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SHARILEE_OHIO
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2/25/12 5:04 P

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Thank you everyone for the welcomes and the links.

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"Energy and persistence conquer all things" (Benjamin Franklin)




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emoticonto the team! It really does get easier, and won't always seem so overwhelming.

Celiac.com and Celiac.org are good places to read more on the subject, and find lists of DO and DON'T.


Cindy

"To get something you never had you have to do something you never did"



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TAEKWONDOCHICK
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2/24/12 7:56 P

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What timing! I just saw this posted on Facebook, it's a survival guide for the newly diagnosed. I hope it helps. :)

http://www.artofglutenfreebaking.com/2012/02/gluten-free-initial-diagnosis-survival-sheet/

-Val




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2/24/12 7:45 P

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What are the actual symptoms of Celiac Disease? AND how do they check for it?


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Welcome to the team!!

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TAEKWONDOCHICK
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2/24/12 6:04 P

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I also wanted to be sure you saw this. There is a whole folder on this team for recipes, but these are ones that I have entered here on SparkPeople so you can easily track your food during the day. These are all GF recipes that are super tasty... at least, I think they are LOL. I hope they help!

http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1448x948x46581810

http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1448x948x46582378





TAEKWONDOCHICK
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2/24/12 6:01 P

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Hi Sharilee! I'm glad you found this group, and that your doctor gave you info for local support groups. While going GF is overwhelming at first, over time you'll do just fine.

Remember: meat, veggies, fruits, and grains such as rice and quinoa are all naturally gluten free. There are LOTS of recipes out there that are naturally gluten free and very tasty as well, so you don't have to be stuck with awful food for the rest of your life. :)

There are more and more GF products out there as well, which should make your transition easier. There are GF bakeries popping up all over the place as well, plus if you make your own GF flour blend you can still bake most of the cakes, cookies, brownies, and other goodies you like.

The real issue is cross contamination. If you live with people who don't have to be gluten free, you'll have to be careful that they don't accidentally contaminate your food. Some folks have a GF cabinet where all their GF foods are kept. Some keep two separate sticks or tubs of butter... one for the family and one for GF only use (remember, wheat bread crumbs in your butter is not good!). There are other tricks like that out there that you'll find.

And don't forget Google! There are a lot of blogs out there specifically for GF living. Some of my favorites include:

http://www.theglutenfreespouse.com/

http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/

http://www.artofglutenfreebaking.com/

http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/quick-sandwich-bread/

Good luck! You have a great support system between your doctor, your support group, and of course your friends here on SparkPeople. :)

-Val




SHARILEE_OHIO
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2/24/12 5:51 P

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I have had hypothyroidism for years. My numbers indicated I was not absorbing my thyroid medicine so the doctor ran blood tests for celiac disease antibodies. That came back positive. On February 16th had a biopsy of my small intestine and on February 22nd I got the confirmation of celiac disease.

I met with my doctor on Thursday and received a bunch of literature and the contact person for a local support group and a contact person who is a dietician.

Today is the first day of being gluten free. It is all very overwhelming right now. Went to the store and got food (seemed like everything in my house had gluten). Got lucky and a lot of the gluten free foods were on sale. So I was able to get different things to try without spending a fortune.

Right now still trying to digest the diagnosis. Even though after the biopsy the doctor said he was almost certain because his examination should damage to the small intestine, I was in denial until actually receiving the lab results.

Thank you for listening to my ramblings.

Pounds lost since July 2010: 48

Pounds to reach goal: 14.0

"Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of" (unknown)

"Energy and persistence conquer all things" (Benjamin Franklin)




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