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1/30/08 5:47 P

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I intended to mention that if you want to try your hand at baking some decent gluten free foods that you might otherwise have to do without, one of my favorite cook books is: Gluten Free Baking, by Rebecca Reilly. It is only for baked goods, i.e., breads, pies, cakes, quiches, crepes, brownies, muffins, etc. Not everyone likes to bake or has the time, but this way, when I want something "special", I don't feel like I just can't find it anywhere. There are some other good "baking" guides out there for gluten free, as well as good all around cook books. Bette Hagman is well known in the field, and has several published works. A very decent loaf of gluten free bread can be made with Pamela's gluten free bread mix. This brand has other g-f baking products, as does Bob's Red Mill, and Lara's Cream Hill Estates, but for an all purpose loaf of fresh baked bread, I like the texture, weight, and taste of the Pamela's mix. Hope this is of some help.

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1/30/08 5:35 P

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Welcome to the first step in feeling and functioning better. It feels like deprivation at first, but it is really keeping "poison" out of our systems, and it makes a difference. There are lots of resources...celiac.com is a website which is informative and provides links to gluten free shopping sites, though many health food/nutrition stores do a good job of stocking what most of us need...granted, it isn't inexpensive! I live in a fairly small community in one of the poorest sections of the country, and I just made a run to my local health food store and got everything I needed for the next 6 weeks or so of baking, so it can be done! The sparkpeople community is full of support and info, so check in frequently...ask all the questions you want...there aren't any "dumb questions."

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1/30/08 1:59 P

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Hello Duckies - you are so not alone! Adjusting to the diet takes some practice at first. Reading really helped me understand the diet, the disease and why what I put in my mouth should nourish me, rather than take away from me (read that to be: eat your veggies and fruits, lean proteins). Reading others' journeys to gf living really helped me stay the course. There are also great, motivating stories here at SP under the HEALTHY LIFESTYLE tabs above.

Let us know if you have more thoughts along your way. I would have loved it if I'd had have some support after diagnosis - I was lost too (it took me months to understand that I needed a new toaster .. I read it over and over, but I didn't believe it. Then I read it in Danna Korn's Living Gluten-Free for Dummies book and something clicked - FINALLY I got it.) I recommend that book if you haven't read it - it's a fast read. Best to you on this journey.

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1/30/08 10:51 A

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Hi Jessica, what you're going through right now can be very intimidating. The best thing you can do is what Barb said - read, read, read. Familiarize yourself with the ingredients that have (or can have) gluten in them and start reading labels. Some things you'll need to call the companies on to find out if they are gluten free. The more you research you do on ingredients then you can work on making your kitchen gluten free. Once you have a handle on cooking at home, you can then research the restaurants that offer gluten free items/menus. For instance, if you google "gluten free outback" they actually have a gluten free menu! It's not as bad as you might feel at first and there are a lot of people here to support you!

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1/30/08 12:16 A

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This is a real adjustment if you are new to gluten free living. Think of all the things you can eat rather than the ones you can't. There are gf grains such as quinoa, many varieties of rice, and all vegetables and most fish, poultry, meats etc unless processed. It usually means home cooking for awhile until you have adjusted. The hidden gluten is usually the most problematic.
Start reading topics from the Team level. There is so much information. We couldn't possibly repeat it all. Take the time to go through it. Besides people's posts, questions, hints etc, there are collections of recipes, websites, how to's, resources etc.
Barb (gf 26 yrs)

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1/30/08 12:00 A

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To fellow friends who are living gluten-free ;) Help me please! I can't figure out how to cook or what to eat yet... Just recently found out that I shouldn't be eating any grain type stuff kind of makes it challenging and costly to say the least. Trying to live a whole new way of eating... I look forward to getting to know you on the journey to health.

Jessica

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