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  1. Has anyone had any experience with gluten-free in South Africa? I'm thinking of going to Cape Town next year. I've read about some of the local eats and seems like there's a lot of bread heavy dishes but I can probably skip those fairly easily.
  2. I logged in today for the first time in months just because I *hate* being gluten free and I *hate* hearing people say "Wow, that sucks." You're damn right it sucks. I'm having a terrible day and all I wanted was Happy Tracks ice cream but my grocery store is out so I went with another kind, without thinking to check the label. Get it home and of course it's got wheat flour in it. On top of that I forgot the milk so I can't make the meal I was planning on. i haven't eaten all day so I'm weak and tired, and now I have to go back out to get the friggin milk because I can't just drop by the fast food place next door. My diagnosis was the second worst thing to ever happen to me. I've been depressed about it for two years but it's not like I can just go back because now even the tiniest hint of flour in something will make me throw up for HOURS. Funny how I never got that sick before going gluten free. Give me anemia and stomach pain over this any day.
  3. I've had canker sores my whole life but when I went gluten free 13 months ago I did notice that they weren't occurring as frequently. Lately I've had them pretty much constantly though and I know it's not accidental glutening. Their reappearance has coincided with other symptoms I used to have when I was B12 deficient. I've got an appointment scheduled to have blood work done but I'm guessing that's going to be the case for me. That, plus stress and probably hormones because I switched birth control recently. I stopped using my electric toothbrush (or rather, I still use it manually) because it was sort of traumatizing my gums. I switched to Burt's Bees toothpaste because it doesn't have SLS, which I read is part of the problem. I don't recommend Burt's Bees toothpaste for other reasons but I think it has helped a little with canker sores. A physician's assistant told me to try using Oragel and taking L-Lysine when I feel a canker sore coming on. I've had good luck with both of those too. Sorry for the length. It's been a looooooong week and I'm too exhausted to move my cursor to the post button so I'm just chattering away now. la la la la la la la.....
  4. I disagree, at least as far as my own system is concerned. I've had several reactions that were tied back to caramel coloring.
  5. Agree. I don't understand it as much as I'd like to yet but what I do know is scary stuff.
  6. I got this email from a family friend and I'm not entirely sure I understand what's going on here or how it would potentially affect gluten-free foods. Thoughts? ------------------------------------------ Dear Friends, Please take a few moments to let your government know that you are against any type of law that would hide the real contents of our food. This measure is alarming. Especially after so many years of trying to get full disclosure on our food labels.... I find it even more troublesome because of recent evidence that many "gluten intolerant" folks are not actually sensetive to gluten, but rather to the GMOs in wheat, oats, etc. (This is not the same as folks with Celiac Disease) What other health issues might be avoided if people could see a lable and avoid food with GMO's? Peace, Jacqueline (removed)@hotmail.com =============== from their website: U.S. government representatives are right now attempting to force a new global rule at the CODEX meetings taking place this very week. They're trying to outlaw all "no GMOs" labeling (Genetically Modified Organisms) and food claims, thereby making it illegal for a food company to tell consumers that its products are non-GMO. For more info: www.naturalnews.com/028716_GMOs_food_labels.html Your help is urgently needed to send a message to the Secretaries of State (Clinton), Agriculture (Vilsack), and Health and Human Services (Sebelius) to urge them to halt the USA's nefarious attempts to install a global GMO deception. Take part in this online petition, go here: http://www.seedsofdeception.com/GMFree/TakeAction/CodexConference/index.cfm Please understand that the U.S. is attempting to outlaw non-GMO labeling of foods, thereby making it illegal for a non-GMO food product to even claim "non-GMO" on the label. If the U.S. succeeds in this global GMO cover-up, the FDA could seize any products in the USA that make "non-GMO" claims. Additionally, the USA could file lawsuits through the World Trade Organization against any country that allows non-GMO labeling or claims on its products. Why is the U.S. pursuing such a devious and sinister course of action? Because, as you well know, virtually the entire federal government caters to the financial interests of powerful corporations -- and these include the "Big Ag" giants like Monsanto that want to patent all seeds while destroying the no-GMOs movement. They want to turn non-GMO foods into violations of the law and thereby strip all such products from store shelves. They want to keep American consumers left in the dark, ignorant of the real dangers posed by GMOs. And of course, they want to dominate the entire U.S. food supply with their toxic GMO crops. These powerful, dangerous corporations are willing to do anything to achieve their global agenda, including forcing GMO censorship on the entire world. They might just get away with it, too, unless you join us in speaking up right now to oppose this devious and dangerous action. Add your voice to the online petition right here: http://www.seedsofdeception.com/GMFree/TakeAction/CodexConference/index.cfm
  7. I'll be in Hazleton PA for a few days in June for a wedding. What I've heard so far is there's a ton of restaurants but most are not experienced in gluten free cooking. Is anyone from that area or have suggestions for nearby eateries? I'll also be in NYC for a day so any suggestions there would be appreciated, though I'm guessing it'll be easier to find something in the big city. I'm hoping to not have to settle for salads everywhere I go.
  8. For me, it was Skittles. My nutritionist told me I needed to take in more calories so I started snacking on Skittles.. I'm an emotional eater and candy is a comfort food and I overdid it, as I have a tendency to do. But I have a good metabolism so a week or two without them and I'm back to my normal weight.
  9. So many of you have autistic kids. What's up with that? Are there environmental elements to blame for an increase in autism? Does having celiac have something to do with it? I don't know a single autistic adult and a quick survey of my nearby coworkers says they don't either, but everywhere I go I hear about it in kids. Makes the idea of having kids a whoooole lot scarier.
  10. The amount of sleep I need varies. I know for a fact that I go through cycles. It is incredibly helpful to get into a routine. I used to have lots of sleep problems but once I setup a routine my body adjusted and now I rarely have trouble.
  11. My dad (a physician's assistant) sent out a very strong-worded email to my brother and I and some other younger folks he knows insisting that we all get it. I thought about it and decided against it. I know 6 or 7 people who have been diagnosed with the H1N1 so far and all of them have described it as "Flu Lite" because it's easier than the regular seasonal flu.
  12. :o :o :o :o :o I *love* M&Ms!! And I'm definitely (probably anyway) going to try that recipe.
  13. PMS? I get all out of sorts myself, can't think logically or rationally for 3-4 days a month.
  14. Ditto. I'm about to call my local grocery store and see about requesting it. I know of one bar in town that sells it and it just so happens it was *my* bar so I lucked out big time.
  15. Man that sounds really complicated. It probably really isn't, I just generally don't like cooking so adding the powdered cheese mix to the macaroni seems complicated.
  16. I saw that, just wanted to get more opinions on it.
  17. Several recipes from the web and posts here have mentioned used multiple kinds of flours. I'm not much of a baker unless it comes in a box with all the ingredients I needed, but I'm really hoping to make this pumpkin cake for Thanksgiving. Are there any tips I should know, or suggestions for things to change?
  18. Singulair is apparently gluten-free. I've been taking it for a year or so and though it's expensive it seems to work.
  19. From the sound of it I'm not a victim of the fog, at least as far as thought processes go.. at least not yet. Yesterday was a strange feeling for me that eventually went away but I'm pretty sure it wasn't gluten, more just that I needed to get the blood flowing again because I'd been laying on the couch studying all day.
  20. My doctor is really really nice, and after a single visit with him I had my diagnosis. His staff is also really nice. When I called to get my biopsy results the nurse stayed on the phone with me while I freaked out and was reassuring and made the whole thing seem a lot less scary. He also practices at multiple locations throughout the city. http://www.austingastro.com/docbios/robinson.html
  21. I've seen this term quite a bit. Can anyone describe what exactly they experience when in a fog? Currently I feel like blood is pooling in my head making it quite heavy, accompanying a headache behind my left eye. The heaviness makes me feel a little foggy and prone to mistakes though. I'm not sure it's gluten related but I'd be interested in the descriptions anyway.
  22. I second the idea to go to the principal. Not only did she ignore your instructions but she continues to harass you about it. Uncool.
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