enough evidence for a lot of people to adopt the gluten-free diet. But, coupled with other factors like my family's history of gut problems, my diagnosed lactose intolerance, and my personal repsonse to being gluten-free, I am absolutely convinced I've struck gold. Many of my life-long ailments have all but cleared up in the space of three months: I've had nasty acne since the age of twelve (I'm now twenty-six) - today I haven't a single blemish on my whole body! I've also not had a single break-out of hives since being gluten-free. And of course there's the more generic stuff like my mind feeling much 'clearer', feeling more energetic all-round, and I've put on some weight! I'm so glad resources like celiac.com exist to help people get to grips with the change in lifestyle required to be truely gluten-free. I consider myself lucky that I have experienced a relatively rapid improvement compared to some, and that I continue to see improvements each day. I've had times in my life where I've been so desperate to see some improvement, and I know how upsetting and painful it can be to feel that you're getting nowhere. The best advice I could offer to others is simply not to give up trying. Because of my appearance I've been somewhat of a 'leper' for the last fourteen years of my life - but just yesterday *I* was approached by a woman - it really does seem that there's a first time for everything! Again, many thanks for your replies.
  4. Hi all, I've made a search of peoples' previous posts but can't find anything that answers my question and was hoping that some wise soul might be able to shed some light on the situation. Since starting the gluten-free diet I've had the 'exciting opportunity' to try food that I normally wouldn't eat. I've never been a big fan of nuts, but I've discovered a really great tasting gluten-free muesli that I am now eating every morning. My question concerns the fact that some of this muesli seems to go um... 'undigested', into the toilet bowl (sorry if this is a bit graphic.) The packaging lists various nuts, seeds and dried fruits, but nothing that I know of that is difficult to digest. Can anyone tell me whether this is 'normal'? I've never eaten enough of this type of food before to know whether there's something wrong with my insides or whether this happens to everyone who eats this stuff. Could it indicate that there are ingredients that my body can't tolerate?
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    This is all good news I feel reassured about my prospects. I think perhaps I was unduly worried about a situation that really isn’t that much of a big deal. It’s just going to take a bit of getting used to! Many thanks to you all for sharing your experiences
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    Thanks for the replies people! Out of curiosity, when do you feel is the best time to break the news? Are you normally upfront during your first meeting or do you leave it until they get suspicious about why you “never go to restaurants”?
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    Hi there, I’m a long time reader, but first time poster, hoping that some of you might share your experience with me. I’ve recently come to the sad realisation that I can’t tolerate gluten, dairy or soy (and quite possibly others). I’m concerned about how this is going to impact my chances on the dating scene. Can I ask those of you who’ve been there and done it what kind of reactions you get from your date once they learn of your condition? Do they instantly lose interest in you?