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4/22/13 10:25 P

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Welcome to the team. You can also tell the person that is serving you that you have a problem with wheat and most restaurants are now trying to help us too.


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4/22/13 9:33 P

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Welcome Samantha! It is difficult when family and boyfriends don't understand. I always found family dinners particularly difficult. We have many suggestions in our sticky topics. There are many restaurants that serve gluten free meals. Do a search of your city and gluten free. Also, check the national celiac and gluten free organizations, a support group in your area and resources/books at your local library.
The hidden glutens can sap your energy and cause symptoms as much as the obvious things. I know, because I did not realize for years what a difference it made.

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4/22/13 7:11 P

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Greetings! It really does get easier as you learn more ways to make substitutions. Become a label reader and don't be afraid to ask questions when you eat out.

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4/22/13 3:00 P

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Hi Samantha,

It is incredibly difficult at first but it really does get easier. You may want to talk to your doctor about getting tested for celiac disease, because that way you can explain it better to people if there is an official diagnosis. Otherwise, there are a lot more options at restaurants that have gluten free menus, such as PF Chaings, or Maggiano's, or even Culvers will add that you have a gluten allergy on their order so they are more careful, either with salads or burgers without buns. I know a lot of my more local one off restaurants have gf menus, so you can ask. If there is food you are craving, we can help with suggestions/replacements, like I have found Udi's bread to be very good. It's really hard when people don't understand, but hopefully it will get better!


4/22/13 1:40 P

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Hi all,

My name is Samantha, and I have just recently discovered that I am sensitive to gluten. Since middle school, I've always had issues with bloating, headaches, gas, lack of energy, and mood swings. (I also have the bumps on my arms and legs that are associated with a gluten intolerance.) For the longest time, I thought it was just how my body worked; I had no idea that food may be the cause of it. A few weeks ago with the help of a holistic nutrition, I went on an alkaline cleanse for 10 days. Once those 10 days were over, I reintroduced gluten, dairy, corn, eggs, soy, etc.

After a couple of days with gluten, I began to see the signs. I'd become exhausted even though I had not exercised since starting the cleanse. My mood swings reappeared; I was getting irritated at the smallest of things. I had an ongoing headache for a few days. I also had a tingling sensation all over my body after eating wheat. So, I've decided to stay away from gluten as much as I can.

I'm here because I need help with taking gluten out of my diet. It's been a tough change, and honestly, I've given up. It's tough when your boyfriend and family don't really understand that gluten does not make you feel well. My boyfriend and I eat out a lot which is something I'd like to change, but I would like to know tips for eating out too. Any tips are greatly appreciated.

- Samantha

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