1 pointThis varies from different people, how you have the place set up, etc. But yes touching bread/flour/gluten then your food can make you sick. Gluten is a protein smaller than a germ, it can not be killed or sanitized with bleach or chemicals. Think blood and a crime scene CSI, it can get stick in scratched cutting boards, scratched pots and pans, colanders etc. Flour should be avoided period in a shared house, that poof from opening a bag or tossing something in it can go airborne for hours and settles everywhere as dust that can make you sick. If you inhale it will get stuck in the mucus in your throat/nose and eventually go down your throat and make you sick. In a shared house you need to have dedicated toasters, condiment jars (crumbs here can make you sick and sticking that knife back in after touching bread), and I would say some dedicated cookware and tubberware. Keep your Gluten-Free stuff on top shelves in the fridge and the pantry to prevent crumbs from falling on them. Few life hacks I learned, Butcher Paper/Freezer Paper, put it down on the counter when you fix your food for a safe prep surface, Mark your dedicated cooking utensils/pots with color like red and store/wash separate, I used my own set of Nordicware microwave cookware and splatter covers when I did have a shared house, and food service gloves are a lifesaver Honestly I kept getting sick and moved to a dedicated Gluten-Free house. Double check the newbie 101 section and this other post, another thing your family needs to consider is this is genetic, your kids need to be tested every year as they might develop it. https://www.celiac.com/forums/topic/91878-newbie-info-101/ https://www.celiac.com/forums/topic/123965-gluten-free-food-alternative-list-2019-q2/
1 pointHey Arlene! I'm still kicking but it's been an intense year. We moved Mom into Assisted Living last summer and she resisted it all the way. Made our lives hell....until she lived there for about 4 months and decided it wasn't as bad as she thought it was going to be. They have Happy Hour! 🍹 But she thoroughly enjoyed trying to make us feel guilty....which we did not. She will be 87 this year and she was trying to hide from us the fact she was having trouble taking complete care of herself. Her health suffered but she is stubborn and did not want to move out of her house. Guess who won that battle? 😉 This year, we are going to move my husband's mother into Assisted, from Independent. She is 92. To say it has been busy is the understatement of the year. Trying to do all this while still working is not recommended. So, come the end of September, I will be officially retired. That way, I can still tend to the needs of the Mom's and actually have a life of my own. What a concept, huh? 🤦♀️ Hope all is well with you!
1 pointFunny thing, there is a place just outside my city, that is a small BBQ place. They are all gluten free and never even mention it anywhere. Their daughter who works there is Celiac so the family makes sure no gluten is in the building. >.< My issue is the BBQ sauce they use contains corn and it is in everything and I am allergic to that lol. I also considered BBQ, but my town has 5 BBQ places that do catering So I would be out of luck there so I went with the concept of a truck that does Paleo with Stir Fry and another menu for burgers with my own Gluten-Free Bun recipe and sweet potato fries, along with perhaps offering breakfast like my Omelet on a stick or breakfast bowls. Right now I am considering another option to start in to raise funds. Sort of funny how our bodies rebled on us due to an issue with food proteins yet ironically our life starts to revolve food to keep us safe and oddly enough in some becomes a passion.