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  1. I'm going home to visit my family for Christmas- it's my second Christmas gluten free. My father and sister are both apparently gluten-sensitive although they won't completely switch over. So we're obviously doing a full gluten-free-only holidays. I am a good baker and a competent cook, perhaps that's why I never found being gluten free terribly daunting. I can share a few recipes, maybe that would help. -This is the stuffing I made for thanksgiving. I made gluten-free Girl's stuffing last year and I liked Udi's better. http://udisglutenfree.com/recipes/udi-s-gluten-free-stuffing-recipe/ It was also easier (though more expensive) for me to use the pre-made udi's bread rather than baking a loaf since I worked Thanksgiving morning. Here, Udi's bread is $7 a loaf, but I halved the recipe. -Here's the gravy I like to use: http://glutenfreegirl.com/gluten-free-gravy/. -I like this cinnamon roll recipe: http://www.thebakingbeauties.com/2011/05/gluten-free-cream-cheese-cinnamon-buns.html -Instead of pumpkin pie, maybe try a decadent pumpkin cheesecake? I find pie crust is an unecessary hassle and prefer to use cookie or crumb crusts where possible. I've used Mi Del gingersnaps for this recipe successfully: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/philadelphia-spiced-pumpkin-cheesecake/detail.aspx -I picked up a new cookbook a few weeks ago that I really love and I think you would probably appreciate too: Gluten Free Holiday Baking. I was amazed how well the biscotti I made turned out. Who would have guessed, biscotti!?
  2. I am definitely going to try altering the recipe next time. I also might just be eating too many, since when I eat chocolate chips I also drink milk... and I'm mildly lactose intolerant. However this morning I got my period so I am thinking that it might be that, and was gastroenteritis last time. My abdominal pain from my gluten intolerance is typically pretty low in my belly so it kind of fits. If anything, this is a wonderful example of how difficult it is to pinpoint this stuff. I wish we had better testing methods for this stuff. I work in a laboratory and I love that I am seeing doctors order the celiac panels more and more but it's not enough.
  3. Your eyes require lutein to function properly. Go on a lutein free diet and you are shooting yourself in the foot- not to mention you will probably starve since it is in nearly everything from leafy vegetables to animal fats. There isn't really any actual scientific evidence that *-free diets are useful in reducing the symptoms of autism anyway, and this is certainly the most extreme iteration of that trend I've seen. The evidence is all anecdotal and doesn't bear out when you do actual placebo-controlled research. In most cases, it doesn't hurt, but it certainly is going to hurt if you try to eliminate so essential a nutrient from your diet.
  4. I tried a new recipe for chocolate chip cookies about a week ago (http://glutenfreegirl.com/david-leites-chocolate-chip-cookies-gluten-free/- quite good, by the way). I had never had amaranth before but I noticed that I felt kind of sick after I ate them. There's a stomach virus going around, though, and I work in a hospital where I'm exposed to every crud and crap that passes through the community. I figured it was gastroenteritis. I made the cookies again this evening and lo-and-behold, I'm sick again. Amaranth is the only thing in the recipe that I've never had. It just seems weird because when I tried to look into it, I can't find anyone else reporting a problem with it, it seems pretty non-inflammatory. The amaranth can't be contaminated, it's Bob's Red Mill certified gluten-free etc and my kitchen has been 100% gluten free since I moved in almost a year ago. It's definitely not gluten making me sick though it feels the same- stomach pain, nausea, and my hands are all swollen back up from hive-like rashes (that had gone away when my dermatologist decided to get militant and gave me high dose topical steroids and tacrolimus). So, now I'm in a bind. The cookies I made are actually for a fundraiser for our farmer's market on Saturday. I feel weird about giving away and selling something that makes me sick but I think it's just me because my fiance has eaten at least a dozen of them (they do taste good) and feels fine. I'm sure there's nothing wrong with the cookies, but I am concerned that if I can't tolerate amaranth, it might make other people sick too and then they'll think I've glutened them. Has anyone else here had an odd reaction to amaranth? Should I just scratch the cookies off the menu? Or am I being neurotic and making too much out of what might be just an unrepentant case of norovirus?
  5. This has happened to me too! I am not as careful about iodine as I maybe should be- it's very difficult for me to avoid seafood. But I almost never add salt to anything, except when I'm making peanut butter and I rarely eat highly processed foods- organic cheeses and jams are usually the most processed I get. And yeah, things I never thought of as salty are just repulsive now. It makes eating out even tougher! I'm kind of the same way about sugar too, though I still like a little bit. No more candy bars and such- when I want something sweet it's usually baked by me so I can control the sugar content. I shouldn't sound so much like a complainer... I've lost weight because of my newfound tastes.
  6. I don't really know why someone would miss gluten. I bake and everything I've made tastes as good or better (I love the almondy flavor Pamela's has) as gluteny things. I've made banana bread, oatmeal muffins, coconut cupcakes, cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles, on and on. All gluten free, and nobody can tell the difference. I have recipes for all these if you're interested. I don't especially care for bread, so you've got me there. I eat Udi's occasionally but if I lived alone I probably wouldn't bother- it's mostly for my pb&j-loving sweetie. In fact (and maybe this isn't what you want to hear) I love being gluten free. I do. I had to make changes in my life, totally, but most of them were changes I wanted to make anyway but put off. More fruits and vegetables in my diet. No more icky over-processed, bleached, god-only-knows-what-else carbs. Nothing fried. More organics, making stuff from scratch instead of buying things full of preservatives and carcinogens. Much less eating out (we save so much money). More than all of those things, really, is that I appreciate what being gluten free has taught me: namely, how to cook and really love food. I've morphed into a foodie- what once was a picky bland eater now dwells longer each time in the spice aisle and grows her own herbs. I've churned ice cream and made peanut butter. I spend lazy afternoons simmering chicken stock and I dream of canning home-grown delights and maybe someday owning my own bakery. I have the energy, at long last, to do the things I want to do- being gluten free did all of this for me.
  7. Heck yeah. I'd enjoy my delicious pain au chocolat (that's what I'd eat for sure), earn enough to pay for any further schooling I want to pursue, and they'd get... a six or seven hour video of me passed out, probably snoring. Sounds fair to me!!
  8. No idea where you live, but in the US you have a legal right to a copy of your lab results- something to keep in mind if for some bizarre reason your doctor pushes back. The medical group I use has their own online database, and I can log in and view all my test results at any time. When I have more tests they are automatically uploaded and I am sent an email- I can also use this to communicate with my doctor in non-urgent situations. I'm sure they are not the only folks that do this so if you end up needing to find a new doctor, it's worth asking about. For what it's worth, I think you should focus on getting all the gluten out of your diet before worrying overmuch about additional food intolerances. I cannot stress how important it is to make your household gluten free- my home is my safe haven, I can eat everything in it without fear and that's very meaningful from a psychological standpoint when facing diet restrictions. If your husband is anything like my sweetie, he'll do fine on gluten-free- mine refuses to eat any gluten around me, even though it wouldn't make me jealous, because he "wants to be able to kiss me." And I'm sure he eats gluten when he's out by himself- we have a don't ask, don't tell policy as long as he brushes.
  9. Ew, get a new doctor asap. Seriously- to refuse to test someone with an extensive family history? That's bordering on malpractice. That said, if you've been gluten free for three months, you're probably going to get a false negative on a test. You have to be eating gluten for those things to come back positive. Maybe take another look at your diet. How strict are you being? Do you ever eat out? Are you exposed to a lot of gluten at work? Have you replaced your toaster, cutting boards, scratched nonstick pans, anything with a rough surface that's come into contact with gluten? Does the rest of your family eat gluten, and if so does your dear husband brush his teeth before kissing you? Is your toothpaste, mouthwash, chapstick etc gluten free? Do you eat oats or anything out of the bulk bins? Is your vitamin D gluten free? Sadly, even if you're doing it perfectly these things really take time. I didn't see any real results until about 2 months, and I'm still far from 100%. Try keeping a food diary and see if you can tie your symptoms to anything else in addition to gluten. There are lots of people around here with sensitivities to other things- eggs, nightshades, soy, etc. Lactose intolerance is pretty common in celiac too because of the damage done to your small intestine and it often clears up as your gut heals. Look for other things that might be contributing too- I find I simply cannot have fried or greasy food. Pizza, french fries etc give me stomach cramps even if they're for sure gluten free. Somehow, I don't feel like I'm missing anything! You have family members that have been through this. Use them- they're a good indicator for you because they're genetically much more similar to you than random people here on the forum. Best of luck!
  10. For the sake of exploring every possible solution- you're absolutely sure you're not actually being bitten by something, right? Especially on your lower legs, I'd be concerned about ticks and mites from walking through tall grass, but spiders also can leave nasty welts and if you find that they're appearing overnight it might not be a bad idea to wash all your bedding and clothing thoroughly, just in case.
  11. How much saltwater are you really drinking while you're swimming?
  12. Here's one of my patches (this is my left shin): I wish I had taken a picture last night instead- I got glutened a few days ago and my whole right hand was just totally red and bumpy. Anyway, I haven't been officially diagnosed. I have asthma and allergies so I sort of thought it was just contact dermatitis, but a doctor told me she didn't think it was. Basically, around the same time as my stomach pain started up, I got this raised, dime-sized and shaped rash on my hand. It was originally diagnosed as ringworm, I did antifungals for a month or so and then a doctor took a scraping and said I might have had ringworm but I definitely don't have it anymore. She gave me a steroid cream. A few months later I saw another doc and it happened to be be right after I had cleaned a fish tank (dirty water seems to aggravate it) so it was super angry and inflamed and she told me to see a dermatologist, which I haven't done because of money. Over time it has spread to another patch on my right hand and that round one on my left shin. It's so fiendishly itchy I don't even want to think about it. The steroid cream does help with the itching but not with the blisters, and it's really unsightly. I wore fingerless gloves to a job interview because I was so embarrassed about looking like I had scabies all over my hand. Gotta love DH.
  13. Oh, I've gone mad all right. Not because of being gluten free though.
  14. Yikes. Take your temperature- if you have anything resembling a fever go straight back to the hospital and this time demand a CT scan. More than likely it is just the celiac, but you really don't want to take any chances if there's a possibility of ruptured appendix or (if you're a lady) ovarian torsion.
  15. Yesterday, my sweetie and I went to Five Guys, this burger joint that is supposedly really good with gluten stuff. Their fries are supposed to be safe because they only put potatoes in the fryer, nothing else. I did lots of research in advance, and when we went in I ordered my burger without a bun and asked the lady to have the person who makes my burger change her gloves b/c of a food allergy. It tasted pretty good- was a little small and kind of disappeared in the udi's bun. I made it home just in time to completely crash- passed out for about three or four hours and then woke up long enough to eat some cereal then back to bed. Slept all night and then another two or three hours this morning. Stomach pain was pretty bad last night but tapered off. However, now I have this weird dull soreness in my stomach- I would say that it's like when you do too many situps, you know? Anyone experienced this? I'm also a bit sniffly and the last thing I need is to be getting the flu in addition to getting glutened.
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