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  1. 3 points
    I will start this by saying I'm autistic, so don't have much advice about how to handle your family. What you have described sounds highly disrespectful on their parts, but to be honest stuff like that doesn't bother me. Guess you could say I'm lucky that way. I did want to tell you that a few months in you will probably find that your tastebuds have changed, and that things that used to sound so good (processed snacks and fast food, for example) just don't smell at all appealing anymore. I used to love kraft dinner, but now the stench of it (yes, it's a definite stench) turns my stomach. There's a positive side to this in that you will taste "ordinary" foods in a new way. Apples taste fresh and delicious; roasted beets are so sweet and hearty; salads taste delicious without any salad dressing. Since going gluten-free 3 years ago, my diet is much more varied and I enjoy food much more than I did before. And I'm getting really good at pulling together husband and kid approved meals with whatever I happen to have on hand. I have dealt with people being obnoxious about my dietary restrictions, but I have noticed now that more often I hear people saying "I wish I ate as well as you" or "your lunch smells terrific" all while they wolf down their stinky whoppers or big macs. You will get there in time. And this is definitely the place to come for great advice and support.
  2. 2 points
    Exactly what Rosetapper said. There is no safe amount of gluten for someone with Celiac Disease. I've selected two key thoughts from your post. Your symptoms have gotten worse as time passes. The symptoms you list as minor will get worse as well until the fatigue is debilitating and the bloating is severe -- it is possible you will develop even more symptoms if you do not remove gluten. The good news is repairing your body and living a healthful life is within your reach. None of this is said to scare you - it is what it is. Celiac Disease gets worse with any amount of gluten. Even if you are lucky enough to not have symptoms worsen, your small intestine is being damaged each time you eat gluten. Welcome to the forum - feel free to ask lots of questions and read as much as you can - it really does help a very difficult transition happen a bit more quickly. No one will tell you it is easy, but many will tell you it is worth it.
  3. 2 points
    Honestly, YOUR DIET isn't giving grief to others. Their inability to accept, respect, and move on is what is giving them grief. That's their own choice, their own problem. Your health is yours. But you at at the very beginning of a very big learning curve, if you've not already been fairly used to cooking from scratch. Anything this big takes time to learn. And I don't mean a day or a week or even a month, but a year or more. You are UNLEARNING 40 years of a culture of food and relearning a new one all at the same time. That is a challenge, even if you don't already have a busy life on top of it. It's a really hard challenge if you have people who are trying to serve as roadblocks, or knock you back the other direction. I'm sorry that you had to learn so very early in this process that "she said those are gluten free" doesn't mean anything. Especially for someone who doesn't know every little ingredient in their food and CARE about every little ingredient in their food. But it's true, you really have to read every label, and read it for yourself. Not to mention be CONFIDENT that the person doing the cooking can avoid cross-contamination issues. And sometimes, that means your mom can't cook for you any more. This is where things get tricky in close relationships, of course. Because someone thinks, "you don't love me if you won't let me cook for you", which is, of course, stupid. But it's ingrained in the culture for many, many of us. And so you have to tackle it head on, not try to be passive, or passive-agressive, about it. Saying "I know you love cooking for us. And your food is really great. But I'm not feeling ready to take any sort of risks of contamination. Whether that's paranoid or not, that's my choice right now." Mean people are mean. It sucks when it's family members, but mean people are everywhere, so they're bound to show up in our families too, right? Remember that right now, as tired and fed up with this diet and its restrictions and its changes and complications, you're going to be more sensitive to criticism in that area. That's fair! But, like any sort of criticism, you have to figure out if you're going to let it slide, face it head on, or leave the situation. Those ARE all options, though some are less desirable that others depending on the situation. At the end of it, though, try to remember that you are not "just being picky", and sometimes people are wrong about things. Here's where you lost me. You are insulin resistant, so it's hard to live without bread and cookies? Ok, I'm being slightly glib, but if you already have to watch the carbs, then that just makes the prospects of eliminating a major source of them (wheat) all the more important. These are two highly compatible diets! And you can make SOOO much with "basic meat and vegetables", especially if you add in eggs and nuts and seeds and legumes and low-glycemic fruits. I mean, really, you can make A LOT of foods. I would say the bulk of non-bread foods that people eat are made with these items. For instance, I'm making dinner for 20 for a day-after-thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night. We're having pumpkin soup, green salad with oranges and pomegranate seeds, turkey and gravy, mushroom risotto, apple-cranberry sauce, sauteed garlic green beans, roasted beets and greens, mashed potatoes, baked pears, and apple pie. All of it is easily made gluten free (except the pie crust, which is the only thing that really needs subs). Last weekend we had a dinner party for my birthday and made sushi for 15. I often cook for friends and we've had chicken salads, lentil soup, marinated kebabs, grilled salmon with grilled veggies and sweet potato fries, stir-fry, beef stew, and a bunch of other things I don't remember. But it's all gluten free, and dairy free. With few exceptions ('cause no cook is going to be perfect), everybody loves my food. I've got a thread in the recipes section with 85 recipes in it - most of them pretty easy to make, most of them taking half an hour or less from start to finish, and all of them gluten free and most dairy free. I tend towards reactive hypoglycemia, so most of them try to be moderate about fat/protein/carb ratios. http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/6981-as-promised-a-few-recipes/ Most of these are actually "I'm hungry; what can I cobble together with stuff out of the fridge". This diet does not have to be hard. But it requires giving yourself the time, patience, and perseverence to learn something new. And unlearn a lot of old stuff. Some of what you have to learn and unlearn is food related (don't eat the bread, read the labels on everything, etc.) but some of it is emotional (learning how to handle frustration, learning how to approach ridicule, leanring how to stand up for yourself, etc.). And I think that throws a lot of folks for a loop when starting the diet. We're told "oh, just eliminate gluten", which is *true*, but so very much not a complete picture. You find happiness by working through this stuff, and by finding happiness in all those other facets of your life that aren't food - your friends, your hobbies, maybe your work, your relatives, your activities, maybe your pets, and so on. There is a lot to the world that isn't strictly food, though I know it really feels like that at the beginning! Hang in there, keep reading this forum, and be patient with yourself. You've got a difficult transition, and the most difficult time of year to do it. But you can get there if you keep moving forward.
  4. 1 point
    Ok so I've been thinking about this. If your body is making AGA-IgG or AGA-IgA, doesn't that mean that your body is having an immune reaction to gluten? AGA-IgG and AGA-IgA are antibodies. Antibodies are products that the body makes in response to what the body thinks is a foreign invader that needs to be killed off. It's an immune response. If your body is creating ANY sort of immune response to gluten, doesn't that mean you need to stop eating gluten? Long-term low-level immune activity over the long-term could lead to autoimmune diseases or put the body in a state of oxidative stress, right? What percentage of the population makes AGA-IgG/AGA-IgA antibodies?
  5. 1 point
    Hugs, Fire Fairy. It's natural to want to please those you love. But you gave eggs and dairy up because your body rejected them. How much fun will you be to be around if your intestines are tied in knots and you have the hershey squirts? Anyone who slams you for your diet, no matter what way you chose or need to eat, is not your friend. Your boyfriend's family not only accepts you but tried to accomodate you. The person you are is what matters. He souns like a good guy! :-)
  6. 1 point
    I agree that this is yet another book stemming from the labeling mania that characterizes an era and a society insecure about its own cognitive/interpretive skills. But I am more bothered by something else, which is not the information about diets, which may be interesting, but the underlying assumption of the whole book: a) this interpretation is politically problematic, to say the least. It pathologizes behaviours that have as a goal a person's health; conversely, it labels as "normal," and, since we live in a highly conformistic society, as "desirable," behaviours in which the individual acts on autopilot, and, in this case, eats without paying attention to the messages of his/her body. I think I just saw mindfulness flying out of the window. This writer deserves a gold star for the silliest method of treating eating disorders, if that was the goal of this book. Why do I say it is "politically problematic"? Because someone is going to benefit from a stigma on people interested in making healthy eating choices. And it's not the author of books like this, or ED therapists. It's companies that produce food-like substances that make us sick. I'm sorry, I've got a problem with that. Such a sloppy and catch-all definition is actually dangerous in clinical settings. The lack of preparation of medical staff leads them to rely on protocols, and lists, only, rather than using critical and analytical thinking when making a diagnosis. If you diagnose and treat by "ticking all the boxes," chances are you're treating a piece of paper and not a patient. That. Is. Just. Dangerous. There are tons of people on these boards that have gone through years of misdiagnosis because of such mentality. When it comes to psychic disorders that kind of labeling is just a disaster waiting to happen. I was sick for over six months a couple of years ago, losing weight, unable to sleep, tortured by D every time I ate, and hyperkinetic (unable to sit still, I was so restless I would walk for hours aimlessly trying to tire myself so that I would sleep, to no avail). I went to the doctor who know how many times, and their "diagnosis," done without any tests or exams, was that I had an ED, even if I was asking for help because I did not know why I kept losing weight. I was going thorugh thyrotoxicosis crises, and if they had just been awake during their endocrinology class, they would not have sent me home with a lecture and Diazepam. I had three major infections, one of which was caused by E. Coli. They just told me I had orthorexia. They just told me I had orthorexia and let me alone with their reproach and meds as I reached a BMI of 13, because they liked to label me. Their love for labels almost killed me, and severley damaged my health. I have been in menopause since then, and I am not even 30. My intestine was left untreated, because "it was just orthorexia," for so many months that now it's a complete disaster even if I do not have celiac disease. My metabolism is completely messed up. My bones were damaged. I lost my hair. And I was wretched, because on top of my physical misery I had to carry the blame that "it was all my fault." It took me a year of therapy to come to realize it was not my fault, but a disease, for so long the ignorant medical staff brainwashed me with this "orthorexia." For some reasons, in the US it is considered OK to comment on other people's diets. I am a foreigner, and that still shocks me, because where I come from that is a huge, giant, taboo, and you'd be branded as rude even for a joke about a friends' diet. So now, besides having to hear friends mocking and shaming me because I don't partake of starches during lunch (clearly, everyone wants to hear about my gas and D over lunch, right?), I also need a book on the cheap pseudo-medicine that almost killed me. No, thanks. Books like these are not just bad, and insulting for people who are sick. They are dangerous. For people who don't have EDs, but also for those who have them: stigma and shame, which are sisters of "labels," are the causes, not the cure, of EDs. Sounds like the author needs to g back to med/psy school. Thank you, Juliebove, for bringing this up.
  7. 1 point
    Thank you for that video....even if it was from the Fox Network . Fasano does good work! He is an epic leader in our small world.
  8. 1 point
    I found out the segment is up on vimeo --->
  9. 1 point
    My symptoms (cramping pain, bloating, gas, constipation) didn't disappear until I resolved all the other problems (besides gluten intolerance/celiac disease). Avoiding gluten and dairy helped somewhat (the most extreme cramping pain decreased). Substituting soy products for dairy products exacerbated my symptoms. So I eliminated soy and got more relief. However, getting an ELISA test for other delayed reaction allergies helped me find more (really unexpected sources) food allergies. Abstaining from all my 7 diagnosed allergens helped, but I still had bloating, gas and constipation. I was also diagnosed with (by stool tests) and treated for 8 different gut bugs (bacteria, parasites and candida) over a 4 year period. Eventually I was diagnosed by Heidelberg capsule test with low stomach acid production. Taking betaine hydrochloride supplements before meals really improved digestion, which helped decrease the bloating and gas. Nevertheless constipation continued (despite trying all the suggestions from people with constipation solutions) until I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism (actually Hashimoto's thyroiditis which is highly correlated with gluten intolerance). Constipation is a common symptom of hypothyroidism. My docs didn't even consider hypothyroidism because I was thin, although I always had low blood pressure, low pulse and low body temperature (all common hypothyroid symptoms). I'm glad I found a naturopath who knew enough to test me for stomach acid production and hypothyroidism, because treating those conditions finally resolving my remaining symptoms. Obviously, I'm the extreme example of many causes for my gut symptoms. However, I just want to suggest that you keep looking for causes of symptoms after you rigidly avoid gluten or whatever other food allergies you may have (esp. those diagnosed by accurate blood tests). Hopefully you won't need 8 years to resolve all your symptoms. Nevertheless, hang in there and keep asking your doc for tests (or find a good naturopath, if mainstream docs discount your symptoms).
  10. 1 point
    It may be part of the healing process, I sometimes get random itchy spots for no apparent reason. However, they itch for a few minutes or maybe the afternoon / evening and then they're gone. On the other hand, I quit drinking almond milk and similar items long ago, due to the carageenan and natural flavors since I noticed MSG type additives as well as sulfites cause problems for my skin, in addition to gluten. So, since it appears to be spreading, I'd be sure to note it in your food diary and maybe try eliminating anything new you've had in the last couple of days and see what happens. If you have some lotion with tea tree oil, that might help soothe the itch.
  11. 1 point
    That's when I started getting better also, I added fiber gummies and a probiotic from Costco to my intake. 5 weeks in and I go most every day. Nice soft formed and it no longer floats (means I'm now absorbing nutrients).
  12. 1 point
    i can say it once, but others will undoubtedly echo it several times: the ONLY option is to go completely gluten free. I know that it's difficult at first to adapt to a new diet, but it is absolutely essential that you understand that you are doing grave damage to your body when you eat even the smallest amount of gluten. You're still young, so you may have damaged your intestinal lining very little; however, if you continue to eat gluten, you could end up with some horrendous disabilities. For one thing, you could develop other auto-immune diseases such as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, lupus, gluten ataxia, Sjogren's, etc, or develop neurological difficulties such as migraines, epilepsy, depression, etc. Having celiac means you do NOT have the option to eat or not eat gluten--you must avoid it completely. That said, you will probably not be much older when treatments become available that will allow you to eat gluten for short periods of time. There is also a vaccine that is expected to come on the market within the next five years. In the interim, please take good care of your health and adopt a strict, gluten-free diet. Sometimes when you damage a part of your small intestine, it does NOT repair itself....so you are left with a lifelong disability.
  13. 1 point
    I second gfreejz. I had an injury a few years ago that caused excruciating pain. It took a month before my I went to the chiropractor and found out I popped my rib out of place. When it bothers me I can't take deep breaths either, and sneezing can get incredibly painful. Be prepared if you do go to the chiropractor, which I recommend. It can take multiple visits to get it back in place and staying there on its own. Each time I have to go it can take 8-12 visits. Mine has popped back out a few times. Sometimes I can feel it when it moves out again. Others, it moves out of place slowly unbeknownst to me until the pain starts. For me, sometimes the pain follows the rib all the way around. Other times it either is like a giant spear is goine through my back and out my chest, or it is only in the front or the back. Anything could be causing your pain. If you can tell that it is on only one side (left or right, but sometimes that can be indistinguishable) then I think a trip to the chiropractor is worth it. Especially since most doctors are so willing to throw medications at you instead of looking for the root cause. I hope you are able to fix it, whatever the cause may be.
  14. 1 point
    Hello, and welcome. Celiac causes constipation almost as frequently as diarrhea; some people alternate beteen the two. Celiac causes migraines in many people, along with hair loss, anemia, etc. Also, of course autoimmune thyroid disease. But I am sure you know all this. The problem is you did not pass the blood test. Many celiacs test sero-negative but can be positive on biopsy. I think a proper EGD testing for celiac (at least 6 samples) would be a good way forward. Have you ever tried not eating gluten for a day or two and seeing if there is any difference? Some people notice improvement right away; many, of course, take much longer. At any rate, if you are going to have another EGD you should continue eating gluten up till that time, and then go gluten free right away for at least three months to see if gluten is your problem, regardless of the results of the biopsies. Non-celiac gluten intolerance is even more prevalent than celiac disease. Or NCGI could just be another form of celiac that they haven't devised a test for yet. Do give the diet a good trial when all testing has been completed because it is a shame to ruin a life feeling awful when the cure is perhaps within your own control.
  15. 1 point
    Oh, honey, we've ALL been there! I remember my first Thanksgiving after finding out I had celiac. My mom had made sure that the turkey was gluten free, and she'd prepared gluten-free dishes to go along with it. However, after the meal, I became extremely ill....and discovered that she had stuffed the turkey with regular stuffing. She forgot that the gravy would be made from a turkey stuffed with gluten--it just hadn't occurred to her. She felt really bad....but I felt worse. However, as it turned out, my mom was then diagnosed with celiac several months later, and our Thanksgivings are now always gluten-free affairs. Actually, ALL of our family gatherings--regardless of who hosts them--are gluten-free events. You see, my son also has celiac, and my sister's daughter ended up having it, too. That said, I think your mom's personality sounds a little ADHD to me. That means she could very well have celiac, too. Has she ever considered this possibility? You got it either from your dad or your mom.....so??? If your mother ends up being diagnosed with celiac, I think your stepdad will eventually change his tune. He needs to be educated on this disease. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of education, and then they themselves wonder if they have it--LOL! I know this diet seems hard now, and I do admit that it took me about two years before I stopped feeling bitter about not being able to eat my favorite things. However, this was in the "Dark Ages" when gluten-free pizzas and sourdough bread didn't exist. Nowadays there are so many more options! Have you tried the gluten-free chocolate chip cookies at Trader Joe's? They're wonderful and contain "real" ingredients. Against the Grain Gourmet baguettes are great, too, and can be found at Whole Foods and other stores. Because you have insulin resistance, you should definitely look into Mark's Daily Apple, as suggested above. The paleo/primal diet would be perfect for you. However, if you feel it's too restrictive, heck, there really are many options for eating like a normal person. I don't feel as though I'm missing out on anything....except for a few occasional rotten experiences at restaurants (who were run by people like your stepdad). Otherwise, I'm perfectly happy with my life and my diet. Believe me--you'll feel this way, too, one day. I agree that today was a disaster, but there will be fewer and fewer such disastrous days--just stand your ground and ensure your OWN happiness.
  16. 1 point
    I'm so sorry you had this experience so soon into your diagnosis and gluten-free diet. Bartfull has given you some great advice. I am about your age, with family, and 3 months in. It does get easier. I decided a month ago that I could decide how to react to the situation. I will now happily take my own food (which I know I will like) and enjoy the company. I try not to draw attention to the fact what I am doing is different, answer questions politely and move the conversation on. I am not saying it is easy, but at least I see my family and friends. I just don't make it optional, and say 'while I get used to this new way of eating and keeping myself healthy it is easier to do it like this'. I sat with friends in a cafe today while they and all our kids had lunch. It was fine. Really. Just make sure you don't do it hungry. You will find food you like. Some people do find they feel really hungry while they make the transition, even if they love the food. It will be worth it. Many of us here are happy, honestly The forum is a fantastic place to come to when you need to rant and scream, talk stuff through, get advice and, yes, one day, give advice to others. Probably sooner than you think. Come back as often as you need to. Good luck
  17. 1 point
    Oh Honey, I am so sorry! Families are the sources of some of the greatest joy in life, but they can also be the sources of the greatest misery. What you need to do next time, is put your foot down and insist that you are bringing your own food. Even people with the best of intentions can gluten us by accident, but when you are dealing with people who don't pay attention, it is not worth the risk. It doesn't help that you are so new to this. You are most likely still suffering from gluten withdrawal. That can cause headaches, extreme hunger, and ragged emotions. Can you make yourself a sandwich with your gluten-free bread? If you can have cheese, put some on each side, put some ham in the middle, then pop the whole thing in the micro so the cheese melts. Now, I'm not sure which gluten-free bread you have, but if you don't like it, try different brands. Canyon Bakehouse San Juan Seven Grain is HEAVENLY, and if you get Udi's, make sure you get the MULTI-GRAIN instead of the white. It has the taste and texture of french bread. Even my non-gluten-free friends love it. As time goes on you will find other gluten-free substitutes that you like. Some are lousy and some are VERY good. You'll just have to experiment. Now, I'm going to preach at you a bit. NO ONE, I don't care if it is family, friends, spouses, or enemies, has a right to make you feel bad for trying to take care of your health. And YOU can't LET them! As hard as this is right now, it WILL get easier. And ruining your health in an attempt to please others is just plain foolish. If it was just an elevated risk of lymphoma, well, it would be up to you. But there are so many other horrible conditions that eating gluten can lead to! Gluten ataxia, which mimics MS, rheumatoid arthritis which is SO painful, DH, which they call the suicide rash because the itching and pain are so bad. Continuing to eat gluten can lead to dementia. It can lead to other cancers. And so many other things! Life is worth living when you feel good. Food is just one small part of enjoying life. You can still enjoy the people you love, sunsets, friendships, hobbies, and all the other things you like about being alive. And you WILL learn to enjoy gluten-free foods. Meats, veggies, rice, gluten-free breads, gluten-free desserts, nuts, - there are TONS of good things to eat. Now, go wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a hug from me. As bad as today has been, I PROMISE, it will get better. And a year from now you will be typing a similar post of encouragment to a newbie here who is hurting and ready to give up. You are going to be OK.
  18. 1 point
    There are many articles out there, with more appearing all the time. What they all seem to have in common is that they are based on interviews or quotes from Jennifer Esposito. I have not seen anything that offers the story from the producer's perspective. I know someone here in Canada who was diagnosed years ago, and has been gluten-free for at least seven years. She is still unable to work and is on full disability due to refractory celiac disease. Most of us fully recover on a strict gluten-free diet, but not everyone. We don't know all the facts, so let's not pass judgement.
  19. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum, Idslara. As recently as four or five years ago no doctor would consider giving a celiac diagnosis on the basis of blood work alone, no matter the score. The endoscopy, the "gold standard", had to be done to confirm the diagnosis. And if you tested negative on biopsy you were usually told you were not celiac and you could eat all the gluten you wanted. You will still encounter many old school doctors who adhere to this protocol. Just as, apparently in your son's case, they ran only the tTG IgA, and none of the other celiac tests because celiac has always been considered a disease of the small intestine (only). We now know that is not true. And we now know that non-celiac gluten intolerance makes you feel just as bad as celiac; the jury is still out on what, if any, damage it does. Part of the problem with the tTG is that there are other conditions which may elevate that score also (and as a matter of fact, there are other conditions that can cause damage to the villi in the small intestine, just to further complicate the picture, although celiac is more common.) This is one of the reasons why it is helpful to run the other tests in the celiac panel too, one of which, the DGP, is very specific to celiac. One argument for doing the endoscopy is that it could uncover other unsuspected conditions. Many of our older members have found that they have h. pylori that they did not know about. Of course, the pill cam can do the same thing and I have no opinion one way or other about which would be the bettter option for you. The pill cam does traverse the entire intestine so reveals things that an endoscopy cannot. Whether or not either one of these is necessary really depends on you and your discussion with your doctor. It is ultimately your decision. But what you are looking for is a diagnosis that he can carry with him through school, so that special education plans can be put in place to protect him from gluten. Most schools require this in writing, and it even carries forward to meal plans in college. For an adult the diagnosis is not as important, apart from its effect on military service. I hope this has been helpful and not just confused you further.
  20. 1 point
    Hi Bethanne, Trying an elimination diet makes sense. They are often the only way to identify other food iniolerances. A very simple diet with a few foods in it is easier to understand and troubleshoot than a diet with a hundred or more ingredients. I think Bartful meant to say 3 weeks on the 5 foods, not 3 months. What you are looking for with the starting phase of 5 foods is improvement. If one or more of your 5 starting foods is an issue tho you may not improve in three weeks. So you need to be alert for that possibility and be willing to swap out your starting group foods. You may see some improvement within 2 weeks if food intolerances are the issue. Your 5 foods should not include any of the top 8 common allergens. Maybe you and your sister can do the elimination diet together? That way you can lend each other support. The other thing is to try only eating whole foods, and no processed foods. Cooking your own foods at home lets you know for sure what is in it and that is valuable knowledge.
  21. 1 point
    For the low iodine diet see http://www.thyca.org/rai.htm#diet For help with the itching etc.... see: http://www.celiac.co...ing-pain-of-dh/ BTW, regular calamine lotion won't do it --- see the link for the exact product. Also, make sure your shampoos, conditioners & soaps are gluten free. I use Suave Naturals shampoo & conditioner --- cheap, works great & gluten free. Read this: http://www.celiac.co...ewbie-info-101/ Iodine in dairy products: http://www.celiac.co...dairy-products/ And more info. on dh: Interesting Reading on DH: http://www.celiac.co...-reading-on-dh/ Descriptions of DH Types: http://www.celiac.co...ns-of-dh-types/ Help for the Itching, Stinging, Burning, Pain of DH: http://www.celiac.co...__1#entry823195 DH Photobank: http://www.celiac.co...-dh-photo-bank/ And welcome to the board! Ask away. Feel free to vent & whine & stamp your feet --- we get it! There is no real answer as to how long before it goes away. Everyone is an individual. And the bad news is that dh can present ANYTIME it darn well feels like it even if you have been strictly eating gluten-free. It can do this for 2 years or even longer until all the antibodies get out of our skin. For more info. on that see the link for "Interesting reading on dh" Now aren't you glad you joined our club? :D
  22. 1 point
    Important: Eliminate all iodine for a while. It's important, when you have DH, to eliminate BOTH gluten and iodine. If you can do this, your rash should stop itching within a few days. This means that you should eliminate dairy during that time, because dairy contains high amounts of iodine in some areas of the country.
  23. 1 point
    If your corny things break when you bend them, wet them with water before heating. They soften up nicely then. Just hold them under running water for an instant, or throw a damp paper towel over them, or put them in a pan with a little steam and a lid..
  24. 1 point
    People with food intolerances and/or allergies have a legitimate reason - not to mention "medical duty" to be cautious about the food we consume. I'd gladly use that guy's book to start a fire to cook my gluten-free meal that I had to "think about" to shop for.
  25. 1 point
    Allright I have substituted the bisquik in a crepe recipe out of my kids recipe book and I have had fantastic results. My kids and I love them. They like to eat them rolled up with syrup and powdered sugar. I love making sandwich wraps out of them. I make several batches up and freeze them between sheets of waxed paper so I can pull one out any time I like. I also find them very filling. Why just this morning I made a "breakfast burito" out of one. This recipe is from The Everything Kids Cookbook 2ND Edition by Sandra K Nissenberg, M.S., R.D. Breakfast Crepes 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups milk 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup flour (I substitute 1 cup gluten free bisquick or brown rice flour blend) 2 teaspoons oil Appx. 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum, this is my addition not in the original recipe 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, optional syrup, optional 1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a wisk. 2. Add the milk, melted butter, sugar, and salt. Mix well. 3. Add in the flour and xanthan gum. Mix until smooth. 4. In a skillet, heat a small amout of the oil over medium heat. (I use an omlette size pan because they come out the perfect size to use as sandwich wraps. About the size of a tortilla.) 5. Pour about 1/2 cup of the batter into the hot skillet. While holding the handle of the skillet, tilt it to spread the batter around the entire bottom of the pan. (I use a little less than 1/3 cup for my size pan so the amount will differ depending on the size of your skillet.) 6. Cook the crepe until the bottom begins to brown and bubbles form on the top. Use a spatula to slip the crepe over and cook the other side until it is brown, too. 7. Carefully slide the crepe out of the skillet and stack it on a plate. Continue cooking the remaning crepes until all the batter is used up. Use additional oil in the pan as needed.