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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  16. If you get one of the olive oil spritzer cans, you can do just as well as with a Pam type product withoout the chemicals.
  17. Thought you might enjoy this one from Ahajokes.com The English Language Have you ever wondered why foreigners have trouble with the English Language? Let's face it English is a stupid language. There is no egg in the eggplant No ham in the hamburger And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England French fries were not invented in France. We sometimes take English for granted But if we examine its paradoxes we find that Quicksand takes you down slowly Boxing rings are square And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. If writers write, how come fingers don't fing. If the plural of tooth is teeth Shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth If the teacher taught, Why didn't the preacher praught. If a vegetarian eats vegetables What the heck does a humanitarian eat!? Why do people recite at a play Yet play at a recital? Park on driveways and Drive on parkways You have to marvel at the unique lunacy Of a language where a house can burn up as It burns down And in which you fill in a form By filling it out And a bell is only heard once it goes! English was invented by people, not computers And it reflects the creativity of the human race (Which of course isn't a race at all) That is why When the stars are out they are visible But when the lights are out they are invisible And why it is that when I wind up my watch It starts But when I wind up this observation, It ends.
  18. Hi Michelle! You are in a tough position. One of the issues is also that when you breathe something in, you are actually ingesting some of it. But wearing a mask would scare the heck out of people. If I were in your position, I would advertise myself as a gluten free stylist and I would invest in products that are in fact gluten free and use them. They are out there. I for one would come see you if you were a gluten free stylist. Many of these products are also organic/ vegan. I bet you could do really well to advertise this way. And since that is your chosen profession, you really owe it to yourself to figure this out. I would explain this to the owner and say you want to use your own products. Here are some salon-quality products that are okay-- there are more out there. If you write to companies and explain, they will send you lists and spreadsheets of safe products. Phytologie has a number of safe products-- their phytomist, phyto jojoba shampoo, pro hairspray and karanja oil spray are safe. In additon, korres makes a yucca soft shine wax that is safe, and a number of conditioners. If you could work out a deal with LUSH (made in Canada,) almost all of their shamppos and conditioners are safe and organic and vegan. They have hair treatments that are also safe and a couple of styling products. In addition, Rene Furterer has some safe products-- the myrrhea shampoo and dry shampoo are. I believe some of the ojon hair treatments are also safe. Look into Johnathan products as well as MAsters organics and alterna. A couple of years ago I published a list on here from Aveda of products that are not safe-- some of their colors were on it. That might be another place to start. You could find it by using the search feature. Good luck!
  19. I forgot Caudalie (only three things inc shampoo have gluten) and Juara (no gluten ingredients). EcoNvey has no gluten ingredients, but cannot call themselves gluten free (Australia is super strict) because "they don't walk the fields." The wrote this in an email. Alba botanicals cannot guarantee gluten free status. You have to decide where you draw the line sometimes. There are lots of supermarket/ mainstream brands that are safe too-- I think some suave, pantene and garnier products are okay. There are certain Loreal (their list is posted on here) and Maybelline products too. Just read a few threads on here and you will find products you like. Remember to use the search feature-- it really comes in handy. Sometimes the threads are old, so you have to try to find the most up-to-date info there is. There are some "master lists" (my term) for household products too-- you will find them listed here as well. Good luck!
  20. Oh song lyrics are the worst! Take the CSI theme song-- it goes "cooool water? ooh-uh!"
  21. animal as "aminal." I wonder if it isn't dilsexia-- I mean dyslexia.
  22. Nadia-- saw your response to the Clarins post. Yep-- that list is pretty much everything. I have posted a lot of responses here because I had something happen to me like what happened to you-- I broke out in DH blisters. There is a lovely picture on my blog (linked on my page here) almong with a list of safe stuff I found. So here is some of what I have that I like so far: makeup: All NARS and Shisheido products are gluten free. Smashbox has lots of safe products (not mascaras) 100% pure lip gloss and blush/lipstick Chanel lipstick and lipgloss Other people have mentioned items from Clinique (lipstick,) Lancome (absolut rouge,) and Everyday Minerals. I listed responses from T LeClerc, Guerlain and some other dept store brands. Shampoo and toiletries (I get them from Sephora and Skinstore): Lots of LUSH products are safe (I posted a list of ingredients to avoid here)-- shampoo, shower gel, lotion, conditioner, deoderant and even hairstyling products, not to mention bath stuff (bombs, bubble baths, etc.) Lots of Sundari products (skincare) Lots of korres (see list here) products are okay-- not the shampoos, though. But they have a styling wax for hair, as well as akincare and lotions. 100% pure is safe lotion and soap. Burt's Bees has a safe list (it is just a few threads down from this one at the moment.) Phytologie products have a safe shampoo (jojoba), hairspray (pro) and karanja oil spray Other people have lists on here of items you can get in a grocery store as well as Dr. Bronners soaps and Weleda (check them out on Saffron Rouge if there isn't a healthfood store near you) I use crest, but almost all toothpastes are safe with a few exceptions (I believe someone said sensodyne cannot confirm gluten-free status) As for cleaning products, all of Mrs. Meyers Clean Day products are okay (not the fabric softener or dryer sheets, I think). If you have a brand to check, search it here and something will generally pop-up. You can also look on the internet at the company page. I use all and dawn and comet. Good luck!
  23. Congratulations! I am so happy for you. I would celebrate by buying tons of beautiful new shoes. If ever there was a time to do it, well you have a justifiable excuse. Once you find a brand/style/size that works for you, the internet works great. So I will share my secret go-to places for beautiful, comfortable shoes on the internet. There is, of course, zappos.com. But they have an outlet called 6pm.com (where a girl can get a 200$ pair of shoes for 20-30$ sometimes) and I have had some real success on (Company Name Removed - They Spammed This Forum and are Banned). There is also smartbargains.com. Shoes and slippers and sneakers. Here's to many happy, stylish miles in your future!
  24. One of my colleagues pronounces "heirloom" as "hair" loom. And once I saw a sign at a farmer's market where they were selling "air lum" tomatoes. Here in Minnesota, because of the German influence, we will ask you (when we go to the store, for example) "Do you want to come with?" Many people around here will pronounce a th as a T. So we hear "Tursday." Apparently this comes from an a certain ethnic group that immigrated here in the 19th century (Bohemians, I think). And then there are the dreaded words: sucker (from a tree, which some people pronounce as "sooker,") gist (which some people say with a hard g--list grist without the t) and giblets (also said often with the hard g.)
  25. Alls I kan say is is tha George Bernard Shaw would be very proud of all the psillie's. Iffin 'm not mistook, he left his entire fortune to the reformation of the English spelling system. Alls I kan think is that either he didn't have very much money when he died or his lawyer abskonded with it all. Or perhaps he was really a psillie at heart and he haunts the internet-- looking for every opportunity to further his end.
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