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  1. seerwatch77

    Des Moines Iowa

    I'm from Canada and I'll be traveling to near Des Moines, Iowa next month for a family reunion. We will be staying at a resort (Honey Creek) and I'm not sure of how good the food will be. What is a good place to stock up on snacks and easy gluten-free food in Des Moines before heading there? Also, what would be the best place to get Larabars? I want to try some of the flavors we don't have in Canada.
  2. Thanks for the suggestions! I think I'll try to keep a food diary and eat only a few things each day. I have a little bit of dairy from butter and may have some soy from the few cookies/chips I eat, so I'll see if cutting those out makes me feel better. I have read the newbie 101 thread and I mostly eat whole foods. I was tested for h-pylori a few months ago and it came back negative.
  3. Hello all! I was diagnosed with celiac and went gluten free two months ago. I'm feeling a little better (no brain fog for finals! Hurrah!), but I'm feeling sick after eating pretty much everytime. My doctor said its related to celiac and I'll just have to tough it out for the next few months, but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about stuff to do to help reduce this. Thanks!
  4. I am also in the same boat. I'm 20, in my junior year of college, and got diagnosed a month ago. I also still have the brain fog, upset stomach and low energy, as well as depression from being sick so long. If you're like me and ate a lot of bagels and frozen pizzas pre-diagnosis, cooking every meal might seem daunting, especially with the low energy and need to do homework. I've found that you can cook up a bunch of chicken breasts/thighs or pork chops in the oven and make big batches of rice/potatoes and vegetables that will last you quite a few meals for little time/effort. I also use gluten-free broth and make big batches of soup with lots of vegetables that will also last a while. On weekends I'll usually make two dishes, one for lunches and one for dinner. I usually eat half of whatever I make for my meals for a week and freeze the other half. Tupperware is definitely my friend! Still haven't figured out breakfasts, but if you eat eggs, that could be a good option. I know in Italy, Celiac diagnoses are quite common as everyone is tested as a child, so restaurants there are often quite excellent at providing safe gluten free options. As someone else mentioned, having cards saying you are Celiac and need gluten free food in different languages is good. Even though most people in Europe speak English, you wouldn't want to have a problem because of a miscommunication. Lastly, If you go to , it says that 50 mg gluten or 1/64 of a piece of bread is enough to cause damage. Some people can't tolerate even that, though I can't find the study showing it right now. It might help you make your point to people who aren't getting it.
  5. seerwatch77

    I cant stop eating gluten

    I know how you feel. I have 3 roommates that are not gluten free and like to bake. We don't share food, so I can't eat their gluteny food unless they offer it to me, which has really helped. You could try keeping snacks with you so you don't feel as tempted to have some cookie when your friends are. For helping you stay on the diet at home, maybe talk to your parents about your willpower difficulties and see if you can have fewer gluteny products that will tempt you in the house or find gluten free substitutes that you like just as much. For cookies, I've liked glutino's lemon wafers since before I went gluten free.
  6. Hi, I just got the blood test for celiac done and the results came back positive. My mother and aunt both are diagnosed with celiac so it is likely I have it too. My doctor said the endoscopy will take a while to get (on the order of months) and that I should start a gluten free diet immediately, then go back on gluten for the six weeks prior to test. But I heard that the reaction to gluten was worse for celiacs when they followed a gluten free diet for a while and then reintroduced it. I have a lot of symptoms that are likely caused by celiac, but I've been dealing with them for a year or so, so another few months isn't a huge deal, although of course I would rather avoid them. So if it better if I stay on a gluten diet for the next few months until the endoscopy instead of eliminating gluten and then reintroducing it? My other question is if I stay on a gluten diet from now until the endoscopy, will consuming less gluten (1 meal a day instead of 3) cause less damage and symptoms? In other words, is the severity of the symptoms and damage dependent on the amount ingested or is it the same no matter how much is ingested if I'm eating it regularly? And if I do reduce the amount, should I increase it again in the six weeks prior to the test?