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1/13/11 11:46 A

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Welcome to the team Helen and to the world of gluten free and dairy free foods. Hope you have a good store near you to provide you with easy options as you get started. Ideas to help initially that I found helpful were: Breakfast: Gluten free Chex cereal, Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats, Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond milk (yummy for hot chocolate too!) Lunch: Salads with lots of veggies, chicken or shrimp and gluten free salad dressing...our local safeway has lots of gluten fee choices in the refrigerated section of produce. I also love Pacific Foods Soups for an easy lunch. I love their tomato and add original almond milk to it for not dairy. I bake and make my dinners and snacks using recipes from "1000 Gluten free recipes" by Carol Fenster this cookbook shows how to convert you recipes to gluten free so you keep eating some of what you love. I also make rolls with Oats and Pamela's Gluten Free Bread Mix. Recipe in my gluten free cookbook )access from my sparkpage.) The best advise I got when I started Gluten free was to take one day at a time and journal how much better you feel gluten free and to take a snack bag of gluten free food wherever I went. Snacks I take with me are Nature Valley Gluten free Almond Granola Bars, Little cups of fruit, Sweet Potato Chips and bags of almonds or granola to munch on. Welcome to the team! Smiles Barb emoticon

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1/13/11 10:06 A

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Glad to have you here!

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1/13/11 9:07 A

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Welcome to the team. It is a hard adjustment and takes time for your body to heal. You well probably find you will have times when you feel sick when you could swear that you have not eaten something with gluten in it. Reactions can even happen days after you have eaten something.

I find it interesting that your GI doctor says he can not rule it out. Usually, If they do an endoscopy they confirm a diagnoses.

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1/13/11 12:08 A

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Well, I hate the new site layout. It stinks as far as I'm concerned. I couldn't read the original post. It kept crashing on me, so I can only reply.
Everything is overwhelming if you are new to this. Don't feel bad if you miss something. Looking for the gluten free label is the best advice. Then you can at least clearly read the ingredients list. To begin with, I'd stick with whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa and organic corn products.
Everyone's taste buds are different. I can tell you that what I thought was gross when I first made the shift is not so now. I have, on rare occasions cheated a tiny bit on purpose. Wheat doesn't taste good anymore.
If you are an oat lover, get GF oats so you aren't getting any contamination. They are so good for you.
I still stress about eating out, but I decided I wasn't going to let my problem interfere with socializing. Most (and I do mean most) nonfast food places have a few things you can eat. At Olive Garden, for instance, they gave me my salad in a separate bowl with no croutons.
Take a deep breath and if you have an oops, unless it puts you in bed from complications, you'll remember it and learn from it. Each person's sensitivity is different.
God bless and keep smiling. You will find you feel so much better you'll not want to cheat!
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1/12/11 11:00 P

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Hi and welcome to the team. emoticon emoticon

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1/12/11 9:40 P

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Welcome to the team! so glad you are feeling better!

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1/12/11 4:55 P

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1/12/11 2:59 P

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Welcome Helen, It takes a while to get a handle I what you can and cannot eat, but hopefully you will continue to feel better and better. emoticon

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1/12/11 2:55 P

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Congrats on finally getting some relief! Doesn't it feel good? :)

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1/12/11 2:53 P

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emoticon to the team,

we were all in your shoes at one time so can understand what you're going through. Look through the threads, there is lots of great info on there. Don't hesitate to ask a question(regardless of how embarrassing it might be).

to add to Chaper's comment about feeling better, I knew I was feeling better but didn't realize how much better till I got glutened a few months later, I couldn't believe I'd been living with that for over 20 years.

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1/12/11 1:45 P

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So worth the extra work. Sometimes we don't even know how bad we feel until we start feeling better. I used to find bruises on my belly from using counter pressure with tummy pains.

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1/12/11 1:42 P

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Welcome! It's tough in the beginning, but you can do this!! (and it's worth it!!)

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1/12/11 1:34 P

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Hi! You must be so encouraged to be feeling better. Don't give up; you'll find great ideas and sharing in the team.
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1/12/11 1:34 P

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Welcome to the team. Feels good to not be sick doesn't it.

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1/12/11 1:15 P

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My name is Helen and I'm 47 years old. My GI doctor has been testing me to death to see if I celiac disease. While at this time they can't rule it out, my Dietician put me on a Gluten Free/Low Lactose diet. It's been just over a week and already I can feel a difference. I used to get sick every day, I wouldn't eat at all (I also have Type 2 Diabetes)until I got home in the evening.

Since starting the GF/LL diet, I've only gotten sick two times (I suspected I shouldn't have eaten what I did. But this week, I haven't been sick at all. This is huge for me.

Anyway, Hello Team...I hope to learn a lot from you.

Helen

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