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  1. I have a friend with MS, another with breast cancer and a third with RA. At the same age my only problem is I cannot eat gluten! So when I start getting frustrated about food I think about that and how lucky I truly am. Once you get in the swing of it it gets easier and then you start to feel better which makes it all worth it. Also when I first went gluten-free I read on this group about Mark's daily Apple and the Paleo community. I turned to that which was extremely motivating. I've never seen so many people so excited about not eating gluten. It was a very positive energy and motivated me to find other foods to eat. Also, they love bacon!
  2. Thanks Kenlove. I know you have been in Japan so you'll understand when I say the artichoke hearts were on sale for 377 yen for the two jar set. Too good to pass up! As long as I can eat them!
  3. I found these on sale at Costco and I haven't eaten them in years. While they do not say "gluten free" they also don't have anything that I can see, aside from distilled vinegar, that might be an issue. I don't see any CC issues either. Just wondering before I dig in if anyone has had any experience good or bad with them. Thanks.
  4. I live in Japan and there is NO WAY I'd go near any Japanese soy sauce. The Gov. has a list of 27 "allergens" and Kikkoman Japan clearly lists "wheat" as an ingredient in the allergen section. There are (one? two?) soy sauces that can be found in supermarkets without wheat. But rather than wasting time searching for soy sauce, I'd say bring your own. You really only need it for sashimi and sushi. I take my own small bottle in to sushi restaurants and use that. It takes me a few months to use up a bottle! Also, there is a Facebook page called Gluten free Expats Japan that has a lot of information regarding restaurants in various cities. That could be useful as it gets closer to planning your trip.
  5. A headache is my first symptom. That knocks me out immediately.
  6. I use Lush products and have never had any problems. I really like the Big shampoo. I have used the conditioners as well as body washes (It's Raining Men and Happy Hippy). I also use the mint julip (?) lip scrub and the "let's rock and roll" face scrub. No problems!
  7. I started using the Acure brand that I buy from iherb.com. I live overseas so I don't have many ordering choices so iherb is best for me. But you might be able to find it from other online stores (Amazon, etc.). It says gluten-free and I have had no problems. I use the shampoo, conditioner and a couple of the body washes. Their under eye cream is great too!
  8. just out of curiosity, can you try something like goat cheese? or something made from sheep's milk? It might give you the satisfaction of cheese without the dairy issue.
  9. "grown better" and "genetically modified" has nothing to do with gluten. I don't really understand what you mean by this "hypothesis." Gluten is gluten. Eating out in Japan is extremely hard due to soy sauce in everything. In fact, aside from plain yogurt, hard boiled eggs and fruit, there is nothing I'd eat in a convenience store. In a bar you can eat edamame. If you can find a homestay that can work with special dietary needs that's great. If not, an apt. is a the way to go. Forget a dorm with food.
  10. It is important that you have your own cookware: pans, cutting board, knives, etc. My husband eats gluten but he has his set and I have mine! I have to keep an eye on him because he gets careless sometimes but I have never been sick from CC in my house. Yes, you have to be careful. It's really important to eat healthy food to heal. It's a pain, but that means cooking all your food. Forget about anything in a bag/box. I found that experimenting with sauces helped to jazz up food. My favorite simple one is just honey and yellow mustard mixed together. Goes great on fish, chicken, veggies. Once I stopped thinking about what/how I used to eat and just started thinking new it did get easier. Also, when I first started out 4 years ago, someone recommended checking out the Paleo blogs (mark's daily apple among others). Paleo people eat gluten free mostly but are so gung ho and excited about food. I found it very uplifting. Tons of amazing recipes out there.
  11. I cook with a scale so I just did it as is. No conversion, sorry!
  12. I stumbled upon this recipe and had zero hopes for it tasting good. I was wrong! It is fantastic and I have made it many times. The only change I made was to reduce the sugar by half. I start with the almonds in the food processor then add everything else in there to mix it. The "dough" is kind of hard so I find it easier to just drop it onto a baking sheet. I didn't need a muffin pan. https://cookpad.com/us/recipes/299080-vegan-gluten-free-chia-brownies?ref=search
  13. I use tea bags all the time from various companies without worry. The only teas I worry about are those that are flavored like holiday blends. I have seen barley in those. As far as green tea goes, I highly recommend the Ito-en Ryokucha Premium Green tea matcha blend. It has leaf and a little matcha in it. It is by far the best green I have had. It just steeps in water for 30 seconds (longer it becomes bitter). Not sure if it is found locally but Amazon has it: http://www.amazon.com/Itoen-Ryokucha-Green-Matcha-Premium/dp/B004M89V6K
  14. Well, I feel your pain. I am in Japan were there is also NO knowledge of Celiac/gluten sensitivity. In fact, I was printing off documents to give to my doctor to read! I never eat in restaurants due to cross contamination. I can't tell you how many times I have had the conversation: "Oh, you can't eat soy sauce because you are allergic to soybeans?" "No, I can't have soy sauce because it has wheat in it." "No it doesn't" "Yes, it does." At best I have been able to get people to understand I am "allergic" to wheat. So, I have become a cook and I make all my meals. I don't necessarily like it, but in the end I know I am eating healthier! Check out iherb.com. They have very cheap shipping to Japan-- not sure about France. But I get my gluten-free soy sauce and a lot of other goodies from them.
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