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About surfgolden

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  1. Hi All, I am looking for the BEST, the most authentic waffle recipe available. Any responses would be very much appreciated. Please indicate if the batter is suitable for Belgium Waffle makers. Thanks so much.
  2. Any insight on this problem would be appreciated. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in December. Around that time I had lost about 15 pounds. I have since gained the 15 lbs back and then some. Granted, I have been consuming more calories than I did prior to being fully symptomatic but my weight gain is inordinate to the number of calories I am consuming and the amount of exercise I do. I keep a food diary religiously so I understand my calorie intake. As far as my calories intake accuracy, I overstate my calories, if anything to be safe. I also work out everyday-at least 90 minutes of high impact aerobics daily and strength train 3 times a week. My calorie intake is analogous to maintaining my current weight, not losing weight but certainly not gaining weight. I am wondering if I have a thyroid condition. I exhibit no other thyroid disorder related symptoms other than the weight gain. I have a high energy level and none of the other prototypical symptoms. I am going to have bloodwork done next week to rule it out, but was wondering if one can otherwise feel great and still have an underactive thyroid. I am 47 and have absolutely no medical history prior to being diagnosed as having celiac disease in December. I also have not experienced any menopausal symptoms. I am very knowledgable about nutrition and all the pitfalls of our wonderfully processed and high calorie and high carb gluten-free food options so I don't think I'm getting sabatoged by those either. I use them sparingly. Any thoughts on this. Thank you. Surfgolden
  3. I have been using Repliva for several months now. It is easy on the stomach and apparently efective. Surfgolden
  4. UTZ Restaurant Style Chips are hands down the best. UTZ also very clearly marks their gluten free products as being such. You will find that many food companies are not forthcoming at all about their products' status on gluten. I try to patronize those that do. Good luck.
  6. Hi, Can someone tellme if Jello Instant Pudding is safe? Thanks so much.
  7. Does anyone know of any gluten free restaurants in Wilmington, NC other than the usual chains like Outback or Bonefish Grill. Thank you so much.
  8. Thanks to all of you for your prompt responses. I have had that particular urine test and the results were fine. I will research the sulfites angle as suggested by one of you, however, I've experienced excessive swelling without having eaten fries. I am open to all suggestions. Thanks again.
  9. I was diagnosed with celiac disease on December 5th, 2006. I have since been adhering to a strictly gluten free diet. Over the last month, I have been experiencing swelling in my legs. My legs are their normal size in the mornings, but throughout the day, they swell to be quite big. More often now, my arms will swell and when my arms swell, my face is generally puffy. Sometimes I feel as though my torso swells when the swelling is inordinate in my arms and legs. Prior to my diagnosis, I had no real medical history. Even now, all my blood work is normal, including thyroid, glucose, ferratin and hemoglobin, kidney and so forth. I take no medications except for clonopon (sp?) which is for my restless leg syndrome and I am cutting back on that as that rarely causes me any problems either. My BP runs 90-ish over 60-ish all the time. I am 47 years old, work out 90 minutes a day and eat healthy 6 days out of the 7 days a week. I splurge foodwise one day a week. My biggest vice is Diet Coke. I know I drink too much of it. I don't drink alcohol or smoke. I am 5 ft. 7 inches tall and weigh 140 lbs. My doctor speculates that I have an increased salt sesitivity perhaps due to the celiac disease. She is stumped I believe. On days where my salt intake is fairly moderate, I have swelling. On days that I eat a more salt, I am that much more swollen. Having said that, one might say that yes, salt is the problem. Last night was my splurge night so I had french fries and a few nuts. This morning, I was noticeably swollen all over to the point that I could not button a pair of pants that are normally loose. It is very unsettling to say the least, especially since salt has never been a problem for me prior to now. Has anyone had similar experiences? Has anyone become more salt senstive as a result of celiac disease? Any other possibilities that I should consider? I would appreciate any information.
  10. I have a brand spanking new bag of SweetTart Jelly Beans. Does anyone know if they are safe or not? Also, can anyone recommend any gluten free jelly beans other than Jelly Bellies. I really love the big, cheap 2 bags for a dollar kind of jelly beans rather than the gourmet type. Any info. about the SweetTart brand of jelly beans or other ones, I would appreciate it.
  11. I use Jay Robb's vanilla whey protein. It has NO gluten, casein, among other offenders. It has 24 grams of protein in a single scoop. It is delicious and i drink at least one protein smoothie each day made with the Jay Robb protein. You can buy it in Whole Foods and probably other places too. There is also a web site www.jayrobb.com. His gluten-free protein bars are delicious as well. I buy both in bulk. I am a 46 year old woman who works out 1 1/2 -2 hours a day (cardio and strength training), vegetarian and I would have to say this protein powder and his bars have certainly ebabled me to keep up such a pace and work full time and keep 8 animals happy. My favorite smoothie has at least a cup of frozen unsweetened strawberries, 1 scoop of protein, about a cup of diet Ocean Spray Cranberry jucie and blended with ice cubes to thicken. I should also mention that American Whey protein sold in GNC stores is gluten free. I contacted the company personally to find out as that is the protein I used before I found the Jay Robb. The American Whey tastes pretty good, but not quite as good as the Jay Robb. If budget is a concern, the American Whey is less expensive. Sorry for the typo's but I'm in a hurry, rushing off to work out. Good luck.
  12. Does anyone know the status of all the Pop Secret microwave popcorns? Also, can anyone recommend a gluten-free yeast, preferably a mainstream one that can purchased at a regular grocery store? Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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