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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   04/07/2018

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  1. My daughter was diagnosed at 14 and now at 26 I can tell you she has a full and active social life. She drinks gluten-free beer, wine, Tito's vodka (I'm making her sound like a big drinker, she isn't!) you can drink being gluten-free. I was diagnosed before anyone knew what it was. There was no gluten-free food and very few restaurants would help me. So I can tell you that in this day and age it's not that hard. Every grocery store has gluten-free food. Many restaurants have gluten-free menus and/or understand it enough to modify their food for you (especially restaurants with a chef as opposed to some teenager cooking!). I almost never get glutened at restaurants anymore. I do however at people's homes so I try and steer clear of that. You can have pizza, bread, cookies, and so forth it all comes in gluten-free versions and if you ask around here you'll get some great advice on the products that taste the best. You'll get sicker if you don't follow the diet. You can do this and have a social life.
  2. Ha! Maybe it is MA! I don't mean to make light of the issue, I know for someone just diagnosed it all can seem daunting but it took me 11 years to get diagnosed and by that time I was really sick. I thought, at times, that I was dying so when someone told me, "hey you can feel all better by not eating gluten." Well, that just seemed simple to me at that point.
  3. I agree with the post above, getting the gluten out of your system doesn't take that long but the damage it does can last a long time. I get glutened occasionally at restaurants but not often. I have a few I trust and eat at with very few problems. At new places (if I'm traveling) I make a point of not only taking to my server but usually the manager too, I go out of my way to do my best to get a gluten free meal. My biggest problem is actually at other people homes. Many decent restaurants today have systems in place to get people with food issues the meal they need. But friends/family - forget it. Their homes are usually filled with gluten (none in my house) and they don't understand cross contamination. When I do get glutened I drink a lot of water to try and flush it out and I take a lot of probiotics. For me high end, 5 ingredient vanilla ice cream settles my stomach! Something about the cold and creamy. I've had people tell me dairy isn't good for me when I've been glutened but I know my body and it works. Fortunately I don't get glutened much anymore. After that, it's just waiting, sometimes weeks for all the glutening symptoms to go away.
  4. I was diagnosed so long ago that I didn't have any of the options that are available today. I curious about if you are trying to be diagnosed as Celiac, if you are just unsure what being on a celiac diet involves or are you gluten free and not feeling better? My doctor at the time of my diagnosis told me he was sure I didn't have it because it was so rare (remember this was a while ago) and he furthermore went on to tell me that if I did have it I'll be sick a lot because no one can fully stick to the diet. I got a new doctor, got diagnosed and have never, knowingly, had gluten since. I did all the research myself and figured it out without any help other than the internet and groups like this one. Just stop eating gluten! Sadly doctors are not always filled with information. I know around here we have a local celiac group, very helpful, and a few dietitians that specialize in Celiac diets. I attended some of the local Celiac meetings and used this group extensively. I hate that people say "it's so hard to stick to a Celiac diet." Maybe they didn't feel quite as bad as I did, it wasn't hard for me. Of course, I miss some things that I can't really get gluten free (sourdough bread is not the same) but I don't find it difficult to be gluten free I feel so awful, for so long when I get glutened. This is a great group that will be willing and able to help you on your journey!
  5. I'm a gluten-free vegetarian. That being said I was taking prednisone for 2 months (unrelated to my celiac) and got a diet a friend was doing and tried it to lose the 10 lbs I gained from the steroid. I ate eggs for breakfast, hard boiled or an omelet. I had a salad with Beyond Meat Chicken (fake) for lunch and soup I made with some veggies and tofu for dinner. My brain fog was quite a bit less and I had crazy amounts of energy. Being a vegetarian I just can't eat that way all the time. Susan
  6. Restaurants In Cape Cod, Ma?

    I just had dinner there myself a couple of weeks ago. They do a good job. I feel really lucky that we have all sorts of gluten-free choices ont he Cape. I was in NYC last week and had some great dinners there but it required a lot of research to come up with the right places. I guess because the Cape is smaller it's easier but I really do feel we have a lot of restaurant owners and chefs that are embracing what the diner wants. Many are working with us gluten-free folks and allergy issues too (my daughter is both gluten-free and has a life threatening peanut allergy). Susan
  7. Restaurants In Cape Cod, Ma?

    Our real season is July 4 - Labor Day. We certainly do have people coming on weekends now but there is no back up at the bridges and the roads are still traffic free. After Labor Day you don't really need reservations anywhere, we do have a nice fall season but its not crowded (meaning no traffic back ups). I probably won't go on a weekend during the season, I'll do a Tuesday or Wednesday. But thanks for the heads up it's always good to know!
  8. Restaurants In Cape Cod, Ma?

    They are on my list and I've not been there yet. I'm going to take my mom over there soon their menu is so nice! Susan
  9. Restaurants In Cape Cod, Ma?

    I know this is an old topic but the Cape Cod season is going to start again soon. On the first page of this thread my gluten-free Cape Cod list was mentioned and I really appreciate it. I do charge $3. for it and I was sorry to have to start charging at all but it's time consuming and I do a lot of work to keep it up. I email restaurants all the time, I eat at them (a fun part of this "job"), I've worked with places to help them start a gluten-free menu and after all that I update the list, usually monthly. I try to keep the list as current as possible (I just sent out 20 gluten-free inquires to newer restaurants). It's 18 pages and counting now! I'm always happy to discuss various restaurants via email (or here) and I'm more then happy to help with travel plans or ideas of things to do while you are here. Again, thanks for the mention! Susan http://www.undergroundcapecod.com/ (list info on right hand side of blog)
  10. Hmmmm very interesting I'll have to keep an eye on this. It's always something!
  11. Really? Gluten symptoms with MSG... interesting. is MSG contaminated with gluten or what? I know a lot of people have very serious sensitivities to MSG. I have always tried to buy food without it but I've never really noticed a problem before. I'll have to pay closer attention. Thanks!
  12. Ugh, I feel for you with the leg of lamb thing. Stuffed don't do it. I got better fairly quickly so I am leaning away from food poisoning. I think it has a longer sick time then what I had. And usually with gluten I get sick for days, unless the dose was super tiny. I was still funky yesterday and feel a little mentally out of it today but... I still felt better then I usually do with a glutening. So maybe it was the spice... and I just got a little bit of gluten. I'm giving it away to a friend so I'm not going to try it again to find out. My gluten hangover cure starts as soon as I know I've been glutened. I start by drink a lot of water. I take a couple of probiotic pills right away. Then I have very high fat vanilla ice cream. Don't ask me why but something about the cold and I feel like the high fat content does something to my insides that not only makes me feel better but shortens the amount of time I feel better. (or maybe it's my excuse to eat ice cream). More water until I go to sleep, 2 more probiotics (the dosage is 1 per day but I've been told they can't hurt you). Oh and someone said it could be CC. My house is totally gluten-free including my dog's food. This is a new house for me, (I've been here 5 months). First I had a cleaning company come in and totally scrub it down, I directed them in the kitchen. Then the next day I did the kitchen again. I've not had any problems with any CC since I've been here. None of my pots, pans, crock pot, utensils have ever been used with gluten. Next morning I do the same thing, water, probiotics, ice cream and toast. For me this really does shorten my sick time. Thanks for the info, I wish I knew for sure. Susan
  13. I thought about the lettuce too... it looked fresh but who knows. I'm leaning toward the seasoning. Thanks for your thoughts!
  14. I've been on this list for a long time but life has been very crazy (both good and bad) and I've been gluten-free for a long long time now so "mostly" I have it down pat. Last night I had made a salad for dinner. It was made with bagged lettuce. A variety of cut up veggies. I cooked a plain chicken breast and put some McCormick "new" Southwest Seasonings blend on the chicken. For a salad dressing I used Hidden Valley Ranch. The salad dressing says Gluten free right on the label. I've never had a problem with McCormick spices (but I don't usually use blends either) and the label looks fine on this one. Immediately after I ate the salad I started getting sick with classic (for me at any rate) symptoms, gassy, pain, slightly dizzy, runs. 6 hours after dinner I was still having the runs (sorry for being graphic). I woke up this morning ok but slow, physically and mentally. I guess the question here is has anyone had any problems with any of these products? Could the bagged salad have been bad, these symptoms are not unlike food poisoning either (but I think that usually comes with barfing and I didn't do that)? I'm ready to throw out the salad dressing and spice because I'm afraid to eat them again, I hate getting glutened. So I guess before I do toss them I'm trying to figure out if there was another reason for getting sick. I'd like to add that my entire house is gluten-free and has been for ages. None of my cooking things, cutting boards or knives have been used with gluten. So I don't believe it has anything to do with cross contamination. Thanks for any insight or ideas. Susan
  15. My daughter is going away to school in a month, she will be living in the dorms. We have a lot of favorite salad dressings that we use at home but it isn't really practical for her to carry a bottle of salad dressing in her purse every day. What I'm looking for are any gluten free salad dressings in individual packets. I once bought some Kraft packets in Florida and they even said Gluten free on them. However they don't carry them in the stores here in MA. I'll buy them online but when I go to various sites that sell them, like minimus.biz or Amazon I can't tell if they are gluten free or not. Does anyone have a resource of gluten-free dressings that I can order in individual packets? Thanks so much! Susan