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  1. Just wanted to share my first dining out experience since being diagnosed. My fiance and I wanted to go to a steakhouse and since Longhorn is near us we decided on there. We called ahead first to speak to the manager and let him know of my situation. He assured us that he has cooked for people with allergies before and to ask for him when we got there. We asked for him and he told me to order my meat and veggies dry, no spices, etc. and he had my steak prepared on tin foil. He told me how everything was prepared, washed, etc. and where bread products were and assured me they would be nowhere near my food. Long story short, he went to great lengths ensuring that I was safe and I was very appreciative. Just letting you guys know. This gave me great confidence. Jen
  2. Thanks everyone for your responses - It feels so good to have other people out there who understand and know what they are doing. I really appreciate all the help I can get! Thanks again! Jen
  3. Hi there - I was just recently diagnosed with celiac disease and am not really sure where to begin. I pretty much suspected this all along, but now that it's a reality, all the things that I need to do are overwhelming me. I am so glad to have found this board - and I've already found some very good information just skimming through. I also got a book by Danna Korn, called wheat free, worry free which seems to be very good. I was just wondering - should I eat all natural foods for a while to let my body heal and then get more adventurous with finding gluten free items. I've read, for example, that some people have problems with vinegar and others do not. I'm worried that if I eat questionable items before my body has healed, that I won't be able to tell if something like vinegar bothers me or not. Should i just stick to plain meats, fruits, veggies, nuts, etc. for a few weeks or is this overkill?? Your help would be so much appreciated. Also is there a good way to call and ask manufacturers about their products (for when I start being more "adventurous") or do I just call and say "does this ingredient/product have gluten?" Oh and does anyone know of a good support group in the Peoria, IL area. OK that's it for now. Thank you so much and so glad to be a part of this forum now!! Sincerely Jen
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