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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. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Thanks for your responses. I went gluten free originally because I had been catching every virus I came in contact with, had suddenly lost 7 pounds in two weeks (which I couldn't afford to lose, I'm 5'6" and 110lbs), was anemic, and had had poor general health and horrible headaches for ten years with no answers from any doctors... then my boss suggested celiac, and I started the diet prior to doing enough research about getting tested. I felt better immediately and had no desire to get tested. I suppose my reason for wanting to get tested now is because I don't have a huge reaction and would like to know if it is simply an allergy/intolerance, or if it is actually celiac disease. My husband and I are starting to think about having kids, and I would like to know for their sake as well. Either way I will stay gluten free for the rest of my life, simply because I feel so much better. After reading the first response though, I don't need to get tested that bad! If it was as easly as eating a tiny bit each day for a few weeks and I wasn't spending every night on the toilet I would do it, but I'm not ready to sacrifice a few months of my life just to have a surefire answer. I will probably just get the gene test and if I have the gene, I will make my kids gluten-free too.
  3. I posted this in the testing feed and nobody had an answer, so I thought I would try asking here. I would reall ylike to know the answer. I have been gluten free for about a year and a half, I never got tested and now I would like to. I know that I need to be eating gluten for at least six weeks befroe getting tested, but my question is how much gluten do I need to eat? I am not super sensitive and don't have any reaction to a little bit of gluten, so if I was to eat say, one crouton a day, would the damage still be enough to show up on the test, or do I have to ingest a lot of it every day? Just wondering because I would like to be in as little pain as possible! Thanks to anybody who has any ideas!
  4. I have been gluten free for about a year and a half, I never got tested and now I would like to. I know that I need to be eating gluten for at least six weeks befroe getting tested, but my question is how much gluten do I need to eat? I am not super sensitive and don't have any reaction to a little bit of gluten, so if I was to eat say, one crouton a day, would the damage still be enough to show up on the test, or do I have to ingest a lot of it every day? Just wondering because I would like to be in as little pain as possible!
  5. Losing Hair

    It's not really related to celiac, but my mom had the same problem a few years ago and asked her hairdresser about it. Apparently we humans actually lose a lot more hair in the winter than in summer. Now that she made me aware of it, I notice that I start losing more hair around this time of year. It makes no sense, since you would think that we would need more hair in winter to keep us warmer, but it's true nonetheless. I'm not sure if this is your problem or not, but it could just be a seasonal thing that will pass. I hope this helps.
  6. I was wondering if anybody has a really yummy stuffing, gravy, or turkey recipe. This is going to be my first gluten free thanksgiving. I'm trying to embrace it and have fun making my own food. The funny thing is that I'm actually glad to have an excuse to bring my own food. My mother-in-law (whom I, thankfully, love dearly) makes rather flavorless turkey and gravy, and since my husband and I got married, she's been the one who does all the Thanksgiving cooking. At least this year I know that I'll get to eat exactly what I want!
  7. I Must Sing The Praises

    If any of you are thinking of going to Disneyland for vacation, definitely do it! My husband and I went there for vacation this week, and I was a little worried about having to eat out a lot (at home I only eat out maybe three times a month and always at the same restaurant that I know is safe). The first place we went was Pizza Port where Chef Leah actually came out to talk to me. She knew exactly what celiac disease was and offered me rice pasta with marinara sauce or pizza with my choice of toppings. I know it may be silly, but I was so excited to eat pizza that I didn't have to make myself. And it was really good. Long story short, Disneyland has compiled a list for celiacs that lists everything throughout both Disneyland and California Adventure that is safe to eat, including all their vending carts and every restaurant in the park. All you have to do is go to City Hall and ask for their gluten free list. It seemed like everyone I talked to there knew about celiac disease. The lady at Gibson Girl, which is an old fashioned ice cream parlor, used a brand new scoop and scoop from an unused bucket of ice cream. We went to the Blue Bayou for lunch, and the waitress brought me a wedge salad the was gluten free, I took one bite and realized that there was blue cheese all over it, so I asked her about how it was made, if it was started on bread or not, and she went and checked with the chef just to make sure it was gluten free. It was. At the Storyteller Cafe in the Grand Californian Hotel, the chef made me some gluten free waffles, which I chose from a long list of gluten free options. I really wanted to stay there longer, I told my husband that I want to live at Disneyland, just because it is so easy to eat.
  8. Contamination = Weird Vision?

    I work at an optometrists office and I have learned that your vision can be affected by dry eyes. The drier they are, the more blurry your vision. Also, the burning can be allergies. Mine always feel like they are on fire right at my tear ducts. I use an over the counter allergy drop called Opcon A. It works better than anything else I've tried, including prescription drops. Maybe celiac disease dries out your eyes or something. Anyway, hope this helps.
  9. I know that Ensure is gluten free, it says so on the label. BUT it has tons of soy in it and started making me sick after drinking it for a couple of days, and I don't have a soy intolerance (that I know of). So maybe look into something else that doesn't rely so much on soy protein. Hope this helps.
  10. I have a couple of totally unrelated questions. I know that I can get glutened by kissing my husband after he's eaten something with gluten in it, so my question is this: what can he do to clean it off? Does just brushing his teeth get rid of the gluten? If not, what does he have to do? Also, I know that I can get glutened by even just one crumb. What I'm wondering is how many people on here are actually symptomatic after ingesting one crumb? I know there are degrees of glutening, like I can tell when it's slipped in somewhere just because my mood changes, but then if I accidentally eat more of it I am on the toilet all day long with other symptoms lasting about a week. Is there anybody who gets outwardly physically ill after eating a crumb? Sorry for the randomness, but these are the things that go through my newbie brain.
  11. Ran A 5k Today

    I was a runner too, until I got sick, lost weight and had absolutely no energy. I've been gluten-free for almost three months now, and I feel great. I am training for my first half-marathon in Sept. I have the same problem as you, I eat and eat and I'm just losing more weight. I have found that rice and beans are a great source of protein and carbs, and they fill me up better than breads. Also, almonds, cashews, etc. Nuts are nice and high in calories and good fats, and they stick with you. For breakfast sometimes I'll have peanut butter toast, it keeps me full a lot longer than cereal does.
  12. Rough Time

    I am not officially hypoglycemic, but I have all the same symptoms when my blood sugar crashes. I always have some kind of gluten-free food on me. I have found that Clif Nectar bars are extremely portable and great for when I start to get hungry. Sharkies are great too, they are kind of like fruit snacks for athletes, but they are gluten-free and contain enough sugar to sustain you until you can get some real food. As far as regular food goes, I have found that rice and beans are a wonderfully easy staple. They have protein and carbs, and stick with me longer than most foods.
  13. Celiac Baker

    Hi, and welcome to the board. I am also fairly new to being gluten-free, but I have discovered a love of baking that I never knew existed. There is a lady named Bette Hagman who is referred to as the Gluten Free Gourmet. Any of her recipes turn out absolutely delicious. She has many different cookbooks out, I have the one on comfort foods and breads, and I can always count on the recipe turning out very similar to the original gluten filled food. That might be a place for you to start, then you can always experiment and create your own recipes.
  14. Disneyland Half Marathon

    Thanks, I think there is an Outback is right across from our hotel. We are staying at the Holiday Inn in La Mirada. I had completely forgotten about it. I'll definitely check out Bucca Di Beppo.