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  1. Eating a lot of fat can also give you digestive woes. Chips and cheese and pizza and more chips could do it. I get loose stools when I eat lots of raw vegetables, and those certainly don't contain gluten. (I've also personally never had an issue with any of the flavored chips even if they aren't tested. I consider them a reasonable risk as shared equipment goes.)
  2. It is entirely possible that your apple touched residue from the pop tart and caused your symptoms. Right after I "got better" but was still figuring things out I ordered a burger and removed the bun. There was no visible residue on the burger. I still had symptoms (albeit mild ones) after. A crumb, even an invisible one, can be all it takes. That said, I never fare well with fruit and veg. A few months ago I went on a diet where I replaced all my midday meals and snacks with raw fruits and vegetables. Apples, carrots, celery, cucumber, etc. I had to scale it back because every couple of days I would get horrible cramps and diarrhea. I just do not tolerate fiber well at all. But it's a bit better because a few years ago I couldn't even eat a single apple every day or I'd get the same thing. (Still can't eat bananas though. I might as well drink a bottle of Ex-Lax.) I honestly can't say whether the pain you mention is necessarily gluten or not. Personally, after years and years of intestinal inflammation, sometimes food just doesn't react well. The only thing my body really agrees with 100% of the time is meat.
  3. I'm sure it's possible to have a kind of physiological reaction from the resentment one feels about other people eating things they can't have. I know I had a terrible reaction every time I had to walk to work in the cold because my mom had stolen my car and wouldn't give it back. (Made worse those mornings where it was below 0 and she would email to tell me to "bundle up". I digress. Best thing is to really get over it and let it go. We're busy at work right now and they make us work through lunch once a week. On that day lunch is catered. It's always something like sandwiches or pizza or Chinese or pasta. They offered to try to accommodate me, but there are no reliably gluten-free restaurants that deliver and that are within a 1 mile radius. I'm essentially the only one not being compensated for working this mandatory overtime. And to make things worse, they always put the food at the desk across from mine. But what good would it be for me to be mad about it? It's annoying, yes, but I'm more annoyed that I don't have options than that other people get to eat something. And ultimately I would rather be at work and able to work and be paid then be sick AF at home, chained to the toilet and scarfing prednisone like candy. Maybe it's different for people who are asymptomatic or who get mild symptoms like headaches. There's no temptation for me when everything is a big plate of poison.
  4. It's not really saying that their chips aren't gluten free. It's saying that corn isn't necessarily gluten free. Corn. Not *their* corn. Corn in general. That's really just the reality of farming and grains. And of cooking, where you're not going to be producing and testing large batches of something like on a production line at a big food company. Unless someone IS testing batches, I would never assume anything with grains in it is 100% unadulterated.
  5. I've had that before, but it's usually part and parcel with a "colitis flare" (scare quotes because I haven't had a real colitis flare of that nature in the last five years that wasn't gluten-related). Honestly, going to the bathroom several times within minutes of eating was plenty bad, but it would feel like my stomach was being twisted in the middle whenever I went. I was so afraid I'd be puking at the same time that I prepared a double-lined bucket. (It never happened though.) I don't even know what to tell you, but no. You're not alone there.
  6. Let me tell you a funny story. I had been gluten-free for years when I developed terrible, painful heartburn. Nothing seemed to work to make it go away. I tried pills and dietary changes, but my esophagus kept burning. Once or twice the acid even went up into my nose. A few months ago I began to notice that my heartburn went away on the weekends but came back during the work week pretty reliably. What was the difference? The only thing I could think was that during the work week I would eat eggs for breakfast and on the weekend I didn't. I'm not going to say that my heartburn is 100% cured, but it's about 95% now. As long as I stay away from eggs.
  7. I would say that for me it can be 24-48 hours before I have a reaction, and its proportionate to the exposure. (More exposure is a faster, more violent reaction.) There needs to be time for the food to digest. But you could also get diarrhea from eating too much of something that doesn't sit well (too fatty, too sugary, too much of something, etc.). I sometimes get it just from drinking kombucha or eating a lot of vegetables. The kombucha is usually within a few hours and the veggies accumulate over a week. But obviously neither one is a source of gluten.
  8. I haven't had a reaction to them. I'm extremely sensitive to gluten but have no issues with gluten-free oats.
  9. You know what absolutely kills me? Fresh fruit and veg. I tried eating more fruits and veggies, but the result was diarrhea every couple of days. I eventually had to cut back because I was tired of feeling terrible. My point is just that you can think you're being "good" and "healthy" but your body doesn't always think so. I used to eat (plain, scrambled, no additives, just egg) eggs every morning too, but since I stopped eating those my heartburn has almost gone away. I've come to the conclusion that bodies are stupid. Stop eating gluten and they'll find something else to start hating. Eggs, cranberries, whatever.
  10. It's usually between 1 and 2 days (more than 24 hours but less than 48) in my case. I haven't knowingly ingested any gluten-containing product since late 2009, but I can usually tell I've gotten some CC from a restaurant if I start spotting a day or two later. I take birth control for another medical condition, and when I get a little trace of gluten it's enough that my pills don't absorb properly in my digestive tract. And if that's the worst it gets, I consider myself lucky. If it's worse than just a trace of gluten, or maybe I ate something and then ate something else a few days later, the symptoms are much more severe but still in that same time frame. I don't ever have an immediate reaction because it needs time to go through the digestive system. Now I just try to avoid restaurants and unlabeled foods all together. Too risky, and it's not worth it to have supermarket cole slaw or some kind of ice cream without the gluten-free guarantee.
  11. Personally, I just don't like the Udi's frozen pizzas. Every time I've bought them, they end up burned on the edges and raw in the middle. I was never able to find the magic combination of temperature and cooking time, so I gave up. But they've never given me a reaction. (Gluten makes my intestines bleed, so you can bet that I would never touch a gluten-free frozen pizza again if it gave me any hint of a reaction.) And I will say that no gluten free frozen pizza, including Amy's, Freschetta, CPK, Against the Grain, Sonoma, and whatever that brand is that I ate yesterday, has ever made me sick beyond heartburn from the tomato sauce and eating too much pizza.
  12. Many years ago when I was first diagnosed with UC, I read about people drinking worm eggs. It was a treatment you could get in Europe, but not in the US. And I have to admit that I was pretty jealous. It really seemed to bring relief to people, and meanwhile I was trying everything available to me and having no luck.
  13. I've been working my way through a box of regular Cheerios (my favorite) and I've had some vague symptoms that could be CC or could be "I'm eating more greens and grains than before." (I told you they were vague.) They're symptoms I get from CC for sure, but more of "someone touched a tortilla before touching my chicken, but there were no crumbs" level. I'm going to see how I feel as I make my way through the box. Regardless, I hope they figure out a safer way to do things and use some certified oats. I never have a problem with certified oats.
  14. I ate there once recently. It was my first time going there since cutting out gluten. By the way, this is going to be TMI. I had chili cheese fries and a chocolate shake. A few hours later I had to run to the bathroom, and the fries came out looking like fries. It was the weirdest damn thing. You see that with vegetables, but usually not with other foods. And so soon. So I would say that you're taking a risk. Maybe if you stick to something like chili you'd be okay. I had two items that were easy to contaminate, and that was a risk I was willing to take. (But never again.)
  15. I think it's important to remember that these are frozen items, so they might not get rotated out of the freezer case as quickly as a shelf item would. That said, I've tried a few and they're decent. The ranchero beef was pretty good, and so was the barbecue chicken with cheesy potatoes. The sauce on that one was a little sweet, but it was fine and the chicken felt like real chicken. Not so with the herb roasted chicken I had prior to that one. That one has a mix of broccoli and potatoes that is really, really good, but the chicken itself is a leathery patty of chopped and formed chicken product. The sauce is okay on the fake chicken, but I didn't like it on the veggies. As I said to my coworker, if they packaged JUST those veggies, I would have enjoyed it much more. In my local stores these are often on sale for $3 or less, which is half the price of the other gluten free frozen dinners. The caloric content is low, but if I eat these after a filling breakfast (my morning routine is 2 eggs, 2 apples and usually some kind of gluten-free hot cereal) they're enough. I don't think I'd survive eating them on an empty stomach.
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