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  1. We are planning a trip with my 6 and 10 year old (both celiacs and one with nut allergies) to Colonial Williamsburg. I am looking for any tips you may have on restaurants in Colonial Williamsburg or in the surrounding area. I would love for them to enjoy the whole experience, and getting sick would be a real fun-killer for everybody. Any ideas for us are very welcome!
  2. Are we really the only ones with this complication? I am getting more nervous.
  3. Wow. Am I the only one who has had this occur? Isn't there anyone else who has had trouble with this? Now I am really worried.
  4. My three year old was diagnosed with celiac at around 15 months old. He has been strictly gluten-free for 2 years. He was tested with the blood test, endoscopy, and DNA testing. He was positive on all counts. He drinks rice milk, has limited soy (rotated with VERY scant dairy), and is anaphylactic to nuts. We started seeing bloody streaks some months ago in is his stool. I assumed gluten contamination at first, and checked the house for any gluten sneaking up on us. We cut out dairy completely, although he was only eating it in yogurt and things like that anyway. We continued to see occasional blood streaks, had it cultured by his ped. for infection. It was negative. Then, about two weeks ago, he had alot of blood, almost no stool, just blood. This set off a chain reaction of specialist visits. The allergist said to continue with no dairy and remove soy as well. (Keep in mind, we already limited his soy.) The gastro. doc. wanted to do a colonscopy. He said it could be polyps that should be removed. He mentioned that he didn't think it was colitis, because it usually shows up later - that our son was too young. The endoscopy was yesterday and surprise, they think it is colitis. I am really stressing out here. Celiac and food allergies was bad enough. This is freaking me out. Has anyone else had issues with this? I am so frustrated.
  5. My three year old was diagnosed (blood test, endoscopy, and DNA testing) with celiac almost two years ago. He has been strictly gluten-free ever since. He began to have blood in his stool a few months back. At first, it was only a little streaky. I assumed contamination and checked and double checked his diet. The blood became more and more frequent and he had more of it. After a series of Doc. visits recently, they did a colonoscopy this week. It looks like he will be diagnosed with ulcerative colitis on top of the celiac. Has anyone else had this experience? I am really rather shocked. I just didn't expect fot him to have two diseases on top of his severe allergies, anaphylactic to nuts and lactose intolerance. Can anyone shed some light on this or offer comment?
  6. My 3 and a half year old is having some incidents of blood in his stool. Usually it is just bloody streaks. Last Sunday he had a diaper with alot of blood in it. We took him in to the Pediatrician and saw his allergist today. We are going Friday to his gastro doc. The allergist suspects a possible soy intolerance. He has been a diagnosed celiac for two years. He is completely gluten-free. He is anaphylactic to nuts. He has been dairy free for several weeks, because we suspected the streaky stools were from dairy. It did seem to clear up at first, and then we had this big bloody diaper on Sunday. The allergist said maybe the increased soy (with no dairy recently) contributed. He usually drinks rice milk - but he has had soy lately. Our whole house is gluten-free - so the contamination factor just doesn't seem likely. Any thoughts? Has anyone else had a bloody stool issue?
  7. This is very helpful to know. I think I have been erring on the side of caution, but this is good news. The kids love creamed corn (from a can) and it lists modified food starch. So, it should say "wheat" as the source of the food starch, if it contains it - right? Thank you - I will add this news to my shopping list guidelines.
  8. I really need to loose some weight (okay, alot of weight). Both of my children are on gluten-free diets for celiac, my dh needs a special diet for health issues as well. It has been overwhelming to take on another "diet" and worry about the food for one more person (myself). But, the time has come to take control of the situation. I went in for a medical exam (as instructed before starting a new diet), my Dr. thinks that the South Beach diet gets very good results and is healthy. Does anyone here have experience with that? Do you think that blending gluten-free and South Beach would work out? We have a gluten free/nut free household. Thanks for any thoughts!
  9. I had noticed this as well. I was wondering (along these same lines), the Nestle hot cocoa mix also says "gluten free" on the package. It lists "modified food starch" as an ingredient. Is this a contradiction, or is modified food starch sometimes okay?
  10. Pumpkin Bars (Sort of a moist pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing) 4 eggs 1 2/3 cup of sugar 1 c. oil 1 can (@16 oz.) of pumpkin Beat this together until fluffy. In a seperate bowl, mix: 2 cups gluten-free flour (I used Bob's - but whatever) 2 t. baking soda 2 t. cinnamon 1 t. salt 1 t. gluten-free baking powder Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and pour into a 9x13 pan. Bake @ 350 for @ 30 minutes or until it is done all the way through - test with a toothpick if needed. Icing is made by creaming 3 oz. of cream cheese and 1/2 c. softened butter together. Then add 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 t. vanilla. Beat well. Pour icing over bars while they are hot. The icing will melt across the bars into yummy pumpkin loveliness! This is our favorite holiday treat!
  11. I was thinking this was okay. The info. is hard to get on the weekend. Is it safe - the ingredients seemed okay. It did say "spices". Does anyone know? It is the mild sausage.
  12. As the holidays approach I feel a craving for some of the dishes we used to make that also contain cream of chicken soup. Does anyone know a good way to substitute, where to buy gluten-free Cream of chicken, OR how to make your own? I am open to any option. Thanks!
  13. Is "RTS" ready to serve? I have the chicken broth in the cardboard ready to pour package. I listed the ingredients in another post and I believe I was told it wasn't safe. But if the ingredients are supposed to clearly say "wheat , rye, oats, or barley" - then this product would be fine.
  14. I made your mac and cheese recipe for my children for dinner tonight. They loved it. Thank you so much!
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