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  1. Here is Chick-Fil-A's gluten-free menu: http://www.chick-fil-a.com/gluten.asp
  2. I guess they didn't think it was a good point.. here was their response: "Thanks for writing. La Choy Soy Sauce and several store brand soy sauces are gluten-free at my local grocery stores. Yes, many bouillons contain gluten and several do not. I have chosen not to put the words gluten-free in front of ingredient such as these in my recipes because if I started doing that, I wouldn’t know where to stop. I expect gluten intolerant people (including newbies) to read the ingredient labels of all processed foods they use."
  3. Sorry about that, I forgot that there was no temp. on the recipe. Where do you get flaked rice? The only thing I can think of is baby cereal...
  4. I mentioned more information in the other post, but there is an active support group in Cola, unfortunately my information is at work, so I will have to post it on Monday. Compassion
  5. Hello everyone, I too live in Columbia, and there is an active support group here. They meet once a month, but I am not sure where, or how many. I have the information at work though, and not at home. So I will have to get that to you on Monday. I have only been gluten-free for a month now, so I am still learning, but Earth Fare has lots of signs up for areas in their store that have gluten-free products, but after a spendy evening there tonight I felt like all I walked out with is flour! I have heard that Rosewood Market also has a great eating area that understands about gluten-free eating. I live in NE Columbia and Red Bowl in Sparkleberry has a gluten-free menu!! And they actually know what you are talking about when you ask for it, so that was exciting. Also Miyo's was helpful when I went there as well. Nice to meet everyone . Compassion
  6. I was wanting a yummy comfort food the other night and tried this recipe and it was fabulous. Sorry to those of you who are allergic to milk and eggs... I have no idea how this would do with substitutions. Rice Custard 1 c. rice 2 c. milk 3 eggs 2/3/ c sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 2 T. melted butter 1/2 c. raisins (optional) Mix all together. Bake in a 8x8 pan. Set pan in a pan of water and bake 25-30 minutes. [There was no temp. on the recipe, it is an old church cookbook, but I baked it at 350] I added more rice and not enough sugar and I think that I should have just stuck with the recipe. It was still good though, but I am excited to make it again and do it the "right" way .
  7. I am so excited to see this!! I was beginning to think all would be lost in the heritage department for me! I will have to bring this to my grandma's house with me.
  8. They do look amazing. My only concern with the site is that several of the recipes include soy sauce, and also bullion cubes... with no explantion about Tamari as an alternative, or making sure that your bullion cubes are gluten-free... and for those like me who are just starting out, if I hadn't done the research already I would implicitly trust a site that says it is gluten-free. Same with the Rice Crispy treat, if I didn't know I would just use Rice Krispies thinking, well it is rice right? I have already e-mailed them my concerns, but I wanted to post it as well..
  9. That was what made me truly go forward with fniding out what was really wrong. Before I went Gluten-free I would work my regular work week, but I wasl always be so tired, and the past six months I would take 3-5 hour naps on the weekend in addition to sleeping 10 hours or more Friday and Sat night. Like others have mentioned, I would also be so tired during the day, but then at night couldn't fall asleep. It was really beginning to affect my work, and my ability to get there on time. And even when I was there the brain fog was beginning to get really bad. The first weekend after going gluten-free I was up at 9 am and ready for the day. I couldn't believe it... and as I have been slowly healing, glutening myself indvertantly in the process sometimes, but slowly moving back towards health there have even been days that I have been alert at 6:30 am... my friends and family that truly know me were SHOCKED... that NEVER happens, I am notorious for hating mornings... but it was always because they literally hurt... of course it isn't every day that I am alert and chipper, but just the knowledge that a. this is how "normal" people feel and b. this could be me is fabulous! Compassion That was what made me truly go forward with finding out what was really wrong. Before I went Gluten-free I would work my regular work week, but I wasl always be so tired, and the past six months I would take 3-5 hour naps on the weekend in addition to sleeping 10 hours or more Friday and Sat night. Like others have mentioned, I would also be so tired during the day, but then at night couldn't fall asleep. It was really beginning to affect my work, and my ability to get there on time. And even when I was there the brain fog was beginning to get really bad. The first weekend after going gluten-free I was up at 9 am and ready for the day. I couldn't believe it... and as I have been slowly healing, glutening myself indvertantly in the process sometimes, but slowly moving back towards health there have even been days that I have been alert at 6:30 am... my friends and family that truly know me were SHOCKED... that NEVER happens, I am notorious for hating mornings... but it was always because they literally hurt... of course it isn't every day that I am alert and chipper, but just the knowledge that a. this is how "normal" people feel and b. this could be me is fabulous! Compassion
  10. I am glad that it made sense to others too . Yes, I do have an amazing boss, I am incredibly fortunate. I couldn't ask for anything better. She is so understanding and has lots of good insight. I have learned a lot from her.
  11. I had an interesting conversation with my boss today about Thanksgiving at my in-laws and how I wasn't looking forward to having to explain my "odd" eating habits, since this is only the second month I am gluten-free and I am still "technically" not diagnosed, although I am getting it through my skull that a positive dietary reaction is enough . My husband's family all have issues with food, as in they use it as a substitute for love, for attention, for stuffing anger, you get the picture... so a carb helps anything right? And since they equate food with love, me turning down food is akin to not accepting their love. Understandable and immature though it may be, it is my current reality there. My boss brought up the analogy about how to keep my willpower during the event and since I am personally opposed to smoking (my lungs only, do with your lungs as you will), she asked me what I would do if they offered me a cigarette? Well of course I would turn it down I said... and she said, consider it like that... gluten is harmful to your body, it doesn't matter what they do with it, but you shouldn't eat it. For some reason that clicked with me and helped elminate the last of my guilt. I thought I would share in hopes that it may help someone else over that hump...
  12. Thanks everyone for the replies... A few things.. by "written elimination" I mean, that when I did this with my naturopath she had something akin to what she called a triangle elimination diet... where I gradually cut out food groups until I spent one day fasting with certain teas, and then the next day lettuce only, over the next few weeks adding back things.... and it was all on a sheet for me... first elmination was coffee, sodas, teas etc., next elimnation was white flour etc. The other thing is something of a chart, and although I have made them before, but I wanted to see how others did it... just where I put the food I ate, how much, when, and then what I felt like... to help find what I react to. The other question is whether or not I had the bloodwork done, and I did not, the GI went straight to the biopsy. Thanks Karen for the rash anaolgy, that was helpful for me to picture that way. And I have been considering Enterolabs, but I have been putting more faith in my body and myself recently, so I am finding less and less of a need for "outside" verification, but I won't rule it out for in the future. Compassion
  13. Hello everyone! I am new to the forum, but have been learning and reading for the past few months. I have finally gotten my biopsy results back, after fighting for someone to listen to me for years... and when she read the results over the phone it said that there were no findings for celiac disease. I think the nurse was a bit taken aback when I started to cry on the phone, I am sure that most people don't cry when they hear they "don't" have a disease. But I was so convinced that this was it. After many years of feeling miserable and searching and being patted on the head and told it was "stress", "fibromyalgia", "IBS", "nothing physical, perhaps you should take an antidepressant", I thought this would be it, the end of my search. The beginning of another hard journey to be sure, but at least a path that has a name. However, I have been gluten-free since the day of the biopsy and my symptoms are almost gone. Because I didn't have the diagnosis I have knowingly cheated three times... and each time I have almost immediately had to deal with the ramifications, and I am finally to the point now where once again I have to trust my body, trust my instinct and listen to my own heart and follow my own path to healing. I guess what I am seeking information on written elimination diets... a long time ago I went to a naturopath who had done testing and I had Candida Overgrowth, and so I was put on an elimination diet followed by a yeast free diet... and I am looking to find something that would be helpful to chart and figure out what exactly are causing or exastrubating my symptoms. There is something that isn't sitting right with me and I am scared to think it might be rice, because that has become my new best friend... I am just so tired of searching, of trying, of getting it right and then getting it wrong... It has been so helpful to hear of others that are struggling and shining through some of the same things... it has made this whole process a lot easier. Thanks for any thoughts, and I look forward to connecting more in the future. Compassion
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