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  1. Hi there. I figured out a few years ago that I can't eat wheat/gluten unless I want to suffer with pain and horrible D (didn't have a normal BM for years!). I didn't do any research beforehand so I never was tested for Celiac because by the time I found out you had to keep eating gluten in order to test, I didn't think it was worth it and just kept eating gluten-free. Since going gluten-free I have had periodic pain that I was told was related to my gallbladder. So I just dealt with it because I didn't want surgery. After a SEVERE what I thought was a gallbladder attack, I went to the doctor and after doing a HIDA scan, determined it was not my gallbladder. After talking with him, he suspects celiac. He said I only needed to eat gluten for 2 weeks in order to get tested. What this horrible attack turned out to be is that I had found some gluten-free cheerios and went crazy and ate 2 big bowls of the stuff. Now I know that these periodic "gallbladder attacks" must have been me getting accidentally glutened. Since then, I tried some certified gluten-free oats and yep, I get my typical glutened reaction. Can a person be gluten intolerant and still not be able to eat oats, or does that mean it is celiac? I just dread eating gluten for 2 weeks, and I read several places that you really need to eat gluten for 12 weeks and then biopsy. I don't think I can take that.
  2. Thanks, cyclinglady. I figured that, but thought I would ask just in case. The test the doctor wants to do is a blood test, but he said I only had to eat a slice of bread a day for 2 weeks. I guess I will pass on the test and just keep eating gluten and oat free. Now that I know the pain I am experiencing is not my gallbladder, but a reaction to gluten/oats, it has helped me figure out that even small amounts will get me (like fries that are made in the same fryer as breaded items, boo hoo).
  3. Thanks for replying I was really just wondering if I can't eat oats, if that indicated it was definitely celiac or could it also be gluten intolerance. I can live without the testing but I was just curious. And is 2 weeks long enough on gluten to get an accurate test?
  4. I loved The Hunger Games! Both the books and the movie. I would like to see the new Total Recall movie. I love science fiction.
  5. I got an awesome package in the mail today. Schar sent me a sample of 4 ciabata rolls along with a coupon booklet. I was so excited! I don't even remember signing up for this so I am not sure why it came but it was a nice surprise. I can't wait to try them. And these coupons will come in handy. I love their crackers.
  6. Could it be keratosis pilaris? I have this problem, it has caused me great embarrassment before I knew what it was.
  7. There are lots of inexpensive meals that are gluten free, you just have to change your way of thinking. It takes a bit of adjustment but it gets easier. One great inexpensive meal is homemade chicken and rice soup with veggies like onions, carrots, celery, potatoes, these area all inexpensive and are great in soup. Corn tortillas are a great inexpensive addition to your staples. You can make tacos and enchiladas, even tostadas very inexpensively. I have had one loaf of gluten free bread in a little over a year since I have been gluten free-I am on a budget too and at first I didn't know what to eat but now it is second nature. My son is not gluten free so I buy him bread for sandwiches, plus waffles and other things, but I just carefully segregate things in the kitchen.
  8. One thing I do to save money on grocery bills is to pretty much only buy what is on sale. If chicken legs are on sale, that is what we are having. If broccoli is on sale, that is our veggie. You get the idea. I plan my meals around sales and inexpensive meal plans. And I don't eat bread except as a very rare treat, I am too cheap to spend that much on it. I quickly learned to plan meals without it. Instead of sandwiches I have rice cakes with various toppings. Corn tortillas are very versatile. if you can invest in a good deep freeze then you can really find some great deals and stock up. Also, soups are a great way to save money, because you use less meat. just cut it in very small pieces and add lentils for protein. I have also found some inexpensive gluten free crackers.
  9. Monael

    How Do You Afford It?

    It is an adjustment. Plus learning a new way of shopping. One thing that I haven't seen mentioned is rice cakes. I love them with mayo and sliced meat, with a bit of lettuce and tomato as well. Where I am, rice cakes are super cheap when on sale. I second the rice and beans, along with corn tortillas. Mexican food can be very inexpensive if you like it. The main way I save money on food is to shop the sales. Most of the things I buy are on sale. If chicken legs are on sale, that's what we are having this week, etc. I don't know anything about pet food. Why is that necessary? If it is because you are "touching" it, you can find a big box of plastic gloves at the 99 cent store that you could use when handling their food. Wouldn't it be OK as long as you had separate dishes and utensils? I didn't replace many of my dishes, or pots and pans. But I don't like non stick cookware, so I was OK there. The only thing I replaced was my colander and wooden spoons. I am sorry you are having a hard time. We all have those days sometimes. I hope it gets better!
  10. Monael

    Dating Frustration

    I agree with JustNana. Doesn't he ever let you pick the restaurant? Why don't you make a list of restaurants in your area that you are OK to eat at, and tell him that you can go to any of these restaurants. I don't know where you live so I don't know how long that list would be, but make it as long as you can, even if you have to spend a lot of time on the phone or web researching the menus. But it seems to me that if he really doesn't get it, either intentionally or unintentionally, then it isn't going to work in the long run.
  11. Monael

    Cookies At Work

    Sometimes I get a craving for something that has gluten. I think it is natural, because the things I miss do taste great. I think that somehow my mind found a way to deal with it, because I really don't get tempted. I don't want to feel sick, and I know what that will bring me. So I just eat something else yummy Have a yummy snack handy (I love chocolate so that will always work for me )
  12. junk food: cheetos, fritos, potato chips, peanuts, peanut butter and jelly on rice cakes (I also love lunch meat or sliced chicken breast with mayo on rice cakes), ice cream (most are gluten free), mcdonalds french fries (there are other fast food restaurants that cook their french fries separately so do your homework on that) yogurt, fruit, cut up veggies (celery sticks, baby carrots, radishes, cucumbers, broccoli), nature valley has gluten free snack bars, nuts, cheese 2 corn tortillas are great with cheese in the middle and either cooked in a skillet with a cooking spray or even directly on the flame and crisped a bit or you can make so many different kinds of tacos or tostadas, cereal such as rice or corn chex is awesome! even without milk you can take some in a baggie in your purse to have a handy snack if you can't find gluten free pasta, then if you can find corn meal you can make polenta which is very versatile if you like italian food. Many possibilities with polenta. Also, baked potatoes with all kinds of toppings. You can just stick them in the oven when you are studying. The microwave makes a decent baked potato, too. I got lots more, this is just off the top of my head. Hopefully this will help you come up with ideas with foods that you like.
  13. How about a crockpot? You can put the food in it before you leave for school and it will be ready by the time you get home. You never know, your family might even want to eat the meal with you. There are so many things you can eat. It just takes a while to get used to thinking differently. THere are spice mixes that do not have wheat, aren't there? I love lemon pepper and it doesn't give me a problem. Maybe you can buy the individual spices and mix it up for your mom? I can relate to being busy--I work full time, go to school in the evenings to finish my degree and I have a teenage son that is a full time job as well. I also cook almost all of our meals, gluten free of course. It can be done, you just need to get in a routine.
  14. I might be out of the loop but what makes soybean oil lack integrity? Sincere question, I don't get it...
  15. Monael

    Old Hag Syndrome / Sleep Paralysis

    I used to have that all the time. It got so bad at one point that I was afraid to go to sleep and would stay up all night. I attributed it going away to my research on the subject and trying to turn it into lucid dreams. I didn't fight it like I had been doing. It is an interesting phenomenon.
  16. Monael

    Too Many Temptations

    One way I have found that makes it easy to resist No-No's is to focus on what I can have. Try keeping candies and treats that you can have around so that when they offer a cookie you can resist and reach in your drawer for something yummy. I love chocolate so that makes it easy.
  17. Taking iron supplements can also cause dark stools.
  18. What I usually do is eat a nice meal before going to the movies so that I am not tempted to eat a bunch of candy. That way I am too full to even consider it. My son doesn't even ask me to buy him anything because he is not hungry either.
  19. I think you have two issues going on. First, if you feel so much better without the gluten, then it seems to me like that would be your motivation to keep up with it. The second issue is not losing weight. I wish gluten free diets meant losing weight because I should definitely lose several pounds. But it doesn't mean you will automatically lose weight. I didn't get a diagnosis from the doctor for 2 reasons. #1, I already went gluten free and noticed such a big relief in my symptoms that I was happy to stay gluten free and #2 I didn't want to have to go back to eating gluten in order to get the diagnosis. I had already accidentally been glutened and had all my old symptoms back so that was good enough for me.
  20. Monael

    My Husband Doesn't Get It

    I guess I will never understand why people care so much whether someone is eating or not. I am sorry you have to go through this. It seems reasonable to either eat right before you get there so that you aren't hungry. I have done this many times. So far so good that I haven't had anyone ask me why I am not eating. My prepared response is that I am not hungry. I wonder how they would be if the main course was peanut butter & jelly and a guest was allergic to peanuts?? Marriage is supposed to be about two becoming one, so your problems are theoretically his, right? Maybe ask him how he would deal with it if he was the one with celiac?
  21. One way to visualize this is to think back when you boil spaghetti. The water is cloudy when it's done cooking. That is the flour and other ingredients that have dissolved off the noodles. I wish it were that easy but unfortunately it isn't.
  22. I have been seeking the best pasta and so far I do not like the rice pastas, because they turned out so mushy. Corn pasta seems to hold up better and I have had good luck reheating it. I reheat it together with the sauce and it seemed fine to me. I found a lot of corn pasta at Big Lots so that is going to be my pasta for a while
  23. Monael

    Red Robin

    I took my son to Red Robin on Sunday and it was awesome! AT first I was a bit worried because the waitress said she didn't have a gluten free menu but they had wheat free buns... I was a bit miffed and when I asked for specifics she offered to have the manager come over. When he came over he told me he was the food manager (I really don't remember the exact words he used but it meant that he was in charge of the food preparation). He gave me a gluten free menu (it was a printout, not like their regular menu) and assured me regarding the gluten free buns. The buns were so good I had my son taste them to tell me whether they were the same as what he had LOL. It was delicious and I had no reactions so I am delighted. I wish I could find those buns at the store.
  24. Monael

    The Chronicles Of Pooping

    KatieCartoon, I am in a similar boat... Too soft, at least 2x a day. But it is so much better going gluten free that I am going to wait a while before I pursue other intolerances. It has improved quite a bit, now I never have to run to the bathroom. From what I have seen on here, it takes a while to get back to normal, and it has been less than a year since I went gluten free (gee I can't believe I don't know how long it has been) and since things are improving I am going to give myself time to heal. I have had bathroom issues for over 20 years but I have a horrible memory and poop just isn't one of those things that I try to remember I do know that I have had doctors tell me I have IBS for nearly 30 years. As far as I know, the only ice creams that we need to worry about are things like chocolate chip cookie dough and cookies and cream because they have chunks of gluten. Just read the ingredients... I am happy to say that my favorite, rocky road, is gluten free YAY!
  25. Monael

    The Chronicles Of Pooping

    According to that video, I have never had a normal poop (at least I don't remember one so if I did it was many many years ago...) What does that mean? It has gotten a lot better since going gluten free but it still is not normal.