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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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About LexiBrowni

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    I completely understand what you are going through. The first few months are extremely hard, but your taste buds do get used to eating gluten free foods. Gluten free pasta is amazing and has helped me get through this a TON. It tastes almost exactly the same as regular pasta (my family can't even tell the difference). You can find it in most major grocery stores in the pasta section (I use Walmart/Publix). Also, something else you can look into is seeing if there is an actual gluten free section in the grocery store. My Walmart does in the chip/snacky area. They have granola bar-like things, sweet mixes (brownies are my personal fave), other pastas, cereals (Chex cereal is amazing), and other nice things to have. I hope this helps! It just takes some time to adjust to this new life style but it is well worth it! P.S. - I have been gluten free now for around 5 months
  2. Hi:) My name is Lexi, I'm 18 and I have been gluten free for 4 months now. I knew at first it would be really difficult to live this lifestyle successfully (due to the fact that gluten was a HUGE part of my diet and my entire family is fine and therefore it would still be in the house obviously), but it really hasn't gotten any easier. I have actually done a great job of staying away from gluten. I think I've only cheated once or twice and then swore I never would do it again because the side effects suck. My symptoms seem to be getting worse though when I do get "contaminated." Does anyone know why that is? My family doesn't understand how gluten affects me and expects me to be fine within an hour... my symptoms can last weeks. Also... the main point of this post is to ask those who have figured this whole thing out, how they got their family members and friends on board? My family constantly forgets that I can't eat a lot of things. My mom will cook my favorite meals and I just stare at them so unbelievably hungry, but knowing that I can't/shouldn't touch it. And then we'll go to some Italian restaurant... self explanatory. I can have a salad... maybe soup... or not eat. Also, my mom continues to encourage me to eat salads when we go out for my meal. I don't think she understands that salads really don't fill anybody up. I'll be hungry again in like 15 minutes! I AM CONSTANTLY HUNGRY. So how do I get them to understand what I'm going through and to be supportive in this change I am trying so hard to make? Please help! All advice will be appreciated:)
  3. Hi:) I'm new to this site as well as to being gluten intolerant. I am 18 years old (nearing 19 now) and had been complaining for many years about aches, an always upset stomach, and incredible headaches. We thought at first that I was lactose intolerant because I noticed my stomach beginning to hurt immediately after breakfast (I would eat cereal or grits almost every morning) and we thought the dairy was causing the problem. It was in fact my favorite cereal (Frosted MiniWheats). Now that I have been gluten free for around 4 months now, I have noticed that my symptoms are more severe when I do slip up. I become extremely dizzy and my head starts hurting almost immediately. Stomach issues usually take 2-3 days to get rid of. Does anyone know why my symptoms would be getting worse? Is it just because my body isn't used to the gluten anymore..?