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About Eriella

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  1. Hey-- After Pres. Clinton's comment on Rachel Ray's show about eating gluten free granola, I know a bunch of us were wondering if he had celiac. Good Morning America reported to today that Chelsea Clinton's wedding cake is going to be gluten free, so I think that pretty much confirms that he does. Just thought that I'd pass along the news that another famous person has it.
  2. Hi-- I am on continuous birth control for a long list of female issues, and I have been spotting heavily on a daily basis for over a month. Around the same time, and then again two weeks ago, I ate gluten and I have yet to fully recover. I have been malnourished (I am not absorbing potassium and getting charlie horses) and was wondering if my birth control pill was not being absorbed correctly. Does anyone know if this is a possibility? Thanks!
  3. I know this is an old post, but I found this great article with information about gluten free wedding cake options and ideas that I thought I would share: http://www.ehow.com/how_5362399_gluten-wedding-cake.html
  4. Hi guys- I always entertain at my house. If people ask me what to bring, I tell them bring something to drink because I have control of the food. This is what I made last weekend: http://www.ehow.com/how_5109400_throw-back...arty-under.html People loved it and it was cheap and gluten free!
  5. You hit it on the head, unfortunately. For wheat I get sick right away. But barley (and now oats) hits me the next day. Ugg.. they are not safe.
  6. Hey everyone, I took a really early flight this morning, and without thinking I grabbed Quaker oatmeal to eat at the hotel buffet before I left. I bothered to check to see if it contained wheat, but at 5 in the morning the fact that celiac is more than wheat didn't sink in . After this I was expecting to get sick, but am showing no symptoms, normal BM, and no bad moods or tingly fingers. So, now I am wondering if this is a) just a fluke or Quaker oats are gluten free/low gluten. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
  7. Just to update anyone moving to DC, here is what I found-- In Georgetown: SweetGreen, Qdoba, Chipotle, 5 Guys, and the Tombs were my staples. The Tombs is amazing with allergies, I highly recommend it. The same people (I think) own Clydes, so I am sure they would be easy too. In Rosslyn/Court House: Silver Diner, Pho 75, Baja Fresh, California Tortilla, Chipotle Bethesda: Original House of Pancakes, Austin Grill, Chipotle, Baja Fresh, and supposedly Lilit Cafe... I tried Lilit Cafe, but they messed up my take-out order/I was recovering from norovirus, so I have nothing really to report .
  8. I go to a Jesuit university, and have talked to priests and lay catholics about the best options to receive without appearing to be different. When I am at school, I watch to see which chalice the priest places the host in (although most of the priests don't seem to place it in any of the chalices, they hold it over it and then eat it). Then I wait in line, and as the person in front of me receives the host, I slide to the side and stand in line for the chalice. When I am outside of a Jesuit parish, I find that it is more common for their to be a piece of host in the chalice or for the communion to be host-only. In this case, I stay in my pew and pray. When people question why I don't receive, I either tell them that although the host is the body of Christ which I will gladly accept into my body, my body considers the host's physical form to be poison and consuming Christ will put me through suffering which I cannot imagine the Lord would want us to suffer (serious/religious answer) or I remind people that the Bishop denied me Communion because I vote according the the Bible and the majority of the Church's teaching (sarcastic and changes the subject). I don't receive the low-gluten host because it seems like a lot of trouble and fuss that I can avoid; however, for important events (ie my wedding), I will most likely sub in the low gluten hosts if possible.
  9. I completely understand about just wanting to be normal and go out with friends, as well as the dating issue. My advice is to assume that people are stupid and don't care. Thus, find 2 or 3 great places that are naturally gluten free with low cc risk. This means 0 special ordering, or, if you must, "no bun" or "no toast". For me this is a Vietnamese restaurant (pho), a steak house (steak and potato), a gourmet salad place (they toss your own) and a Mexican restaurant (burrito bowl). I live in the yuppiest section of a large city, so this is easier than when I lived in the suburbs and middle of no where. But even there, it was possible to find places. If friends (or a date) want to meet up for dinner, just say "I am allergic to everything-- It is easiest if we go __, ___, or __". Or I go out for breakfast, because it looks normal to get eggs over easy with hash browns and no toast (check hash brown ingredients to make sure they are naturally gluten free). I also meet people for a drink. Happy hour is an easy way to socialize without needed to eat (and if you don't drink, diet coke works). Or I bring food over to dates'/friends' houses'. This makes me look awesome because I cooked, and I know I won't spend the night in the bathroom.
  10. I am flying to the Honduras in a few months, and I need advice. I have flown and traveled a ton since being dxed and never had a problem, but I was wondering if anyone knew what the international restrictions were on bringing food into a foreign country are. I was going to pack a couple of cases of Lara bars and other pre-packaged food to hold me over when finding food will be a problem. Does anyone know?
  11. Hello everyone! I just found out I got accepted to go on a service trip to Honduras in March, which I am so excited about. The first question from all of my relatives was about food. Because of where we'll be staying, I can't expect them to have food for me (if they do, it'll be a coincidence). Does anyone know if you can bring prepacked food (like Lara bars) with you? Otherwise, any suggestions? (People on the selection committee knew I had Celiac (or at least that I was allergic to beer) when I applied, so I can afford to be a little high maintenance, but not very). Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Erin
  12. Hello, I just found out that I will be moving to Washington, DC in the summer for at least 2 years, but probably longer. I will be spending most of my time at/near Georgetown U, but I will be most likely living in Virginia or Maryland. Does anyone have any experience in eating on Georgetown's campus or the surrounding area, or any recommendations on any locations with cheap, safe food. (and preferably cheap rent ). Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  13. I saw this in today's paper. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/13/dining/1...amp;oref=slogin What do you all think?
  14. I completely get the crankiness... I still get cranky when I think about it. Here is my advice: - cravings go away if you are completely gluten free. They are horrible for the first month. Especially the smell of pizza and brownies (I have been known to start crying at the smell of pizza). However, you will get through them and it gets easier - the ED thing has some basis. Because food makes you sick, you need to control food now, just like how those with ED used food as a form of control. If you have risk factors for an ED then you are more likely to relapse when celiac gets hard and no matter what you do you are getting sick. I know you want to move on, but please keep the risk factors in the back of your head, because there is a correlation. - friends don't get it. I have wonderful friends, but until you live with it, you don't get how much it changes your life. Having a great board like this helps, as does making them shop and cook with you (how I finally got my mom to get it) - make a safe cabinet. on days that you have extreme PMS, a crappy day, or just really bad cravings having a stock of snickers and tostitos helps. They are not as good as the brownie you are craving, but it does help - pack a thing of fritos or M&Ms in your purse. That way when your friends stop to get a snack you can eat too. That does make it easier - find a great restaurant you can eat out at safely. That way when people want to go out or if you just need a night off you can go out and feel normal for a night. Good luck!
  15. Here is my guidelines of what to eat when I am out of the house: -non-fried Tortilla chips -salsa -fruit and veggies -cheese -M&Ms - salad w/o croutons or salad dressing -baked potato - hard boiled eggs -plain coffee -Pepsi or Coke -wine -unflavored vodka Foods to avoid: - anything that has more than 5 ingredients - anything that you know would have flour in it - beer - anything fried When I go out to eat, I am fine 99% of the time if I get a plain steak (without seasoning-- make sure he tells them that) with a baked potato and veggies or a cheese omelet (double check that there is no pancake batter in the eggs). Good luck!
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