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  1. I've been eating Old Dutch products for a while without problem, but last night I picked up a bag of red and white tortilla chips (labeled gluten-free) and had a reaction within minutes (blinding migraine--still here this morning.) I don't remember Old Dutch having a labeling problem when I first researched the company. I believe at the time only some of their corn products were listed as gluten free, and I've eaten their products for a couple of years now without problems. But this batch, the type of which I've never had before, is definitely cc'd. It was coming from one of their Alberta plants, if you wish to avoid. I contacted the company, which confirmed that some of their corn chips are made on shared lines (email below.) I've asked them to please remove the gluten-free label from anything made on shared lines, and I'd appreciate anyone who does the same: info@olddutchfoods.com Also, does anyone have any advice for gluten-free tortilla chips in Canada? Alberta, specifically. Thanks. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello, Thank you for your inquiry. Some or our Corn products such as Restaurante Red And White are produced on the same line as products containing wheat . Complete cleaning, and sanitizing are performed prior to running a non- gluten product run to eliminate and chance of cross contamination. Thank you again for taking the time to write. Regards, [Name] Consumer Care Representaitve ---------------------------------------------------------
  2. starrytrekchic

    Help - Sick At Work All The Time

    Do you know what your typical reaction is to gluten? Knowing that will narrow down whether this is a gluten problem or not. I also first thought 'anxiety' when reading this. I have a similar situation happen to me during my once a week club visit, but I've been gluten free long enough to differentiate my anxiety symptoms (constant D throughout the day, occasional lightheadedness) from gluten symptoms (migraines, nausea, extreme fatigue, ataxia, confusion, followed by delayed D/C and more).
  3. starrytrekchic

    How Do You Afford It?

    Most cookware is fine. I'd replace anything wooden (spoons, rolling pin, cutting board) and anything with a fine mesh (strainers, collanders.) The toaster will have to be replaced. The only reason I'd replace pans is if they had cooked on grease that won't come off...and in that case, you can delay replacing them by putting foil between them and the food when you cook. Otherwise, just clean things really well (and replace your sponges if you're cleaning dishes with those.)
  4. My symptoms definitely went from chronic to acute. Before, I constantly felt bad. Diarrhea, eye-ataxia, a whole host of stuff attributed to low vitamin levels (covered in bruises, no night vision, brittle/thinning/faded hair), random migraines, bloating, constant hunger, weight gain. My stomach area would hurt most days, leading me to be curled up in a fetal position. I also got very confused after eating, and I was constantly exhausted. Now, I have rolling queasiness and nausea starting about 15 minutes after getting glutened. It's much stronger than any stomach problems I had before going gluten-free. Sometimes I still have migraines, ataxia (eye, speech, walking, using my hands), a "high" feeling, confusion, and either constipation or diarrhea after a glutening. Everything goes away in a few days, though, and all my long-term problem (like vitamin deficiency) are gone. I feel mostly fine between glutenings. Lots of things have improved.
  5. starrytrekchic

    Can Anyone Help Me?

    You won't like this...but you MUST eat more! And I'm saying that as someone who successfully lost 80 pounds and who has kept it off for several years. Any diet that restricts your calories to 1200 will fail, even if you didn't have celiac disease (I'll tell you why this complicates things later). It's not a maintainable amount to eat, because you will not get enough vitamins, minerals, and energy from it. The absolute minimum daily caloric count is 1300 for a diet. 1300 is not a maintainable number for long term weight maintenance (1800 is.) Also, never keep the same daily caloric intake. If you keep a consistent number like 1300, your body will adjust to that number. It will conserve energy and lower your metabolism until that number is sufficient, which means you'll never lose the weight. Instead, vary your calorie intake daily (say, 1300 one day, 1500 the next, 1800 the next.) Don't be afraid to occasionally go over 1800, even when trying to lose weight. It will make the adjustment to weight maintenance much easier, and will prevent you from gaining the weight back when you go off the diet. For weight loss, an ideal average caloric intake over a week is around 1500-1600/day (I'm assuming you're of average build; otherwise the number will vary accordingly.) Now, that said, right now you should not be dieting. Dieting is a shock to the system, and you've already received a shock by having celiac disease. Your body is in starvation mode due to loss of absorption over the years, and dieting will prolong this and make it more difficult to recover. Starvation mode is also counter-productive to weight loss--it will make any weight loss much more difficult to achieve, or even impossible. Your body needs healing right now. You will have temporary weight gain, but this is absolutely okay. Once your body feels like it's healing, your weight will even out, then you can work on losing any unnecessary weight. One other thing: you should absolutely get your thyroid and vitamin levels checked. The weight on the stomach is likely bloating, but the back and arms is more indicative of thyroid trouble. Also, be very careful with what you're eating. You can't assume anything is safe. A product from one brand (like Worchester Sauce) might be okay. From another brand, it might contain wheat. For a third, it might be cross-contaminated in factory. You literally have to check every single product you buy, from any different brand, to make sure that a) it contains no gluten, and it wasn't processed on any shared lines with gluten. Otherwise, you'll delay healing.
  6. Anyone have any personal experience using these? I understand the pure spices are gluten free, but not made on dedicated lines. I'm sensitive enough to react to something made on shared lines. The spice in question is ground nutmeg, but I'd be interested in knowing people's experiences with Safeway brand spices in general. Thanks!
  7. starrytrekchic

    Having Trouble Accepting The Diagnosis

    Hi, welcome. A couple of things: celiac disease can be triggered in people with the right genetic profile. Pregnancy is a common trigger. The reason you're feeling better after cutting out gassy/fatty foods is that they're difficult to digest. When your intestines are damaged, like yours are, they get really difficult to digest. The good news is, once you're gluten free long enough, your intestines will heal and you'll be able to add all those foods back into your diet without the bad side effects. Not being able to eat them right now is simply a symptom of the disease. And yes, your tests and symptoms are overwhelmingly conclusive for celiac disease.
  8. starrytrekchic

    A Taste Of Edmonton

    I just moved here, so I'm still learning places to eat. We ate at Sofra once--it was very good. Also at Col Mustard's on 124th--that food was different from any thing I've had, but good. The Dish and the Runaway Spoon didn't have too much both veggie and gluten free, and what I got was too salty, but you might have luck with something else. There are a lot of places I can eat here...but a lot are a little pricey for regularly eating at! We've eaten at an Indian place downtown several times, but I can't remember the name offhand. I eat at Boston Pizza a lot. One of their salads made me sick once, but I've never had a problem with their pizzas. There was also a place at the City Centre that made me sick, but I don't remember the name. I checked out the Duchess Bake Shop, but I wasn't convinced their stuff wasn't cross-contaminated, so I didn't try anything. I'm going to try MRKT downtown soon. They have daily gluten-free stuff. Oh, and at Kinnickinnick's headquarters, of course! That's only a few blocks from where I live, so I've stopped in for fresh bagels, dinner rolls, and muffins. Plus they seem to have the cheapest gluten-free stuff in the city (their store carries stuff from other manufacturers too.)
  9. starrytrekchic

    A Taste Of Edmonton

    I haven't...I've eaten at a bunch of places here, but none of those. I'm vegetarian too, so I don't think the fish and chips place would work (but I might be able to find something.) I'll look into the rest of them, thanks for the suggestions!
  10. starrytrekchic

    Low Cholesterol Or Low Cortisol

    I have low cholesterol. The first time I got it tested was a few months after going gluten free & it was at 135 total. It went up to 150, but the last time I tested it (almost 3 years gluten free) it was back down to 143. I can't seem to get it up in the normal range--it really needs to be above 160 to be healthy. Celiac can trigger it since you can't absorb what your body needs to make cholesterol (and might not absorb much cholesterol from the diet itself), but that should sort itself out after going gluten-free. Like you, I don't eat any meat--and I also run regularly, both of which lower cholesterol. Symptoms tend to include most brain issues (anxiety, depression).
  11. starrytrekchic

    Is This A Possible Glutening?

    It could be...or you could be having any of the normal digestive problems other people have. It took me months to figure out most of my symptoms & their timing, and about 9 months before I had a full grasp on reactions. Reactions are very specific to individual--including how long they last, if they get worse, if they change over the days, etc. So...maybe! You'll really need more reactions to compare to. They will happen...and they may change a bit early on as your body adjusts to the diet.
  12. starrytrekchic

    A Taste Of Edmonton

    Both booths I went to were, but they were both Indian food places & those tend to be easily Celiac friendly. You can get a menu for all the booths when you buy tickets at the front, and it has "C" written next to anything we can eat. (I think there was one mislabel on it--Chef's Grill and Bar had a "C" next to their pie, but I think it was supposed to be next to their stuffed mushrooms.) All the booths also have signs in front of them with gluten free stuff labeled with the "C." And the food is cooked right in front of you.
  13. starrytrekchic

    A Taste Of Edmonton

    If you are in Edmonton, the Taste of Edmonton festival has things labeled as celiac friendly or not. The festival runs through next weekend (July 28th - downtown), and there are 14 different gluten-free foods available. I've eaten twice with no problems. Very fun to be out and about and be able to order booth from a food festival like normal!
  14. Restaurant, bar, whatever. Preferably near the pike place market, but any place will do.
  15. It made me feel much worse for about a year, then things started getting significantly better.