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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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  1. Had a similar situation once while dancing with someone I had just met at the dance. We were chatting by way of introductions and the topic of food came up. I mentioned I had celiac disease which I described as an autoimmune disease. My dance partner apparently equated celiac disease with AIDS and she immediately stopped dancing with me and walked off the floor. Eventually, gave up on dancing anyway. Seemed like women always fell into one of two categories. The first were women who had danced from childhood and were great dancers. They never enjoyed dancing with a beginner like me. The second were women who were just looking for husbands. Never met anyone who just wanted to dance to just have fun.
  2. I'm definitely happy. That is despite being 63 and dealing with all the "joys"of creeping old age. Consider: 1) I retired early, 6 years ago. 2) I enjoy SCUBA diving and take trips with friends to Belize, Little Cayman, Palau and many other places. Dove the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and spent several hours in Dubai on the return trip. BTW, when we were in Palau, the boat stopped one afternoon at a beach where we had a picnic. The next year, the Ulong tribe on Survivor used that same beach for their camp! 3) Have taken up the piano and, believe it or not, am getting better (OK, OK, a "little" bit better!!). Recently, I've started to toy with learning to play Boogie Woogie style. 4) Took up gardening, over time removed all my grass and created one big garden according to the guidelines of the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat certification program. I wake up to bird song now and see tons of birds. Yesterday, I enjoyed a 15 minute aerial ballet of 2 hummingbirds. There are lots of butterflies too and I eagerly watch for their caterpillars. 5) I have time to read and do so widely. We have a great library here so it's all free. They have e-books so some I can download to my iPad. 6) Have a Netflix account and stay up-to-date with films and some TV shows. Cut the cable and stream everything now. 7) Like photography and have taken some fairly good wildlife photos. 8) Swim at the Y on a regular basis for exercise. It does tend to be a grind at times but it is great.
  3. Cuba !

    Are you back from your trip yet? If so, I hope everyone had a great time. Were there any issues eating gluten-free? Was Cuba celiac-friendly? Also, are you a U.S. citizen? If so, I'd be interested in knowing if there were any hassles either leaving or re-entering the country. The reason I ask is that I am getting older and would like to dive Cuba before I get too old to SCUBA dive. There is a package available but the catch is that you have to attend 2 days of seminars in a hotel before the diving begins. That is required to meet the U.S.-imposed travel restrictions. My experience on dive trips has always been that once on the dive boat everything is OK but hotels are always iffy. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! And, once again, I hope you and your family had a great trip!
  4. Does anyone have any experience with either the Nai'a, a liveaboard dive boat, or with eating in Fiji? I'm looking into a trip and would appreciate any info. Thanks!
  5. Any recommendations for great restaurants in the Phila / Wilmington area? I'm not interested so much in the chains. There's enough info about them on this forum already. Rather, I'm interested in the one-offs where someone had a good experience and a really great meal. I'd lean also toward those restaurants that offer something other than the standard fare. Not just a gluten-free meal but a real dining experience. Thanks.
  6. Belize / Sun Dancer Ii

    Just back from another week of SCUBA diving aboard the Sun Dancer II in Belize. Jerry Carcamo was the chef again and, as has been the case on previous trips, there were no problems whatsoever staying gluten-free. In fact, I probably gained a couple of pounds. As mentioned in previous posts, liveaboard dive boats are a great way to travel for celiacs. There is one primary person doing the cooking and, once that person understands the dietary restrictions, problems are unlikely. In regard to the diving, Belize is great. Many people may not know that the barrier reef system off Belize is the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. Additionally, the crew on the Sun Dancer II is simply amazing. That is one of the main reasons my friends and I return just about every year now.
  7. Does anyone have any experience w/ the Brac Reef Resort on Little Cayman? Thanks!
  8. M/v Cayman Aggressor Iv

    I had a great week of SCUBA diving aboard the M/V Cayman Aggressor IV in the Cayman Islands the week of 3/1 to 3/8. Kingsley Grant was the chef for the week and he did a wonderful job ensuring my meals were all gluten-free. Additionally, he prepared delicious desserts as well as gluten-free snacks between dives. Gluten-free products are becoming more available in the Cayman Islands. This provided Kingsley additional options, such as gluten-free flour for baking. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I have found live-aboard dive boats to be a better option for dealing with a gluten-free diet than land-based resorts.
  9. Emirates Airlines

    Totally overlooked the snack, which you mentioned. All the years I've been gluten-free, I can't remember ever being offered one that I was sure was OK to eat. I sometimes take my own snack so it's not a big loss.
  10. Copthorne Hotel, Dubai

    On the way back to the U.S. after my trip to the Maldives, I had a 13 hour layover in Dubai. Due to the length of the layover, Emirates Airlines provided me a hotel voucher which included airport transfers, a hotel room and 2 meals at the Copthorne Hotel. The meals were buffet and there was enough of a selection that I could select enough to have both variety and a filling meal. There were no problems with glutenings.
  11. The last night of my trip to the Maldives, I stayed at the Traders Hotel in Male. It was a great hotel and I really loved the room. I ate twice in the hotel restaurant, once for breakfast and once for lunch. Both meals were buffet. Lunch had the option of buffet with the choice of one entrée from the menu. Breakfast was easy because which buffet items I could and could not eat were easy to determine. For lunch, I talked to the chef to determine which entrée selections were gluten-free. He listened to me describe the diet and then selected an entrée from the list. Both meals were gluten-free and I had no problem with glutenings.
  12. When I planned my recent trip to the Maldives, I tacked on an extra day to the beginning and end of the trip. It turned out that the extra initial day was a good choice because my checked baggage decided to spend an extra day in Dubai and did not arrive in Male until the second day. I spent the first night at the Sala Boutique Hotel. Associated with the hotel was the Sala Thai Restaurant. Both were excellent and I cannot say enough in praise. I ate in the Sala Thai Restaurant twice that first day. The meals were so good that I went back to the Sala Thai the last night, even though I was booked in a different hotel. The chef was not fluent in English so I ended up talking to the manager prior to the first meal. He initially seemed skeptical when I described my diet. In particular, he didn’t seem it be buying my concern about soy sauce. After talking to me, he left to talk to the chef. Turned out, he also went to his computer and googled gluten-free and soy sauce. He returned after a brief period and said that based on his Internet searches he understood what I was talking about. He said his searches pulled up info about soy sauce and how some brands were gluten-free and some weren’t. This extra effort really impressed me. We discussed my diet a bit more and decided the chef could simply alter ingredients a bit and leave out something questionable like soy sauce. There was recognition that the dish might not be as fully flavorful but that was entirely acceptable to me. As a result, I ended up with very tasty meals that I was completely comfortable eating. The dessert I had deserves special mention since, as they say, it was to die for. It consisted of mangos, sticky rice and a sesame sauce. It was, temperature-wise, both warm and cool. Saying it was memorable is an understatement. Truth be told, that dessert was the main reason I went back to the Sala Thai on the last night. If you are ever in Male, go to the Sala Thai Restaurant. You won’t be disappointed.
  13. I spent a week on the M/V Maldives Aggressor recently. It is a live-aboard dive boat in the Maldives. I was served gluten-free meals that were tasty and filling. There were no glutenings during the week. For the sake of full disclosure, I have to say that there was a bit of a language issue and I was never completely convinced the kitchen staff fully understood my diet. For example, consider the carrot soup we were served one night. I saw that it was creamy and had some thickness so I asked if there was any flour or starch in it. The response was to ask me if I could eat carrots. I replied, Yes, I could eat carrots. The response to that was that all that was in the soup was carrots so I didn’t need to worry. Most people, even those who do not cook, recognize that carrot soup contains more than just carrots. There are obviously other ingredients. I was never convinced that people understood that it was not enough for the primary ingredient to be gluten-free and that all the other ingredients needed to be gluten-free as well. This was especially true when one of the other ingredients was something like a bottled sauce, which had its own collection of ingredients, all of which needed to be gluten-free. Nonetheless, the kitchen staff was genuinely interested in meeting the demands of my diet and was open to my questions and concerns. As a result, despite slight language issues, we were able to determine what I could eat. Therefore, I would have no hesitation to book another trip.
  14. Emirates Airlines

    I had a good experience with Emirates Airlines recently. I flew from the US to the Maldives and had 2 flights with Emirates in each direction. The flight from Wash-Dulles (IAD) to Dubai was 13 hrs and had 2 meals. The flight from Dubai to Male was 4 hrs and had one meal. Emirates offers several special-request meal types, including gluten-free. The meals were tasty and I did not experience an unwanted glutening. One slight issue occurred on the flights to the Maldives. The meals served on those flights had 2 components. The first was the part of the meal that needed to be heated up. The second was a pack of bread/crackers that was added to each meal after heating. Someone mistakenly added the pack to my meal. However, the items included in the pack were clearly marked with an ingredient list so I immediately knew that the items contained wheat. I’ve encountered this on other flights with other airlines and do not see this as a problem. People sometimes do things by rote and adding a pack of bread items to each meal tray falls into that category. When you’re serving meals to hundreds of passengers, it is easy to fall into this trap. I accept ultimate responsibility for what I put in my mouth and do not consider a bread pack accidentally placed on my tray a negative. That said, I recognize that other celiacs disagree. Some of the remaining meals contained a slice of bread wrapped in a plastic pack. Those unfortunately were labeled only with a serial number. It would have been useful if the wrapping contained labeling that described the type of bread and its ingredients. Due to the lack of labeling, I passed on the bread, although I was fairly sure the bread was indeed gluten-free. Bottom line, I had a good experience and look forward to flying w/ Emirates Airlines again.
  15. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who has been to the Maldives and/or the Hulhule Island Hotel. I am considering a trip there and would like to know how other celiacs have fared. Also, I might be spending some time at the airport in India. Any info about eating there would be appreciated. Thanks.