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  1. I   have  been  learning  so much  about  Cat food lately... I love  my furry friends  as  I love my  children!!! Let's  face  it  they are  my  kids  now  that the kids  have  grown...heck, I  don't  even  think  they  know  they  are  considered  pets! But  they  put  up  with us  humans  &  let  us  have a  small place  on the  couch &  bed!!!!

    Here  is  what  I'm  learning, we  should not  be feeding dry  food to  cats, not  enough moisture ( constipation) &  other  issues  happen... esp. in older  cats... also  can  cause  overweight  &  diabetes....out  cat  loves  dry food  &   canned  ......Recently at a  vet   apt they  said  I  really needed  to  do  something  in regards to  the  cat as  far as feeding.... The  cat   could  stay on  wild  Alaskan  salmon  raw & other  raw  foods  but  needed  to  get  rid  of the  dry  food  & only give  it  as  a  few grains  for a treat  & try to  wean  off completely.... I  purchased  a  low carb  food  called EVO  which was a start. Cat  is VERY picky but  ate  this  dry.  Plus  I  found  all low carb canned   food (  which  again  I  need  to wean off  of). I  continued  my research  to  find  Radcat  &  Young Again cat  food... tons  of  good  reports....I  received samples  of  Young Again  &  cat loved  it... I  just ordered  this food  cat  is loving it &  vet  is  very happy. saying  I probably  am adding  years to  cats  life....We too  have  noticed  a  difference  in the  cat... All good...

    I think we  as  humans  tend to think  what  we  eat  like  veggies  & grains  are also good  for  our  furry friends  but  that  is not  so...So  we  are  now  almost  weaned    after  11  years! 

  2. Lisa, I do have other issues besides not being to keep B-12 in my system... I drop off rapidly, been like that most of my life....I developed angio lymphatic edema a few years ago from Levothyroxine & for nine months I was nothing but a BIG mess from the neck up.. plus the soft tissue inside my mouth was raw & bloody most of that time...I went to two different Immunologists for help both said I was one of their worse cases ... Tried many things to combat this issue...then I read an article about B-12 possibly helping with my issues. I took to doctor & he said worth a try even though he never heard of it prior to the article. Well, it helped so much & the doctor said this condition would never totally leave me that for who knows what reason it could rear it's ugly head up.. The outer face & neck swelling is long gone but I still get swelling , sore soft tissue of the inner mouth at times.. plus very dry... they tested me for other dry mouth issues but all negative. The B-12 keeps this mess at bay....

    After the dr. seen how well I responded he put his family member on it as well for a heredity form of edema....

  3. I can't remember if you are a gluten-free home...if not & someone can eat the food when they come in person with no advanced warning, I would thank them & accept the food , truly doesn't mean you have to eat it unless you trust who prepared... If people call in advance , I would remind them not to bring any food that your house is strictly gluten-free & you do not need any gluten-free food...You took care of the food end before the baby arrival... hth

  4. sometimes  we  need  to  take a step  back  &  once  again  look  at  the  situation.....I guess in    rare  cases  one must  live  in a  bubble  with  celiac  but  for most  we   can live normal lives...&  still be  healthy.For  a  few  years  I  had to have  a  shared  house  with gluten. We  were very careful   &  it  all worked  out......But  I did  at  one time  cook  2  separate  meals. I slowly  started  making things  like  meatloaf, meatballs,  fish, chicken  that  we all  could  eat, spaghetti  sauce (  separate  pasta)  the I  quietly started  to  just  make  gluten-free  pasta, no one  ever  knew... I love  BiAglut  pasta... it is the real deal...veggies   & fruits  are  all gluten-free  in  the natural  state....

    Since  your  house  is  small  you  may  want  to buy toasta  bags  for  the toaster  since  you may not  have room for two  .....If  you  pots  & pans  are  stainless  you  should be  safe to use  &  wash  well after  wheat  or gluten ... It is  when  kitchen  utensils  get   scratched  &  marred deeply that  we  need  to replace.. I've  always  owned  good  stainless & never  got  gluten  from  re-using  them... wooden  & plastics  are  things  that  may need to be  separate...

    Getting  sick  from perfume , nightshades & such  are allergies.. I too  am  allergic  to  almost  everything, smells  can put  me into hives  & migraines  for  days...can you get  tested  for the allergy things? I  think you  are  lumping  allergies  &  celiac  together....

    We  eat  , sleep  & live as a couple  , teeth brushing  is a must...my  spouse  is not  gluten-free  but  eats  gluten-free  everyday ... He  sees  no problem  eating gluten-free.... he  isn't  crazy  about  the bread  but  does  eat  it... When he  is  away from  the home  he  eats  whatever  he likes....I  don't  force  or  push  gluten-free  on him....I  just  make  dinners  that  we  both  can eat.....

    gluten is  not  like a bacteria  so  a  normal  cleaning  on  counters  should be  enough,  washing  laundry  is  enough  for  clothes.... scrubbing  the  sinks   again  fine...

    That  is  considerate  that  your  hubby  takes  clothes off  & puts  in washer...It  appears  he  gets  it  but  maybe  the  restrictions or  fears  you have  is  overkill  to him...

    Sometimes  a  year  is not  enough  healing  time....

    When company  comes  to  visit  they  have  been told  no  gluten  in  the house , smoking is  done  outdoors...If  we  are  having  food  it  is food  I prepared  or  a  trustworthy  friend  that  understands  strict gluten-free... I  have  a  couple  that  I can  trust,, other  guests  I  just  say  come   & please  don't  bring  anything  , we  got  it  covered....

    I  do  use  tons of paper  towels  &  my family said  I  should  own stock in those  companies, nothing  goes  directly on  the  counters.....

    hth

  5. So sorry for your  loss.... I lost  my  16 1/2  year  old  kitty in April....I too am  an animal  lover &  my love  for  them  runs  deep...  Grommit  knew  you  were   there  even  if  Grommit  couldn't respond  ..... and  I'm positive  that  kitty  knew  you loved   him..

    Down the  road  I hope  you  adopt  another to give  a  loving  home   to...  there  are so many  that  never  see or  feel  love....

    hugs  to you

  6. there is a very "real" emotional side in the beginning. We all have been there . I know it doesn't truly help but honestly it does get better...Many go through a grieving process, denial, anger, fear, sadness, just the same as loosing a loved one...but then comes the emotional healing. There is no time frame, I'm gluten-free for over twelve years , very strict & at times I still get a little weepy....

    Just keep yourself focused on being very strict , learning all you can about gluten-free, try to avoid CC....& try not to think of what you are giving up but what you are gaining--- a happy healthy life awaits you...For me, I was so ill that I just wanted to be better so I didn't think about the food... And I will say there is a gluten-free food to match almost any wheat one.. The gluten-free food is almost a clone ...if you are craving something just ask & we can direct you to find it gluten-free....

    Eating a "naked" plain gluten-free diet will also help you in your new lifestyle...ie: chicken, meats, veggies, fruits in their natural state...Digestive enzymes are also good to help the gut....

    blessings

  7. Hope  your  healing  is  fast... You are  so  right  , not  every  pain  is  from celiac... People  do seem to  fall into  that  rut  that  once  dx'd  with celiac  every  intestinal  problem is  celiac   related...  just  not  true...

    And  a  side note:  Keep  that  husband, he  is  watching  out  for  you!!!!!! :rolleyes:  hugs

  8. I do  eat  out  & only go to restaurants  that have  a gluten-free menu....I am very selective, I always  remind  them  to  make  my salad  in a clean bowl ( some are  made  in BIG  bowls in the am) change  gloves, no croutons....Meat  prepared  on  foil, baked  potato or  sweet potato  in foil.  individual  butter  packets....  they may  think I'm overkill  but  I  don't  get  gluten   !!!!

  9. Our local  Red Robin  is very clean & spot on  so it must have been location...The fries are gluten-free  with or without  seasonings  at  ours...I usually just get  my burger in a  lettuce  wrap.. I haven't  eaten a bun   with a  burger  for a long time  & when I finally did  I was  so full I  thought I would  burst......I too  think they are pricey but  I also think  they are  big....

    So  they  put  a gluten-free  burger  &  a regular  wheat  burger in the same  box? or  separate  boxes  but not  marked?  Either way  that  is  wrong & again  it  must  be location.... sorry  that  happened......I too  think I would write to corporate  & let  them know...they can only fix  problems  when they know about  them....most places are always  interested  in feed-back good or bad.....

     

    Hope  Father in law  is  healing.....hugs

  10. maybe think of  it this way. 4  years  your  gut  has been  shouting  , Fighting & kicking  for someone   to help  it but it  fell on deaf  ears... Finally  someone believed  your  symptoms  &  found  you an answer. Sometimes  it  takes  ten years  for a dx's, sad  but true....so now  your  gut  has to repair  all the  damage  & abuse   that it has  endured  for the last  4 years  & maybe even longer....It  didn't happen overnight  nor  will it get better overnight....it seems  you are doing  the right  things..  Celiac  is  like a chameleon  , no two are  exactly alike...  for some  healing  &  health  come  quickly for  others  it can take  several years ...

    Some  find  removing  dairy  helps the healing.....

    You may want  to  check your household for  any hidden gluten  ie: toaster, wooden  ,plastic, items to make  sure  no  gluten is  hiding...

    Eating a  clean "naked  type  diet  will help you recover faster ...

    You may want to add  enzymes to help break down proteins, carbs  & so on... I also love  probiotics  but  at present  there is much talk  about  them being CC....I do take  them  but  I'm very selective  &  don't  use  ones  found OTC....that's  not to say  they  are  not  CC. But  I've  using  a  couple  brands for years  now..& feel  fairly safe....

    Hope  you feel better soon.....

  11. From my  lab,  range  runs  from 250  to 850  , so a very  wide span... if  anyone  is in  the  range  they are  normal range. For  me  that  is a  BIG  gap so I  complained  that  I  felt  dead  in the water  &  I needed  more  because  as  soon as I miss  a  shot  my level  drops  fast  & I'm back at  260... SO now  the  doc  lets me have  the  shot weekly  & I  monitor  myself  for two months  &  then  get  blood work  every third  month....I've  been  doing this  for  over  two  years  &  at  times  I can  now  skip  &  do  bi- monthly  ...& maintain  my  750-800 level.....

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