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  1. My Aunts hosted a bridal shower for me last year. It was brunch themed food. My sister made a gluten free quiche I could eat, I brought a coffee cake (recipe from Carol Fenster's cookbook....very good!), and they had fresh fruit I could eat. Everything else was just for the guests. It worked out alright. They were able to make what they are used to making (gluteny of course)...with me policing my food of course. I made sure they didn't get any crumbs on the gluten free food until I got my plate then I just didn't go back for seconds. I am usually under the weather for about a month when I eat something wrong, so I didn't want to risk it that close to the wedding. I figured it would be better than trying to explain all the rules to cooking gluten free (and dairy and soy free for me).

    Fresh fruit is a good idea. I was trying to think of a few simple little items I could suggest that would be gluten-free and would not require any preparation.

    Unfortunately, we don't have any gluten-free bakeries around here, so cake is out of the question unless I make it.

  2. Awkward situations coming up. I have friends who want to host bridal showers for me in the next couple of months. What do I tell them about food? I don't want them to try to make gluten-free food, but they're not going to be happy saying that they'll just feed everyone else and not me. I am pretty sensitive and have gotten sick from using mutual spoons/pans that were used in baking something with gluten in them. Any ideas on what I can tell them or what alternatives I can give them?

  3. Does an intolerance manifest itself in the same way that Celiac disease does? Also does it cause the same problems to intestines as Celiac disease?

    I didn't realize that about other genes. This tested for DQ2 and DQ8. The reason I was looking for genetic results was to get an idea of the severity of the disease and my likelihood to pass it down to children.

    Thank you so much for responding.

  4. I thought for sure I had Celiac disease. I was showing all the symptoms of it. I started eating gluten-free and my symptoms cleared up when I did. If I accidentally got it, it would make me sick. My sister had the same problem and also went gluten-free. She is feeling much better now. But after six months of eating gluten-free, I finally had a genetic test done with MyCeliacID. I got my results in last night and they came back negative. It said I do not have the genetic sequence associate with Celiac disease and it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that I will ever develop it. From what I understand, this test is 99% accurate.

    So now I don't know what to do. I know this isn't all in my head, and it seems to be related to gluten. So I am so confused about what to do next. Does anyone have suggestions?


  5. I may be the only one on this forum from Central Arkansas, but just in case I thought I'd mention that U.S. Pizza is now advertising gluten-free pizza at all their locations. I had a pepperoni pizza at one of the locations this weekend and it went great. It felt so nice to sit down and order pizza like a normal person! :D The staff seemed to be familiar with the disease and the importance of ensuring it was gluten-free, but still it's advisable to notify your waiter that you have Celiac. I have not yet been able to determine which toppings are gluten-free.

  6. I cannot believe some of the posts I'm reading. Why would a few restrictions on your diet limit your social life in any way? I'm in college and everyone seems to know someone who has a gluten intolerance as well. I'm not ashamed of it; I talk about it openly so more people are aware of it and accepting of it. I've rarely gotten negative reactions. People are very curious and like hearing about it, and many many times the reaction will be something like, "whoa! I think I've got that!" I've found it to be a great conversation piece. Sometimes when I go out to eat I have to get plain chicken and rice and that's fine--I'm still having fun talking to whoever I'm with. And one time I went on a date with a guy who turned out to have celiac too and we bonded over gluten-free Long Island iced teas. People joke with me about it and it's all in good fun. I was at a party over the summer where the guys were yelling, "Kayla! You can't have this vodka watermelon it's got gluten!" Have a sense of humor! You're not weird, it's just that most people don't know they have it yet. I always approach the subject like it's something totally common that everyone should know about but don't--because that's what it is! People are just ignorant of it now, but that's changing thankfully.

    Where are you from? In some places, the public is more aware of Celiac than in others. Usually around here, if I mention gluten or Celiac people look at me like I am speaking a foreign language. I think it's great that you are around so many people that are familiar with the disease, but that is not the case for everyone.

  7. Has celiac/food allergies been a problem for anyone who is dating or looking for significant other? I feel like this condition is going to ruin all my chance for finding the type of woman i want. I was just dating someone for 4 months and she seemed perfectly fine with my sensitivities and in fact even bought gluten free food for me when i stayed at her place - she was great, but unfortunately i didnt see a future with her and had to call it quits..also, to be honest I have been feeling very insecure & uncomfortable with myself lately. maybe its because im on a very restricted diet now...watching out for gluten and also trying to kill candida has turned me into something of a recluse.

    ---I feel like its just not a good time to be dating since im not projecting positive energy and confidence. maybe the right woman will bring it out of me, but i think out of all my paranoia and anxieties the one that weighs the most is the inability to attract as a result of my condition. i also feel like a woman who finds out i have celiac will instantly cross me off her list as a potential husband out of fear of having kids with the same problem. maybe this is all silly & im over thinking as i usually do. im such a fool ;-)

    Jason, I wish I could give you a hug. I know it can be so discouraging sometimes when you feel like your intolerance will have such a profound effect on the lives of those you care about deeply.

    When my boyfriend and I started dating, the only sensitivity I knew I had was wheat. However, after symptoms kept on I found out that I had Celiac while we were dating. It was a very emotional time for me. I knew that I could handle going without, but I just hated the thought of how it would hold him down if we got married. I can remember one night where I was crying about it and asking him all these questions like what were we going to do at holidays when we have to travel to visit relatives and I can't eat anything that's there? Or what if we got married and I passed it down to future children? I worried about all the same things you worried about. He was extremely supportive and still is...every time I worry about it, he just tells me that it's ok and that we'll figure it out and work it all out. When he goes to the store and buys groceries he'll often check to see if there is a gluten-free brand so that I can have it when I come over. He has scrubbed one side of his grill so that I can eat grilled meat. He helps find restaurants I can eat at safely. He offered to stand next to the gluten-free ham with a knife at Thanksgiving to make sure no one stuck a gluteny fork in it. Sometimes I think he almost enjoys the challenge and sees it like an adventure. He constantly reassures and encourages me when I'm feeling down about it.

    I try to repay his kindness by not making a fuss when he eats bread at Outback Steakhouse or if he wants to make himself some pasta while I eat gluten-free Mac and Cheese or something. Remember that if you end up with someone that is not gluten-free, you are both going to have to be patient with each other. She'll have to be patient with you as she learns what you can and can't eat and where you can and can't eat. She'll have to learn how to be careful of your disease, to be sensitive to it, and to be there to support you when time after time you have to speak to a manger at a restaurant or send back a salad because it had crutons on it. She'll have to be patient with you those times when, try as hard as you could, you got glutened and you have a crazy stomach for a few days. On the other hand, you'll have to be patient with her, as well. You'll have to be patient with her as you have to remind her over and over again what you can't eat. You'll have to be patient with her when she gets you something or makes you something that she *thinks* is gluten-free but it turns out to be poison. You'll have to be patient with her the times when you eat out together and watch her eat a hamburger and fries while you can only eat a meat patty with a side of steamed veggies. For both of you, it will be difficult at times and it will require compromise. But if you work together it can be a bonding experience and a way to be generous to one another. There may be women out there who don't want to date you because of your Celiac disease, but there are probably far more who will.

    I understand that it's frustrating in social situations with friends, as well. What I do is just prepare ahead of time and take something with me that I can eat. If you are eating out, ask if you can eat somewhere with a gluten-free menu. If someone choose a restaurant without, either go and order a drink and enjoy the fellowship or decide to stay at home instead. All of my friends have tried to accommodate me when they can. Sometimes I've been surprised that they remember things I can eat and bring them for me! Other times I just stay home and they are understanding of that, too.

  8. I can honestly say that is a hard one. My wife is really good about making sure what we eat is safe. She has the apps on her iPhone that tells you what is good or not. My parents and inlaws are still learning the basics of what is safe and not. I have been unintentionally glutened by both families but it is getting better.

    Can you tell me what those apps are?

  9. HEre are some tips:

    1. Kraft and unilever are two companies that consistently label for allergens.

    2. Heinz and Perdue chicken have a list of gluten-free items on their web sites.

    3. The Wal-Mart house brand is very good at listing allergens and if the item is manufactured in a plant that also handles wheat.

    4. Like others have said, stick to the 'ends' of the grocery store; fresh meats and produce and dairy.

    5. AS for restaurants, I don't trust 'em further than I can throw 'em. ;) You can't just walk into your corner cafe' and order, for the most part they haven't dealt with celiacs or their needs. PLan on eating at home a lot more often. Again, do your homework online, there are some chains like Outback and O'Charlie's that have gluten free menus, Chicago Uno Grill has gluten free pizza, and a lot of ethnic restaurants (like thai and indian) will have gluten-free dishes. I'm still wishing for a gluten-free chinese place, PF chang's is the only chain I know of with a gluten-free menu. The other thing to do is before you go to talk personally to the chef to ask if a gluten-free meal is even a possibility.

    Another thing I'd add is that McCormick lists all gluten on their seasonings. I have gotten about four meat seasonings from them that I keep in my cabinet and use to flavor my meat.

    As far as restaurants are concerned, Outback Steakhouse, Carabbas, and Bonefish are a few chains that provide gluten-free menus that are considered extremely safe. Outback even offers a gluten-free brownie! I have also had very good experiences from P.F. Chang's. What I would suggest doing is calling a restaurant before you visit and asking if they have gluten-free options. Also, most chain restaurants have gluten-free menu options available either on their website or by email response. There is a great site for the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program where you can search by zip code for restaurants that have waitstaff that are familiar with gluten intolerances and will go out of their way to cater to your dietary needs. I also started a 3-ring binder where I store restaurant gluten-free menus, shopping lists/ingredient lists, recipes, and any other gluten-free information I may need to access later. This book lives in my car and it's been a great resource that I'm constantly developing.

  10. The things is, if you don't go totally gluten-free kitchen, you then need to buy two of everything, one for the gluten eaters and one for the gluten-free people. 2 peanut butters, 2 butters, 2 mayos' etcc. Anything you would stick a knife or spoon in would be a source of contamination. 2 toasters also. Some people buy all new cookware even. I didn't do that myself but I did wash everything real well. But I don't share cookware with a gluten eaters either or it would be much more of a hassle to super clean things every time. Wooden cookware / utensiils should probably be tossed though.

    I do that, and I take a black marker and mark my products with "gluten-free," which at my house is roughly translated, "Don't stick anything but a 100% clean metal utensil in me or incur my WRATH." :lol: I also only use metal utensils and I bought a new pizza stone which is not allowed to use by anyone else.

    Thank you all for such good advice. It was all very informative and helpful. So far so good with the food I have bought so far. Part of the difficulty is that my husband works nights and there is no fridge or microwave there so it's difficult for him to bring dinner. Most of the websites I have visited say that he cannot have most cold cuts so he cannot even bring a sandwich. He has been coming home (which is about 12:30am) and making a frozen gluten free entree. Which I guess will have to do until we can figure something else out.

    Land O'Frost lunchmeats are safe, except for the Lemon Pepper Chicken flavor. I would recommend you getting a copy of Triumph Dining's Grocery Guide. I would be so lost without this guide. I carry it with me at all times so I know which brands of certain foods I can buy safely. They also sell a Restaurant Guide and dining cards. I'm waiting on mine to arrive in the mail...I can't wait.

    My question/comment is this: My husband is not gluten-free and tries to stay away from bringing any gluten into the apartment, but eats whatever he wants during the day. If he kisses me, I know I can get 'glutened', and get very sick. How can I get him to be EXTRA careful about brushing his teeth and using mouthwash after eating anything with gluten? Don't get me wrong, he is very caring and takes care of me always when i am sick, but he will not change his diet to 100% gluten-free, and I understand where he is coming from. It's been a very touchy subject for us of late. We are only married since October and I was diagnosed in November so we are getting used to lots of changes!

    Any advice on helping others you live with be more careful about glutening you would be MUCH appreciated! I donlt want to come off like a freak but I sure don't want to be getting violently sick every time he kisses me either!

    :lol: I laugh because I know what you mean. I worry about that too with my boyfriend and I'm reluctant to kiss him for awhile after he eats. So far it hasn't seemed to be a problem, but we'll see. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

  11. So my boyfriend has been dying to show me that he can make me a safe gluten-free meal. We spent over an hour at Wal-Mart last night reading labels. We love eating grilled meat, but I was having the hardest time finding any that I knew were safe. All the fresh steaks and such said that they contained broth. I don't know if that's safe or not. I literally couldn't find any steaks that I knew were fresh. Are these fresh steaks usually considered gluten-free? I don't know how to go about buying meat anymore. This is frustrating.

  12. I don't have a recipe, but I had one made from a really good mix last year for my birthday. I'll take a look when I go to the health food store today to see what brand it was. It was delicious and very moist...not grainy at all.

    I understand your dilemma. I will probably be getting married before too long and am already worried about what I'm going to do for cake. I think I may just end up doing one small layer gluten-free and the rest regular. Either that, or cheesecake, which is probably doable since we plan on having a small wedding.

  13. Here is a Tyson post going back to last year though:


    My husband and I cook the Frozen Tyson Chicken and I don't have any problems (we buy ours at WalMart or Sam's Club).

    Did you add any sauces or anything to the Chicken when you made it or have any sides???

    Hope you feel better

    Thanks. I tried emailing them but haven't heard back yet. It was the only thing I had eaten that I thought could be a problem. There was some Krazy Mixed Up Salt and olive oil on the chicken. From what I could tell from my research, the Krazy Mixed Up Salt is gluten-free. I also had green beans with safe margarine, real mashed potatoes with margarine and milk. I made some gluten-free cookies from a recipe, but all the ingredients were gluten-free. There is a small possibility that some CC could have occurred on the cookies from flour (pretty sure I got the rice flour out of a bin) or by a contaminated measuring cup being used in the sugar or something. I just figured it was more likely to be the chicken. I have so much to learn!

    My husband who can eat anything cannot eat tyson's chicken. It is one of the few foods that make him sick. It's possible it's not a gluten reaction, but rather a reaction to whatever it is that they put in there.

    Hope you feel better soon!!

    Weird. I wonder if it would cause the same type of reaction? (Bloating, nausea, abdominal pain)