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  1. Pam cooking sprays are all gluten free except for the Baking Spray, which contains flour.
  2. I buy the little pre-packaged envelopes of oatmeal for convenience in the morning. Usually Nature's Path Maple and Brown Sugar Envirokids oatmeal (yea, they're meant for little gluten-free kids, which is probably why they're so good). They're pretty cheap for gluten-free, only .50 more than classic Quaker at Target. I am fully in support of the peanut butter fudge for breakfast. I like the idea of adding the jam - peanut butter and jelly fudge. We are expecting 1-3 inches of snow here in Tennessee, so everyone is stocking up on canned food and bottled water like it's the apocalypse. I grew up in Michigan, so the reaction to "snow storms" here just cracks me up.
  3. I love Quaker's caramel rice cakes, they're a go-to snack for me. They never bother my stomach and if I forget them in a Ziploc in my bag for a few days... they're still totally edible. I can't count how many times I've found a mystery bag of rice cakes in a pocket in my bag and proceeded to munch on them. It's been 10+ years and I still really miss eggs. About once a year I think "maybe I'm not allergic/intolerant anymore," and give an egg a try. Always end up regretting it. I seem to be okay with small amounts of egg baked into something but if I a whole egg I get these weird, distinctive stomach cramps I call "egg-pains."
  4. I have seen a lot of people comment that they can't eat oats. I eat oatmeal for breakfast most mornings. I've removed it from my diet a few times and added it back in, but have never seen any difference. I think they're safe for me. It's a good thing. Without gluten, dairy or eggs... breakfast is challenging. The flu bugs are so vicious anymore. My healthy 7 year old nephew had this same flu (I caught it from him). It knocked him on his butt for almost 2 weeks and it put my mom in the hospital with pneumonia. Fortunately, he's feeling much better and school doesn't start here until next Monday. I really intended to get a flu shot this year, but kept putting it off. Stupid me, paying for it now.
  5. I've never had any gallbladder issues before this, but it's the only thing I can think of that makes any sense. I don't have a GI (no insurance, can't afford to walk in the office, unfortunately). But, I made an appointment with my PCP. She's pretty thorough and does what she can to keep my costs down. Already $250 in the hole from the hospital trip yesterday. Before the celiac disease diagnosis, my PCP had tested my digestive enzymes (bilirubin, I think), and said my gallbladder/liver and stuff seemed to be functioning fine. I definitely had the flu. I don't know if it could have set off the gallbladder thing. I know dropping weight rapidly can lead to gallstones, and having not eaten much in 2 weeks, I lost about 8lbs that I really didn't need to drop. Hoping it was just a fluke. I'd really like to keep all my parts.
  6. Where do they sell the Top Care brand? I always have a hard time finding gluten-free meds when I'm sick. A lot of the Target brand stuff (Up&Up I think) is labeled gluten-free, but the nearest Target is 30 minutes away, which feels like an eternity when you have the flu. With the autoimmune trigger, I was wondering the same thing. If the flu taxing my autoimmune system could set off a Celiac-like reaction. Or if I'm more susceptible to stomach distress with the flu because of Celiac - CyclingLady's explanation of this made sense to me. I'm sure I didn't eat anything with gluten, I'm so careful with my diet, and only eat fresh foods or things that are certified. Really, for the last couple of weeks I've just been eating bananas, pears, gluten-free oatmeal, applesauce, chicken, white rice, baked potatoes and gluten-free crackers (Breton brand, certified gluten-free). I actually was starting to feel better the last couple of days, got my appetite back, started eating more. Then ended up in the hospital yesterday with horrendous, fetal-position stomach pain that lasted for hours. The pain abruptly disappeared while I was sitting in the hospital (leaving me feeling like an idiot). I think it might have been a gallstone or something (never had one, but my stepsister has, and said that's what it sounded like), which might help explain the stomach troubles I've been having. Not really sure, once the pain subsided, the doctor shrugged it off and said it probably wasn't anything serious. Sure felt serious, but I'm okay today. Just feeling tired and a little nauseous. At this point, I'm more frustrated than anything. Sick of being sick.
  7. The thermo is a great idea, I hadn't thought of that. Even pre-gluten-free, I've always sucked at lunch. I'm not big on cold foods (sandwiches, wraps, I'll try the thermos idea.
  8. I begin student teaching at the end of January. Full days at an elementary school plus evening classes is going to make for some long days where I am out of the house (my eating safe zone) for 10-12 hours. I normally just don't eat much away from home, but I'm going to need food, and I don't think I can subsist on fruit and granola bars all day. Is it safe to use the shared microwave in the teachers lounge? The lounge itself is generally kept very clean but I'm sure the microwave is frequently used to heat gluten-containing foods. If I cover my food with a paper towel or keep the lid on a pyrex container, is using the microwave safe? Any extra precautions I should take to avoid getting sick? Bringing my own microwave to my student teaching placements seems like it would be incredibly awkward.
  9. Thanks, that makes sense. I generally just avoid OTC medication because it's so hard to tell what is/is not gluten-free. I've only taken Target brand naproxen and DG brand cough drops, both gluten-free. Before getting sick, I had been feeling so well and my diet had been so good. It can be so discouraging feeling like I'm taking 2 steps back. The thought of the flu attacking my weakest spot didn't really occur to me. When my stomach acts up, my brain immediately goes "AHHH Celiac." I didn't think about it in terms of damage from the Celiac. Can you recommend a good gluten-free probiotic? I started taking one last spring and it made me sick, which scared me off of them. Suppose it couldn't hurt to try again.
  10. Okay, I'm hoping someone else has experienced this or has an answer for me. Can the flu provoke a Celiac flare up? For the past 12 days I have been battling a terrible flu-bug (not the stomach flu, a respiratory flu: fever, cough, fatigue...). This flu did come with a lack of appetite and some stomach distress, which is not typical for the flu, but also not unheard of. My nephew and mom both had the same flu and also experienced stomach distress (no vomiting, but diarrhea and loss of appetite). My nephew and mom went to the doctor and tested positive for the flu, so I know it isn't something else. It is 12 days since I got sick. I'm mostly over it, aside from a lingering cough, some sinus trouble and fatigue. But, my stomach is still really messed up. Still having diarrhea, some mild cramping and pain and passing mucus. Is it possible for the flu to have cause a Celiac flare up? I feel like I've been glutened, but I know I haven't. I really don't want to waste time/money going to the doctor, just to get the normal shoulder shrug, but I'm starting to worry. And, I'm tired of feeling like crap. I have not gotten a viral illness since my diagnosis last winter, so I'm wondering if this kind of flare up after getting sick is normal-ish. How long will it take to pass?
  11. Arasmas

    celiac disease in East Tennessee

    Hi Morna. I will have to add Tom and Chee's to my list. I have found so many new restaurants on this forum. My family's birthday season is coming up (I swear, everyone was born between September-December), so I am going to have to check out the bakery on Campbell Station. Sneak in some gluten-free cake and goodies and see if anyone notices. I miss cake.
  12. This was absolutely me before diagnosis. The worst of all of my Celiac symptoms occurred in the morning. The anxiety was terrible in the mornings, I had horrible nausea, no appetite, felt light headed, dizzy and shaky, diarrhea, stomach cramps... the works. Honestly, I don't know if it was the symptoms causing the anxiety, the anxiety making my symptoms worse, or a combination. I almost dropped out of school because I felt so terrible every morning I didn't want to leave the house to go to class. The first few doctors I saw insisted all of my symptoms were psychological and tried to give me anti-depressants/anti-anxiety meds, but I knew there was something else wrong with me. I had always been a bit "high-strung," but for the year I was really sick before diagnosis, the anxiety got out of control. I was diagnosed with celiac disease 6 months ago and have been gluten free ever since. It took time, but everything is gradually improving. The morning anxiety is much improved and some mornings, is completely gone. I realized a month or two ago that I no longer spend the first hour after waking up gagging and dry-heaving, something I had done for so many years that I just thought it was normal for me. I can brush my teeth and my tongue without feeling like I'm going to puke. I eat breakfast now, which I have never done, because I was always too anxious and nauseous in the mornings to be hungry. I am not "all better." I still have bad days and even bad weeks. If I get glutened the anxiety comes back full force. If I'm super-stressed out or letting my health slide (not eating well, not sleeping enough) the AM anxiety seems to return. But, it has been slowly improving over the last 6 months and has become so much more manageable. Your anxiety could be a separate disorder from the celiac disease, but for me, it seems it was absolutely related and continues to get better. Don't get discouraged if you don't see an immediate improvement or experience relapses after improving. Often, I feel like it's a two-step-forward, one-step-back kind of thing, but it is getting better.
  13. Arasmas

    celiac disease in East Tennessee

    I was a food snob too. Loved restaurants with fancy-pants menus and mysterious "chef's specials." Didn't believe in making substitutions or questioning dishes. A total beer snob too. I've been drinking a lot more wine lately, kind of nice it's in the grocery stores now. Only, ever since this all started, I can not hold my booze anymore. I don't know if it's the malabsorption or if I don't produce enough enzymes to break it down, but I have become an embarrassingly cheap date. I think I've only really tried 2 kinds of gluten-free beer, Omissions (tastes like Coors light, but double the price), and another big one. I might need to adventure a bit more with it, but it's all so expensive for mediocre beer. Oh god, I was really hoping "gravy-scraper" was some kind of euphemism or something... that can't be safe. I don't get the dh rash, but you think it would be a sign you're doing something wrong. I found the facebook group and joined, it says "pending". Turns out I had an old facebook page that I must have set up years ago. It's pretty pathetic, I have 4 friends, don't judge me.
  14. Arasmas

    celiac disease in East Tennessee

    Ha! Notme, that is me in a restaurant. My mom says I look like a little kid eating an ice cream sundae. It doesn't even have to be something extra-special like RR, I dance in my seat eating a burrito bowl at Salsaritas. In some respects it's kind of nice that my threshold for happy has been lowered to "give me food." I fell for the gluten-free dominoes pizza early on. About a month after diagnosis, back when I was blissfully ignorant of cross contamination and figured a gluten-free crust was enough. I got so, so sick. So sick. And it wasn't really worth it, tasted like a frozen Udi's crust (yuck). ...What is a gravy scraper? That does not sound like a safe job for a Celiac. I have yet to find a gluten-free beer I like. I was a dark beer drinker, Guinness mostly, so the pale-ale style gluten-free beers just don't do it for me. I typically smuggle in tiny bottles of booze to places and spike my lemonade. So much cheaper than ordering drinks too. I know nothing about facebook groups, or facebook in general.
  15. Arasmas

    celiac disease in East Tennessee

    I'm so happy I started this thread. I am sitting here mentally mapping all of my eating out for the next 2 months and getting really excited. Food makes me happy, not doing the dishes makes me happier. Notme - I think the bakery was down on Campbell Station, so thanks for saving me a trip. It's a pretty long drive for me, so I'll wait to check it out when I'm down there for something else. Is it a dedicated gluten-free bakery? Or a bakery with gluten-free stuff? I had eaten a Bonefish a few times before diagnosis and they always had fantastic food, I didn't know they had a gluten-free menu. Tupelo Honey has been on my list to try and I've never even heard of Café 4. Yay, food. I have a feeling I'm going to be putting back on some of the weight I lost last year (and I never thought I would see that as a good thing). Red Robin yesterday was fantastic, well worth the drive to Turkey Creek. Had a really weird burger with avocado, jalapeno chutney, some kind of citrus-tomato salsa... tons of ingredients. I told the waiter I had celiac disease, he nodded his head and said no problem, I'll tell the kitchen. I like it when they don't make a big fuss and call over the manager and bring the cook out to the table. I hate being a pain and drawing attention, so when they can deal with allergens quietly without making me feel like a total jerk, it's great. Then I sat there with a giant smile on my face and ate my giant burger like a messy dork. I feel okay today, so I'm calling RR a success. Okay, I'm going to have to set up a FB page today. I've never really used social media or forums or anything, so I guess celiac disease and my deep-love of food is forcing me to be more social.