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  1. We love these products. We've tried the lunch meats and the bacon. They're awesome. The bacon is quite delicious and the kids are greatful to be able to eat bacon more often, now that it doesn't contain the sodium nitrate. It doesn't fry up the same for some reason. It doesn't cook as evenly - I don't know why. But anyway, it's great. I didn't know they had hot dogs too in their naturals line. Can't wait to try it!


  2. Melody, sorry about your hyperemisis gravidarium. I had the same thing with my first pregnancy and was fed through a central line in a hospital all the way until my second trimester. What a nightmare! Few people understand how horrible this condition is. I remember wishing I would die when I had this. But congratulations! You were quite brave to go for a second child after having experienced it during your first pregnancy!

    I don't know if cutting out gluten stopped your vomiting, but if you truly had hyperemisis gravidarium, I seriously doubt it did. This condition is caused by an excess of HCG (the pregnancy hormone). It usually levels out at or about the beginning of the second trimester, which is where you are at now. If you start to vomit when you eat gluten now, well then it would seem to me that the cause of your vomiting is the gluten and not hyperemisis. I still encourage you, however, to remain gluten-free if you suspect you have Celiac or any other gluten sensitivity.

    I'm sorry to hear about the baby's cleft palate. You know, they can repair that beautifully now, so don't let this news bring you down in any way or prevent you from getting excited about your new blessed blundle of joy.

    I'm glad you're feeling better and wish you a healthy remainder of pregnancy.


  3. Sorry for the problem your little one is having.

    We home school our children. We use the K12 curriculum, a quality, advanced, award-winning program. I love it, and so do they. They have plenty of friends they spend time with, so they are well socialized. And they get individual attention, so they are getting a first-rate education. Every lesson is planned out for them on line and they supply you with all the necessary materials. The parent is the teacher and received teacher manuals for every subject detailing how to teach each lesson. You should check it out at www.k12.com when you get a chance.

    Good luck!


  4. Hi everyone. I've been gone for a while because we took our first gluten-free vacation out of the country. We rented a gorgeous villa in Turks & Caicos with a private beach. We snorkeled in gorgeous coral reefs in just 2 feet of water right outside our door. We packed some gluten-free food (like pasta) and bought the rest at an IGA grocery store.

    The whole experience was wonderful, but when we returned we all ended up with horrible vomiting and d. The doctor said it was the travelers' virus (Norwalk?). We ended up at the children's hospital in Miami (it's such a "great hospital" that many travel from all over the Caribbean and South America to seek specialized medical attention for their children. So you could imagine my shock when after filling out the gluten free menu for my kids (who were there 5 days), we received Kellogs Corn Flakes for breakfast. I told the nurses and doctors about the malt flavoring containing barley and they were shocked. They were so upset at their kitchen who promised to go over all their ingredients again. The next day, we got Kellogs Rice Krispies for breakfast, malt flavoring being the 2nd ingredient. It seems like every level of personnel came to see me to discuss this with me...they were definitely concerned. The next day I ordered bacon for breakfast, but penciled in a note saying, "Hormel and Oscar Meyer brands are gluten-free." The assistant kitchen supervisor personally came to see me to inform me that she didn't send bacon in my children's breakfast tray because it was not Hormal or Oscar Meyer brand. It didn't even occur to her that she could call their bacon's manufacturer and ask if it was gluten-free. When the director of the hospital came to see me, he was so impressed with my knowledge of the gluten-free diet that he asked me to be on their parent advisory council. I told him I'd gained all my knowledge from this site and all of you really smart people! Maybe they just don't want me to make a big stink of it or sue them, who knows. Anyway, they had to release us early because they could not guarantee a gluten-free meal for my children and I told them I didn't trust their kitchen anyway. The supervisor called me before I left because the director insisted she make a gluten-free dinner for my kids. I told her that she should look on this site for a lengthy list of the many names gluten can go by. She was so nasty. She just said, "We already have a list." My kids were released at 4 pm that day without eating anything but a banana because I couldn't trust their kitchen. Sad.

    Bottom line. Many people who suspect their diet is gluten-free at this hospital are actually getting poisoned, not just celiacs, but autistic children and hiv patients, many who are on strinct gluten-free diets. You'd think such an institution would be better educated. As for me, I'm horrified. Please don't take just anyone's word for it when they claim something is gluten-free. Who'd think you could get glutened from something off the gluten-free menu of an internationally celebrated children's hospital? Makes me wonder about the gluten-free menus in restaurants.


  5. We've failed miserably with our attempts. We must have tried 50 different recipes. The rice flour ones were like bricks. The bean flour breads were soft but tasted gross. I just gave up and we eat either the Kinnickinnik bread of Jillian's French gluten-free bread. So this huge, expensive breadmaker just sits up on our counter taking up precious space. So yesterday, I found a bread mix from Gluten Free Pantry and another from Pamela's (two quality companies). Anyone know if these are any good? I just give up!

    Sorry, I haven't been much help at all.


  6. Coconut milk, condensed milk and macadamia nuts are extremely fattening. Also, all ice-creams are not created equal. Haagen Daz is the most fattening one I've ever found (about twice the fat of other ice-creams).

    P.S. Don't worry too much if you don't gain right away. From experience, I can tell you that your metabolism may be to blame, and not necessarily your celiac. But one thing is for sure, the weight will eventually come.


  7. Tostitos are not made/prepared in a dedicated facility. Most foods we eat are not (like ice-cream, cheese, taco shells, meats (some add flavorings to ground meats), cereals, etc. Some foods we eat are from dedicated facilities (such as Enjoy Life, Pamela's, Kinnickinnik, Gluten Free Pantry). But these are hard to find. I know I've looked hard into finding tortilla chips made in a gluten free facility, but the results have not been very tasty. Yes, you are taking a risk by eating these Tostitos, but either you trust that they clean these lines in between product production (like they say they do) or you just don't eat them. I've read that some people have reacted to Frito Lay products, but luckily we haven't. Sometimes you have to just eat on faith alone.


  8. I'm still pretty shocked about this response, but I guess I'm just so sad because I feel like it's my children that have been rejected. I hope they'll encounter more decent people than this throughout their lives. You're all right. This person wasn't really my friend.

    At the same time, I guess I am pretty lucky. Look at all the caring responses I got from my good friends on this board. That really made my day. Thanks. :)


  9. Hi. Happy birthday to your little girl. :)

    I don't like to make cake from scratch because I make such a huge mess in the kitchen. So we use mixes. I agree that Pamela's Chocolate Cake is the best gluten-free cake I've had. My sister is a baker and we had her over recently for a barbecue. I made this cake and added a cup of sour cream (it's an option the package recommends). We frost it with Duncan Hines Homestyle chocolate frosting. My sister said it's the best cake she's EVER had. Really rich and delicious. No one could tell it's not made with regular flour. I've never seen this in a white or vanilla flavor, though. My other favorite, although it doesn't compare in texture, is the one from Kinnickinnik. Both chocolate and vanilla make excellent cupcakes. Once frosted, they taste very much like the real deal.