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10/27/09 7:31 P

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Try the basics with pasta and olive oil Italian dinners. There are several shapes and sizes of Gluten Free pasta (found in local stores and online marketing) and adding sautéed veggies can be a cold pasta salad or a hot plate of color and eating enjoyment.

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SCHELRY Posts: 14
10/27/09 2:40 P

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Thanks everyone for the welcome and the replies. Looks like I may have succeeded in enrolling dear bf in SparkPeople.... perhaps he will be joining us in our discussions!

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10/26/09 1:04 P

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I was a month GF, then ate gluten for a week (felt miserable) and took the test and it was negative. I was not willing to consume gluten longer and retake and/or do the biopsy as the end result is the same, no gluten.

Wonderful of you to go GF for your BF. My BF does a lot of this too. He always orders chicken sandwiches w/o the bun and does not consume the bread they bring to the table unless it is at a really high class restaurant.

He eats my GF cookies and w/ his comments, we tweak the recipes so they taste better. I find it kinda cute.





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10/24/09 8:27 P

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thank you for your kind words. I do want to emphasise that you must not go gluten free for more than a few days to see if you feel better. If there is any relief of your symptoms, go to your doctor for the blood tests. Once you have been gluten free for a month or more, the antibodies are gone and a diagnosis is not possible. Better yet, visit your doctor with the list of symptoms and how many you have and have the tests done immediately. You can still go gluten free after that but at least it is possible to have a diagnosis. Otherwise, you will never know for sure. This may be a good thing for the American health insurance system but not good for the uncertainty. Even if they come back negative, it still may be gluten intolerance.
I know the problems and issues first hand because the tests were not available when I was semi diagnosed 28 years ago.
best of luck, Barb

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10/24/09 8:08 P

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thanks for the list of the signs and symptoms of celiac and gluten sensitivity. I just bought the book Gluten Free Living for Dummies, because I was having a lot of joint and bone pains and thought I would try to be gluten free for awhile to see if it helps. Your list is much more indepth then that one. I am forwarding it to my sister who has been suffering with multiple symptoms on this list and they have never pinpointed exactly what was going on, but her main problem is inability to absorb Vitamin B, and also neuropathy. Hopefully she will go gluten free for awhile and feel better. Also when looking over the list, there are a lot of symptoms and signs on it that many family members on my mother's side suffer from. I will pass the word on. Thanks again.

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10/24/09 1:48 P

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I have gone GF/dairy free for the past 6 mo due to intolerance. I really like The Gluten Free Vegan cookbook. (it leaves out the dairy that many GF cookbooks do not). I have 4 other people in the house so I do not keep GF/DF for everyone but also try to only cook one meal (ie chicken or fish for all, but mine may be cooked separately with different sauce or seasoning). Pasta, I make two separate pots, again one a GF safe alternative for me. It is a bit more work but I stay healthy and everyone eats well. I also cook some grain/veggie dishes over the weekend that I can have throughout the week (ie a quinoa salad or a big pot of rice that I will use for "burritos" with beans and leftover chicken or mixed with grilled veggies. I have found that I cook a bit more and rely less on convenience foods but I have not given up taste, nutrition or variety and have dropped 8-10 pounds! Best of luck to you and your BF!

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10/23/09 11:01 P

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Schelry,
good for you going gfcf with your bf. Many women get cross contamination from their hubbies.
As to the rest of you questions, I would visit your doctor explaining the situation and how you felt on the Atkins diet. It may not be celiac, in which the blood tests will not show a clear result but having them is the first step. If your doctor is not willing to order them, you would have to resort to independent labs and the cost is a couple of hundred dollars. Once you have gluten out of your diet, it is pointless to be tested as the offending allergen is gone.
As to symptoms, check the list in recognizing Celiac Disease in my links (below signature).
Our Sticky topics have a lot of informations, recipes, meal idesas, book recommendations etc. Check them out. Barb (gf 28 yrs)

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10/23/09 10:27 P

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How sweet of you, I basically cook GF and my husband eats it unless something he really wants, Pasta I do mine and his,Pizza, otherwise he gets what I eat, He can add bread to it if he wants but most things I make are GF, Easier that way and he is good about it. You can adapt so much to 'GF only baked goods breads and such he eats reg. and cheese as I don't do cow milk. If you have questions just post we can all help you.

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10/23/09 10:18 P

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Hi there. I have been doing a lot of reading and researching the gluten-free resources and recipes preparing to go gluten-free myself after several months of learning and supporting my dear boyfriend, who has been following a severely spartan GFCF diet for over two years. I am finding the challenge interesting and have begun baking for him about once a day, re-introducing grains and breads and cookies and etc. into his diet. If left alone, he would continue eating a tablespoonful of peanut butter here, a boiled egg or two there, and occasionally if he's feeling spry and moneyed, a dinner out at a sushi or thai restaurant.

I personally am not interested in going the boiled egg and peanut butter route, so am considering going GFCF myself not only to support him but to make meals for us easier (cooking for both rather than one... him...)

Would love any suggestions and support I can find. I also have found over the last few years since trying the Atkins diet that I probably do have a dairy and a mild gluten allergy. I doubt my issues are strong enought to be actual celiac disease, but would consider any help or suggestions on how to get that diagnosed you might have, as I understand I would need to get diagnosed BEFORE I go fully gluten-free.

Happy to be here!

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