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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Eating Gluten-free In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    When we were there, it would have been very difficult to eat gluten-free at our all inclusive resort, however, if you ate someplace with more dining options, I bet you could do well! I would stick to corn shells, tequila, and fresh veggies! LOL Have fun. It is so beautiful!
  2. Thumbs Up For Disney World!

    I'm glad to hear you had such a great time ! We just went also, and I took pictures too ! I loved that meal at Liberty Tree!!! here is that post - http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=29343
  3. I made reservations a month in advance (which was good for us at the time...but I almost didn't get into the birthday meal...we got the last 4 person table!) I called the chefs the week before, but that seemed a bit silly. We went over it all once we were in the restaurants. Still, I called because that is the way they recommend it! And as for the welling up with tears, I don't think it's silly at all! I kept telling the chefs "you have no idea how much this means to me" And it is so true. To be able to include my daughter in EVERYTHING we do and to have so much fun and to have her feel totally normal and not left out of anything. Well that is magical to me!
  4. Gluten-free On Long Flights?

    We brought Lara bars because they are pretty filling, small, and yummy. I ordered online (much cheaper). Apple Pie and Cherry are my favorites. Also, good chocolate, something salty like cashews. Some whole fruit. For me, protein is a must when I'm doing that kind of quick eating. I hope it goes well for you!!!
  5. Tips: Email this woman Brenda.Bennett@disney.com She works with the Chefs and she has a listing of information that you find incredibly valuable! She is also very prompt and kind (as everyone was!) Just let her know what your allergies are and ask if she can send you some info on what / where you can eat in the parks and lodges. Other tips? If you want something in particular, let them know ahead of time (call a week ahead). Otherwise, it seemed the establishments we went to were all well prepared. But to be certain, I requested a special dessert for my daughter's birthday. Be prepared to wait a bit longer: So for breakfast, if you do counter service like we did at Mara (which was great and affordable) maybe you go down and order the specialty items 10 minutes before the kids and husband? That way you can all eat together. Everyone brought our food out promptly and it was not an issue with the exception of Boma. There was PLENTY to eat there, but my daughter would have preferred some options that would have taken longer to make (pasta and such in the kitchen). I didn't think to ask for that ahead of time, but we had plenty to eat, all the same! Also, although they say no food in the park, it was never an issue for us to bring in Lara Bars and Envirokidz, both of which came in useful in a pinch! And there was whole fruit, gluten-free turkey legs, baked poatoes and other quick/cheap/easy items found throughout all the parks. One tip that helped us: I ordered the free maps from Disneyworld.com and I put stickers on the different places we could eat in each park and wrote what we could eat there (for counterservice) that was gluten free. That way, if everyone was starving, we wouldn't have to trek all over, we could just check the map and find the closest place to order safely. That came in very handy! And another tip: We ate at Crystal Palace before the park opened, which was just GREAT for so many reasons. We got on rides without lines after breakfast, we got fabulous pictures in the park before there was ANY crowd (my girls in front of teh castle with NO ONE else in the photo at all!) AND it's nice to be there early for ordering at the restaurants. The Chefs are great and you'll have such a wonderful time. As someone else said, Disney is just the perfect place to go when allergies are a concern! Oh, one more tip...if you want desserts, ask at the beginning of your meal when the Chef comes out. The Chefs didn't bring it up to me, so if I wouldn't have thought of it we may have had to wait longer or something, but asking at the beginning of the meals (many of the restaurants in Disney are buffet style) allowed us to eat at the same pace as our gluten eating family members. Have fun!!!
  6. It was GREAT! We just recently got back last night, but already put up photos for you guys. Really,. we had a fabulous time! I felt like I was a princess the whole while with all the special attention from the Chefs and the WONDERFUL food! Neither of us got sick at ALL! I can't say enough about the great chefs! For Gluten and dairy free vacation, Disney world is great ! Here are the photos: http://sleepingbean.blogspot.com/
  7. Okay, thanks for the tips on adding after the fact! I didn't know you could do that! LOL I am really feeling foolish about not being able to make decent play dough! I can't bring myself to spend $20 plus shipping on pre made play dough when I know it can be made for less then $5! Rice flour is super cheap here, as is salt... Okay, I'll try again tomorrow (with the above instructions)! Wish me luck!
  8. Well, I can make so many great and creative foods, but my cooking ability stops short at playdough. I cannot get a good batch of gluten free playdough! I have tried so many recipes and they all flop I think it must be something in my method? So, someone who makes a great gluten free playdough...please walk me through it! I will be supplying my daughter's class with playdough all year and I need to figure this out by Tuesday! LOL I made 6 batches tonight. Three were too goey and sticky and one is almost brittle and crumbly. The other two are just so so. The salt didn't disolve (is it supposed to?) I need a rescue remedy! LOL
  9. I'll add my story. I was very unhealthy during pregnancy. I had terrible shakes, developed a noticable heart murmor that sped up my heart rate at rest with random spurts. I felt like I was having heart attack symptoms quite often. I was always out of breath and very shakey/dizzy and anemic. BUT i was eating gluten and dairy (two big Nos for me) and I wasn't getting much meat. I ate too much mercury containing albacore and not enough protein in general. I would say that if you are going to get pregnant, concentrate on making sure you are eating a healthy whole foods diet with little to no processed foods. Pamper your body and your babies with healthy meals each day. I would recommend a Bradley Instructor to help you organize your food intake. It would have made such a difference for me, so I can see first hand how it effects the body. I nursed both of my children and that was also hard on me. I got Mastitis again and again and again and...well you get the idea. It was difficult and my babies got diarrhea, allergey rings, rashes....My first child has terrible gut problems that took us 4.5 years to overcome. My second child also had many intollerances, but we picked up on in much quicker and nipped it in the bud at age two. My advice would be to eat a healthy low allergen diet while nursing (shoudl you choose to nurse). Your baby can react to foods through breastmilk. Sadly, the medical community was no help with this and it took us so long to heal my baby girl. Had I known then what I know now.... What the nursing mama eats is VERY important. Next thing to be concerned about is that you don't introduce gluten or high allergen foods in that first year. If you are passing anything alone, genetically speaking, you don't need to tax your little one's system. Waiting until they are 2 years old (or older) would be a WISE choice for introducing gluten and or dairy soy. And vaccines....if your child does have a gentic disposition for immune disorder, then your child will be at higher risk for Vaccine reactions. The doctors will want to start vaccines the day the child is born with HepB vaccine. They will not likely know if your child has an autoimmune disorder before they begin vaccinating. I would recommend breastfeeding your baby (then your baby has certain immunity from you through breastmilk) and waiting a bit to start vaccines, and then doing them one at a time instead of assulting the system with 9-12 different vaccines at once, which is what they do here. That may sound like a lot of worrying or overkill, but I would have been blessed to have that simple information 5+ years ago, instead of the terrible medical advice I received in place. Good luck to you! Blessings, Laura
  10. Idea For Kids Parties

    angeljd - thanks for posting that ! Right away I was thinking.... "boiling plastic bags with food? That can't be healthy!"
  11. Well, I don't buy that without some studies and proof! BUT we did do the SCDiet and it did cure my daughter of her SYMPTOMS. The autism traits went away. It did let her gut HEAL. Her diarrhea finally stopped. BUT if she gets any gluten, even now (2+ years later) she reacts terribly. So, as long as she doesn't eat gluten, she is cured with SCDiet, but if she eats gluten again...she is sick again. I think that is very dangerous advice to give out to people. Some people may be sick without a true intollerance to gluten and with that sickness may come an inability to handle gluten at that time. For some, I imagine that once their guts are healed they may very well be right as rain, but I would not ever recommend a Celiac try eating gluten again after doing the SCDiet. But, I would recommend that any Celiac who still has gut related problems or behavior or autoimmune etc to try the SCDiet becuase it can really help the body to heal when just eliminating gluten alone doesn't always do the trick. We did SCDiet without dairy and it worked beautifully.
  12. Worried About My Weight

    you could switch to good dark belgium chocolate .... that ought to help we eat a lot of nuts and coconut in our foods. It helps keep the weight on
  13. Larabar

    Cherry and Apple...I had to stop buying them because I would just gobble them up like they were candies! mmm....
  14. I would sit down and figure out how much protein you get on a daily basis. I had a similiar problem that really got bad when I was pregnant (you wouldn't be pregnant, by chance?) I developed a heart murmor, which they told me was totally normal and fine. When I changed my diet (went gluten free and dramatically increased protein intake) the heart symptoms stopped. If you find that you eat a lot of starches, carbs, breads, noodles, cereals fruits and not much meat/nut, then I would suspect that. Of course if you are worried, you should go check it out with your doctor!
  15. There is no good reason to introduce gluten to a 6 month old. Breast milk (or formula if you don't breastfeed) is best for baby up to a year minimum. When you begin introducing foods, you can start with sweet potato, and avocado, and banana. Those are great starters for baby! I would avoid grains and dairy for any baby! They are such high allergens. You have to let their little systems get ready for those types of foods. Many children have dairy intollerance and they often outgrow it, but if you continue giving a child a food they are intollerant to, they are much more likely to develop a life time intollerance or allergey. If you wait until their systems have matured to allow them better ability to digest more complex food combinations you will find they do much better then starting them with wheat cereals, dairy, oats etc as very young babies. Sweet potaot, Avocado, banana, work up to other purreed fruits and veggies or boiled veggies when your little one is ready to eat something with texture. Don't worry about those grains right away. I would wait for the 2 year mark before even thinking about introducing gluten or dairy to a child who has a family history or intollerance to those foods or who has shown reaction themselves.