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  1. Hey all, I just wanted to share my amazing discovery of Daiya frozen pizza and mac and cheese. I found these at Smith's when I went shopping for gluten-free food for the first time, and I am hooked! This company makes everything gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free, and it actually tastes delicious! When it comes to mac and cheese, I've always been a Kraft girl. I hate gourmet mac and cheese, and was really starting to miss Kraft, but I tried Daiya, and it tastes really similar! I would definitely recommend their products. I've only tried the mac and cheese and pizzas so far, but I know they make cheese and few other things as well that might be really great if you have dairy or soy issues too. Hope this helps!
  2. Hey all, I wanted to see if anyone else was in the same boat. I saw a GI for the first time 3 weeks ago after my former (pediatric) GI recommended me to him. I was diagnosed with GERD (chronic acid reflux) as a kid, and she wanted me to continue treatment as an adult. My new GI talked to me about my symptoms and my diagnosis, and told me that he thought my GERD diagnosis was wrong. He wanted me to do some bloodwork, and stop taking my anti-reflux meds before an endoscopy, just to make sure nothing else was going on. When we got my serologies back, the only abnormal thing was that my tTG-IGA tested positive for Celiac (my levels were 14, with < 3 being negative). We did the endoscopy a week later, and that was completely negative. In fact, he told me that my intestines looked like textbook-worthy, healthy intestines. Because my results didn't match, he ordered genetic tests for HLA DQ2 and DQ8. I tested positive for both, including 2 sub genes for DQ2. Because of the genetic tests and the blood tests, he officially diagnosed me with Celiac. I know that Celiac typically isn't diagnosed without a positive biopsy, so I wanted to see if anyone else had had a similar experience. I'm already feeling better after being gluten-free for less than a week, so I don't think my GI is wrong, I just think this is a pretty strange experience.