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  1. Unless they make the rice noodles themselves, it's very likely there's some wheat in it. Dried noodles like those used in Pad Thai are generally safe, but fresh noodles like those in Pad See Ew and Lad Naa will likely have wheat. Soy sauce, oyster sauce, and broth (frequently knorr) all have gluten, and even if you don't order these things, whatever you DO order is likely to be made in a gluten-contaminated wok. Seasoned woks only get cleaned with water -- I wouldn't feel too safe there. Spring rolls at Thai restaurants are generally wheat, not rice wrappers (I've only seen rice wrappers used at Vietnamese places), thus making anything fried risky. (Plus, wontons would be fried in the same oil.) Many curry mixes use wheat, but if they make it themselves it's probably safe. So... as much as I love Thai food, I'd have to say it's probably not the best eating out option. I'm getting my info from someone who grew up in a Thai restaurant kitchen and knows his stuff. Luckily, he also has taught me how to make my favorite dishes at home, so I'm not missing out.
  2. Oh my gosh... that sounds delicious!
  3. I pretty much only use my juicer in the summer. It's good stuff, but it is a bit of a pain to clean, as someone else mentioned.
  4. Find out what your meals are going to be like -- will you be eating out? Will food be provided for you through a service? Look up any Celiac resources in the area you'll be traveling too -- some places I've considered traveling to ended up looking like gluten-free HEAVEN. Maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised. Definitely tell your teachers/chaperones your concerns. I'd even go so far as to make sure they each have a little handout or brochure about Celiac Disease, what you can eat, how to order food, etc. When you talk to them, do they seem like they understand? Do they seem like they care? What it really comes down to, though, is you. Are you the type of person who can stand up for his/her needs (sorry -- don't know your gender!), or are you likely to cave in and eat something questionable because you don't want to be a bother? Are you confident in what foods need to be avoided and what foods are safe, or are you still trying to figure this whole thing out? How soon is the trip -- will you have time to prepare yourself if your answers to these questions tend to be on the "not prepared" side? I noticed your user name is "vegiac" which is often used by vegetarians/vegans with Celiac Disease. If that, indeed, describes you, then you'd probably already be well-versed in describing what you can and cannot eat -- that could be a boon for you (it definitely helped me speak up in restaurants since I'd had 14 years of experience asking for special dishes before being diagnosed). I can't answer your poll simply. I love traveling, so my gut answer would be to try going, but I don't know how sick you've been previous to being diagnosed, how strongly you react to glutenings, or the answers to any of the questions I asked above. Take all those things into account, think about your decision, and you'll very likely make the right choice. Good luck.
  5. Wow! Those look good! I have all those ingredients on hand right now... I just may try it tomorrow. I wonder if it could be par-baked and then frozen... hmm...
  6. Not only is it safe, but it's absolutely delicious.
  7. Congratulations on your diagnosis. Hopefully now that you know for sure what you're up against, things will get better for you! It looks like they already are improving a bit. I've been on the diet almost a year now and I'm STILL finding little ways that my quality of life has improved. It may not be fun to have Celiac Disease, but it's a heck of a lot better to KNOW you have it than to wonder what's causing all your problems.
  8. Sometimes I take the risk, and sometimes I pay for it. When I discover a new place that can take care of me, though, I generally become a regular. I've started to see eating out as more of a social endeavor than a food adventure, and that helps. Recently I went somewhere where the ONLY thing I could have was plain, white rice. Seriously. But because the company and conversation were good, I didn't much mind.
  9. Hmm... last time I made gluten-free pie crust, the dough itself didn't taste all that great, so I didn't make my usual cinnamon and sugar stuff with the extra, BUT when it was baked it was delicious, so maybe I should have. I've never fried it -- I'll have to try it out and let you all know how it turns out.
  10. Ooh... guess I'll be one of the first to try it since I'm going to the conference!
  11. I didn't have the heart to throw away all the nasty gluten-free breads I tried, so I froze them all and, for Thanksgiving, turned them into a delicious stuffing. It does seem to be the save-all use for awful bread! ...except for that one. The Tapioca Loaf was the first one I tried, too, and that promptly went in the trash. I couldn't eat more than a biteful.
  12. Even without the food angle, that looks like a really awesome camp.
  13. I'm going to be making an appointment tomorrow to see my doctor about my knee pain. Last time I was there she messed around with my knee, didn't find anything special, and told me to work on the muscles around my knee. I have, and this knee pain is STILL both erratic and annoying. It follows no pattern -- sometimes it will hurt as I walk upstairs, sometimes as I walk across a flat surface, sometimes as I sit in a chair. It's truly bizarre. Sometimes it pops, sometimes it's just a throbbing pain, and sometimes it's debilitating. And last week I felt it in my left knee, which has never hurt before. I also have some wrist and thumb pain that seems to mimic arthritis, mostly on my right side, but sometimes on the left. I've tried to match it up with accidental glutenings to see if that could be the cause, but I haven't had much luck there. (I did get glutened on Friday, and my knee does hurt a ton this weekend, but it also hurt Friday morning before said glutening). I kind of hope it's the gluten because then one thing could be the cause of all my woes and I can control it, but I really think my body is just broken a bit. We'll see.
  14. I went through that, too. Mine eventually subsided, but it took at least a month -- maybe two. I think part of it going away was me getting a better hang on cooking my favorite foods gluten-free. I have a feeling a lot of those hunger pains were cravings for foods I could no longer eat, but that's just a guess. I've heard people on here talk about gluten withdrawal, so maybe that's it. Hopefully yours will pass soon. It's definitely no fun in the meantime, though. Try not to eat everything in sight.
  15. I'm useless for a good four to twenty-four hours. Because of that, I've gotten into the habit of only taking risks like eating out at a new place or eating something a friend prepared on Friday nights. That way I won't miss work. I got hit pretty bad this past Friday night, actually, and Saturday morning was no fun. It's still messing with me now, but I'm functional.
  16. Worried about your Celiac Disease or about your safety? I was running all over the place when I was around that age (I feel pretty old writing that sentence, by the way), and the worst trouble I ever got into was getting my wallet stolen. Hostels are super fun. I traveled alone sometimes and with a friend or my sister more often. I'm sure you'll be fine. But... do your research and put your parents' minds at ease. They have no right to forbid you if you're 24 (unless they're paying all your bills), but they're still your parents and that forbidding is probably coming from genuine worry and love. Who would you be going with? Is that the stem of some of their concern? Anyway... back to the topic at hand, you should be fine eating-wise. Grocery stores abound, and hostels usually have kitchens.
  17. I'd suggest getting it from an Asian market, if possible, as it costs a heck of a lot less. It'll probably be called glutinous rice flour there.
  18. Okay... at some point time needs to be made. It can't take more than five minutes to make a smoothie, including the rinsing of the blender (I have mornings where solid food is not an option, so I make morning smoothies frequently), and it can easily be poured into a reusable container (thermos? jamba juice refill bottle? tons of options). As far as that instant breakfast stuff, why can't it be mixed with non-dairy milk like soy milk or almond milk or rice milk? Again, the drink can be taken with her. I liked the idea of freezing muffins and then zapping them in the morning. Bagels and toast can also be whipped up quickly and eaten while running out the door. Cereal, pancakes (I use Pamela's mix), scrambled eggs... they're all pretty quick. If she likes hardboiled eggs you could keep some in the fridge and she could grab one and eat it pretty quickly. My concern is that she is making a ton of excuses as to why she can't or won't eat things. She seems to be forming unhealthy eating habits like the nighttime snacking (the late snacking, but the way, could explain her lack of hunger in the morning to some degree). She's active, so she needs calories, overweight or not. I've seen people in the dance world getting obsessed with their weight to they point that they become anorexic or bulimic, so that possibility concerns me also if she's really skipping breakfast out of some desire to limit her calorie intake (and then giving up at night). Anyway... there are a bunch of red flags I'm seeing as I read this. I hope I'm wrong, but it may be worth keeping an eye on.
  19. I never considered malt could be made out of anything but barley! The things I learn... I LOVE malt, so this is pretty exciting. I'm going to have to find some rice-based malt to load up on!
  20. Oh man, I'm laughing way too much at this one!
  21. If you like garlic, The Stinking Rose in L.A. was very knowledgeable and took good care of me. I called ahead and talked to a chef, but I got the distinct feeling that if I hadn't done so I still would have been well taken care of. Disneyland is awesome about taking care of us. If you want some fast food, In-N-Out is likely your best bet. Just order what you want "protein style" and have them hold the sauce and you're completely safe. It's late and I'm tired, so I can't think of anything else in this area off-hand, but I'm sure others will join in.
  22. Like digmom said, we teachers are absolutely DRILLED on how important it is to keep health information we have on our students private. This is a HUGE issue, and since you mentioned the teasing before she blurted it out, it sounds like it wasn't accidental. It doubly sucks that the teacher doesn't seem to be doing her job. I'd bet if you mention the Health Information Act or the fact that you may pull her out of the school (even if it's an idle threat -- unless this is a private school with a lengthy waiting list, they probably want your money), something can be done.
  23. That mass e-mail is a good idea! I think I've already told every single person I know, so it's too late for me, but I wish I had thought of it. Of course, on my dad's side of the family practically everyone HAS Celiac Disease, so they wouldn't have needed it.
  24. Kissing is the only real hidden danger I can think of. My husband and I share a gluten-free kitchen, which is nice, though occasionally he'll bring home something premade that has gluten. He's careful about contamination should he reheat something in the microwave, and he washes his hands immediately after (maybe I'm overreacting, but gluten-y hands touching the fridge door or something freaks me out). I'd just be super careful about cross-contamination should you decide to cook her a meal. Maybe such things should be done at her place until you get the hang of it. Also, you might want to let her decide where you go out to eat, since she probably has some limitations. Otherwise, the fact that you care enough to post on here is a pretty good sign that you'll be careful, so I'm sure things will be fine.
  25. I used to actively boycott all Proctor and Gamble products (which is no small feat, let me tell you -- they're ubiquitous!). Since my much more politically energetic college days, I've let a few products slip back in (Gillette is the only one I can think of, but I'm sure there are more). This post reminds me of why I stopped purchasing their products to begin with.
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