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  1. Lots of good tips above so I'm probably restating some of them.

    - Don't buy many pre-packaged, processed gluten-free foods. They're really expensive and usually not nutritionally sound or "worth it". You can make your own treats for much less and with better results.

    - Buy in bulk. Amazon is a good source. Sam's club and Costco are also good.

    - Focus on non-meat for protein: Eat a lot of eggs/egg whites and beans. Eggs are very cheap sources of protein and stay good in the fridge for quite a while. They're also very versatile (google egg recipes). Same with canned/dry beans.

    - Buy your produce based on what's on sale. You can peruse Sunday ads in the newspaper to plan for your meals for the next week before going to the grocery store to take advantage of huge sales. Produce is usually on sale when there is an abundance of it, and there would only be an abundance of if it's in season and fresh.

    - Buy store brands when possible. Wal-mart will mark their "Great Value" brand products gluten-free when they are. Not only are the GV brand products much cheaper than name brands, they're almost always indistinguishable in taste/quality.

    - Shop at Wal-Mart or similar stores. As much as shopping at the nicer grocery stores (and Target for that matter) is a more pleasant experience, you always, always end up spending more even if it doesn't seem like it when comparing individual item prices. I'm not sure how it happens, it just does.

    Good luck!

  2. (This is slightly off-topic, but...)

    Often when I read threads similar to these (newly diagnosed person has trouble sticking to gluten-free diet), I'm amazed at all the responses that berate the OP for essentially "being stupid" about their health. 9 times out of 10, the OP knows what they are doing is compromising their long-term health. They're not debating that. They are looking for support and guidance.

    Completely revamping one's diet is hard enough when you have physical symptoms so horrific that brown-bagging meals of plain chicken and steamed veggies to social events is worth it. I can't IMAGINE how hard it would be to stick to such a restrictive diet if I didn't have a near-immediate reaction that lasted a few weeks.

    Perhaps a more gentle approach would be more welcoming? Such as: Yes, the diet is hard and it must be very hard for you since your body isn't physically reacting and telling you to put down that cookie. But, your long-term health is much more important than any food and continuing to eat gluten when you have Celiac will mean major long-term health problems. Is there a specific food that you really enjoy? Let me point you to the recipes section so we can show you how to make it gluten-free...

    Just a thought.

  3. I'd be interested to see how many of us have had (or have) an ED and whether it was/is pre- or post-Celiac.

    I have struggled with Anorexia in the past and am struggling with it again. For me, it came after the Celiac (although years before I knew it was Celiac) but having such a restrictive diet makes it hard not to fall into the mindset again.

    Anyone else?

  4. So...between this cake and a hot, blended coffee or tea, we're looking at a 500 calorie snack?!?! :o Yikes! I applaud them for making this effort but it's doubtful

    I will try one out. I usually get the Chai latte's and that contains honey and is sweet so that satisfies my sweet tooth. I also give them credit for packaging them separately as I wouldn't eat anything from their case. Someone at the head office is thinking clearly!

    Perhaps I've been gluten-free for too long, but 290 calories for cake is really pretty reasonable. I can't recall ever seeing a slice of cake in my pre-gluten-free days that was less than that (unless it was clearly a reduced-calorie "diet" food).

  5. My Starbucks had it yesterday, but I waited til today to buy it because I knew there wasn't a shadow of a doubt that I would inhale it.

    I thought it was excellent. Possibly one of the best pre-made gluten-free treats I've ever had. $1.95 is a very reasonable price for it and I'm decently impressed with the nutritional profile as well. For 290 calories, it is very satisfying and filling (probably the 16 g fat and 9 g protein). It was moist and sweet, but like others have noted, not too sweet.

    I will definitely be buying it again.

  6. Elizabeth, I agree with you completely! We even had a thread here recently where we tried to come up with a food that was safe for all of us and we couldn't come up with anything except water!

    Most packaged gluten-free products, I can't do either since a lot of them have things like tapioca or soy. I held my breath when I read the ingredients of this new cake, and was so excited that I would be able to try it.

    I realize that not everyone can do this one due to other allergies/intolerances, but it's still a great step forward for Celiacs. I'm always equally excited even when it works out that I can't have whatever is being offered due to my other sensitivities.

    Patti, I'm so glad you'll be able to eat it!

    I hope that the comments on the blog weren't discouraging to Starbucks. Some of them seemed a little off-putting from Starbucks' point of view.

  7. I am beyond excited about this because of what it means for us as a community.

    I'm a little upset at the comments on the blog, though. I think the fact that Starbucks made an individually-wrapped, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free dessert is pretty impressive. I understand that because it contains almonds and eggs, those with allergies to either will not be able to eat it. That's unfortunate. However, since many of us have other food allergies, it would be darn near impossible for Starbucks to provide a treat that was safe for everyone. The fact that they got the most common secondary allergies covered was a big accomplishment.

    (says the girl that can't eat 99.9% of packaged gluten-free products, so I do know how it feels to be left out)

  8. The last package I had of the round Kinnikinnick crusts had 280 calories per crust. I believe they came 4 or so crusts to a package and the serving size was for 8 servings in a package, which would be half of a crust.

    ETA: Sorry, the serving size is for 70 calories per 1 slice, 16 slices in a package, which would make each crust 280 calories.

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size: 1 slice

    Servings Per Container: 16

    Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

    Calories: 70

    Calories from Fat: 27

    Total Fat: 3g 4%

    Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

    Cholesterol: 15mg 5%

    Sodium: 85mg 3%

    Total Carb: 15g 5%

    Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

    Sugars: 2

    Protein: 1g

    Vitamin A: 7%

    Vitamin C: 0%

    Calcium: 0%

    Iron: 45%

    Organic: %


  9. It was by far the hardest thing I've ever had to do.

    My kitty is about 14 and had been "sick" for a while with renal failure but wasn't having too many problems. Her quality of life was still really good. I noticed about a month ago that she looked like she'd lost some weight and was sleeping a lot more and generally acting like she wasn't feeling great, so 1-1/2 weeks ago, I took her to the vet. She'd lost 5 lbs since August and her blood work showed the disease had progressed greatly.

    Last weekend she stopped eating and drinking. My husband called the vet yesterday and she told him that frankly she was surprised she lasted this long based on her blood work a week and a half ago.

    We took her in this morning and I held her while they put her to sleep.

    I'm having a really hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that 2 weeks ago, she was doing OK. Today, she's gone. When the vet told us her blood work wasn't good, I thought we had a few months, not what amounted to a few days.

    I miss her so much and it's only been 8 hours.