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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. What level of ppm do other people find they react to? Do you react to "gluten-free" <20ppm foods? What about "certified gluten-free" <10ppm foods? I believe I reacted to some <20ppm chips last week (I ate a lot of them over three days, unfortunately) and it just seems so crazy to me that such a small amount would cause such a huge reaction. I did the math, and if I ate the entire bag of chips (which I don't think I did) it would only be just over 5mg of gluten all together over the three days. I did eat some other gluten-free processed foods over those days (maybe some lunch meat, a tortilla, etc.) and so there may have been even more gluten in there adding to it. Still, I've heard that 10mg per day is safe for most celiacs, and I can't imagine that I consumed more than 10mg of gluten per day even with all the processed foods. I realize that there can be other food triggers (and I have discovered that I react to soy), but this was definitely a gluten-type reaction. Fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, ADD, and horrible intestinal pain and bloating. And I do realize that whole foods are better and would likely eliminate my issues, but I'm taking this one step at a time and I'm just not at a place where cutting out all processed foods is feasible. So for now I'm interested in what levels of ppm are safe for other sensitive celiacs. Thanks for your input!
  2. Easy Lunch And Snack Ideas?

    I like to keep mozzarella sticks, gluten-free pepperoni, and gluten-free crackers on hand for quick snacks or to-go meals. Many pepperonis are gluten-free, but check the label. Cracker's you'll need to get in the gluten-free section of a store. I also like eating an apple with sharp cheddar cheese (Kroger has individually wrapped white sharp cheddar cheese sticks that I love). Also you can do other easy fruits and veggies - carrots and peppers with gluten-free hummus, grapes, strawberries, etc.
  3. I still haven't figured out what I ate, but I got glutened by something this past weekend. Three or four days later, I am STILL struggling with severe GI pain. I am getting sharp pains, bloating, and cramps no matter what I eat. I am trying to eat healthy, bland, safe foods. Do other people experience this? Is it normal to continue to experience GI pain for this long? I just want to be sure I'm not re-glutening myself or getting sick from something new, rather that it's still the original glutening hurting me and I need to wait it out. Also, are there any recommended foods to eat while dealing with a glutening? Foods that won't further intensify GI sympsoms? (And any foods to avoid?)
  4. Or, perhaps I'm just more sensitive to gluten than the 20ppm required for the gluten-free label. (Frito-Lay does say they follow the 20ppm rule for their gluten-free chips, to which Tostitos belongs.) I'm still figuring out my sensitivity level. I got diagnosed with celiac disease by blood test after being on a somewhat diligent gluten-free diet for three years, so apparently my body just really hates gluten. I'll have to try to stick to certified gluten-free chips.
  5. Thanks everyone. I've been dipping them in homemade salsa that is for sure gluten free. I do have celiac disease. And typically my acute symptoms from a glutening (severe GI distress) only last a day (other symptoms may last longer), but this has been three days long. Good to know others don't get sick from them. I'll have to look into what else could be causing it.
  6. I actually found EOS hand lotion, which I LOVE, and is gluten-free! I originally bought it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (random, I know), but I also saw it at Target the other day in the checkout lane. It's non-greasy and absorbs quickly. Definitely recommend.
  7. Thank you so much everyone!! I'm excited to try some of the suggestions. I found a Kind bar that's soy free (Oats & Honey) which I absolutely LOVE. I need to figure out how to make it on my own, although it's not too expensive. $2.49 for a box of 5 at Walmart.
  8. I have been glutened the last three days, and the only common item I can think of is the chips I've been eating. They are Tostitos brand, and the bag says gluten-free. I've ready elsewhere that other celiacs claim to have been glutened by Tostitos even thought they're marked gluten-free. Has anyone else experienced this? And any other tortilla chip recommendations? I prefer thin and crispy.
  9. Anyone know of a good brand of soy- and gluten-free granola/breakfast bars? I'm just now realizing that I think soy (including soy lecithin) is making me sick, so I'm trying to eliminate it from my diet. Unfortunately, the breakfast/granola bars that I always grab to eat when I'm out and about all seem to have soy lecithin in them. Any recommendations?
  10. Indeed, many lotions have gluten in them, and those that don't are subject to cross-contamination just like food. If you never put your hands in your mouth and always wash them before you cook, then you may be fine with gluten lotions. However, I bite my nails and have to lotion my hands frequently because I have dry skin. Fortunately, my friend found me gluten-free hand lotion the other day. It's EOS brand (which also makes gluten-free lip balm). She found it at Bed, Bath, & Beyond in the travel cosmetics section. It says gluten-free on the package.
  11. Thank you! I'm actually allergic to avocado, which is in Jason's gluten-free hand lotion. Go figure.
  12. I am starting to believe that I have soy intolerance in addition to my celiac disease. Other celiacs in these forums have mentioned that celiacs often develop soy intolerance, but I was wondering if anyone had any actual resources verifying this relationship. I would also be interested in any resources for soy intolerance in adults (in general, regardless of celiac status). Internet searches are not providing me with much information. The articles I've found all seem to focus on infants. Thank you!
  13. Yes, you should be able to get it at any drugstore. I've also purchased it at Target and Walmart. Walmart is probably your cheapest bet.
  14. I am looking for a verified gluten-free hand lotion, not just one that doesn't contain gluten ingredients. I am having issues with cross-contamination according to my recent blood test, so I need to be extra diligent. Right now I am using a labeled gluten-free body lotion for my hands, but it leaves my hands much more slippery than I'd like. I'd love to find a hand lotion that soaks in quickly. Any suggestions? Thanks!