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10/3/10 11:42 A

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I have known for 2 years that I was gluten intolerant. Eating it would give me digestive issues, but I didn't care. I didn't want to put forth the effort to do what I knew I needed to do in order to be gluten free. Well, about a month ago I started having major heart palpitations. One night I went to the ER thinking I was having a heart attack it was so bad - shortness of breath, tingling achy left arm - the works. My EKG was so bad they took an XRay of my chest to find out how bad the attack was. There was no attack - thank goodness! I decided the next day to stop eating gluten and my heart slowly came back to normal. If I slip and eat something, it starts to go crazy again and takes about a week to settle down. I wouldn't have to deal with this if I'd just stepped up to the plate and learned how to do gluten free 2 yrs ago. I know how hard it is. I HATE to cook. HATE it. But I'm doing it to live. To not experience that fear again for many many many years to come. I have a 3 yr old and a 5 yr old. I want to see them grow up - to know them as adults. I don't want them to grow up without their mother. So, I'm learning. Today I'm going to try my first pizza crust. It doesn't sound like it will be too awful to make.

Some other things I've found that work for quick stuff...

corn chips and salsa
rice crackers and cheese
cook up a bunch of chicken breasts with garlic pepper and put them in the fridge - eaten with cheese it's a good quick lunch or salad topping - even a snack

I'm also going to try out this once a month cooking that some friends of mine are doing. Spend one day cooking all day - with friends if possible - and then freeze it. That way all you have to do each day is take it out of the freezer to thaw and reheat it. Here is a link to a sample gf menu: http://angelaskitchen.wordpress.com/2009/0
9/18/gluten-free-zer-friday-september-
2009-oam-mom-dinners/

I've started to think about food as fuel instead of entertainment, but it's still a struggle. I still cry at the grocery store and when a meal I've cooked doesn't taste good, but I'm getting there.

Best of luck with your journey!

- Vicki


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9/24/10 12:07 A

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I wanted to try the biscuits so that's good to know. I tried the pizza crust and it was too oily for me. But the pancakes were very good! Very light and fluffy!

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9/23/10 1:05 A

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I tried the biscuits from the recipe on the box of GF Bisquick. They were OK, but drop biscuits and I prefer cut out biscuits.

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9/23/10 12:57 A

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There is a coupon for $1 off of Udi's. Their bagels are quite good, too. Einstein's has them, and it was so nice to go in there and get one with smoked salmon cream cheese. I felt like just a normal person!
I've also been quite pleased with Kinnikinnick mixes and breads. I like toast, maybe because of the extra crunch. The whole grain bread has flax seed and looks like a dark pumpernickel. The Italian bread even has some shape to it. It's about the same price as Udi's but you get 9 more ounces.
I made their white bread mix, and it rose a whole bunch. It was edible without toasting when it was fresh. It must be kept in the fridge or it will go bad. But my friend's husband who has just joined our circle insisted it must be regular bread cause it looked too good.
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9/23/10 12:45 A

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Udi's reminds me of my grandma's home made bread. It's not as moist as regular bread but is delicious. It's really popular and the store I buy it at frequently runs out....

I also like the Van's frozen waffles, Health Valley (I think) berry waffles and Amy's gluten free mac and cheese (freezer section) is delicious!

Has anybody tried making anything with the new Bisquick?

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9/22/10 6:05 P

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I will have to find and try UDI's bread. The gluten free breads I've tried so far I could barely get down since they were so dense and really didn't taste good. I love bread so I'm looking forward to finding a GF bread that has taste.

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9/22/10 2:42 P

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You don't have to give up bread. it's like a cult, find UDI's bread, yes it's $5 a loaf but it tastes like wheat bread and doesn't have to be toasted to taste good, it's good right out of the bag.
I've heard good things about Rudy's but haven't tried it so can't say whether its good or not.

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9/22/10 1:02 P

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Hi Teach,

I didn't take it very seriously in the beginning, either. I have just a mild wheat allergy and discovered it when doctors found a prolactinoma. DH and I made a few small adjustments, and I found my grocery store has a great GF section. Like you, I live on frozen meals, especially for lunches at work. Since I'm off wheat, that eliminates the staple of American lunches - the sandwich!

I went to Italy a week ago and ate pasta and pizza and whatever I wanted, still keeping in check my portion sizes and water intake. While I still lose some weight, my stomach since coming home has simply ached, and going to the bathroom isn't a good experience. I know that I need to get off of wheat completely. When I am off of it, I feel amazing and energetic - I was running 2 miles three times a week. Last night at the gym I just walked for 30 minutes.

Why don't you cook? Do you not know how? The first step is learning to boil water. An easy recipe is getting GF pasta, some olive oil and fresh tomatoes and parsley. Cook pasta, drizzle OO and chop up your veggies. I like to add mushrooms (from a can!) too. voila! You've cooked.

Going GF you will have to learn how to cook, even if it is eating a salad. You don't have to spend hours in the kitchen in order to 'cook'.

Just think about how much better you'll feel once you set your mind to it. Small steps are key in this journey - believe me, I'm doing them right now! Sandwiches are the most difficult for me. I LOVE PB and J...and toast...and pizza...LOL.

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9/20/10 8:40 P

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My gastroenterologist said that I am gluten intolerant and that if I continued to eat gluten, not only would I continue to have bowel problems and rashes, I would eventually destroy my small intestine. He said that could lead to intestinal cancer. I'd rather not go there.

Carol

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9/19/10 6:16 P

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Kettle Cuisine has really decent GF frozen meals. I've seen Amy's GF pizza, but haven't tried it. There are some pizza chains who now have GF pizza. Sometimes you have to call ahead, and it's almost always more than the other pizza, but such is life!

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9/19/10 9:46 A

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I discovered my gluten allergies on my own. All my general physician and dermatologist wanted to do was throw more prescription drugs at me for the eczema and dermatitis herpetiformis. They could diagnose the DH but couldn't tell me how to deal with it except to say I needed another cream or ointment. When I eat gluten-free, my eczema and DH clear up. I can cheat very, very little or the eczema comes right back and then will take a month or more of eating gluten-free to go away again.

Teach4110, I read in your entry that you cook very little and usually eat prepared foods or go to restaurants. For prepared foods, try looking in the organic section of your grocery store. Some of them carry gluten-free frozen meals and other prepared foods in the organic section. Also, learn the buzz words for gluten ingredients so you can read the labels and avoid foods with those ingredients. For restaurants, you can do a little homework and go online to find restaurants in your area that offer gluten-free menus or ask at the restaurant if they offer one. Several of the national chains are starting to offer them and they are very good for helping you narrow down your choices. I don't eat fast food often but was happy to learn that Burger King has a GF menu. Their burgers are gluten-free - just skip the bun.

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9/19/10 2:17 A

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Thank you for the link. I had no idea. My daughter has been having a problem with something on her hand that keeps breaking out. I will suggest she have it checked again as they really weren't able to diagnose it the first time.

My celiac test came out negative, but then I read that if you are on a gluten free diet when you take the test it can come out negative because of the lack of gluten in your system. I need to get re-tested just to be sure. With Celiac disease, every time you eat something with gluten you are doing irrepairable damage to your body. I do on occassion eat something I shouldn't or wasn't aware that it contained gluten and I begin to suffer immediately.

I have a foreman grill and do a lot of grilled meat with a salad. I don't like to cook either and I eat out alot. I am aware of what I can eat at each establishment. I also purchase items like fruit, and salad that are bagged and ready to go. Even though it may be more expensive, in the long run it's cheaper for me than throwing out fruit and vegetables that sat in my fridge and rotted because I didn't ever get around to cutting them up.

Bananas, apples and berries are my favorite as they naturally come ready to go! I also love the ziploc steaming bags for veggies.
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9/19/10 12:57 A

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I'm amazed your Chiropractor hasn't had you have the rash biopsied. Does it look like this? www.csaceliacs.org/dh_defined.php or images.search.yahoo.com/search/image
s?
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(I like the info on the 1st link better but the pix on the 2nd better, which is closer to what I looked like) If it does, hell even it doesn't you need to have it biopsied for Dermatitis Herpeformitis - it is Celiac Disease! I had it and it was awful, I was in denial I had CD and it only got worse and worse until I accepted it and went GF. I feel 1000% better on a strict GF diet. I was similar to you, I didn't cook and when I did it was out of boxes. I'm still learning but it's empowering to be able to turn raw ingredients into a healthy tasty meal.

OK, off my soapbox before I go off the deep end.

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9/19/10 12:36 A

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Neither my daughter or I have celiac, but do have pretty serious intolerance. I can cheat a very small amount, such as having one really nicely made ravioli. But if I cheat twice in a short time, it's just misery. I'm bloate, have noisy gas, get congested, and the list goes on.
If you don't have celiac, you can start with things like oatmeal or if you have a Trader Joe's, then get some of their Joe's Os. They are like Cherios, but with no wheat starch. If you don't like to cook much, get the Minute brown rice and buy things like a rotiserie chicken at the store along with ready made salad mix. You can get cut up and ready to eat fruit.
It would be good to give it the real test. Go for six weeks, being totally vigilant and then have a full serving of wheat. For me, that was the telling point. I was ill for four days.
It is real, and for both me and my daughter, no matter what we did, while on wheat we couldn't lose a pound!
Another note: do you have thyroid issues? Lots of people with a GF problem have thyroid disease. That seems to be leveling out, too.
Good luck
Kathy

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9/18/10 10:00 P

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When you eat the wrong food and then you pay for it. You are damaging your body in the process too. You are doing more harm than good. So the choice is yours and only you can decide if you want to continue on this way or be in the best health that you can be in.

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9/18/10 9:05 P

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Hey,
I've been lurking for awhile but have not added any comments. I have not really been diagnosed with Celiac but my chiro noticed the breakouts on my elbows and knees and suggested I try going GF. It make a significant difference (when I follow it) but I'm not taking this seriously. I feel better when I am GF and dairy free but...I don't cook. Like almost not at all. So it's lots of restaurant foods, frozen lunches...I get exhausted even thinking about where to begin...so I don't. I had several GF weeks and my symptoms disappeared...felt better but then fell back into my old habits. 30+ lbs overweight...just not taking this seriously, feeling overwhelmed, stuck in a rut. Luckily I exercise on a consistent basis but the food...not making consistent changes. Any comments, suggestions, anything would be appreciated.

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