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About ruddabega

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    I take and teach ballet, and take jazz and salsa energy providing.<br />I play piano... classical at the moment, but hopefully jazz too.<br />I want to be a pediatric DO (a doctor) someday soon.<br />Love to read, listen to indie music, and talk politics, religion, philosophy, movies, music, etc.<br />
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  1. pturse--

    Do you live near Davis, CA? Have you heard of Natural Food Works? I shop at the Davis Food Co-Op, do you?

    I am from Sacramento. Not far from the Bay Area. I am curious what store you are talking about. I agree, Whole Foods is great but also expensive (friends have nick named it Whole Paycheck).


    Oh, I see, you're from Sac. I'm from Dixon. Do you go to the Celiac support group? I haven't gone yet, but I think I should. I would reccommend Trader Joes for shopping... their Thai Kitchen stuff is excellent. I like rice/soy noodles, and the Food For Life Rice bread is really good. If you go to the support group, let me know.

  2. Yes, Celiac Disease is an "invisible disability" that people are insensitive to. I was just honored at a luncheon, and I emailed them before to ask if they knew the menu... I got some half-ass response, so I ate watermelon at my own luncheon. They basically made comments on how skinny I am. I'm sure they thought I was anorexic. Gah, I agree. This stinks!!!!

  3. I've never cheated, and I've been gluten-free for 1.5 yrs. What really makes me angry is when I get glutenated over something not worth it, like salad dressing or something! ARRRRGG!

    I survive not cheating by smelling stuff. I smell everyone's everything and live "vicariously through my nose." It's good most of the time. What I always say is that on my death bed I'm eating garlic breadsticks, devils' food cake, and lots of other gluteny things.

  4. Hey! I'm from Central California, Dixon near Sacramento. And, yes, we can eat Mexican food. Thank God for corn tortillas. The only real Celiac store is in Davis, CA and it's called the Natural Food Works. Lots of gluten-free stuff.

    Let me know where exactly you are!


  5. I was talking to my cousin, and she (who is big on Chinese medicine) said that she's talked to many Celiacs who can handle bits of gluten. She was suprised to hear that I would "never ever eat gluten". Has anyone done this? Gone off gluten and had an okay response? I didn't think it was really possible with Celiac, but I could be wrong...

  6. My first gluten-free Thanksgiving is coming up, and I am getting worried about being able to eat anything at all. My family is a big fan of stuffing, so they will cook the turkey w/ gluten-full stuffing inside. Will the turkey be contaminated? Will the turkey juice? (for gravy). What about cooking gluten-free items in the oven at the same time as breads and cassroles?

    Any insight would be appreciated! :)

  7. Hey

    I'm not a vegetarian, and this won't help with eating out, but I wondered if you'd tried Amy's meals. They're organic, ALL are vegetarian, and many are gluten-free. I just had the enchiladas for dinner, and the tofu scramble is also quite good. Whole foods and Trader Joes carry them around the country. (I'm from California, but I discovered them in Boston, and have gotten them in Colorado.)

    Hope that helps some!

  8. I can relate. I went to the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston this summer, and practically starved.

    For my first night, I got there late and they offered me pizza, so I ate the rest of the apple and Bumble Bar I had brought on the eight hour flight. I didn't get to a grocery store for another day, and practically starved. I ate gluten-free bread and peanut butter and cheese... that's about it. It sucked!

    Someone should do something about camps for kids... especially when the cost of food is included, and they either starve you or make you sick.

  9. I am going into medicine and hope to become a DO (an osteopathic doctor, instead of an allopathic doctor like MD's are.) Does any one have a DO doctor? If so, are they any better then regular docs?

  10. I recommend the patch, personally. I tried the pill before I knew about celiac disease, and the hormones completely whacked me out. The patch didn't do that to me. Also, I like how the chemicals are absorbed through my bloodstream instead of going through my GI tract--much more reliable delivery!



    The NuvaRing is similar because it also absorbs through to the blood stream.

  11. I used the Nuvaring for six or so months, and loved it. It's the most safe form of birthcontrol because the levels of hormones are constant, and thus can be very low levels. I am fairly small, so I was worried about comfort. It was great though! I deffinetly reccommend it. (No one sees it, unlike the patch during swim season) Also, you change it once a month, not once a week, which you do with the patch.

    Talk to your doctor about this, but I just kept it in for a full four weeks and had no period. I took it out every 3 months. It was soooo nice!

  12. I've had a similar experience. A friend of mine owns a bakery, and was annoyed at my sudden disappearance from his store. I told him I was allergic to wheat and blah blah blah, and he said, "we don't use any wheat." I got very excited and asked him if he used rice flour or tapioca or something, and he said that he just uses all-purpose white flour. I laughed so hard! Is white flour suddenly made out of some magical, cheap, gluten-free product!? I wish!

  13. I thought of another few, if you're still doing this.

    You might be a Celiac if...

    *constipation is no longer embarrassing to talk about

    *you become overly-protective of the few gluten-free items in your fridge, and fight for ownership of them

    *you have explained to waiters at least 100 times, that you are not allergic to meat, but to WHEAT

    *you explain (to disbelieving listeners) that you are allergic to beer and pizza, but ARE American by birth

    This is great! I'm showing it to all my friends... I don't know if they'll get it though!

  14. My goodness! You've had a heck of a time! I can understand somewhat though, I've had my bout of medical problems. Heart, endocrine, nerological, and tons of bone issues.

    About osteoperosis. There are two things you should be aware of. One is that Celiacs often absorb too little zinc. Zinc contributes to calcium absorbtion by the bones, so if you are worried, I would take some zinc, and some NATURAL calcium. I take 50 mg of zinc/ day. Calcium is harder to take because your body only can absorb 200 mg (I think... but don't quote me) at a time. I take two calcium tablets per day, to make sure I get enough into the blood stream.

    Calcium's absorbtion is also hindered by caffiene, so drink as little as possible. Another way to increase bone density is to do some weight bearing exersice, such as walking, running, jump roping, etc. Jump roping is an excellent way to burn calories, by the way, but it can be challanging with carple tunnel.

    The other thing that worries me is that you have no uterus. This can often throw off one's hormone balance, since your body knows you aren't able to reproduce anymore. Hormones, especially estrogen in women, are a gigantic part of calcium absorbtion. In menopause, we lose these hormones, and our bone density decreases. I am not sure if you are getting enough estrogen, etc, but make sure that you do! It will help with bone density.

    I hope that helps. Sorry to ramble!

  15. Not to be a party pooper, but I just thought I should warn those of you attempting the micro-wave plan.

    I'm a senior in high school, and will be dealing with the college thing next year. YIKES! But, I reccommend a hot plate instead of a microwave, especially for those of us with Celiac.

    As many of you know, Celiacs' guts aren't the best at absorbtion... absorbing many large, harmful chemicals, and not getting enough vitamins and good nutrients (like zinc.) Yes, our guts do heal, but if any one has further problems, stay away from microwaves!

    The way a microwave heats its food is by sending out very small waves (microwaves... these are comprable to radiation.) The microwaves dive deep into the food, causing all the atoms to jiggle around like crazy. This does two things. First, it heats the food by way of friction from all the little atoms bouncing around like crazy. That's good! Hot food!

    The bad part is, that the molecules that make up our food are made of very weakly bonded atoms. When the microwaves come in contact with the moleclues, they can actually break some of the bonds, turning wonderful things like vitamins into nothing.

    So basically, although the food tastes good, the nutrition is zapped out of it. We Celiacs need all the nutrition we can get, so zapping our food isn't the best plan. Instead of nutritious broccoli, we are getting broccoli-flavored-cardboard (well, you get the picture.)

    Natural heat, however, is completely safe! So, get a hot plate! And a spatula!

    Sorry to ramble on... I hope this helps!