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About kirbymom

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  1. You can just do airtight containers if there are not too many large quantities. Abasic rule would be to freeze anything with high fat content. Basically, to do it for the longest storage, I would freeze all flours (brown rice, soy, garfava, sorghum, buckwheat, chickpea, millet, quinoa, amaranth, other bean flours), but white rice flour and I would dry store the starches (tapioca, corn, potato). I would keep yeast and flax meal in the freezer (I keep a small amount of yeast out, but the rest in the freezer).
  2. I agree with JennyC. I believe it is Bette Hagman's Featherlight mix. Here is a quick and nice tasting cornbread Gluten Free Cornbread 1 c. corn meal 1 c. featherlight flour mix
  3. I react to casein in this way as well. It causes asthma symptoms in my 3 year old although she tested IgE negative.
  4. In my area of Canada, the doctors are mainly practicing reactive (not proactive) medicine and using drugs. I did not wait for a diagnosis for my daughter (age 3 in June) because of this. I do not think we have pinpointed all of her intolerances and even though my doctor thinks I am doing a good job and has no qualms about me having her on a gluten free dairy free diet, he is unwilling to have her have further testing. She is almost 3 and 23.5 lbs!!! Hey, this is better than most of her life. At least her height is on the chart now since gluten was taken out of her diet! I am woandering if I have to gluten her to get him to take me seriously - probably would only say - oh look, she has another cold! One of her symptoms is major ruuny nose. Anyway, he is a family physician teaching new docs! He is so busy, he does not have time to check all of the recent literature so the new docs are seeing all of the old stuff - depressing, isn't it?
  5. I am currently breastfeeding my third child and did not go gluten-free until we figured out some thing with my 2 year old just after this baby's birth. This one is no problem. DD2 had all kinds of weight gain issues, asthma, etc. and I had to go on domperidone to increase milk supply. She has gluten intolerance - I did not get a diagnosis, but took her off gluten when she was about 19 lbs (24 mos). You need to take wheat out of your diet and likely milk as well and you should see a difference. If you are celiac, you will not necessarily absorb vitamins that your daughter needs and wheat and milk antigens will get through your breast milk. Please take a multivitamin. Lastly, take Omega 3s to help brain development in your daughter.
  6. This is soooo funny. I haven't been on in a while and came on to check out the relationship between dental caries and celiac. I DO have a Ph. D. in Chemistry specializing in biochemistry. I DO have a family with dietary intolerances (gluten, dairy and at least two of us have soy intolerances). I am currently on maternity leave from my position which is being eliminated which may be a good thing as I am trying to get my family better. I have been doing a lot of research in the are in the last couple of months (mainly since the beginning of February) and am considering writing a book on the subject. Short Answer: Candida or other fungal pathogen (most likely Candida). You crave what you should not have as many of us know. Pica type cravings are indicative of inability to absorb certain nutrients (should at least take a multivitamin). Paper in PubMed about celiacs on diet who did not heal indicated there was actually parasitic infection or small intestine bacterial overgrowth and once this was cleared up, the people did better. Reference is http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...l=pubmed_docsum The petrochemical cravings are likely for phenols which are not processed properly by many people with dietary intolerances (I still think is Candida issue, but would have to write all day to explain why) - kind of like craving red dyes! I think we have correpsonded privately before about some things! You live so close (I am in London) and would love to meet you someday 8-)! Hope this helps. Amanda
  7. I have been making a chocolate pudding modifying this recipe http://www.recipezaar.com/157579. I have not bothered with the optional stuff as we find just having the 1/4 c cocoa makes a rich recipe. Since we are dairy free as well, I have tried this with straight almond milk and 1 cup almond milk/1 cup rice milk. Next I will try rice milk on its own.I have not tried soy milk as dd2 seems to have a problem with it. This is thick even warm and very yummy - just make sure to whisk the dry stuff before adding milk. Even better, it is very simple!
  8. Have you thouhgt about going dairy free for a while. This may soound a bit odd to you, but a recent study showed that 50% of celiacs have a problem with casein. I beleive this is a much higher number of people than those actually practicing a gluten-free diet. If you are milk intolerant (asymptomatically - I was asymptomatically gluten intolerant), this may be causing issues similar to someone who is celiac, but does not know it. Just a thought. BTW, I do agree with the B complex and magnesium recommendation as well. I would also be using probiotics for optimal gut health.
  9. I'm so sorry for your loss. Just wondering - do you drink a lot of milk or use a lot of soy?
  10. We slowly switched over the whole family to gluten-free upon realizing that my children had it (I was the last hold out). I finally switched when I got a massive amount of gluten and my daughter had a reaction to it from breastfeeding! I have had a chance to challenge it (3 crums of cake ) and reacted quie substantially so it looks like I have the same issue - just asymptomatic. You might find it benefits more than your child!
  11. After taking gluten out of hubby's diet, he is now able to tolerate milk with lactose intolerance issues. However, watch for casein intolerance as we find after several months of adding dairy back into my daughter's diet she is showing problems again. Go light and build up. For example, my daughter can tolerate yoghurt in small amounts, cottage cheese, etc but add in regular milk or ice cream and lots of cheese - there tend to be some behavioural and health issues.
  12. Go for it! When I put dd6 on a gluten-free diet, I did not go to the doctor. We had my hubby gluten free for a month or so and we were eating very little gluten over the 9 day Christmas break. Our doctor doesn't really even consider celiac - would only if I pushed it! DD did not complain about stomach aches much during that time - which she had done ever since she could talk!!! My dd2 was very similar to your daughter, small, anemic, runny, stinky bowel movements. We took her off gluten - diarhea stopped, nasal drip stopped, and she started growing!!! Given your history, I am convinced you will see a diffeence!!
  13. I'm looking for a post I saw, so I am going through old posts with the search eczema and I saw yours - have you taken your child off dairy? My daughter had chronic constipation on dairy - it is seen with milk intolerance but only ~20% of the time so not generally accepted - there is literature on it as well.
  14. I know this is an old thread, but I will add my two cents worth anyway. Before my last dauhter was born I was very gluten light i.e. I owuld have it occassionally out, but not have it at home. My daughter 2 seemd to be doing okay. I had muffins/toast/cereal (i.e. major gluten - I did not request gluten free) the hospital when the baby was born after having dd2 off gluten for 2 mos (she was and is still nursing). She had a major reactions to the gluten - the runny nose, bowel problems, etc. Trust you observations - doctors will only tend to believ you if they have seen it a lot or have children with the same problem.
  15. I have mild eczema, but am dairy light and know that it is dairy related so am in the process of going dairy free in my house - we all are as I am the main cook - we are already gluten free. Get your daughter involved. Please PM me for some yummy recipes - I tried the chocolate cake recipe from Special Diets for Special kids yesterday and everybody loved it (snack for break at my church). Many of us have done lots of testing and have recipes that taste good to everybody. I get my daughters (2 and 6) to help me bake and try recipes - it is a little frustrating at times, but can be very fun and the results are usually good. Get a few good recipes to start with and branch out from there. A good place to start would be Special Diets for Special kids - although it is targeted to autistic kids, the recipes are decent. Just don't get bogged down in the science. We also just tried Dari-Free and I think my 2 year old will actually drink it (she avoids soy, does not like rice milk and is still nursing along with 5 mos old baby). Try connecting your daughter with another person her age that has gone through the same thing - ask other parents on the board. A "penpal" that understands her might just help! Just another thought - kids want to fit in. If you want, I can look up good gingersnap, muffin, chocolate cake, pizza crust (although would have to be without cheese), brownies, and cookie recipes and pass them on to you. Another good book - I think it's called The Kid Friendly Allergy Food Cookbook - it's targeted gluten free, but has substitutions for dairy free as well. It uses a lot of just rice flour which I find too dry, but is easy to use as a start.
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