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        12-10-2012, 08:16 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Great info guys! I'll be checking that out too!
    BTR have you gone to a holistic doctor? They can be a huge help!

    I'm borderline for now. As you get balanced you can start trying small things like the occasional cracker. Sometimes you just HAVE TO have a saltine!! I know how hard it is to eliminate that stuff. I'm a label freak, it's simply mind boggling what kind of stuff is in our food! DH has major dietary issues, no sugar and very little wheat/starches for him. I have to cook 90% of our meals and I get sick of veggies/rice/meat 24/7!

    I really like the rice spaghetti noodles and regular rice noodles (buy gluten free chicken bullion for flavor and serve with stir fry) sold at WM, Amies or Amy's pizzas are good, and idk if you have one in your area but the mellow mushroom is a great pizza place (pretty sure all their crust is gluten free). Check around and see if you have an Amish bulk food store in your area or not too far away. They have the BEST prices on different grains, bulk rice crackers, etc...

    Huge hugs!! Hang in there!!
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        12-10-2012, 08:27 PM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by beau159    
    Yup, super hard! Never easy to make a huge, huge lifestyle change.

    Come on here and vent or complain whenever you need. We will keep you motivated!!!

    It also helps to surround yourself with friends that know about your Celiac Disease and respect that you have it. (ex: not offering you foods with gluten in them and when with you, going to restaurants that have gluten-free menus, as there are lots of them now)
    Haha, thanks, I'm sure you'll be hearing a lot from me
    I've been gradually coming out to my friends about it, but some of them don't really realize how hard it really is. I can't tell you how many times I've been offered pizza and brownies from the cafeteria! Also a little upset with a guy friend who laughed at me for eating tofu (I made a point of making him feel bad about it later ) Thanks for all of the help!
         
        12-10-2012, 08:30 PM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Lockwood    
    Like instead of crackers with/in your soup, try torilla chips or potato chips.
    Instead of noodles in your chicken noodle soup, try rice instead, although the GF pastas out there have gotten much better lately and are finally good. Walmart is even starting to have small GF sections and while the prices are still high, it is better than specialty stores.
    General Mills and Betty Crocker are trying to get on the GF bandwagon with some recent changes to everyday foods.
    Get creative and you will be surprised at how many things you can still have with only minor changes.

    It is probably a little harder for on the go folks who rely on quick meals vs the make everything yourself types, but if there is anything I can do to help, just let me know.

    Wallaby is a member here who just recently went GF too. I sent her googobs of info and she in an on the go person who might have some good suggestions as well.

    Welcome to the GF world, again, take heart, there is good info out there these days and it does get much easier to navigate.

    ETA: Another good thing to do right away, is learn the hidden sources of gluten. Like barley malt extract, soy sauces (many are made with wheat, not soy) and all the various ways it can hide in foods you would never expect. This will go along way towards avoiding, um digestive surprises.
    Thanks Lockwood, I should have started this thread BEFORE lunch. I had chicken noodle with crackers ... Thanks for the help and support, I'll probably be making my way to walmart for some pasta!!
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        12-10-2012, 08:41 PM
      #14
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Wallaby    
    Hopefully that was helpful I thought that maybe telling you exactly how I do it would be beneficial.

    I know how hard this is. But you can do it!
    Thanks so much Wallaby!! I'm definitely going to try the pancakes, I've been missing those! The support is greatly appreciated
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        12-10-2012, 08:44 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FlyGap    
    Great info guys! I'll be checking that out too!
    BTR have you gone to a holistic doctor? They can be a huge help!

    I'm borderline for now. As you get balanced you can start trying small things like the occasional cracker. Sometimes you just HAVE TO have a saltine!! I know how hard it is to eliminate that stuff. I'm a label freak, it's simply mind boggling what kind of stuff is in our food! DH has major dietary issues, no sugar and very little wheat/starches for him. I have to cook 90% of our meals and I get sick of veggies/rice/meat 24/7!

    I really like the rice spaghetti noodles and regular rice noodles (buy gluten free chicken bullion for flavor and serve with stir fry) sold at WM, Amies or Amy's pizzas are good, and idk if you have one in your area but the mellow mushroom is a great pizza place (pretty sure all their crust is gluten free). Check around and see if you have an Amish bulk food store in your area or not too far away. They have the BEST prices on different grains, bulk rice crackers, etc...

    Huge hugs!! Hang in there!!
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    Hm, you know, I'm actually not sure I even have one around me. I'll have to do some research!

    Thanks FlyGap!!
         
        12-10-2012, 08:46 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I was diagnosed with celiacs about 2.5 years ago. With a negative scope it was determined that they have no idea what my issues are.

    If you find yourself craving spaghetti or any other pasta and stuff I would and still do, it is amazing I love eating it, spaghetti squash with homemade meat sauce. Was very filling and you wouldn't be craving all things wheat! Watch out for spices and dressings and marinades, they will get you. You pretty much need to become a label freak and learn how to read them. It is super hard and though I can eat gluten now, I tend to avoid a lot of it because my guts will hurt if I consume a large quantity of certain and sometimes random things.
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        12-10-2012, 09:18 PM
      #17
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    Originally Posted by BornToRun    
    Thanks so much Wallaby!! I'm definitely going to try the pancakes, I've been missing those! The support is greatly appreciated
    I knew she would be able to give the day to day better than I could!
    Like her, I make extra muffins, pancakes, and waffles. It's not unusual for me to make 5 dozen at a time and freeze most of them.
    Pancakes and waffles do very well in the toaster too, just like Eggos, and of you grab a muffin out of the freezer on your may to work/school, it will be thawed by lunchtime.

    Also, when I'm too busy to do much baking but need something in a hurry, is I will whip up a small batch of muffins in my toaster oven. I use a couple of the regular 6 muffin pans and I can have my goodies without having to use the big oven or have a mess to clesn up.
    Many GF breads actually cook better in smaller pans so I find muffins to be a lifesaver.

    I make homemade applebutter and slather it between two pancakes like a sandwich, or fold one up like a taco and stuff it with fruit or cream cheese.

    If you are the book type, go to Amazon and read the reviews for GF books. I generally find the reviews to be correct and helpful when looking for books, which I then buy through a book club for way cheaper.
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        12-10-2012, 09:19 PM
      #18
    Trained
    My favorite recipe website is all gluten free, so we eat gluten free a lot as a result:

    A Year of Slow Cooking

    Here's the alphabetical list of all her recipes: A Year of Slow Cooking: Alphabetical Listing of Recipes

    There's TONS of gluten free things you can buy and make. Even bread. Some of it is ick, most of it is just fine. Some of the DIY stuff takes a little tweaking at times to taste.
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        12-12-2012, 10:22 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I'm sorry for your news. I have Celiac, and I used to be a professional BAKER of all things. The truth is though, wheat and other grain products are pretty terrible for anyone. I know how difficult it can be to give up grain products, but it get's better, trust me. As others have suggested, there are lots of blogs, books (the library!) , and internet resources. If I were you, I'd stay away from manufactured GF products, as they tend to cost and arm and a leg (at least where I live!) and all that white rice (the main ingredient in commercial GF products) can't be good for you.

    If you fancy yourself as a baker, your best friends in GF baking will be DAIRY and EGGS. I can make GF bagels that are such good imitations that my non-Celiac friends can't tell the difference! However, many people with Celiac are also allergic to those foods. If you are, it would be worth your time to check out Gluten Free/Vegan blogs as there are some excellent ones out there with amazing recipes. I know it seems very daunting now, but it's not that hard really. You'll discover tons of new foods made from things you never would have considered (chickpea brownies, anyone? They are delicious, I swear!). Hang in there!

    I have stopped eating grains altogether and I feel better than ever. Eating GF baked goods just made it that much more temping to eat wheat, etc. when it was around...

    ALSO, be sure to read labels! There are many hidden sources of gluten that are in MANY things (ex. Modified Corn Starch, it's in everything!) so always be sure to check to save yourself from feeling crummy.
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        12-14-2012, 04:17 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    My body doesnt work very well on wheat, meat, refined anything or dairy. My cousin is celiac

    Give your self time to adjust. I hate salad. Some of my favorites:

    Roasted veggies
    Soups and stews
    Stirfrys
    Tacos(corn tortillas)
    Thai lettuce wraps
    Pasta dishes(costco has a GF pasta that's quinoa and something else)
    Protein smoothies
    Chilli

    I have great recipes for GF pancakes, yorkshire puddings cakes, bread, crepes and crackers. You would never know the difference.
         

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