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  1. Kimberly, Hi Venting is good! I noticed that you have been gluten-free for about 5 months - I have been for close to 4 months and have also been having similar feelings to yours lately. After doing really well and thinking I was accepting my new lifestyle, I went into a real dive last week. Maybe that is something that happens after the longterm sets in. The daily cooking from scratch of most things gets to be such a drag after awhile, especially when you are tired. It is so important to eat nutritiously throughout the day - I know - easier said than done. Some of the things that have helped me are: Keeping cooked chicken in the fridge as much as possible. Also, I make a large pot of rice - don't have a rice cooker, but I do have an oven method that is so quick and easy and the rice turns out well each time. Would be happy to post it if you are interested. It is great to have chicken and rice on hand - just add a veg and it is a meal. Can be jazzed up with different sauces and condiments depending on what you like. Hard boiled eggs, good for quick protein. When I get in a cooking mood, which hasn't been all that often lately, I do cook large casseroles and freeze them in serving sized containers for times when it just isn't in me to cook. Also make a lot of homemade soups in large quantities and do the same. Do you keep a food journal? This has been such a help for me to figure out what my sensitivities are. There seem to be new ones popping up all the time though. It is a long journey. Wonderful that this board is here where there is always someone who understands what we are going through. I hope you are feeling better soon. Gail
  2. I get this same thing and it goes down my throat as well, when I eat anything containing tapioca. Took me awhile to pin it down but that does it for me. It is in so many prepared products. I know if I have a gluten-free cookie or bread that I will have to tolerate that for a couple of days. Makes it not worth it.
  3. I don't know anything about the Bosch bread machine, but I have a Kitchen Aid with the gluten-free setting and it makes really good bread. There are quite a few posts on this board regarding the Kitchen Aid machine and some very good bread recipes as well. Hope this helps.
  4. That's wonderful, Pedro! I am so happy for you and your family. I am quite new to this myself - three months gluten-free, but reaching the point also, where life is so worth living again. Your posts are very positive and uplifting - even though I don't post a lot, I read them all. Keep up the good work - you encourage us all!
  5. I definitely feel that stress triggers so many things and probably exacerbates any existing problems. My problem came to a head in October with a stressful family situation. I do not have a great deal to offer because I am so new at this myself, but I can add my support and encouragement that this will get better for you - just hang in there, have patience with yourself - this is a huge life change. I have been gluten free since mid-February and have had so many ups and downs. Just in the last week or so can I honestly say that I really feel better. It takes so much diligence and attention to the smallest details that makes the difference. I was getting glutened from cc in so many places - cookware, utensils, appliances, makeup, shampoo, hairspray, even changed my toothpaste - and also other sensitivities - tapioca starch, citric acid, and I keep finding things that I react to that I never realized before. There may be something that you have not pinned down yet but hang in there - it will get better, although, it does not happen overnight for everyone. I finally feel that life is worth living again and I would not trade it for any bite of gluten food. This website is so wonderful and makes such a difference in a world that is so foreign to us in the beginning. Big hugs to you.
  6. There is a really good bread recipe posted in the Daily Eating Habits thread on page 2, just down the page a bit. Skinnyminny was kind enough to repost it for us. I have been using this recipe in my bread maker and it has turned out better than anything else I have tried so far. Good luck with your new bread maker.
  7. I had a Black & Decker breadmaker for years and there came a point where we never used it much anymore. I was going to attempt cleaning it but it was beyond that and I was too afraid of CC. I decided on the Cuisinart - not sure of the price in the U.S., but it does have a gluten-free setting and works very well. We don't eat a great deal of bread. Our kids are grown and there is just the two of us at home. So, I make about 2 loaves a week to week and a half, and make bread crumbs with the leftovers. (I bought a bag of breadcrumbs at Choices Market and payed 3.69 for it). Would never do that again! My husband likes the bread and finds it much easier to digest than wheat bread so doesn't mind the switchover. There will definitely be no baking of wheat bread in the new breadmaker. If I had to eat the bought gluten-free bread, I would give up bread altogether, but feel that at the moment, have given up enough. Will probably cut down, but right now love to have the odd sandwich that tastes like a real sandwich. I like the lettuce wrap sandwiches too and ate a lot of them when I first went gluten-free. Next, I am going to tackle sushi. Haven't made it before, but last time I had it out, I got really sick. Seems to be that way with so many things, doesn't it?
  8. After trying several different gluten free breads that were pretty much horrible, I finally bought a Cuisinart bread maker. It was a wise choice because it makes great gluten-free bread, even has a gluten-free setting - especially using skinnyminny's gluten free recipe that I found on here somewhere. It is so good that my non gluten-free husband really likes it too - Yay! No more gluten bread in the house. Sure makes life a lot simpler for me. That is a really wonderful recipe - thank you so much for sharing it. I sub some of the rice flours with quinoa, millet, aramanth and flax meal. Makes for a nicely textured good tasting bread and toast. I hated peanut butter on rice cakes. Just didn't do the trick for me. We eat more pasta than we used to because the Tinkyada rice pastas are very good and hubby says so much easier to digest than wheat pasta. The assorted rice crackers available are pretty good now that I am used to them. Don't miss the other ones as much as I thought I would. On the whole, we eat a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables than we used to. This is a much healthier diet by far, except when I get carried away and make a coconut cream pie or something like that.
  9. The day I found this site really turned my life around. I've only been gluten free for the last 3 months so still have so much to learn as I feel my way along, day by day. I'm afraid I am guilty of lurking still, much of the time. There are so very many knowledgeable people here to learn from and I do learn constantly. It is a life long journey and it begins with small steps. Each day something new pops up and I go hmmmm Never would have thought of that. Thank you for being here and sharing your experiences and encouragement.
  10. I'll be dancing all the way to Walmart. What a great find!!!! Thanks Karen!
  11. Hi there! I'm quite new here - still learning how to post properly. I too wish this would just go away and let me be normal again. I have to remind myself, constantly, how terrible this past year or so has been, or am certain that I would give in to some of the things that I miss so much. I haven't had my hair professionally cut since October and am just now able to leave the house for long enough to get it done. That in itself should keep me in line. I got accidentally glutened a couple of days ago. Can't figure out how. I am so careful and prepare most foods from scratch. The only thing I had that day that I never made myself was a cup of green tea at my daughter's house. I had heard that some tea bags are sealed with gluten? So that could have been it perhaps - who knows. It must have been a very small amount but enough to make me miserable and back to the Immodium once again. That darned brain fog is so unmistakeable too. Being human beings, we are bound to have some slipups, but for us it seems to involve so much more than a slip off a diet.
  12. Thank you so much for your welcome. Yes, this place certainly has been a lifeline for me too. The more I read, the more I learn and less I feel like such a misfit. It's nice that you are a foodie too. I have noticed quite a few on here. I have always had a passion for food, cooking and probably eating way too much at times too. I felt so betrayed when food became a major problem. Really ran the gamut of emotions - it is getting better now but the lows were so low. I wanted to cry all the time. There are a lot of things I really miss like Chinese takeout. dining out, and not having to make everything from scratch. I swear I spend most of my time in the kitchen these days. It would be great if you would post some of your favorites on the baking/recipe topics. I have been tweaking a few also and some have been successes - others not so good. Takes time to learn all the proper substitutions. As soon as I have time, I will post a couple also. I find the dairy thing does not affect me in the same way as the gluten. I can handle the dairy, but the gluten is a whole other ball game. So far, I have never completely given up the dairy either. I will be spending the next week getting ready for a vacation in the motorhome. We will be gone for a couple of weeks so I will have to make a lot of things ahead and freeze them. The good thing about the motorhome is that it has a bathroom
  13. Hi there! I do add my encouragement and support. It is so wonderful and rare that you find people who care enough to become involved. Good on you!!! That probably goes a long way in saying what a great person are and how many people care about you too. Gail
  14. Thank you, though, a million times!!!!! I am so happy to be able to post here. There have been many times lately that I wanted to, but I was not sure that it would be appropriate till I read the posts a few back when there is someone like me who said that they were Celiac and that is all they need to say, that they cannot tolerate gluten and that is all they need to know is how sick they get and that it is their body and no one else lives there. I totally agree. I was diagnosed a few years ago as IBS, as was my daughter. As an add-on, I was told that I may be also lactose intolerant. They gave me a prescription for antibiotics and told that when it got really bad that I could ask my doc for some antibioics which would help??? Even though I love my doc and he has been my doc for a very long time, I have to wonder about this. He really is so good about other things, but I do question this. After the last few months, I know deep down what the problem is. There isn't any way around it. So, how wonderful for me that you are here and hopefully I can give back to someone else. I am a dedicated foodie and am having such a time getting adjusted. How do you give up all the wonderful foods that you must give up in order to feel well? I am spending a lot of time trying to adjust recipes. After so much time spent buying specialty foods that are actually horrible. So many of them are total ripoffs. I will go to the food threads and hopefully help someone else find things that they can have and make that will not break the budget and are good too. That can be such a challenge! I love you all!!!!
  15. Hello to everyone! Finally figured out how to become an unanonymous user. I can't tell you how much finding this forum and all your wonderful information and advice has changed my life for the better. It has been a difficult year or so for me, trying to figure things out, but a ghastly encounter with a stack of pancakes on Pancake Day in February finally clued me in and made me sicker than I had ever been. When I thought that maybe wheat was causing my problem, I went online to see what I could discover about it. It never occurred to me that it would be a wheat and gluten sensitivity or worse. Celiac was not in my vocabulary and it has taken months of intensively reading everything I could find to put it all together. It is so debilitating to be afraid to leave your own home for fear of what might happen. Luckily, I don't work anymore, so had an easier time than many have. I have been gluten free since then and aside from some accidental glutenings,am beginning to feel so much better. It was a very emotional past couple of months and think that just now am accepting the situation. There was so much anger and ups and downs emotionally, who would think that food could cause so many different emotions. I'm really glad that my husband is a patient person and has been so supportive - my miserable behaviour would have driven less hearty souls running for the hills. My only proof of this is my response to diet. Too much time has gone by gluten free to have the tests done and I can't go back to eating gluten to find out - it would be impossible to go through all that again, at least for me it would. Through all the reading I have done on this forum and seeing the stories of others and your wonderful acceptance, I felt encouraged to post and let you know how appreciative I am and how much your information and the support you offer has helped. It does feel very lonely sometimes. Hopefully I can provide some encouragement to others to hang in there and take all the love and concern and valuable information offered here. This is going to be a long journey, but we don't have to do it alone. Thank you again. Gail
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