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  1. I’ll check out the health food store today to see if they carry this brand. Thanks for the tip!
  2. They emailed me, explaining that they take extra precautions to make sure their products are tested and are safe. But, my concern is, this company doesn't have their own plants. They contract out to third party manufacturers to process and distribute their products. All of Halo Top's staff work remotely, and I believe there are fewer than 30 of them. I just don't trust any company that contracts out to third parties to manufacture their food products. They aren't there each day, inspecting the processes, making sure that things are being cleaned. I told them that until they have dedicated lines I won't buy from them again. I think it's too risky - and there are other ice cream companies who actually do take good care to make sure that their products are safe. It seems to me that Halo Top caters to fad dieters who want to say that they're gluten free, and not those who actually have to be.
  3. From my gastroenterologist: "I am not familiar with this, but there are many theories out there about celiac. I am comfortable that continuing to eat corn, rice, millet, coffee, and dairy should not worsen celiac disease. The last two could be associated with abdominal symptoms, but not dangerous."
  4. Fbmb

    Undigested foods?

    Personally, I think you need to give yourself time to heal before you start panicking. My GI doctor told me that it can take a long time to feel normal. Like, it took me about 8 months. I still have weirdness sometimes and I'm 1.5 years into this. I didn't have my GB checked, as my doctor felt that my issues were from my Celiac, and it can take a really long time to heal. My numbers were normal at 1 year. You can probably search my history on here and find me posting repeatedly about my frustrations and fears about not feeling better quickly enough. It takes time. If you've been glutened twice in two weeks it doesn't surprise me at all that you're having this issue. I would be more concerned if you'd healed, felt good for a long time, and then started having this happen without being glutened. That would point more to another issue, or a GB issue. Two weeks is nothing in terms of healing time - ESPECIALLY if you've consumed gluten. If your liver numbers are normal, I wouldn't worry about your liver. Often, GB issues can cause an increase in liver enzymes. My mom had a liver transplant when I was 9 (21 years ago) and was just in the hospital in April with liver numbers in the thousands because scar tissue in her bile ducts had caused stones to form. She doesn't have a gallbladder anymore, but the stones were technically gall stones. Once they got them out the numbers decreased substantially. She had progressively been seeing high liver numbers over the past year, and her doctor believes that this was a problem that just happened to come to a head in April. FYI, my mom has never had oily yellow stools when her liver was in turmoil. I know that can happen, but it never happened to her. My dad has had pancreatitis several times (alcoholic) and his symptom was severe pain. Severe. I have several friends and relatives who've had GB issues (seems like everyone I know has had that) and they've all said that it made them really nauseous after they'd eat. My aunt thought she had an ulcer because everything made her nauseous. When you can't digest fats you get nauseous. My mom can't eat peanut butter without feeling sick, because she doesn't have her GB. I think your issue is that you have damaged small intestines and it's going to take time to heal them. You small intestines do most of your digesting. I can't tell you how many times I obsessed over what was in the toilet. Just give it time.
  5. I agree, not worth it. I’ve been buying this brand for about a year and it must be just recently that they have added wheat to their statement. I pulled a few pints out of my freeze and looked at the statements and they do all say that it’s processed on the same equipment that sometimes processes wheat. Mostly I’m emailing them so that I can gauge whether or not I have been contaminated from eating it. I sure hope not. The ingredients clearly indicate that the product is gluten free though. And like I said before, the fact that they tell you about the shared lines just makes them transparent. I’m sure I eat a lot of gluten free products that are made on shared lines, but the companies just don’t disclose it.
  6. This packaging says shared equipment, but I emailed them and I’ll see what they have to say. They have one dairy free flavor that contains wheat. The rest are gluten free. I’m guessing that it’s just to cover their butts.
  7. So, I have been gluten free for a little over a year and a half. Typically i stay away from anything processed on shared lines. That said though, companies aren’t required to tell you that. They do have to tell you if the products contains wheat, but they don’t have to tell you if it’s made in a shared facility or on shared lines. I almost think companies who take that extra step are more reputable. Because just because something says it’s gluten free doesn’t mean it isn’t made on shared lines or in a shared facility. I am just confused about the certification when the product is made on shared lines. My aunt (also has celiac disease) says it’s a CYA statement and that if they’re testing the products then she would eat them. I know that I probably won’t eat this product ever again, because I’m so traumatized by gluten that I can’t handle the anxiety over it. I’ve been extra tired these last few days and all I can think about now is how I have been killing myself with halo top ice cream. But.....I tend to be pretty anxious about it and ultra careful, to the point of being obnoxious. Rationally, I think it’s fine and I think I’m tired because both of my kids were rocking 103 fevers a week ago, and I’m recovering from 5 days of almost no sleep.
  8. This product is some dairy free Halo Top ice cream. Would you still eat it? I will ask them about their practices.
  9. How can something be certified gluten free, labeled as such, and then say that it is processed on equipment that “sometimes processed wheat”? I get if it’s not certified, but this product I have is. I’m so irritated. Is this something I need to stay away from? Aren’t there stricter testing requirements to be certified gluten-free? How annoying. I hope it hasn’t been making me sick.
  10. kareng, do you think the same can be said for all of the foods on that list? Is cross reactivity an unfounded myth in general, or just when it comes to some things? What about corn and rice? Still no?
  11. You'll mess up a lot. You just will. Huge learning curve with going gluten free. Huge. I will tell you what others told me. DON'T EAT OUT. Do not eat out do not do not. If you do want to eat out, go to findmeglutenfree.com and search for reputable gluten-free places. There are real people with celiac disease on that site who give feedback about restaurants. There are plenty of places who say, "Oh that's gluten free. We have a gluten free menu. Oh that shouldn't have gluten. Blah blah blah." Bull. Being gluten free is hard. It's hard to learn how to do it. And I highly doubt that the cooks at any old restaurant know how to make sure that my food is safe for me. I sure as heck don't trust them to try. Contamination will be your nemesis forever. You may find that you don't tolerate stuff well now that you're gluten free. You didn't notice it before, because the gluten was making you sick, but now that you've cut that out, you may find that things like salads don't set well. I can't eat salad. I can eat spinach in a smoothie, but if I try to have a salad with dressing I get tummy aches. No idea why. You will learn that not everything is because of gluten. If you're really good at reading labels, and if you do your own cooking, you'll find that you can be pretty confident that you're not eating gluten. So what else could it be? That's the hard part. Maybe you'll find that you're lactose intolerant. Maybe you'll find that your body doesn't like nightshades. Maybe you'll find that you need to be careful with fiber. But it's comforting to be able to look back and say, "Nope. Everything I've eaten is gluten free. I have cooked all my own meals. I have called all of these food manufacturers are trust that this is gluten free. So I know it's not gluten." It feels overwhelming at first, but trust me when I say it gets better. It becomes second nature. There's nothing I can't eat. I just modify things. But, I don't have many other intolerances. I am iffy with lactose, but I don't seem to have noticeable issues with other stuff.
  12. Also, Dove lotions are gluten free. And I love "Everyone Lotion", which is usually in the crunchy body products section at the store, or at a place like Sprouts. It says on the bottle that it's gluten free. Gluten proteins are too large to penetrate your skin, but some people react to them because of skin sensitivities to gluten. I don't have that problem. But I worry about putting lotion on my hands and then touching my mouth, or putting it on my babies and kissing them. So I buy gluten free.
  13. So, the makeup and cosmetics thing can be exhausting. There's a lot of conflicting information. I didn't have issues with my skin when I was diagnosed, so I'm just speaking as a plain ol' celiac person. haha. I stay away from products that contain wheat. A lot of hair products contain hydrolyzed wheat protein. It's not processed, so the gluten is alive and well in those products. So anything that says it contains wheat germ, oats or oatmeal (like aveeno products), barley, etc. I stay away from. Even lotions. I can't risk it getting into my mouth. It can be a challenge to find hair products that are gluten free. I use Head and Shoulders shampoo because I have dry scalp, and I use Redken All Soft conditioner. I also like Healthy Sexy Hair shampoo and conditioner, and it says it's gluten free on the bottle. I heat treat my hair so I need to use salon brands, except the head and shoulders. Also my mom and dad are both hairdressers so I'm kind of a snot about hair products. Makeup is hard because it's on your face and by your mouth. I use Bare Minerals because they've told me their mineral foundation doesn't contain gluten. Tarte products don't contain gluten but they also don't test them to see if they may contain trace amounts from third party manufacturers. I still use their eyeshadows. If you read labels you'll be able to spot gluten ingredients. Typically the only ingredient that stumps me is "Tocopherol Acetate" or vitamin E. That can be derived from gluten grains, so I always call the companies to ask what the sources of their vitamin E is. Most of the time it isn't wheat, and it's usually soy or it's synthetic (as is the case with Philosophy products). I've also read some stuff on here about how tocopherols are so processed that even if they did come from wheat, they wouldn't contain gluten. For moisturizers, I have used plain Argan Oil (Josie Maran) and I like that, but it can be a little greasy. Arbonne also has a lot of certified gluten free products, but you have to order it and it's kinda pricey. I just ordered some Vanicream lotion for body and face, and it says on the bottle that it's gluten free. You can find a lot of gluten free lotions and stuff at health food stores like Sprouts. You'll do a ton of researching, emailing, calling to find out what products contain gluten. Most companies will tell you that they can't say that things are gluten free because they don't test for gluten in them, but that they also don't add gluten to their products. I know that carmex (the original kind) is safe. Blistex will send you a long list of chapsticks that are safe. Vanicream products are usually safe. Badger chapstick is safe. I learned all of this from hours of researching. Come here with questions because a lot of us have done the research. I'm a makeup junkie, so I was obsessed over this for a long time.
  14. I can definitely deal with intolerances and allergies. They need to be dealt with. And I definitely think that people should stay away from foods that their bodies don't like, because why keep eating things that make you feel like crap? But the idea that drinking coffee could be causing my immune system to freak out and attack my intestine and do damage to me like gluten does was just mind blowing to me - and honestly, really upsetting. It makes me feel relieved to know that it doesn't work that way.