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  1. Has anyone tried Pamela's Vanilla Cake Mix or Arrowhead Mills Vanilla Cake Mix? I want to make an easy gluten-free cake for my 3 year old's birthday next week, and we tried Namaste Vanilla Cake mix and it wasn't very good. I was just wondering about the other two brands, or if anyone has a suggestion about a different brand that tastes similar to the real thing that would be great! Thanks! Laura Wasserman
  2. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a gluten-free beer that is similar to Fosters? I am making a brisket with very easy and very tasty recipe--ketchup, onion, and a can of Fosters, but I want to make it gluten-free so my daughter can eat it. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance! Laura
  3. My family and I will be vacationing in the Miami Beach/Bal Harbour area for 10 days and I was wondering if any locals can help us with restaurants that have gluten free menus. I know that Bonefish Grill, Carrabas, Pf Changs, Outback, Chipotle have gluten-free menus. . .but I am looking for more. Perhaps mexican restaurants? Or anything besides the chains listed above. I have a 2 year old, so kid friendly would be good too. Thanks in advance for the help! Laura
  4. Neither! Both were bad. I tried them too. My 2 year old likes all the envirkids cereals. We buy Koala Crisps (similar to cocoa krispies), gorilla munch (similar to kix), and amazon flakes (corn flakes).
  5. Thank you so much for posting this!! Our family is in Naples right now visiting my Grandparents. We will check this restaurant out!
  6. Our family is going to Naples next week and we most likely will be eating meals at my Grandparents house, but just in case--I wanted to check and see if anyone has any recommendations for restaurants with gluten-free menus in Naples or Fort Meyers! Thanks! Laura
  7. Does anyone have a recommendation on what vitamin to give my 2 year old? Our dietician said she needs one with folic acid, iron, and thiamin. There are 2 that I saw online that are gluten-free but I don't know how they taste--Schiff and Freeda. If anyone has kids that like these (or any other gluten-free vitamin), let me know. It would be a big help! Thanks! Laura
  8. Hi-- Our daughter turned 2 in November and was diagnosed shortly after with celiac disease. My husband and I felt the same way as you--it was killing us to feed her gluten while waiting for the appointment for the biopsy. Luckily we did not have to wait too long. Anyway--just wanted to know that you are not alone--it is very scary and overwhelming at first, but it does get easier. The gut can start to repair itself very shortly after starting the gluten-free diet and I think it depends on the individual. My daughter starting feeling better about a week after, and now it has been about 4 weeks and she is like a new person. I think that it can take 6 months or longer for things to completely be healed but I am not sure. She goes back to the doc after 3 months for a check up to see how her blood levels are doing. We saw a huge increase in appetite at first and then it tapered a little--I think she was so excited to not have a tummy ache she was eating everything in sight! Our doctor set us up with a diatician who was a big help, and both suggested putting Alana on a complete vitamin to ensure that she is getting everything she needs. The diatician pointed out that most cereals, for example, are fortified, but gluten-free cereals are not. Hope this helps a little. Good luck and hang in there! Laura
  9. Hi--do any of you take your toddlers out to eat? We have a 2 year old who has been gluten-free for about 3 weeks and we are too scared to take her out to eat. We know eventually we will (maybe in a few years!). . . Thanks! Laura
  10. Hi-- I would for sure ask the pediatrician for a blood test. Chances are they will be positive. If they are not, perhaps you should still push for a biopsy (that is considered the gold standard for diagnosing celiac disease). In my opinion, it would be hard for me to follow the gluten-free diet if I didn't have medical proof. We have a 2 year old who was diagnosed about a month ago (she had some of the symptoms you listed, ie distended tummy, digestive problems, light sleeper, thrived until 18 mos, stopped nursing at 16 mos, etc) and our world has changed so much since she started the gluten-free diet. She is feeling sooo much better, smiles more, laughs more, plays more, does not ask to be picked up as often, etc. Let me know if you have any more questions!! Good luck!! Laura
  11. Hi Matt, Congrats on the pregnancy! We have a 2 year old who was just diagnosed a few weeks ago with celiac disease. So far having a toddler with celiac is not that hard--she likes the new food. There are times when she wants something if she sees a friend eat it, and I have to explain to her that it gives her a tummy ache. I am not so sure if she gets it, but she does listen. We were lucky and did not have as bad of a case as I see some people have. Alana lost a little weight and she had a few symptoms, but it did not seem to really interfere with her thriving. We just have a smart pediatrician who knew to test for it after she saw her distended stomach!! So my advice is to find a great pediatrician who is familiar with celiac disease. You can test your baby to see if she/he has the gene for celiac disease, but I think you would have to introduce gluten in the diet to see if she/he would actually have the disease. Good luck!
  12. Thanks so much. The recipe already calls for xanthan gum so I wanted to use something else. I am just worried about the taste and consistancy! I will give it a shot.
  13. I would like to make bread, but most of the recipes I have call for gelatin. Does anyone know of a good gluten free vegetarian substitute for gelatin?
  14. Hi, I have a 2 year old daughter who was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. A lot of the boxes of crackers I see in the store say that the production sample has been run to ensure that there is 20ppm or less of gluten. I know that is a very small amount, but I am worried that if she keeps eating them over time, the small amount will eventually lead up to a large amount and then she will get sick or do damage to her intestines. Does anyone have any insight on this? Thanks! Laura
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