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  1. My son has already gained back the weight he lost without going gluten-free in less than a week. Other than that 1 pound he lost he has never lost weight before or had trouble gaining. He always has lots of energy, has one good nap a day and never seems tired. He's always very happy and in a good mood - unless I tell him no or take something away from him. Then he can throw a tantrum but they are very short lived. His poops look normal, no eczema, no mood swings...no symptoms period.

    So I'm very hesitant to eliminate gluten from his diet. He really likes bread, cereal and all that stuff. Plus I would hate to deny him things like birthday cake, playing with play dough and many other things if there is no reason for it.

    We go to see the pediatrician in a few weeks so I'm thinking I'll hold off for now until I talk to her.

  2. Hello all,

    I have celiac, so naturally I am concerned that my 19month old son might have it. At his 18month check-up the doctor noticed that his height to weight ratio has dropped. He is in the 50th% for height and about the 25th% for weight but I guess there is a curve for the ratio between the two and he dropped off it. So she thought it would be a good idea to test him for celiac since I have it. Well the test came back negative, but at his follow up appointment my son had lost a pound since the original appointment. He was sick for a good week and was barely eating anything. Also we went on a trip and he didn't eat well during that week either. So I attribute his weight loss to that and the fact that he runs around a lot more now. However the doctor thinks that going gluten free might help him gain weight. My son has no symptoms or signs of celiac and believe me I've been looking for them.

    Do you all think it would benefit him to go gluten-free? My concern is that I would like to test him again in the future and the results will not be accurate if he's not eating gluten.

    Thanks for reading and any advice will be greatly appreciated.

  3. Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for your replies and advise. I may just have to try the recipe for cereal. Hopefully it's as good as you say it is. I don't really eat a lot of gluten-free alternatives to gluten foods. I never eat bread or cereal or anything, just pasta everyonce and a while.

    Since my "problem" started I've stopped taking my prenatal everyday (just every second day now). My family doctor and obstrician said that it was ok. Also, I make a point of eating at least 3 servings of fruit a day. Especially oranges and fruits with lots of vitamin C. It seems to be working although I'm not as regular as I was before I got pregnant.

  4. I'm about 8 weeks pregnant and I am constipated. :unsure: From what I hear this is a common occurance during pregnancy. I have severe stomach cramps because of it that are very uncomfortable. I've been drinking a glass of prune juice a day which kind of helps but it tastes awful, I'm really sick of it, plus I'm still getting cramps. Is there anything else I can use to keep me regular - gluten free of course!!

    This is my 3rd post since I found out I was prego....in case you can't tell I need a lot of help!! Thanks so much to all of you for your help. :lol:

  5. Hello all,

    I'm 6 weeks pregnant and I want to try and prevent stretch marks. I've heard that coco butter is the best thing to use but so far the couple of creams I've looked at contain wheat. Does anyone know of a brand that does not? Does anyone know if Palmers brand is ok? I was told that is the best kind to use. If anyone knows of something else that is supposed to prevent stretch marks I could use that instead.

  6. Hello All,

    I was diagnosed with Celiac in March 07 and have been on the gluten-free diet ever since. I got married in August, and now I think I'm pregnant! We've kinda been trying (not doing anything to prevent it anyway) and my period is 6 days late. So yesterday my husband said I should take a home pregnancy test, and it came out positive! I didn't believe it at first so this morning I took another test and it was positive too. Anyway, I'm really excited but also really scared. There is so much that I don't know. Like is it true you can't dye your hair when you're prego? I was actually planning on dying it today <_< . I'm worried about the hole celiac thing. I really don't want to harm my baby by eating something I'm not supposed to, and I really don't want to miscarry.

    So does anyone have any tips on having a healthy pregnancy? What am I not supposed to do (eg. eat sushi, change cat litter)?

    Sorry for the rambling post, I'm just all over the place right now :lol:

  7. Thanks for the helpfull tips. One great thing about this forum is that you know you are not the only one going through all this stuff and that really helps. I'm not sure if my hubby and roommate will go for some of these suggestions though. They are of the mind that since I'm the one with the problem I'm the one who should make all the changes and nothing has to change for them. I just need to find some way to get it through to them that they need to change some habits too (please keep all bread to the designated bread area!).

  8. My husband is really starting to piss me off. He just doesn't seem to understand how hard the gluten free diet is when he is basically working against me. He keeps making sandwiches all over the place and not wiping up after himself. He says since I'm the one with the problem I should just wipe down every surface before I use it. I've told him that the new glass cutting board I bought is supposed to be gluten free but everyday without fail there are bread crumbs on it. I've designated pots and pans and spoons and whatnot to be his for when he makes gluten containing food, but I catch him using my stuff all the time. I wish I could just ban gluten from the house but that would be selfish, especially since we live with a roommate (who also leaves bread crumbs all over the place). I don't know what I'm supposed to do anymore. I was glutened a few days ago and have been throwing up and feeling like s**t for the last 3 days and yesterday he freaks out on me for being sick. He says I should go to the doctor if I'm so sick but I try to tell him that I've been glutened and there is nothing a doctor can do for me. In his defense I can be pretty difficult to be around when I've been glutened. I know this post probably doesn't make much sense (I've got a major case of brain fog) but I just don't know what to do anymore. How do I get my husband and roommate to contain their gluten foods to one part of the counter?

  9. Hello all,

    I was diagnosed with Celiac in March 2007. I am doing my best with the gluten-free diet, but if it wasn't for this site I wouldn't know what do to. The doctor that diagnosed me didn't really give me any information on what Celiac was, he just told me I had it. The nutrionist I saw was very little help as she knew less than I did. What I would like to know is, am I supposed to go for testing once a year or something to see how I'm doing? I would really like to know how well I am following the diet and how much of the damage has healed. Any advice would be really helpful as my doctor kind of left me in the dark.

  10. Hello all,

    I'm Canadian, born in Thunder Bay but moved to Edmonton a couple of years ago. I was diagnosed with Celiac in March 2007 and am still learning and finding out new things all the time. I would love to know of some "safe" restaurants in Edmonton as I tend to get lazy and like to go out to eat. I'm kinda shy and when I do go out to eat I don't tell my server of my special dietary needs, I just order something that should be safe. I know that's not a good practice but the service in this part of the country is really bad (all of you Albertans know what I'm talking about) so I doubt they will listen to what I have to say anyway. One place that I like to go to is Outback steakhouse, they have a gluten-free menu so I like to think the staff is knowledgeable. However, it's a bit pricey so not someplace I would go to regularly. Anyone know of any other restaurants I could try?

    Hey Barley Missing: I feel your pain as I used to be a huge beer drinker before I was diagnosed. I tried that gluten-free beer Le Messagere and I think it tastes like day old dog vomit. I just stick to wine and vodka now.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

  11. A couple days ago a friend of my roommates was over drinking some beers and I mentioned how I'm celiac and can't drink beer. He said he has a good friend how is also celiac and that he drinks Budweiser because it is made of rice. Now I'm pretty sure that it is not safe but apparently this guy gets pretty sick if he has any gluten but he can drink a case of it and not have any reactions. Am I getting my hopes up? Can we really drink Budweiser?

    PS. I'm in Canada, do they make the beer differently here than in the US?


  12. I live in Edmonton and I eat at Wendy's almost everyday for lunch since it's just down the street from where I work. I eat chili, fries, baked potatoes, and salads (sesame dressing has soy sauce therefore wheat so stay away). Supposedly the burgers (without bun) are ok too but I'm too shy to ask for it without the bun so haven't tried yet.

    Outback Steakhouse is another place I've gone and they are really good there. They have a separate menu that tells what is gluten-free and what isn't.

    Sorentino's is supposed to have a wide variety of gluten-free pasta's. I think the owner/manager has celiac or something. I've been meaning to check it out but so far I haven't.

    If anyone else can let me know of restaurants in Edmonton with gluten-free options I would really like to know. As I said earlier I'm really shy and don't like to tell the servers about my special dietary needs, especially here because the service industry leaves much to be desired and they probably wouldn't do as I instructed anyway. But if I know the place has knowledge of celiac I would definitely ask.

  13. In Thunder Bay, Ontario, the fries are coated in flour. And there is no designated fryer. However, the wait staff was incredibly helpful, answered all my questions, double checked everything...I had a baked potato and a burger without a bun, and I was fine.

    But at our Moxies, I recieved helpful (but noneducated staff - had no idea what I was talking about) who spent extra time taking care of my order. I had a burger - no bun, of course, and garlic mashed potatos, as their fries and baked potato were not safe. The manager came out and told me herself. I did end up glutened. So the staff was wonderful, but they couldn't have stopped the CC, and I will, unfortunately, not be eating there again.

    I'm originally from TBay!! I currently live in Edmonton but am thinking of moving back to be close to family. One thing that has kept me from moving is that Thunder Bay (being a smaller city than Edmonton) will have less people that know about Celiac. Do you have any problems finding gluten-free foods or restaurants that you can eat in?

  14. I was diagnosed with Celiac in March and I never even knew that there was a tax credit! It sounds like way too much work and hassle though so I won't be doing it. I usually just eat meat, fish, veggies and fruits anyway. I never liked bread/pasta/pizza/bagels/cakes/cookies to begin with (probably because it made me sick) so I don't spend a lot of money on gluten free alternatives.

  15. It's good to know that I'm not crazy and it's probably due to Celiac that I was so depressed and b%$@#y all the time. My roommate actually noticed a difference in my moods when I started going gluten-free. He said I was a lot easier to be around and everytime I mention cheating and eating a burger or something he reminds me how much nicer I am now. I always had a problem with depression for as long as I can remember. I started taking antidepressents when I was 17 and I finally stopped taking them last year (I'm 25 now). I don't really notice a lot of symptoms when I get glutened (I don't throw up or get the big D) but one thing that does happen is depression. Now it makes sense. I think I will start paying close attention to my moods and use that to gauge if I have eaten something I shouldn't have.

  16. Thank you so much, I will print this list and keep it handy. One thing I noticed that is not on the list is Epinephrine. I once had a severe allergic reaction and now I have to carry an EpiPen with me wherever I go in case it happens again. Does anyone know if they are safe? I think if I actually had to take it (which hasn't happened yet) I would because I would rather be alive and glutened then dead and gluten-free.

  17. I've recently been catching a lot of flu bugs. I've been sick with flu like symptoms 3 times in 3 weeks. I don't usually like to take medicine when I'm sick, but I can't afford to miss anymore time from work and I need to take something to help me get through the day. I was taking Benylin but when I read the ingredients it said "starch" so I stopped taking them. Can anyone recommend something safe? How about Tylenol and Advil? Are these safe to take?

  18. I am probably one of the worst Celiacs when it comes to eating out. I keep saying I'm not going to eat out for awhile because it is so dangerous but I do anyway. I am way too nervous about being "a pain in the butt" to mention to the waiter/waitress that I have Celiac and therefore have special needs. Like others, I just try and order stuff that should be safe. Steak, salmon, roast chicken etc. I stay away from fries or other deep fried stuff and usually get a baked potato or rice as a side. But as I've tried to tell my husband many times, just because steak doesn't have gluten in it doesn't mean the spices they put on it doesn't, or that they aren't flipping the steak with a utensil that was used to flip a piece of breaded chicken or something. A lot of times I'll get a salad but have no idea what is in the dressing. It's a really bad habbit that I know I have to break. At the very least I have to start being a "high maintenence" customer and telling the servers about my condition.

  19. FMLA is the Federal Medical Leave Act. It a law which protects people who have to take off work due to an illness, accident, or other reason. I ended up getting one when i was in the process of getting diagnosed for celiac, I was missing alot of work due to being sick. My supervisor was the one who helped me get it and understand it. You need to get the paperwork filled out by your doctor.

    I live in Canada so it would be different here. I would have to go on EI (Employment Insurance) and take a sick leave. You can only take a maximum of 15 weeks and you only receive 55% of your wage, which is not enough for me to pay the bills. Mostly work is not a problem for me, I just don't appreciate when I'm sick and I get the third degree on why I'm sick all the time. I must have told my boss 3 times it's because I have Celiac. I don't like feeling guilty about calling in sick when I'm having a rough day.

  20. I too have a problem with knowing whether or not I have been glutened. I have knowingly eaten gluten containing food just to see what would happen and nothing did. Maybe at the most I feel tired or rundown for a couple of days but that could be due to any number of things and it's not severe where I'd actually notice it. This scares me because on my quest to become completely gluten-free I could be eating things that are doing damage to me on the inside but there is no outward sign. I try my best by sticking with the basics (rice, potatoes, salad, meat) but it's so tempting to eat a big fat juicy burger or a piece of cake, especially when I know I will not get sick on the outside. I just have to keep telling myself that it's doing long term damage on the inside.