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  1. Salem

    Teff Intolerance?

    Yes, Gluten Free Girl has been writing lately about Xanthan gum and others. I may try the white bread, but I always feel guilty for eating white bread. I didn't grow up on it, and to me, it's like Wonderbread - yuck!
  2. I was so stunned when I was in IGA yesterday. There was a huge display!!!! I snapped a picture and posted it on facebook. I bought a teeny tiny box for 6.49 and tore it open as soon as I got home. I'm actually a little disappointed. It is soooo sweet! I'll try the rice ones next time, maybe they'll be a little less sweet. I'll be sure to stop in superstore and see if they have it for cheaper. Sadly the one near me does't have a "natural foods" aisle yet- the gluten free selection is very slim
  3. I have been struggling for the past several months with celiac-like symptoms. I could not figure out what my problem was. I *know* I am not eating gluten. I was having awful gas and incredibly painful, mucousy D BM's. Most people would go to the Dr, but experience has taught me that Dr's really don't know what to do with stomach problems. I knew it was diet related, and no endoscope or stool sample was going to help me. I had just started drinking protein shakes, and attributed my problems to the shakes. I changed brands 3 times, but no real improvement. I kept changing things in my diet, no rice, no salad, less fiber, no chocolate, more chocolate. No luck. Finally it dawned on me. Udi's bread. Since it came to Canada, I have been binge eating the stuff. I was so happy to be able to eat bread that was actually like bread. I decided to try cutting it out, and what do you know, I feel fine. I looked at the ingredients tonight to try and see what ingredient could be causing me problems, the only thing listed that I don't usually eat.... teff. Wondering if others have struggles with teff. I did a google search and didn't see much. I'm so sad that I have to say goodbye to Udi. I am worried that this may be the start of more intolerances. I wonder is there a way to prevent developing more?
  4. I think it depends on a few things. 1. where in China- Hong Kong is the only place where gluten-free eating would be easy. Lots of Chinese food is naturally gluten free. Believe me, you can survive a pretty long time on rice, seafood, coffee and fruit. (at least that's what I survived on!) 2. can you be make your own food? It is much less stressful if you are making your own food and can focus on foods that are naturally gluten-free. I would suggest you bring soy sauce and lots of snacks with you. 3. when would you be going. You are still really new to this, it takes a while until you will feel more comfortable with cooking gluten-free 4. you can always volunteer your time afterwards to work short term in China (or anywhere else in the world) ?
  5. Don't you wash your fruit? I think it very unlikely, as someone would have to sprinkle gluten crumbs over the produce. I can't really think of a situation where this would happen AND where I would be unable to wash it off.
  6. The chain Pizza Pizza has just made the move to my area in Vancouver. I got a flyer showing that they have gluten-free pizzas. I am tempted, but very worried about CC. I have read their website, says all employees are trained about CC. I also read some good and bad experiences on this board. All of the reviews were years old. Just wondering if anyone has tried them lately?
  7. Salem

    Cat Food?

    My cats eat Orijen cat food it's gluten free and high protein. I switched to gluten-free cat food because my cats tend to jump up on the counters and like to rub their faces against my hand. I think it just increased my chance of getting glutened. I don't want to have to remember to wash my hands everytime I pet my cats. Afterall, it's not like my cats can learn to keep their gluten to themselves.
  8. Hello all, I just found out I am being sent to a three day conference in Vancouver BC later this month. I actually live in the suburbs of the city, so I know some restaurants/grocery stores that have gluten-free foods. I plan on bringing my own cereal, and snacks. My worries are what am I going to do for food during the day when I'm stuck at the conference??? At conferences are all meals usually provided or just lunch and snacks? Has anyone been in a similar situation? I was thinking of calling the hotel and see if they can accomodate me. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
  9. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  10. in Canada, Luna bars list Barley as an ingredient
  11. Salem


    I think that they are Nature Valley (???) At my safeway, the waffles are in the regular freezer section, not in the bakery section with the kinniwick (sp?) stuff. They are in a "special food" section not with glutenous waffles.
  12. Salem


    here in BC, safeway also carries gluten free cereals, bob's red mill stuff, gluten-free frozen waffles and mi-del cookies. Times are changing!
  13. I too live in BC, and I didn't wait long at all for my first biopsy, a couple of months. The first one was negative, so I continued on eating gluten for years, literally until I wanted to die. I got the blood work done again, seeing the results was all I needed. I went gluten-free before realizing that I needed to eat gluten for the biopsy. But by then it was too late, I had an immediate response to the gluten-free diet, and am too scared to ever eat gluten again. I KNOW I have celiac disease, I don't need another biopsy. If the biopsy came back negative, I would still stay with the gluten-free diet. Just something for you to consider...
  14. wow, great thread! I must admit, when I first went gluten free, I picked up a loaf of EnerG and squeezed it. It didn't give at all! I knew it was going to be bad, I put it down with a thud. Reading all the comments, I'm sooo glad that I didn't try it. Chia Goodness. Grey congealed salty muck. My friend thought it looked like alien guts. Rice pasta. Eeew, although it was one of the first things I tried in the beginning. I've found that my tastes have changed (or maybe my memory of real food is going). I might try it again. The good: Kinikinnick honey brown rice bread and their baking mix Nature's Path honey'd corn flakes Nature's Path frozen waffles Corn pasta