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  1. This came up on CNN today. I thought it might m=be interesting to some of us.... http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/03/28/parents-picket-peanut-allergic-girl/ They actually want this girl to withdraw from the elementary school because, they say, "she is violating our rights."
  2. I got an email from Indigo wild today (makers of zum soaps, laundry detergent, personal hygiene products,etc.) about the gluten-free status of their products. They tell me that everything except the oatmeal soap and all of their lotions is gluten free. In addition, they confirmed that their vitamin e comes from a gluten free source. Whole Foods carries their soaps.
  3. Thanks for the cucumber ideas! I like the hummus cups. We both like hummus a lot so i will attempt these today. It is kind of like cucumber sushi! If you make the hummus yourself, what kind of tahini do you use? I have been skippimng it and using sesame oil instead, but its not quite the same texture-wise.
  4. For me the secret is avoiding processed food as much as possible and buying mostly produce. gluten-free food is expensive! I have two staples which are the yellow cf/gluten-free chebe packets and the nature's path buckwheat waffles. Unfortunately, my sig. other recently discovered Sam's Club and he cannot resist the deals! He is from a country that does not even really have supermarkets in our sense of the word and I think it is very exciting for him to see so much available. So I might ask for 2 yellow onions and he will bring back a 10 lb bag! Or a couple of tomatoes for salad and he will bring home the 5 lb. box of cherry tomatoes. It is very hard for two people to eat the 10lb bag of grapefruit, for example before they go bad. But he seems unable to resist, even though I explain this over and over. And it is a little time-consuming to preserve stuff like that. To make it worse, he is from a culture that abhors throwing away any food at all. "5 dollars!" he will cry, as he places a multi-color rotten cucumber from the dreaded Sam's three pack into the trash. So the pressure is on! He will reprimand me mildly like this (the irony of this is lost on him) if we have to throw out some tomatoes (or whatever). Sigh. So in the interest of domestic harmony, I do stuff like this: -pickle beets (once the man brough a 40lb bag home from a frmer's market. he said the man selling them looked poor-- probably because he was dirty from the field) or bell peppers -fry an entire 10 lb bag of onions into onion rings and then freeze these to cut up and use in curries later. He likes to help. This also uses a ton of eggs. -make vegetable rice or vegetable curry to use vegetables that are endangered -make tomato soup or tomato sauce and freeze it -juice oranges and grapefruit that are endangered -cook spinach and freeze it (he loves those giant tubs!) But I still don't know how on earth to avoid the last dreaded multi-color cucumber from that three pack! Any advice on dealing with Mr. Eyes Bigger than his Stomach?
  5. I had the same set of diagnoses, but in a differet order than the OP. I was mis-disgnosed with IBS-D at 17, had my gallbladder out at 38 and was diagnosed with celiac disease at 40. The gallbladder surgery was awful for me and it took more than a year to recover-- like somebody turned on the D tap. Then it turns out I may not have needed it afterall. Nowadays they can remove the stone/s with some kind of laser or sonic device. They do this in Italy, for example-- it is considered barbaric to take the whole organ. Perhaps a good solution for the OP would be to find somebody who can just take out the stones. Good luck!
  6. Lisa16

    Udi's Mystery-- Oh No! Help!

    Thanks! It is tough when you have multiple food sensitivities! I use the "naturals" ham with no nitrates. I will check for detrose, but I generally don't have a reaction to that ham (but I don'teat it often). And the peanut butter is okay for sure. The vinegar is another matter entirely, because of sulfites. Still, I usually can tolerate the mustard. At this point, after having the same reaction to the muffins, I suspect the calcium sulfate in the baking soda. I stopped eating anything udis and recovered in a day or so. Then I ate a muffin after about a week of feeling good and it happened again. The calcium sulfate is about the only "red flag" ingredient they have in common. I have to quite eating this brand, I guess. I grew up in a town where they hit gypsum (calcium sulfate) when drilling the well and the city water is heavily contaminated with this. I think I got sensitized to sulfites this way.
  7. Lisa16

    Udi's Mystery-- Oh No! Help!

    Hmm. I know it is not dairy. I ate peanut butter or ham and mustard sandwiches-- no dairy. Intersting about the xanthan gum. I have used it before in baking and it is in lots of cookies and gluten-free preparations. But perhaps it has something to do with quantity or a particular combination of ingredients. I would say the effects were cumulative over a period of several days (a bit over a week.) I see the calcium sulfate in the baking powder. But like the xanthan gum, I regularly use calumet baking soda which has two sulfate compounds in there and which does not have the same effect. But I don't tend to eat my baking every day, so perhaps it is cumulative? I just don't know. Good guesses though!
  8. I recently discovered the wonder of Udi's breads. I bought them (both kinds-- but mostly the white b/c the whole grain one kept selling out and I only got one loaf of that)and I ate it for several days as toast in the morning and a sandwich to take to work. However, I developed progressively worse GERDS symptoms that completely and instantly disappeared when I withdrew the bread (Oh Man! Just when I found something really good too!) I would have acidic burping, some stinky gas and stomach pain. This was not a typical gluten reaction-- I hasten to add. We are not talking multiple bouts of D. But something in this "gets" me. Soplease let me know what are the likely culprit(s) from the list of ingredients? I know am allergic to sulfites/sulfates (nearly impossible to avoid completely, though), nitrates, msg and pistachios and casein intolerant. Ingredients (white bread): water tapioca starch brown rice flour potato starch canola oil egg whites sugar-- *to this point, I believe we are okay. yeast xanthan gum salt baking powder (sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch, calcium sulfate,monocalcium phosphate) cultured dextrose ascorbic acid (microcrystaline cellulose, corn starch) enzymes Thank you in advance! This episode caused many sleepless night and I feel like if I can figure it out, I can solve a big piece of the non-gluten sensitivity puzzle for me. Lisa
  9. You can also try: juice beauty weleda (for example, the baby cleanser that also works as shampoo) is a great face wash Dr. Bronners Ecco bella and then there are "order online brands" (sephora or skinstore or makeup.com) like: juara sundari 100% pure (foaming face washes-- cucumber and lemon) korres shisheido caudalie NARS dermalogica Let us know what else you find out there!
  10. Everything people are saying about this bread is true. But do NOT forget the muffins! Four to a pack in the freezer section at 6.29$. expensive, yeah-- BUT WHO CARES?? I like the blueberry ones the best, but there is also lemon streudel. How are they doing this??? They are going to put knickkinick (I can never spell it right) right out of business.
  11. Ooh-- I adore Dr. Lucy's cookies. Cinnamon crisp, sugar cookies, chocolate chip-- all good. But pricey at 4.50 a small box. gluten-free/ CF. And Udis muffins and breads are surprisingly good. Real thing good. How do they do it?? Lifestream buckwheat waffles with little berries in them-- don't get as hard as those vans that tear up th roof of your mouth! And of course, tings (cheetos without the cheese.)
  12. Lisa16

    Top Chef Masters

    Happy New Year to you too! I followed the e-chatter about this episode, and that's where I saw this come up. Art got a LOT of press with Oprah, but it has more to do with the "persona" they gave him on the show. He was portrayed as the sympathetic chef-- a little bumbling, but the guy who produced great traditional Southern food. They didn't want to alienate his following and they didn't want to offend him because they will use him again on a later show. This is one of those instances where you can see how tv manipulates the viewers' perception of the people on the show. There was a reunion show where you saw the same thing with Marcel. He really didn't want to "play along" and Fabio got mad at him and actually said something along the lines of 'you know how this works. Cooperate with me/ play the game and don't make me look like an ***.' But I still love the show and I will faithfully watch the next season :-) I learn something from every episode.
  13. Lisa16

    Top Chef Masters

    In fact there was some question about whether or not he used the butter the recipe called for. General consensus at that time was that he did and that he really should have been eliminated. But because of who he is and what the show does, they just ranked him last to avoid embarassment :-) You can make the peanut brittle using walnut oil instead of butter.
  14. Today Dermalogica sent me a list of the products to be avoided. They also included hops and yeast. They were very nice and the email came immediately (which I always think is a good sign): Please find a list including all the retail products that contain grain derivatives and should be avoided by those with gluten intolerance. Retail Products that contain Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein include:
  15. Lisa16

    What The World Eats

    Enlightening, Thomas. This should be required viewing in Health Ed classes. And I might note that a thoughtful examination of the photos tells us an awful lot about how we all ended up here.