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  1. Thanks for posting. We head out to Houston once in awhile since my husband grew up there. What I look forward to the most on a trip to Houston is TEX MEX! I can't get even decent Tex Mex in NYC.

    We usually go to Chuy's. If you've heard anything, let me know. I have a feeling that it's not the safest place : ( and Lupe's is going to have to replace Chuy's in my heart.

    Sorry I have not been to Chuy's since being gluten free.

    I can recommend Freebirds Burrito - not exactly Tex Mex, but it is burrito, they are fabulous and they have an allergen menu :)

  2. Just wanted to share my experience with two Tex Mex places in Houston, TX

    Lupe Tortillas:

    I LOVED this place prior to having to go gluten free. I was so happy to find the staff knowledgeable and willing to help me. I always ask for a kitchen manager and at 3 different locations each manager has been super nice and accomodating. The chips are fried in a dedicated fryer and the fajitas are marinated in lime juice only. The managers have been more than willing to oversee my order personally, and they even heat up my corn tortillas in a separate pan away from where the flour tortillas are made and cooked. I've never had a bad experience there yet. :D

    On the other hand:

    Guadalajara Hacienda:

    I went there during a slow time when the restaurant was not at all busy. I asked for a manager when I walked in. The hostesses gave me a blank stare and then said my waiter could answer any question I might have. I asked the waiter a few questions and it was very clear he didn't have any idea of how to deal with eating gluten free. He said the chips were fine, but yes they were fried with sopapillas. Yes the fajitas were gluten free but they were marinated in soy sauce. Again I ask for the manager...the waiter disappears for several minutes and comes back to say that I should get something grilled. Still no manager and still the waiter has no idea what I can eat there...Needless to say I won't be going back and I don't recommend this restaurant to anyone else.

  3. Soy gives me some stomach and back pain. And usually has a laxative effect on me as well. I had been gluten free for a year and doing fine until one week were I consumed a significantly larger amount of soy, combined with an out of the ordinary amount of stress. I then figured out that soy was a problem for me. I am on the SCD and doing much better.

  4. Hi everyone! Just checking in, I've been MIA for a while. I managed to stay on the diet while traveling to London (except for the homemade yogurt - I blew up my fancy new yogurt maker :angry: ). The Greek yogurt was a good substitute and I didn't have any reaction to it. Now I am back in Chile, making yogurt again and eating lots of soups and feeling good. The next traveling challenge - home for Christmas! We'll be going back and forth between Texas and FL and although my family is glad I'm feeling better and totally supportive and try to be understanding, they don't really get the whole cross contamination thing. <_< And last Christmas I was just gluten free, so they keep suggesting all these gluten-free cookies and cakes that I was able to eat last year, and I have to explain I'm doing something different now. Slowly but surely...

    So I am feeling better and I've lost weight - my chocolate cravings are gone which I find absolutely amazing. Before starting this diet I ate chocolate EVERYDAY. Yes really! Partly craving and partly stress/anxiety driven eating. My work is super stressful for me. Another thing that I think is related to the diet, I have a clogged pore on my side, I went to the doctor and he says, oh it's a cyst caused by a closed pore and we'll have to cut it out, it won't get better on its own. Now it's almost completely gone, that gives me hope that this is helping my body. How could it not? I am not eating anything that is even remotely bad for me. Everything is fresh and natural. I'm going to stick with it. I'm glad I stumbled onto this thread. :)

  5. Can you say more about how you are making them? We've only done it a couple of times, do it on parchment paper for one thing. Also it has to be baked enough, and then cooled before you try to take it off. The part not baked enough will crumble, in my experience.

    The first time I tried them on a baking sheet - while baking all of the "goo" started to run, so I transferred them to a shallow dish. The crumble on the sides kind of stuck together, but the middle was just chopped nuts coated in honey. The next time I used the shallow dish again, forgot about them and burned them a little bit, but found they did hold together a bit better. Yesterday I used parchment paper in the shallow dish, same result, only they stuck to the paper. :rolleyes::lol:

  6. Shay, did it say on the yogurt which bacteria they use in the Greek yogurt? Different bacteria creates different results.

    Hi Kathryn. So you're over here in good old Blighty! What a pest that you wrecked your Yogurt Maker. They sell them in Lakeland shops if you want one from here. Whether there is one near to you I don't know.

    I buy the brand of Fage 'Total' Greek yogurt - you should be able to get it in virtually any major supermarket over here. I know Tesco, Asda and Morrisons definitely sell it.

    It's obviously not SCD 24-hour but I seem able to cope with it and I do eat it when I run out of the home-made stuff and haven't got round to making any. I usually use it as a starter. It has Acidophilus and Strep thermophilus. It is lovely and thick and creamy.

    How long will you be over here for?

    I like the Total Greek yogurt, that's actually what I got to eat yesterday. I may go and try to find another yogurt maker, then I'll probably just blow it up in Chile! :blink:

    I'll be here until Dec 5th.


    Still feeling bettter - the oil is gone, but I haven't eaten any other than what's in the soup. I think I feel better and have more energy. I'm not craving chocolate every 10 seconds at least, and I've stopped eating so much honey because the cravings just aren't there. I've introduced asparagus, mushrooms and green beans, no problems. Fruits: I have eaten grapes and a few cherries, and cooked apples and pears. Today I might try some clementines. I can't believe I'm not falling over from lack of energy or craving potatoes and rice - I used to eat so much of those. The flushing red and fading white stuff seems to have subsided.

  7. Hi Everyone,

    I made it through the states and I'm in London - still on the SCD! No problems with the gluten free meals on the flights, I just skipped the rice and potatoes. I bought a yogurt maker, lugged the thing from the states to London and then proceeded to blow the thing up by not converting the power properly. Energy and money wasted. :angry:

    I'm making soup, and no yogurt - feeling great actually, despite the lack of sleep. One thing - when I go to the bathroom there is a large amount of oil floating - I haven't eaten a large amount, at least not what I thought was a lot. I've mostly eaten fruit, lean meats, steamed veggies, sometimes with butter, sometimes not. Anyone have a clue about that one???

    Since I am out of the yogurt making business for tonight, can I just eat plain yogurt? Nothing is added to it...can't hurt me right, it just won't do me as much good as homemade.

  8. I sounded just like you about chocolate in my first two weeks. I wanted to make things with unsweetened chocolate and honey, but didn't. Hang in there, the craving goes away. Chocolate is addictive and when you have kicked it, you will be fine.

    Fruits and nuts are LEGAL on the SCD. By all means take some legal food with you on your flights, so you are not tempted to eat something really bad. Raisins and nuts would be a whole lot better than M & Ms.

    As far as illegal foods, there are two sides to this issue. Cheating with stuff like an occasional sweet potato, garbanzo bean, smoked salmon or bean sprout is a far cry from munching down candy bars or waffles made with tapioca and potato starch smothered with maple flavored high fructose corn syrup. The real key to this diet is cutting out the illegals, especially the processed food.

    I understand what you mean about the illegals, I am not planning an illegal feast by any means, but if something is overlooked, or I do cave in to those mashed potatoes, what then? Back to intro? I think I don't understand how much or how little can upset the balance and cause more inflammation.

  9. Kathryn sounds like you may be through the worst of it and hopefully will now steadily improve. Hope the travel goes okay. I think you could cook some carrots and meat and without liquid take them on the plane. Baked apples if not mushy should work.


    Thanks Sherry, I hope so. I haven't added anything new in two days, I feel comfortable here between Intro and Stage 1. We'll see what I can come up with while traveling.

    Yes I think baked apples that are somewhat crisp would be okay, and steamed carrots, forgot about that...I can try and they can only make me throw them out. Security here is not like security in the states, so I may be fussing over nothing.

    Are there any legal gums or candies? Any kind of candy I can make with honey that would be safe? Or any products that are ready-made that I can look for while I'm in London or the states? The SCD sites seemed to be geared more to baked goods that I could order.

  10. I have asked for a gluten free meal on my flights. The last time that came with a little gluten free roll and was usually a salad and fish and fruit cocktail for breakfast. I will bring along fruits and nuts but they are not really recommended at this early stage. I'll try to bring some baked apples maybe, they can't be a security risk. :rolleyes:

    I don't know what to think about this chocolate thing, I guess I need to wait until Thursday to get the book and figure out what exactly is going on here.

    Yesterday I felt okay all day, just some pain off and on, and some flushing red and then ten minutes later white as a ghost...I feel more clear headed at least. And the flushing red was less severe and less often. I think I had a little more energy. That's not something I've had for quite a while.

  11. Wow. No chocolate at all. I wasn't expecting that. :unsure:

    I get the book on Thursday, maybe I'll understand a bit better then. Generally speaking, if I follow this diet for a year then I may be able to eat a gluten free diet again? I mean a gluten free diet that contains starches?

    I do really feel better, no pain today, no nausea, and I feel clear headed, moreso than I have in months I'd say. I'll try to focus on that. <_<

  12. Well I'm on Day 5, or is it 6, and I'm feeling better. I didn't feel nausea at all yesterday so that is a plus. I made another batch of soup and yogurt, so I am set for this week, but I travel on Thursday and I can already see myself eating some fruit or nuts, I have two ten hour flights. I had some wine with dinner last night, I saw that dry wine was legal, but I didn't see a mention of when, I feel fine, I hope I didn't screw anything up by doing that. :huh: Some of you have mentioned allowing illegals to creep in, when you do that, what do you do about it, do you go back to intro for 3 days or just cut out the illegals?

    So now the important stuff, what do you do for CHOCOLATE? Is there a legal brand? I'm about to get back to the land of the living, I need to make my list! :lol:

  13. I'm heading back to London for two weeks on business - I'll be staying and working around Paddington. I was diagnosed in London over a year ago, but then I just stayed home because going out to eat was a bit too daunting. I did find one A.S.K. which would prepare my pasta in fresh water and I had no reaction.

    Any other suggestions?

    La Tasca was okay, no reactions, their menu even specified which things were gluten free.

  14. Day 3 - I added in some cooked apples. This was quite an accomplishment for me, I normally cannot stomach cooked fruit.

    I'm still back and forth between flushing red and going very pale and fainty. Today I feel very nauseous, have a distended stomach and overall just feel lousy and am having trouble with C. Not a good diet to start when you're working long hours 6 days a week. But I'm going to stick with it as best as I can. :wacko:

  15. Scatch the feeling okay post. My face is flushing red and I'm hot like hot flashes every so often. I also had a major energy drop two hours after eating the soup for lunch, it was almost like I was asleep and could do nothing about it and my coworker said I was white as a ghost. The sleepiness isn't entirely unusual, I've felt that before in the last year, but I haven't been feeling that in the last couple of months I'd say. Anyone else have this when starting out? I brought maybe a tablespoon of honey today and have been eating just a taste when I want to reach for the rice cakes, could that be causing my sugar to go up and down too much?

  16. I'm happy to report the yogurt in the thermos method turned out beautifully! It tastes fantastic - so much better than the store bought yogurt. Tonight I will make two batches.

    So I am officially on day one and feeling okay. No cheesecake until tomorrow, or jello as I can't find unsweetened juice, but the soup is good and I made turkey beef patties. Unfortunately I am working long days so I have a lot of time at my desk that I used to spend snacking on rice cakes and fruit. I froze some soup and patties so when I walk in the door starving I don't have any excuse for grabbing those corn chips. We'll see how it goes!

    I am traveling next week - what can I make to take with me? I can't think of anything very portable...I used to do nuts and fruits, but those come in later on. I don't know exactly what I can get away with, security wise. Will they think my cheesecake is some kind of explosive :rolleyes: