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    Diagnosed 3/3/2010. Well & loving life with partner of 20 years and 4 furkids.
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  1. I don't understand "kinda sorta" celiac, however if gluten makes you sick then you don't eat it, right?  That would be enough of a diagnosis for me!

    If I am glutened it results in severe vomiting, diarrhea (followed by days of constipation)   and passing out so those symptoms are "normal". Although is anything normal when it comes to Celiac?  Seems like we all react somewhat differently.

    Low iron is not uncommon.  In my 60's and take 3 iron supps a day which my dr says I will probably always have to take.  I qam tested every 6 months just to be sure.  I follow a Paleo diet so get all the good stuff I should but sometimes our body just doesn't co-operate! 

  2. A newly diagnosed celiac is often cautioned against grains, including corn, quinoa, rice etc., as they can be difficult to digest.  Your gut is still raw and sore, in need of healing.  Stick to easy to digest foods and avoid those that irritate.  If you are interested in Paleo and excellent book to get is Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo.  Easy to read and understand, easy recipes.  Paleo is whole foods, veggies, meats, fruits.  As you heal you can add simple grains if you choose.  (rice, quinoa_

  3. Often times it is not that there is gluten in the food you are eating but rather it is all of the chemicals/food additives that are in the processed foods that you eat that are causing the problems.  Someone mentioned Carrageenan which is used in many foods.  It is extracted from red seaweed by using a powerful chemical.  Sounds ok, but not when you know that it is also used as an airplane de-icer!  It's also used in cosmetics and pesticides!   So, that being said....it's safest to eat only whole natural foods./

  4. I no longer have cravings and actually the smell of baking bread hurts my nose.  Weird, hugh?  What helped get me past the initial craving in the very beginning was knowing that I can have pizza.  G.F. pizza out can be wonderful!   I can have a big fat ole cheeseburger at Red Robin.  Yea, the bun isn't quite the same but honestly, I no longer remember what wheat tasted like!

  5.  Having had both a shared kitchen and a gluten free kitchen I am going with the gluten free kitchen.  Almost anything can be found gluten free.  Crackers?  Get rice.  Bread?  Ok, I agree g.f. is a pricey substitute, but do you really need bread?  Lettuce roll ups make great lunches and are far healthier than bread.  Four years down the gluten free road and I find I have an entire different mind set to when I first started out.  Kids can have their treats, just make them g.f.  It's so much easier and safer. 

  6. I agree.  Forget "learning"  the ingredient lists.  Most of that stuff isn't healthy for you anyway.  And stressing over all the ingredients is, well, darn stressful.  I recall leaving the grocery store inb tears more than once in the beginning!!!

    Go the whole foods route.  It's healthy, gluten free naturally and healing to the gut.  Personally, I would forget the gluten free foods as well since they are crammed with plenty of unhealthy ingredients.   

  7. 1 cup raw grated (or chopped in food processer) cauliflower

    1 egg

    1 cup mozzaretta cheese

    1 tsp oregano

     2 tsp parsley

    (any other spices you might want to add)


    Spray pizza pan with non-stick oil.

    (optional that I use is to coat the pan with melted coconut oil and then sprinkle pan lightly with parmesan cheese. I use those pizza pans with holes in them.)


    Combine the chopped cauliflower, egg, mozzarella cheese & spices.  Press evenly on to baking pan, making a thin crust.


    Bake at 450 for 12 to 15 minutes


    (I personally cook it at 350 for slightly longer as I like a bit more of a crispy crust.  Also double the recipe for two good sized pizza's or one super sized)


    When done, remove from oven.  Add to the crust sauce and your choice of toppings & cheese.    Bake till bubbly & done.


    Smack hands when they reach for the last piece!  :D



    you can get this on-line from: You won't believe it's cauliflower pizza crust recipe by PLATSUZIE Sparks Recipes 


    * I found this took me two or three times before I got the exact thickness of the crust, temp and cooking down.  Add the Parmesan cheese gives the crust a nice golden brown finish.    Enjoy

  8. 9 days is a wonderful start and congratulations on the start to healing.  Things heal in time.  Try to keep that in mind.  The older you are and the sicker you were can result in a longer healing time.  As the months go by you should feel better and better but you may not heal completely for a long time.  I am at 4.5 years and doing great but it took to the 2 year mark before I felt like I could say my gut was really really healing.  You didn't get sick in only 21 days....you won't get well in only 21 days! 

  9. I would like to suggest a book called Digestive Health With Real Food by Aglaee Jacob.    I suggest it as you said that your dr is concerned over other food allergies/intolerances and because you mentioned that you are into whole foods as opposed to processed.  The author has a great approach on elimination diet and the use of whole foods in healing the damaged gut.  She has great knowledge on those foods that can cause damage to our already damaged gut.  Foods that tend to ferment in there, etc.  and of course she is gluten free.  It has helped my partner who is not celiac but has several digestive issues.  Just a thought!

  10. No processed foods.  Those processed foods, even if gluten free, can be so hard on your poor raw gut to digest.  Go for the fresh (organic grass fed if you can) meats, poultry and plenty of cooked veggies.  Go for the easy to digest ones like carrots, spinach, zucs, green beans.   You might want to check out the book,  Practical Paleo, A Customized Approach to Health by Diane Sanflippo (avail at Amazon or Barnes & Noble).  Even if you don't want to eat Paleo (which is a grain-free diet/lifestyle) it is an excellent place to start.  Not a cook?  Me either.  This book has a ton of gluten free, whole food recipes that are easy.  Easy to follow, easy to prepare.  The book also has a 30 day meal plan all mapped out for you.  This is a frustrating time for you, make it as easy as possible. 

  11. No to the waffle iron, too many nooks and stuff to clean.   I would hesitate on the scrambled eggs as some places have been known to add pancake batter to the eggs to thicken them.,   I know The Pancake House used to do it, not sure if they do any more as breakfast is one meal I rarely, if ever, eat out so haven't checked in quite awhile.  Personally, I run from buffets as to great of a chance for cross contamination.  I usually take along some hard boiled eggs & have my own stuff.

  12. Ok, Seriously...(sorry for being smarty. :D )   For a dedicated g,f, place maybe 45 minutes for like my b'day celebration or something really really special, like once a year.  Otherwise 20 minutes.  A couple of years ago it would have meant more to me but now it just isn't that important any more.  I think that after 4.5 years I am more comfortable with myself, what I can or can't eat, and just the entire diet as a whole.  Plus I enjoy cooking a g.f. meal for friends and having them amazed that they can enjoy an entire meal with no grains!   My entire mind set is very different now than a few years ago. 

  13. I love this!!!  The perks of being Celiac and why it is awesome!!!


    I have learned how to eat healthy and how to cook.  We now eat Paleo and organic and even my non-celiac partner's health has improved. 


    If we have dinner at a friend's house sometimes my dinner looks better than what everyone else is eating (hee hee)


    And yes, we save a lot of money when attending events!!  Whew!  More shopping money in our pockets for sure. 

    I have a letter from my doctor stating that I have Celiac and must carry my own food.  Have only needed to use it a couple of times, once was when flying, but it has come in handy.   I have mentioned that I have food "allergies" when entering an event if it looks like I might have trouble and offer to show them my doctor letter but have never met with any rudeness or anything like that.