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  1. During class today, my chef instructor told us all an interesting tip for keeping held scrambled eggs from turning to rubber while keeping them at the required temperature for keeping held eggs.

    Add in some bechamel sauce.

    As you may or may not know, bechamel sauce is made from a roux of butter and flour. Wheat flour.

    Thought I'd let you know. Just one more reason to keep out of buffets and cafeterias!

    Don't eat the eggs unless you see them made. :rolleyes:


  2. Didn't even consider that a dig!

    I'm not being put on it to avoid pregnancy, but rather, to restore hormone levels (to keep my bones healthy with estrogen) and so I can shed the uterine lining every 4 months. Since my osteoporosis help lead my doctor in the direction of celiac, she has since been very concerned about my bone health.

    The patch wouldn't be a good option for me as I don't want to have periods every month if I don't need to. I dance ballet. Partnering and skimpy costuming make periods a worry. But if the Seasonal doesn't work, patches would be an excellent option for me.

    I didn't even think of questioning my doctor about the absorption at the time...I just thought of it. I suppose I should leave a message for her tomorrow and ask this very question.

    Here's a secret my ob/gyn told me: Seasonale is Mircette packaged differently.

    If your doctor allows it, you can take off your patch after 3 weeks and then immediately put on another one, and repeat the process for 3 cycles. As long as you have a constant flow of hormones, you won't get your "period"

    You don't get a real period on bcp's, you get withdrawl bleeding from a lack of progesterone when you're on your sugar pills. You only have a "real" period when you've ovulated and had a luteal phase in which the uterine lining builds up. Otherwise it's anovulatory bleeding or withdrawl bleeding, just FYI.


  3. I'm sure the Chef's at "Commanders Palace" can make him a gluten free jambalaya or gluten free etoufee...

    speaking of Roux, would anyone care to contriubute a Gluten Free Gumbo recipe????

    Please provude instructions on how to make a suitable roux...

    :)

    The only gluteny part of nearly any gumbo recipe is the roux, so substitute accordingly.

    a roux is:

    1 part flour

    to

    1 part butter

    Melt the butter over medium heat and whisk in the flour, cook, stirring constantly, around 3 minutes or so until you have a hot bubbly paste. Add liquid as called for by the recipe and you're in business!

    Bronco, you're basically making gravy whenever you make a roux, if it helps you to think of it that way, since I know you're fond of my chicken fried steak :)


  4. Hi-di-ho !!

    Ta for the update.So good to see you back on here.

    Hubby's hoping to start Remicade too for his arthritis (injections though)

    Let us know how you fair ....we can trade side effects.. :unsure::lol:

    Yeah, I'm so looking forward to those infusions! :o

    At least it's not a pill everyday, right? :rolleyes:


  5. What up yo? Cold, ain't it?

    Yes! I'm in 3 pairs of socks, pj pants, a sweatshirt, and a quilt. Stupid shoddy Texas insulation. At least I got my birthday off of work :P

    I have been wondering how you were doing. I am glad you finally got a diagnoses.

    Just out of curiousity, what were your symptoms? Did you have bad D?

    Yeah, I had D that wouldn't go away entirely even on a gluten-free diet, and I started getting a burning feeling in my intestine just under my navel, and I went through a couple weeks where I couldn't keep anything down. I thought my dr. wasn't giving the diet enough time but he insisted on doing a small bowel follow through x-ray just to check. They found narrowing and then did the colonoscopy and confirmed the dx. I'll likely be on drugs forever, but it's worth it if it will make me feel better!

    Good luck with your testing!


  6. Hi all!

    Yeah, yeah, I've been conspicuoulsy absent but we won't discuss that, now will we.

    First update: Yes, I definitely have Crohn's Disease. The colonoscopy (boy, that was fun!) showed the tell tale lesions of Crohn's on my ilium, although biopsies did not show the particular cells that are the gold-standard for diagnosis. The doc had me gene tested for Crohn's through Prometheus (I should have had him do celiac gene at the same time, but I didn't think of it), and I have the gene and "enzyme activity". I was put on a low-residue diet which is basically a low fiber diet and that has been a diet I've only half stuck to. I like my fruits and veggies, and especially my corn thankyouverymuch. I'm getting somewhat better in spite of it. I'm currently taking entocort, which is a poorly absorbed steroid, but I'll start Remicade soon since my insurance just approved it. Apparently each infusion costs around $5000, and doing that every 8 weeks is going to get spendy for my insurance company, but luckily it's covered 100%.

    Secondly: I started culinary school last week! My first lab class won't be for another 5 weeks or so, but even then I don't have to worry about gluten for a while. I'm working with them for accomodating me, but the plan isn't set in stone yet. They're supporting me 100% in my allergies. I'm not worried about it, after all, it's for a year. I can deal with anything for a year.

    Thirdly: Gluten-wise. I know two things for certain right now: I am allergic to gluten and I have Crohn's.

    What this means is I have either:

    1: Just an allergy that causes sinus, stomach, and hive issues and Crohn's is what was causing all the other issues

    2: Gluten is a trigger food for my Crohn's and I need to stay away from it anyway

    3: I'm intolerant/celiac in addition to any other issues I have. This is the opinion my doctor has, since both that and Crohn's are autoimmune.

    I don't know, I just know I have to stay away from it. I'm not that good at staying away from it anymore, but I am getting better. I feel best without gluten and when I'm eating right in general. Once I get the Crohn's in remission, I'll have a better idea about where I am with gluten. I can't eat it anyway, but it would be nice to know for sure what my particular problem is.

    That's all I got. :)


  7. Hi Chelse!!!!

    Yeah....we're all still here.....and I have major candida now. :(

    How are things going for you?? Is your Crohn's diagnosis official?? Have you started treatment??

    Its good to see both you and Tiffany. :)

    Awww. That sucks, sorry :(

    Yes, Crohn's is official official. They didn't find whatever epithelial cells were supposed to be on the lesions that are on my ilium, but dr sent off a gene test for it to prometheus and I had the gene and "enzyme activity" whatever that means. At any rate, I appear to be fairly classic, and my insurance just approved the Remicade so I'll start that soon. Until then, I'm on entocort, which is like a steroid only not, and it's definitely helping.

    Wahoo!


  8. Hi Chelse :)

    Sorry about the Crohn's. :( Its good you know though and can do something about it.

    Yeah....I have Lyme....it kind of sucks but...like you....its better I know whats going on now.

    I havent started treatment for the Lyme yet. They're working on getting me detoxed so that I can handle the treatment without it killing me. Also, I'm still getting tested to find out what other infections I have with the Lyme...there are usually related infections that require seperate treatment. I just did the bloodwork for that today. I probably wont actually start treating Lyme until December....when they get a specific treatment plan for me and whatever "bugs" I have.

    I hope they get it all figured out for you...so...um...can you eat dairy again? ;)

    What kind of dietary restrictions are you dealing with now (sorry for being too lazy to read...)