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  1. Super Store (Loblaws). Believe me, I was stunned to see them. I actually got tears in my eyes because I was that astounded! :) Maybe I should go and grab 20 boxes to ensure they continue selling them here! They were not in the regular cereal section nor where they in the gluten-free section - in between those aisles at the very end (teaser aisle). At $5.99 they are far cheaper than the gluten-free cereals in our store. Another bonus!

    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


  2. 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)

    ?

    Hi! I'm new to the forums. My name is Emily. I am studying to be a doctor (less than a year to go until I get my MD! Woo hoo!) and I just got diagnosed with Celiac Disease a week and a half ago. I have already started feeling somewhat better, with less bloating and improving diarrhea and greatly reduced nausea (the gastritis seems to have been the worst of it for me). I'm definitely not at baseline yet, but I feel like the past week and a half have really confirmed my diagnosis.

    As part of my medical school curriculum, I can pay extra money (which means extra loans) to go to China for a month and get some international medicine experience. The loans required aren't that prohibitive once you consider how much money I've already taken out.

    But there's wheat in soy sauce, and there's lots of soy sauce in China. I do not speak Chinese. I will hopefully be in an area with a lot of English-speakers, but I won't be able to read labels or guarantee the source of my food. And the trip lasts for a month.

    It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance if it doesn't make me horribly sick again, but if I spend the whole time feeling miserable, how can I enjoy it? Can I safely travel to China, not ever staying in a hotel, not speaking the language or reading labels?

    I'd be living in a dorm. Eating a combination of cafeteria food (probably) and street/restaurant food. The program I'm going with is brand-new and poorly established. I'd be one of the first using the program at all. They have been slow to get back to me about required vaccinations, so I can only imagine what a nightmare the food experience could be.

    What do you guys think, just knowing what you know about the difficulty associated with having Celiac? I don't want to spend my "glorious month" in China feeling sicker than a dog, or come back and feel the same. But I also don't want to miss out on an opportunity if it makes any sense for me to go.

    Thoughts? Help?


  3. 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.

    I got to thinking that it would be easy to get cc from buying produce at a store that has their produce department right by their bakery.

    Has that been a problem for any of you?


  4. 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?


  5. 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.

    Hi All,

    In one of the threads I read the other day (I'm clueless as to which--sorry!) someone mentioned feeding cats/ "pets" gluten-free food. I feed my kids-- feline, that is-- BG food, both wet & dry. I'm very picky about their food; can anyone tell me how important it is to use gluten-free cat food?

    I just emailed the company to check gluten status. Any cat food recommendations would be great...

    Thanks!


  6. 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!


  7. 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.


  8. 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...


  9. 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


  10. I don't live in HK, but my sister does so I've spent a few weeks there. I loved the grocery store threesixty, I found lots of stuff I could eat. You must try their frozen yogurt! There is another ex-pat grocery store that sells gluten-free food, but I can't remember the name. It's in the IFC mall. Fruits and veggies are cheaper at the wet markets than at grocery stores like threesixty. I found that a lot of the time the waitstaff would say "ok" like they understood, but they didn't. At my last visit, I didn't know for sure that I had celiac, so I stupidly ate gluten nearly every day.

    When my sister first moved to HK 3 years ago, we assumed she'd be eating chinese food all the time. The opposite is actually true. We are used to a westernized version of chinese food, and real chinese food is completly different. So, sorry I can't recommend any dim sum places etc other than one in Shenzhen. Sushi in HK isn't great, but it's safe! Vietnamese and Thai restaurants both offer rice noodles and rice salad rolls. I liked Sarhara, a moroccan restaurant in central (minus the couscous) -the owner is great.

    edit- the grocery store at IFC is "city'super"


  11. I just went to the White Spot in New West today after reading this thread. I asked the server, and she looked at me like I had three heads, but she went into the kitchen and brought out a gross looking binder. She told me it was really old, but maybe I could find something I could eat. About half of the current menu isn't even in the book. I decided on a garden salad with a side of yam fries as the book said both are gluten-free.

    As I ordered I asked about the friers. She assured me that they have dedicated french fry friers. Great! A few minutes later she came back and let me know that the oil from the friers is filtered through a single filtration system, and so the oil is not gluten-free. I skipped the fries, and just had the salad.

    I thought I should pass on my experience, as you might not be getting a gluten-free meal after all. Given the choice I don't think I'll go to WS again, the menu was too limited (for vegetarian). I'd rather go to Joey's or the Cactus Club- they have gluten-free menus. I also had a good experience at Bridges (on granville island). The waitress knew about celiac disease because the chef has celiac! :D

    Hi there,

    I've been gluten free for just over a year and really miss eating out! However, I've been lucky to have found some great places in Vancouver and around the lower mainland area. Here's some suggestions for you:

    Downtown Vancouver:

    1. Steamrollers- this is one of my favourite places in Vancouver. They offer steamed burrito/wraps, but for us gluten free people they make up bowls with all the fillings without the wrap. So I like the brown rice, with beans, beef and all the sauces. Some of the staff has celiacs and the new owners have gluten allergies in their family so if you tell them they are very accomodating. You can tailor the bowls to what you like :)

    Around the Lower Mainalnd:

    1. White Spot- they actually have an allergy guide. You can ask for it. It lists many of their dishes and tells you exactly what has gluten in it. I love WS simply because its the only place I can get french fries and not get sick! I always go for their bunless burgers with the fries and coleslaw, I usually bring my own mustard or ranch sauce for the burger. If you let them know of your allergy they make sure and cook your burger on a seperate grill. I eat here 2-3 times a month and have never gotten sick.

    White Rock:

    1. Pelagos Greek restaurant: This a fancier place right on Crescant Beach. I love, love, love the people here. We were there for a bday dinner, and i mentioned my allergy when booking the reservation. When we got there the waitress came looking for me and told me that the chef had already started preparing gluten-free veggies for me before I was even there. I had the shrimp skewers with veggies and greek salad- lovely dinner. And you have the view of the ocean :)

    2. Beecher Street Cafe: this is also in Crescant beach, great place, pricey though. Again the chef was great made me a terrific seafood dinner. This place is pricey though, my meal was $30 and to be honest I was still hungry! lol

    Coquitlam:

    1. Giggle Dam- this is actually a dinner theatre, a lot of fun if you want a great meal and a good show. Call ahead and when you book your tickets ask for gluten free. They made me a terrific salmon dinner, and I even got baked chcocolate cookies for desert. When you get there they usually come looking for the gluten free person, be prepared to be harassed by their comedic wait staff :)

    As a note, I find that eating out in Vancouver is always a bit of a risk. I never trust the sauces, i always take my own. My rule of thumb is, if I dont feel like the wait staff understand me when I ask for gluten free, I stick to a salad or water. lol.

    Also check out Choices Market for great baked goods. My fave is the cheescake and muffins. I always load up on muffins and cookies.

    I hope this helps. I know there are a lot of other great gluten free places around town, but these are my faves where i dont worry about getting sick.

    M


  12. I had some very minor problems eating Quaker chips (slight D). The funny thing is, I ate instant Quaker oatmeal for quite a while with no problems before I gave up instant oatmeal on general purposes (the supposed CC oats issue). Plus, it's not winter here in Texas, and oatmeal is a winter thing for me. :)

    best regards, lm

    I ate quaker instant oats almost every morning for 10 years. it took me about 2 years to figure out why I was always sick by diner time. Here in Canada, oats are on the safe list but they aren't safe for me. I didn't contact quaker, but Pepsi who makes quaker products. They also gave me a list of their other gluten-free products. My reaction to crispy mini's isn't bad compared to a full blown gluten attack, but it sure makes going to work interesting.


  13. I emailed Quaker last month asking if their Crispy mini's were gluten-free. They replied that the flavours I asked about were gluten-free. Great! I ate with gusto. Bam, I got sick. I've tried a few more times since and each time I've gotten D and gas. I'm just wondering if anyone else has had the same response. Maybe there is a CC issue and they aren't being upfront with it. I searched the boards and found a thread from 2004 asking the same question but no real answer.


  14. I'm a vegetarian too and I know what you mean, I felt the exact same way. I couldn't eat enough nuts or beans during my nut phase. I found that eating more beans, and adding corn pasta, rice and rice bread into my diet helped fill the gap that was missing. For a while all I ate was soy milk, fruits and veggies, and I never really felt full. I think that my body was trying to tell me to up my protien intake, I don't think there is anything wrong with following those sorts of cravings. Things are back to normal for me, except for some really bad sugar cravings. I think I might need a sugar detox to break the addiction.


  15. I'm the same way... I can't seem to take anything. Once when we all had the flu, I tried Nyquil and it put everybody else out for the night... for me, I got the shakes, strange & scary sensations and felt like I was tripping out and dying, on top of having to put up with the high fever, cough, aches, etc., plus getting to stay up all night while everybody else was konked out and resting up. I just can't take medicines, it seems.

    Fortunately sinus infections are not one of the things I get, but I agree that I've heard many people say the saline sprays and even those neti pots you can buy in healthfood stores are helpful. Plus, I've heard there is something like a water pic, or something that hooks up to a water pic or something that irrigates the sinuses and I've heard of people saying it really takes care of it better than drugs.

    Whenever I'm sick now, I eat raw garlic on something... just one or two cloves a day seems to be very helpful for me... it's also known as "Russian Penicillin," becuase it has antibiotic activity.

    Also, when I get a stuffy nose with a cold, I find squeezing a drop of lemon juice straight from a little slice of fresh lemon into each nostril really clears it up so I can breathe... I just gave up on cold medicines and whenever I have a cold I just carry a baggie with a slice of lemon, squeeze one drop or two if it's really bad into each nostril... sniff up but careful not to let the lemon juice roll back into your throat, because then that gets really painful when your throat's sore... but just allow the lemon juice to get sniffed upward into each nostril and it really clears them up immediately...

    I drink horehound tea for a cough... if the cough is really bad I buy Jaegermeister (it's gluten free... a GErman whiskey with licorice and some other herbs) and just take it by the spoonful and it calms a cough down.

    I just gave up on medicines and do stuff like that... I always joke around that I have no blood/brain barrier, because it seems they all go straight to my brain and I feel just psychotic and like I'm losing it... panicky and terrible. I don't know why that is.

    Nyquil has an antihistamine in it which causes drowsiness, but not for everyone. Your resction isn't that unusual. Same goes for tylenol 3, tylenol PM, and travel tabs, for most people they cause drowsiness, but for other people they are an upper.