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  1. Had my first pity party last night at the fair. We have a HUGE fair that comes once a year and thats when I splurged and get straight up junk. Well I couldn't have a thing last night. Thats been the only time in the past 2 months where Ive really felt the blow to the gut (no pun intended :P ) with the gluten free life. I didn't give in though, and Im proud of myself for that. I have done so well that I give myself a pat on the back. Figured I'd come here and whine for a minute just cause yall understand.

  2. Im not sure how much they sell it for on amazon but check out iherb.com. I placed a huge baking order and they have a ton of gluten-free stuff. And their shipping is 6.00 no matter how heavy your order is. Also if you spend 20, u get free shipping. If you spend 40, u get free 3 day shipping. I just placed another order on Wednesday and it will be here today. They are an awesome company. I actually had an AP flour that had been damaged (imagine a flour explosion ALL over everything) and they had me a new bag in 2 days.

  3. Its been a little over 6 weeks since Ive been gluten-free and Ive been eating the same things over and over because I know they are safe. Well its time for me to venture out and try new things. I bought me some cream of rice. I know its similar to oatmeal and needs some doctoring up to make it tasty. Well I doctored it up with some fresh blueberries and a bit of maple syrup. Its still gross! Maybe Im just not a cream of rice person. I also got me some granola to eat and OMGosh its so good but expensive. Our budget will not allow me to buy it often but wow its nummy! Anything you can tell me to try will be greatly appreciated it. Im willing to try anything.

  4. I have a Sunbeam bread machine and just use the regular bread cycle. Its a bit older and doesn't have a gluten-free cycle.(someone who had one that never used it gave it to me) Ive also read where you can use a rapid cycle because gluten-free bread doesn't need to rise as much as a regular bread loaf. I haven't tried that yet though because Ive had much success with the regular bread cycle. The only downfall to that is it takes 3 hours and you really need to be there when it finishes. gluten-free bread cannot sit in the machine to cool because it will get soggy.

  5. Im just a bit over 5 weeks into the gluten free life. Ive done remarkable if I do say so myself. :D I've started walking just about every day of the week. The only reason I don't do it everyday is because my kids running around lives have taken over mine recently. But the thing is, I feel like doing it. Im also contemplating running again. Ever since my fibro fully kicked in just over a year ago, I had to completely stop any exercising. So this is huge for me. My ONLY complaint is I have been bloated non-stop. Here I am thinking I am getting fat because of the new diet but the scale hasn't moved either way. I used to have severe gas and bloated occasionally (mainly after a heavy meal). But this is all the time. Im on probiotics which I believe have helped me in being as regular as Ive ever been. Ive read a lot on here and some suggest digestive enzymes. What exactly are those and how do they work? Also, where can I find them for a good price? We are a one income family and with all my daily meds, Culturelle is a bit on the expensive side for me. :( What all ingredients do I need to look for in a good digestive enzyme tablet? Ive learned about what the probiotics need, now its time for me to learn about this. Thanks in advance!

  6. I've been getting braver in the health foods section and have ventured out into the alternative milk world. I should say that I HATE coconut and anything that has it as an ingredient. But after reading on here, I was convinced that the milk might not be as horrid as I thought it would be so I gave it a shot. Its good. Has no hint of the typical coconut flavor that I immensly dislike. I've been using it a lot in my cooking. My question is, what is the difference between coconut milk and coconut milk beverage. I was doing some reading on the internet and saw a comment that says they are 2 different things and upon doing more research I couldn't really find anything worthy of an explanation.

  7. Well, Im not allergic to any foods on the allergy test. They tested me for 80 different things. Which Im happy about. My allergist is more in the know about celiac than my internal Dr. :rolleyes: Figures. He knows that I have been gluten free for over 5 weeks now but still wanted to run the celiac panel just to see if maybe we could get a dx for me. He understands the not knowing and just guessing. He and I both know that its likely for my panel to come back negative but he just wanted to see. And since I pay nothing out of pocket for any kind of labwork, Im ok with that.

  8. Its great reading someone's results after a year with the gluten-free life. Im only a month in and Ive had more energy this month than Ive had in YEARS! If it gets any better with time, I might have to take up marathon running! I do still have days where Im exhausted and just need to rest. But I believe that is because Ive been without energy for so long that I wear myself out. Im actually sleeping at night with NO medication. DH wonders why Im so tired at night. I said isn't that how normal people are? Im still bloated so much of the time, but the pains are disappearing as are the quick dashes for the bathroom.

  9. I bought myself a toaster oven. And boy we didn't know what we were missing with that thing! I use it so much for so many other things rather than toast. Since its mine, it is 100% dedicated to gluten free. Ill let DH use it, but not for anything with gluten. He loves it too and says if we had more counter space, he would buy him and the kids one.

  10. Ok since my Dr botched my endoscopy and Ive been gluten free for a month now, I have decided to do food allergy testing. Have many of you been diagnosed this way? Will a good allergist diagnose you with celiac? I would really like a diagnosis but not enough to gluten challenge myself. If this doesn't work for a diagnosis, Im just going to throw in the towel with the professionals and keep doing what Im doing. I would just like to be able to say I have celiac diasease and therefore absolutely cannot have gluten at all. I know yall know what I mean with that. Im going Tuesday to have the testing done. Ive had seasonal allergy testing done, but never did I think I needed to do food. Im allergic to SO much that Im scared what will come back. I just hope I can eat still something after I have the testing done. Im sure I will have to have my allergy shots recalibrated and start all over again. It will be worth it though to have definitive proof.

  11. Glad that I found this thread. I am in agony. I woke up in tears of pain and discouragement today. I thought I was getting better, really! My heartburn was going away. Now, I find that I have traded heartburn for stomach aches instead. I am on day 2.5 of mostly constant stomach ache.

    I suspect dairy is the culprit. Oy vey, what will I have to give up next? It makes me dizzy just trying to figure it all out.

    See if you agree:

    Yesterday I ate greek yogurt (a favorite of mine) for breakfast and coffee with sugar only. I only ate it because I had noticed the day before that if I ate, the pain went away for a while. Halfway through the yogurt, I stopped and threw it away. Couldn't finish it.

    For lunch, I ate some cheddar cheese, carrot sticks, nut meal crackers, and a quinoa salad. Within an hour, I was nauseated and almost left work early to go home and lie down. Evntually, the nausea passed away, and my stomach was just a little achy.

    Then at dinner I did something really stupid and tried eating at a restaurant that we like. I ordered roast pork, corn tortillas, and (you guessed it) melted cheese sauce (which I am 99% sure had no flour in it). Dinner actually went well, and I didn't have any nausea afterward. But here it is morning time and I have another stomach ache.

    Similar experience earlier in the week, I remember drinking 3 small glasses of milk at dinner. I love cold milk.

    I think I am going to have to kick dairy. Maybe I'll get it back later?

    Something I noticed right off the bat was the coffee. A lot of people are sensitive to coffee. I am one of them and it makes me so sick. Im a coffee nut and its a huge set back for me. That could be part of your troubles too. Maybe you are having too much dairy. I can only handle so much at the time. And yogurt gets me every time for some crazy reason.

  12. One thing that will prove to him just how intolerant you are and how sick it makes you, will be after you've been gluten free for awhile and then get accidentally glutened. Sadly, if that doesn't prove to him just how bad off you are, then nothing will. My husband is very supportive of me doing whatever it takes to get well. He had doubts about if the diet was helping me until last Friday. I was making him a loaf of regular bread and accidentally glutened myself. I was sick as a dog and he felt horrible for even remotely doubting that I needed to be gluten free. Maybe as time goes on he will start to see positive changes in your health and get on board, and start to support you. Just stick to your guns and do not allow him to sway you from what your body needs.

  13. These are awesome ideas! Ill add something for those who also camp that might have never done this.

    We call them hobo meals. We take a big piece of tinfoil and put ground meat (we use turkey or chicken) add carrots, sometimes bell peppers and chunks of potatoes. The fellas add hot peppers to theirs to give it a kick. We then add seasonings. I always have used garlic powder, onion powder, and lemon pepper. Wrap it up in a pouch and put them on the grill for about an hour or so. We use a marker to label everyone's pouch. Each individual makes up their own package so the CC for me will be next to nothing since everything but some of the seasonings they use is safe for me. The kids LOVE this because they can make their own meal and put whatever they want in it, or don't want in my son's case. We love this so much that we even do it here at the house but in the oven, unless DH is in the grilling mood.

  14. I glutened myself Friday and I knew it would happen. I made the glutens of the house a loaf of homemade bread. Either the inhaling of the flours, the residue of the flours on my lips, or cc'ing myself by touching things I shouldn't after making the dough is what got me. After reading so much on here about cc and the best ways not to gluten yourself, I should have known better. DH knows that loaf of bread was "expensive" for me and there will not be another one made by me. He is also eating that loaf very sparingly :)

  15. We are going camping this weekend for the first time since I've gone gluten-free. Any fellow campers out there? And what all do you bring to eat? We have a camper with an entire kitchen set up so I can cook. I would like to have special things like everyone else has. We always get junk that we wouldn't otherwise have at home. I know a few things of junk food I can grab. If I could get some more ideas from yall, that would be great.

    On a side note, I survived my first cookout yesterday. I took my own food and everyone completely understood (it was family). I told them abbout accidently glutening myself Friday and they were shocked at how bad I reacted.

  16. I am only in week 3 of being gluten-free and I accidentally glutened myself today. I was having doubts about the diet and if it was working.....until today. Ive been sick as a dog ever since. I too am not Dr diagnosed because the Dr completely botched my endoscopy :rolleyes: My family and I are a one income family and couldn't completely overhaul our kitchen. I did purchase a very nice toaster oven for $50 bucks at Walmart. I honestly don't know how we lived without one before now. It gets used everyday, multiple times a day. I will be getting new things that will be just for me along the way. Until then, I will just wash everything really well. Like today I bought me 2 new baking spatulas. Starting the gluten-free diet has been a large expense and has put a bit of finanical strain on us, but the one time big shopping trip will last a long time. Such as gluten-free soysauce, how long will that bottle last me? Something else, check out gfoverflow.com. It will help you to buy regular things that are naturally gluten-free and not in the specialty gluten-free aisle. Like heinz ketchup and things like that. Since Im a stay at home mom, I get a lot of time to shop around and have found places online that will deliver some of the groceries I need, for a much cheaper price, and their shipping was free. Mainly I bought baking items. I got large quantities of flours for very cheap compared to Kroger. I paid $3.75+ for a 22oz bag of brown rice flour, and on the site I paid $4.77 for a 48oz bag. I have been using pots and pans that have had glutenous food cooked in them and so far Ive been lucky and been fine(knock on wood) This place is a treasure trove of information. Anytime, please feel free to PM me and we can swap secrets in our gluten-free lifestyle. Good luck!

  17. The last half of this week has been terrible. I am plumb exhausted! Yesterday when I went to go pick my son up from school, I got hit with a wave of exhaustion and I didn't think I was going to make it home safely. It was insane! On a cool note, I have made myself a blog and given myself a cutesy name. Its a blog about all sorts of things but it will be heavily aimed toward the gluten free lifestyle. I call myself The Squeaky Peach and my blog's name is Glutenus Minimus :D If any newbies (pfft like Im a pro) want some ideas on how to make some awesome meals, even have a shopping list posted, check out the Facebook page. You should be able to find it with those 2 names.

    On a side note, I just made a batch of gluten filled bread and I pray that I didn't gluten myself in any way. If I did, it will be the last time I make the hubby a loaf of bread.

  18. LOL Ive been wearing myself out every day. Im overly excited about my energy levels and do all kinds of stuff. I just found a place to order a good amount of brown rice flour and many many other things.....momma's got a lot of baking to do! My load didn't turn out that bad in my machine. The recipe I used was bland and blah, but it came out good. I find myself doing the happy dance all the time (much to the kids dismay), so I know Im feeling some better. :D

  19. Week 2 has been pretty good. My energy levels are still higher than they have been in years. Yesterday I started walking with my pup again. REALLY paid for it last night leg pain wise. I started taking pro-biotics, Omega 3 and a multi-vitamin (Up & Up gummies) and about a day or two after that, I started having side pains again. I think its the multi-vitamin but doing the process of elimination should better help me with figuring out that. Since I was only a week or so in, I decided not to give up dairy and see if it would work itself out, and it has. And Im so glad cause I love my cheese! Im baking my first loaf of gluten-free bread in my new machine, and Im scared to death what my end product will be. Ive heard that its a tricky thing to make it come out right. On that note, anyone have a place where I can buy a bigger bag of brown rice flour for a decent price? The small bags I can buy in the store aren't going to last long and the for the price, I can near about just buy bread in the stores. Im doing great sticking with the diet as I bought a bunch of stuff to keep me happy. I have a huge sweet tooth and have plenty of snacks. The excessive hunger is starting to slow down some, though I have days where I think I could eat a couch! Ive had only one serious craving for bread this week and I put myself to work doing something and forgot about it. I should add that the toaster oven I bought just for myself, has been used everyday, sometimes multiple times a day. But there is a learning curve for me and I have several burns on my fingers to prove it. <_<

    My hubby asked me last night, how do I know if this is working or if this is the diet I need to be on. And I honestly didn't know how to answer that question. Since I have no diagnosis, I really don't know. I am planning on going to my alergist for food testing since I refuse to do another endo and do not want to do the gluten challenge for blood work. The only thing I could tell him is that I have had more energy than I have had in years and thats the only thing I can definitely tell an improvement on. Should I gluten myself to see if I have a reaction, or am I not far enough in to elicit a bad reaction? BTW, I don't want to gluten myself, but I would like to know. Now, off to make me some lunch......corn tortilla (lightly buttered and toasted in the toaster oven for a few), roasted turkey, romaine lettuce, colby jack cheese and some honey dijon. Makes for an awesome wrap! So awesome that my hubby begs me to make them for him for a snack. :)

  20. Well either last night I got CC'd or just had a bad night in general. I was blown up like a balloon looking pregnant, stomach pains, nausea, and just felt like I could throw up at any second.

    Im still blowing up like a balloon after meals. And these are meals I have made with no one else around and have been oober careful of CC possibilities.

    I was just looking at labs that were done on me at the beginning of this year and just about all my vitamin deficiency tests were either right at the lowest normal level or just below normal. The writing has been on the wall for a long time and no one has caught it......or cared enough to delve deeper into what was going on. So many pieces of the puzzle are fitting together, even if it is self diagnosing. No way am I going to do the gluten challenge to try the blood work, and I dang sure am not having another endo done. :rolleyes: