So the diagnosis isn't official yet, just had the blood test yesterday but the camera tour from a few weeks ago indicated that I am a celiac. I don't have the painful gut, or big D symptoms but my Dr. was concerned about a couple recent blood tests that indicated I was anemic (October) and then borderline anemic (January). But when the camera Dr called a few days ago asking me to have the blood test for celiac it made sense and may explain the foggy head, always feeling like I could use a nap,anemia issues, constant flatulence and occasional bloated feelings.
I've decided to start the gluten free diet on Monday, so this weekend is my goodbye to a few favorites, real pizza and Guinness last night, a real burger and Guinness tonight, and I'm leaning toward raviolis tomorrow night, we'll see about the Guinness, though I may go with a real IPA.
Now for a few questions..
a quick Google search has not turned up a search able list of safe products.. I really need to know if I can still consume mass quantities of Hines Ketchup... if not I'm not sure what to think- Hunts would do, but... I can give up my favorite post Sunday long run muffin, but give up ketchup? And a few other things like that, are there major brand bbq sauces that are safe and some that aren't?
I don't mind doing my own baking, but my few attempts to bake gluten/dairy/egg free for a friend did not turn out quite as well as I had hoped, tasted fine, but the stuff would not hold together. The soda bread turned into crumble bread. I'm hoping that the elimination of eggs and dairy had more to do with the texture than the gluten-free? I'm sure there are tricks to baking gluten-free breads, both yeast and soda.. is there a good rule of thumb or have you all just done the trial and error thing?
I also love to make my own pasta from scratch, esp. raviolis, have any of you had success making your own gluten-free pasta and is there any hope for gluten-free ravioli?
One final question: Should I be concerned that my spell check keeps trying to change Celiac to Celibate?
I thank you all for any guidance, though I think this may have been as much a rant as a request for answers... kind of funny that my first concerns aren't really health related but food related. Though about 5 years ago I underwent a huge diet/lifestyle change, lost a bunch of weight and became an endurance athlete, and during that time I've been very good about keeping my food log. So I am not concerned about making another change in my diet, though there will be a few more convenience issues this time.
There I quit, I'm done for now.. I hope.
Enjoy your weekend