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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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 Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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:angry:I went shopping, and came home angry. I was already forbidden too much with my food allergies and the diabetic, cardiac low sodium diets. This celiac diet is so much worse. It's also frustrating to go shopping with a list of foods that are gluten free only to find they're out said items. I'm finding it hard to keep a balance of everything without being left hungry. I'm sure many of you are in the same boat, and have learned to deal with it. I suppose I will eventually learn too. -End rant.
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I'm sorry that you are having a difficult time with shopping. It does get so much easier. There are SO many gluten free things to eat. All meat, veg and fruit!

What are somethings that you like to eat? Maybe we can steer you in the right direction.

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I know it's hard to see it now but it really does get so much easier. When I'm eating at home I forget I'm celiac as there are so many things that I can still have. There are also lots of new things I'd never even heard of before that I now eat. What were you looking for that the store didn't have? What would you eat before? Almost anything can be made gluten free if we know what kind of things you like.. :)

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BobbyKat,

You came to the right place to rant. I hear you. And I'm really impressed that you were just P.O., not crying your eyes out like I used to when I first started grocery shopping. I'll echo previous posts, it really does get so much easier. In fact, you'll spend much less time grocery shopping.

Wish you well.

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It will get better. Really. :)

The thing I've learned after being gluten free for a bit over a year now, is that I just have to "suck it up" (as my kids say) and cook. If you think about cooking from scratch then just about everything is gluten free. In fact, the only things that are not gluten free are wheat, barley, rye. (and probably oats.)

So you can eat all meat, all vegetables, fruit, legumes, dairy. Everything. (unless you have some other sensitivities of course). I hate to cook, but I'm amazed at how good I feel if I do. I often "cheat" and use things like canned vegetables -- if I can't get fresh corn then I like canned corn better than frozen. On the other hand I'd never eat canned peas. :ph34r: But frozen are good. So it's pretty easy for me, the I Hate To Cook gal, to cook some chicken in a pan with some spices or maybe a can of stewed tomatoes, cook rice, steam a veggie and there you go.

The problems for me were finding a decent bread, and finding a cracker. I have found them, finally. Udi's or Rudi's, and Glutino's crackers. That cracker is the closest I've found to a regular type like Ritz or that kind, like we'd put sliced cheese on.

It is difficult to always have to read labels, and to find substitutes for things like say creamed soup if you liked to cook with that before. I discovered a gluten free boxed cream soup in the regular soup section, and then I thickened it with corn starch and it worked great. So now I know and it doesn't take me any time to shop since I know where to look. (I'm still paranoid enough though to glance at that label anyway. lol)

Well, sorry, kind of long-winded. I guess the short answer is that it gets easier, and if you cook "from scratch" then almost everything is gluten free.

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