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  1. I'm in Alberta too and was just recently told to switch over from Epipens to Twinjects because of the reassurance that you have 2 dosages, especially good for travellers. However, they are currently quite a bit more expensive (I don't remember what mine was, insurance paid, but it was about what you paid $140 I believe), anyway it is cheaper than having two Epipens. I expect as they become more prominent (they are a new product) the price will slowly come down, they certainly did with Epipens.

  2. I went to Mexico a couple of times during High School and had no trouble taking food in as long as it was packaged. Home made breads/muffins etc. are a no-no, but if it's sealed or vacuum packed or whatever it's all good. Depending on where you enter customs vary too. Some times they check you other times they don't. Proper mexican tortillas are made with corn flour, and if you are in authentic places you are more likely to find more corn flour than wheat flour. I was lucky in that I lucked out on discovering this. But, I also ate a heck of a lot of fruits and vegetables and plain meats. Like travelling anywhere, it's do-able but you gotta pay a lot of attention to all the little details. Good luck

  3. Canadian Whisky is Rye. And Rye is most commonly made from rye grain and corn, with barley malt added. There have been extensive discussions on this board regarding whether or not distilled alcohols are in fact gluten free. According to the Canadian Celiac Association, distilled alcoholic beverages are allowed because they don't contain prolamins. I personally drink distilled alcohol, including Rye Whisky without problems.

  4. I know there is someone on this board who lived in Banff and I know there is a post that says where you can get good gluten-free foods in Banff, but I can't find it. I know about Nutters in Canmore and there's the health food store in the mall in Banff, but where else? I know other places were posted. I haven't actually tried shopping at either place since being gluten-free but I used to spend all my summers in Canmore and Nutters was an awesome store for all my other problems.

    I'm going to be in Banff this coming week and weekend for one of my dad's conferences. I'm staying at the Rimrock so I know that eating in will be fine (they've taken good care of me before), but I'd like to have some snacks etc. Of course I'll take stuff with me but it's always nice to know locations in and around where I'm going.

    Any restaurants? I used to love Des Alpes in Canmore, but it's shut down.

  5. Howdy,

    Thought I should add two more places that I've been to recently in Edmonton...

    The Keg on Whyte. The staff was super good about everything and was really kind about be being such a pain. She wrote everything down and double checked everything twice. It was a super busy night, one of the hockey games, and probably not a good night to go but all the same it was a success.

    Von's. I highly recommend! The waitress knew exactly what celiac was, and before I even really said anything about my questions regarding choices for the way I wanted something done (I had the Ahi Tuna, which can be prepared soooo many ways) she was already prepared with the answer. She came out after she'd gone to the kitchen and said that they couldn't guarantee my choice (mango salsa) so they said they would make up a salsa just for me. I was very comfortable and could relax entirely. Again, it was a busy night, another Hockey game, haha. Do we detect a trend?

    Anyway, just thought I'd post.

  6. I've had really good luck with greek restaurants.

    Depending on what you like, getting some sort of lamb (make sure there's nothing on it) then a greek salad (usually the dressing is just oil with some herbs) and then their potatoes (lemon and olive oil) are generally safe because they are baked. All the places I've been to have cooked the potatoes seperate for me wrapped in tin foil, have made me fresh salad and dressing and have done the lamb in its own fry pan.

    Good luck

  7. When I first went off gluten 4 years ago, my friends were less than supportive. I got forgotten when they went out for dinner or whatever. It was easier for them to just kinda forget about including me than for them to figure out what celiac and gluten-free meant. However, that has all changed. Gradually as they saw how much healthier I was (more energy, physically looking much better, better mood etc) they became more convinced that celiac was "real". Now, my best friends know everything about gluten-free and can pick out gluten containing ingredients in labels and have even been the ones to discover celiac friendly restaurants in my city.

    Also, as I've gotten older, more people are interested in learning what celiac is. This year alone, people I've met in some of my classes have noticed my Enjoy Life bars and have asked me about them, thus prompting a discussion on celiac.

    Basically, all I want to say is hang in there. I second what others have said about the food. Most of my friends have thought my food was disgusting, but gradually they too have got used to some of it and have accepted it as a different food. So instead of expecting "real" pizza they have "celiac" pizza and truly enjoy it.

  8. So I went to the Save-on-Foods (on 34th, only place I found them after I'd check the sobeys and safeway by me) and got the Ranch. It was soooo not what I thought Ranch would ever taste like. It's funny that for 19years I've been watching people eat it and through their descriptions (I live vicariously through peoples descriptions haha) had concocted an entirely different tasting thing. But, I liked it all the same. Thanks again Carrie for posting and thanks Felidae for telling me where to find it.

  9. I'm having this problem myself. Since my C-diff infection meat and I don't get along. I can eat a tiny bit every couple days but that's about it. But, my vegetarian options are very limited because I can't do legumes (beans etc) which is used so much! Pretty much my mom has been really inventive with tofu and I started using portabello mushrooms for my "burger" yeah it's a bit of a stretch!

    Felidae, where are you getting the corn tortillas? The only ones I've found, I think from Planet Organic, are frozen and I have a heck of a time doing anything with them. They are too brittle. Maybe I got a bad batch.

  10. Personally I think part of making a good impression is being honest, forthcoming and taking responsibility for yourself.

    As much as some people are bothered by the hassle of allergies, most decent people feel so badly if they find out after-the-fact that you have been having to do extra without the benefit of their help. I know this is not the case with everyone! BUT, I've always found that it's best to give people the benefit of the doubt. Besides who knows, maybe someone else will be a celiac too!

    But, If you have a microwave and a fridge you can totally cope. Sneak in an element and you're away to the races. Make sure you have lots of energy bars so that you have snacks on the field, we don't want you fainting!

    Also, when I told the boss I'd also say that I was prepared (and had intended) to bring foods with me to supplement what I wasn't able to get (or whatever). You want it to look like you are a take charge person (which you are) and that you won't let your diet stop you from living. I know from experience that most people are impressed with my inability to eat anything but my ability to cope.

    Good luck, it'll be tons of fun working in the foothills in the sun. Try to sneak some trips into the rocky's!

    P.S -- Tomorrow's our last day of classes (and for you -ever) YAY! Good luck on your exams next week. I'll be the one in rutherford cramming ;)

  11. I second the Sorrentinos. It's quickly become my favorite restaurant!

    Thanks Rusla... I'm scared to eat out at a Chinese place cause of all my other alleriges and they tend to use nut oils and lots of legumes, both of which are anaphylactic allergies, so big no no's. But if they are aware of celiac then maybe they are worth a shot.

  12. What a small world. I spend a good deal of time in Rutherford. I probably study right next to you. I am graduating this year so it's been an intense year but the end is so near. Guess what I managed to not eat any NYF this week. Good luck to you too.

    Yeah it's a very small world... it seems that all the Edmontonians on here are U of A people! Congrats on managing not to succumb to the temptation of NYF and of course on graduating... I'm only finishing up my second year and I had to take it easy this year, just 3 courses each semester so I'm headed for an extra semester at the end I think. I'm doing 2 courses during spring session this year, so we'll see. What are you in? I'm a soc major/psych minor... but I think in the end I'm headed for Medicine.

  13. I eat at NYF at the U of A too because I don't know of any other gluten-free foods. It's terrible, I have been there every week this term because I have a 9 hour day and I can't physically carry enough food with me. It's table salt that they put on their fries.

    HAHA! I managed to resist until last week and this week. And I've made up for lost time. I don't even know how many hours I've spent in Rutherford working on papers and I think I have had about 10 things of NYF. SO not good for the arteries!

    Good luck on your exams, I am assuming you are a student?

    (I have a paper due tomorrow, which I have only just finished, hence the 4am thing! and now my mind is too worked up to sleep)