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5/28/06 9:04 P

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Carol,
It says you're an author. What do you write?
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5/28/06 8:09 P

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I'll have the same old foods that I have every day! sigh!! Today, we went to my father's parents graves and fixed my grandmother's stone (long story... took hours and we STILL didn't get it perfect). Tomorrow, our tradition is to wake very early... go to my Dad's grave... and my mom's parents... then watch the parade go past mom's house... then stay for lunch and head on back to south NJ. It's a 3 hour drive...

We don't grill... I dont like the taste.. and the DH doesn't really care for it. Sorry I can't help. I'm not much of a cook.

If there is one things that being GF has done for me.... it's made me more of a cook! (grin)

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What's on the menu for Memorial Day at your place? My husband wants his steak. I'm trying to decide between turkey burgers or grilled chicken. Has anyone ever made turkey burgers on the grill? Do you have a favorite marinade or sauce for grilled chicken? We've got a nice watermelon chilling. I'll probably make some roasted potatoes. They have several herbs, ground pepper, and garlic, I think. Cut the potatoes in cubes and toss in the mixture, then cook in hot oven for about 45 minutes. I like them best with a little ketchup. Making these helps me resist the french fries my kids usually want to make.
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5/25/06 7:32 A

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Today, Mom, Niece Mary Ann, and I are going out to lunch with my brother and my sister. I decided to take my lunch and eat it before we meet them. That way, I don't have to worry about where we go or what is on the menu. The outback steak house isn't open for lunch...darn! My brother wants to do a buffett, and said all the food is covered, but he just doesn't fully understand about foods that look ok but have hidden gluten. Now, that doesn't mean he's not supportive... He's the most supportive of all my family...

I hate going to new places to eat. I will say... in the past month.. when I tell the server about my needs... I hear things like... "My mom has that," "they want me to be tested for that," "There's a woman who comes in her every day at lunch and she has that," and so on. So, when we do order food out, we do educate. We make it easier for the next person who walks through that door.

I'm just not going to take the chance at a buffett, a new place to eat, and at lunch when it's busy.


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5/24/06 9:20 P

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Speaking of eating out, it is a royal pain in the you-know-what! It really bums me out, because I am such a social person and I used to LOVE eating out, but now I back away from it like it's the plague! Being in this study program where we often go for a full-day program with a (of course) sandwich lunch provided, I have to pack my own. People often ask "what can we request for you?" but it's so tiresome and difficult to explain, and they start getting that freaked-out look when you try, that I found it's easier whenever possible to bring my own.

Restaurants are tough: I always end up feeling like I'm spoiling everyone else's fun because I have to scrutinize the menu, and if there's nothing I can eat there we have to move on. I feel like Karen the Bummer! I can't WAIT for the day when more restaurants start offering gluten-free choices and we don't have to feel like such lepers!!

By the way, worst eating experience ever: a 20-hour flight from Asia to the US, and they completely forgot about my specially-requested GF meal. Luckily I had the foresight to bring some crackers and one ready-made GF Indian ready-meal, or I would have been STARVING!!! Now I never leave home without at least one GF snack in my bag!

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5/24/06 4:28 P

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Yes, even though my family is very understanding, it is so hard having to go into my little routine when eating out. The people waiting on me are always wonderful... but I am tired of having to hear those words come out of my mouth... but I have to do it so I don't get sick. It's just nice to know others feel the same. There is a lot of fear that comes with eating out and the loss of total control over what goes into your mouth.


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5/24/06 4:01 P

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hi everyone, i've been gluten free since 2003 - 3 years now - and i must admit that i still HATE going out to eat. it's hard for people to understand the fear of getting sick in addition to the cross contamination. even people wearing gloves and touching a gluten item, then maybe handling your lettuce will definatley get me sick but other people don't get that. people always say to me, you can get a salad or a piece of chicken right? - it gets tiring emoticon

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I do worry about the cross contamination at salad bars. If it looks clean and the gluten-containing foods are at the opposite end of the vegetables, I don't worry about it as much. I've probably eaten at salad bars 4 times in the past few months and haven't had any trouble, so it's what I'm most comfortable with at this point. I only use oil and balsamic vinegar for dressing. I haven't tried any cooked buffet foods since going gluten free because it's hard to know what seasonings/preservatives they use. I totally understand where you're coming from though- I worry about it too. The other night I was going to a dinner party and I ate before I went, then joined them for a glass of wine, so I wouldn't have to worry about being glutened.

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Do you worry about cross contamination when eating at a salad bar or buffett? My brother wants to go out to eath tomorrow (at a buffett) and I'm so not comfortable with doing that. The funny thing is.. the longer I go without being sick... the more I worry about being glutened.

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Thanks so much for the heads up about the Soy Nutlettes, I can't wait to try them! Ahhh, the things we get excited about :)

I went to Ruby Tuesday this weekend and just got the salad bar. There were lots of good gluten-free items on it, including soy beans, black beans and garbonzo beans! I felt fine the next day! Good experience!

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I just found Soy Nutlettes (www.dixiediner.com) which is gluten free and has 9 grams of fiber, 4g sugar, 25 g of protein and 140 cal for 1/2 cup. I've started adding a tablespoon to my breakfast yogurt. Also adding more water... a change over from all tea... all the time.

You know, now that I am eating better and GF, I sleep better (not getting up in the middle of the night). Now, if I can just be more relaxed about eating out.

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5/23/06 4:36 P

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for added fiber a make a gf bannana bread and instead of oil i use flax meal, extra fiber and omega 3's too!
i use the bobs red mill all purpose flour mix, the recipe is on the bag!

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Hi everyone!

On the topic of cereal- I've found that most gluten-free cereals that are a good source of fiber are also quite high in calories, but I'm excited to try some of the ones that you all suggested! I tried the Perky's Nutty Flax cereal. It has about 240 calories and 7 g of fiber in 3/4 cup. The taste isn't super, but it's OK mixed with another cereal or in yogurt.

One way that I try to get extra fiber is by adding ground flax to cooked cereal or to eggs before I cook them. It gives a different taste/texture, but it's not too bad. I used to get a lot of fiber in my diet before being gluten free. I've found that if I stick to 3 fruits and 3-4 servings of veggies per day I can get a pretty good amount still.

I try to get my calcium by having a glass of skim milk, a light yogurt and some cheese every day. I think a calcium supplement is a good idea for anyone who doesn't consume much calcium-containing foods. If you're going to take a supplement, here are some guidelines: take it seperately from your multivitamin, take it with some dairy containing food to help increase absorption and only take 500 mg at a time because this is as much as you can use at one time.

I got my box of food from glutenfreemall.com. The Glutano pretzels were pretty good and I really like the Enjoy Life Soft and Chewy Caramel Apple Snack Bars (although they're quite small). I haven't tried the other stuff yet, but will let you know when I do!

Hope everyone is doing well!

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5/21/06 2:27 P

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"The best sources of vitamin B-12 include animal products, such as organ meats, beef, pork, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, and other dairy foods. Some foods are fortified with vitamin B-12 and are fair sources."
I got this info from the sparkpeople nutrition area. Looks like all the best sources are actually gluten free!
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5/21/06 2:18 P

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Hi Mary and Carol,

While we're talking about nutrients, I have a question regarding vitamin B-12. When my 8 years of sickness came to a head and my GP ordered a whole slew of blood tests to try and find out what was wrong, it was my extremely low B-12 which triggered some alarm bells for her, and finally made her think it was something related to digestion and absorption, therefore possibly celiac. As a result I was sent for a biopsy, and the rest is history.

The problem is, my body still can't seem to absorb B-12 from food. I've been gluten-free for 2 years, and otherwise am quite healthy (albeit a bit overweight). Apparently if you have a healthy gut you should have no trouble absorbing it on a regular basis. However, I don't know what foods it's in. My B-12 count is still low, so I go for a monthly shot of the vitamin. If I could get it through my normal diet, though, it would be great. I know it B-12 has something to do with the nervous system and of course digestion.

Any ideas???

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I have a hard time getting enough calcium without going over on my calorie allowance. I put 2 cups Axelrod nonfat yogurt and add one cup sliced strawberries in the food processor. I divide that into three servings, then sprinkle one serving with granola or ener-g rice nuts. Another product I use is fat free cheese made by Lifetime. I can eat the pepper jack variety without heating it. I use all of them melted. If I can tolerate the cheddar variety, that would help me get my calcium allowance without going way over on calories. It's 40% of the allowance, and only 40 calories.

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I've never heard of Mesa Sunrise, but going to google it right now. I am looking for extra fiber in my diet. Going GF, I get very little fiber. There are some GF cereals that are high in sugar and seem to be aimed at kids. Right now, I have a box of CerO's, but I don't like the taste. I add about 10 of the O's to my low sugar yogurt for breakfast... and at this rate, it will take me a year to finish the box! It's also not that high in fiber.

Do any of you take extra calcium? I've been told we have a hard time getting it into our system and should take a pill. Since I have been told it can cause gas, bloating... even though it's GF, I am avoiding it for now. I felt like that with gluten, I don't want to feel like that any time soon!

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Saffron,
I might look into that one. I wonder if they have it here in the U.S. It sounds better nutritionally than many gluten free cereals I've seen. And it sounds like one I would like.
I didn't get to the health food store, though I ran errands all afternoon. The tread came off one of our tires on the interstate, so that added an extra stop in our trip. And it's still not fixed. We are riding on the spare.
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5/20/06 12:55 P

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Hi there,

I started buying a gluten-free fruit muesli made by Finax, a Swedish GF food company. I think it's great, it's about 23% dried fruit. Other than that it has buckwheat and millet flakes, maize, rice apple fibre, dried papaya, sugar-beet fibre, sunflower kernels, dried pineapple, dried apple, salt and honey. It has 340kcal of energy, 9g of protein, 65g of carboydrate, 5 g of fat (o.5 saturated), 12 g of fibre, 21% of vitamin B1, 16% of B6, and 27% of iron. Per 35g serving it has 119 calories, 2g of fat, o.2 g of salt.

How does that stack up in terms of carolies, vitamins, etc? I didn't eat this before, only since I moved to Europe a month ago. But it tastes great and keeps me going all morning!

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What's your favorite gluten free cereal? How does it stack up for nutrients and fiber? My favorite is Mesa Sunrise. I add raisins to it to make it close to my old gluten favorite, Total Raisin Bran. I need to buy some more, but have to schedule a trip to the health food store, hopefully today?
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5/16/06 5:09 P

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Hi Laura,

I, too, feel uncomfortable eating out, I guess there are a lot of us that feel like that. There is a website that has samples of little cards that you can make and give to the host when eating out. It's: http://www.celiactravel.com/restaurant-car
ds.html.

I have a few places that I go and they know me. They know of my needs and make sure my meals are fine.

Glad you are here!


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Hi Laura,
Welcome! I've been cooking gluten free for at least 13 years now. That's when my husband was diagnosed. My three biological kids were next. (Also have an adopted son)I ended up quiting work and essentially went gluten free because of being with my kids all the time. When I did have gluten later, I itched like crazy. Looking back over some things in my life, I figure I've been celiac as early as childhood, just didn't know it. Eating out can be a challenge. There are some restaurants that have gluten free menus, such as Outback, Legal Seafood, and Bonefish Grill. Eating out is always a risk, sometimes more than others. The more you are willing to tell the restaurant about having the restrictions, the more helpful they can be. If there is something in particular that you would like to cook, let me know, and I'll try to help.
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Hi everyone!

I am new to the gluten-free diet- I've been doing it for about 2 months now. I was diagnosed with IBS for a long time, but after years of it not being helped with diet and exercise, my doctor did the blood work to test for gluten intolerance. So, here I am.

So far, I've mostly been eating fresh fruits, vegetables and meats that I cook myself. I eat a lot of corn tortillas and potatos. I love going out to eat, but worry that I will end up eating gluten, so I've been mostly avoiding it. I have bought a few things from Glutensolutions.com that were pretty good- the gluten free bread mixes are high in calories though. I recently found a bunch of granola bars and pretzels and quinoa flakes on Glutenfreemall.com and am waiting for that food to get here. I'm really excited about my order, because I feel like a lot of gluten-free snack foods in the grocery store are high in fat. I snack on a lot of part-skim cheese and fruit now.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and share my experiences so far. I'd love any tips/recipes/resources you all might have to make this easier.

Thanks!
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5/14/06 2:21 P

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Hi Cindy,

Welcome! If it makes you feel any better, I'm not a typical Celiac either. I have to loose weight.

I went to a nutritionist last week and she is very knowledgeable about CD. So, not only is she helping me diet, but also helping me with the CD. I've had this my whole life, but only found about it last year. I strongly suggest finding a nutritionist in your area that knows about CD. I enter my foods into the forms here and then print it out and bring it to her. It makes my life easier to know there is someone who knows what I can and cannot have and how to work around it.


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Hi,
My name is Cindy.
I have been eating gluten free for about 2-1/2 months ago. Prior to this in February I had joined spark people. I am 5 foot 2 inches and weighed 154 lbs in November after returning from a 2 week Florida trip. I "dieted" until I was diagnosed with celiacs and I had came down to 146. I then stopped dieting for lack of knowledge on what to eat. I was feeling deprived and started baking and eating junky chips, french fries, cheese doodles etc and whatever I could get my hands on to eat. I have been able to maintain at 147 and feel less deprived since my diagnosis now. I guess it just took time to get used to the idea.

Here is my worst part of the whole thing. I do not feel like the "typical" celiac. This is my story. I was only diagnosed because of family history. My mom, my brother and his daughter were all diagnosed. My brother and his daughter by biopsy and my mom by a sudden "attack" which caused her to be very ill for 2 months with a full work up and to find that she indeed had celiacs just because my brother suggested she have the test done. I asked my PCP on routine visit to do the blood test and my AgA-IgA was elevated. I had not been eating breads and pastas or dessert because I have been watching my carbs for years now. Based on this, my doctor said that because of my family history, elevated IgA she thought I had "mild celiacs" and should follow a gluten free diet.

I definitely feel better about the diagnosis now and am ready to start the weight loss diet. I am trying to get back on track and am glad the spring is here although this weekend in New England we are getting slammed with torrential rains. I enjoy rollerblading and ice skating with my 4 children (they all got tested negative but I am not sure they had the right labs done and my 9 year old is following a gluten free diet because she still has bowel accidents at times and thinks she feels better on a gluten free diet)I am looking forward to hiking and camping this summer. My goals are to increase my exercise and definitly the water.

Hello everyone!!!! Whats your story.

Someone asked about veggies. I put stewed tomatoes(no oil needed) in a skillet with zucchini and summer squash, mushrooms and onions and peppers Yum....even my husband eats it lol
Sometimes I add a litlle boneless chicken breast or a little sausage or kielbasa. Sometimes I put it in foil packets on the grill.

Thanks for listening
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Happy Mother's Day, ladies!
I wonder how I'll do trying to stay in my calorie range with my kids trying to make today special. I rode my stationary bike this morning trying to get a head start on calories burned. emoticon

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A calorie (small c) is the unit of heat necessary to raise on gram of water one degree. A kilocalorie (kcal) is 1000 small calories. When we talk about Calories (capital c) in food, we are really referring to kcal. Which means that kcal 361 is the same as 361 Calories. The thing you need to check is portion size. Carbohydrates are four Calories in a gram of carbohydrate. Protein is also 4 Calories per gram. Fat is 9 Calories per gram, which is the reason we need to limit them. I think that the reason some of our bread is higher is that we add fat to it to make it more like "normal" bread. I know that when I make yeast bread there's a fair amount of shortening in my recipe.
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Thanks to both Carol and Minmom,

Well, I guess there are more calories in the GF bread and pasta. The store here doesn't have Ener-G, only Schar, (Dr. Schar), a European brand. I have no idea about calories, on a package of spaghetti it says "energy value kJ1533, kcal 361". How does that compare to other brands?

I've heard Utrecht is nice, but the restaurants on the canals, that seems to be in every Dutch city I've been to so far!

Thanks again for your info re calories...

Karen

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I heard they are more because of the different flours needed to make the gf bread and pasta. Ener-g has two new low cal/low carb bread and I like the way they taste toasted.

If you don't want to use pasta, you can use rice or risotto. The risotto doesn't take long to cook. Just put one can of gf broth in a pan and add 1 cup risotto. Cook over a med. heat until add the liquid is absorbed. I add mushrooms in mine, but you can keep it plain or add other veggies. 1/4 cup is 170 cal, but it is filling.

Di Bilt is such a pretty area. I forget the name of this little town near there... It's not Zeist... it has a canal and different restaurants along the canal. There is a huge mall there too... then you walk from the street down to the canal area where the restaurants are. Utrect. I looked on google maps... the town is Utrect. It's worth a visit if you ever get the chance.


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I just checked the calories on the gf pasta and bread that I use and compared it to regular. Regular spaghetti was 197.4, while Ener-G white rice spaghetti was 215. On the bread, thin slice tapioca bread (Ener-G) was 90 calories, wheat bread was 86.5, and white was 66.5.

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Hi there,

I just read on a reply someone gave me (I posted my celiac query on the wrong thread!) that apparently gluten-free bread and pasta often have two times the calories you would find in non-GF bread and pasta??? Wow! If that's that case, it could explain why I started gaining so much weight once I started eating gluten-free breads and pasta.

The problem is, pasta is just so easy to make when you're in a hurry or, as in my case, only have a stovetop or microwave to cook in. Is this true, that GF pasta and bread have TWICE the calories? Have you heard of this? Oh man....that limits my food choices even MORE!

By the way, I'm not familiar with the weather service. But we just had a day trip to Leiden today, and it was so beautiful! There is one corner at a health food/organic food store near me that is dedicated gluten-free, but definitely not a wide range by any means. Just a few types of cookies, crackers, pasta, and packaged bread. At least it's something...but without pasta...!

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Speaking of the Netherlands, are you familiar with KNMI, the national weather service there? They use computer equipment from my husband's company. I've been to De Bilt twice and love it. How easy is it to find gluten free products there?

Traveling is my biggest challenge. I use to love eatting out and now I fear being poisioned. Went to Vegas on business early this year and it was tough. I didn't know there was an outback steak house there, but then you cant eat there every night.

When I travel to my in-laws, I bring my own food, but they like to go out to dinner. Ok.. so being at my in-laws in another challenge. Not because of them, but my fear of being glutened.

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I am on day three of my new diet with a nutritionist, and she has me on more carbs than I'd like, but I'm trying it. One thing she wanted me to do was have a bond density test for
Osteoporosis. Apparently, we are at a higher risk for it. She also has me adding a calcium supplement to my diet. My test is on June 9, along with blood work to test to see if there is any gluten.

This time of year, it's easier for me to get outside for walks. So, I'm hoping that this new diet and exercise will help me loose.

Reading all your emails helps me feel as if I am not alone. It's not easy to loose weight and being CD doesn't help.


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Mary,

Thanks for the welcome. That's too bad your daughter couldn't go on that trip to Ecuador. When I found out I had this disease I decided I had to just take control and learn as much as I could about it, and to ask EVERYONE who makes food for me (friends, cooks at restaurants, etc.) if there is any wheat flour at all in the food. Usually I'm okay, actually. The times I actually did get sick eating out were partly my own fault - if I didn't know what was in something, and there was no way to really find out, I would think "well, I'll just risk it". I've also become an expert at packing my own food to take with me! I just don't want it to limit my life options. I hope the next time your daughter will be able to go on such trips - with some help from her mom in packing all her food!

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Welcome Saffron06,
Your work sounds so interesting! I can only imagine the challenges of living in less developed countries and staying gluten free. My 15 year old daughter had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador with another church on a mission trip, but with no one that knew her diet, and no cell phone connection, we didn't think we could risk it.
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Hi there,

Wasn't sure how to post to this group; I hope I got it right!

I'm a new member to this group. I'm an American female, but grew up overseas most of my life (dad's an economist, mom works in the computer industry), and have been living and working as an aid worker for the last 6 years in Cambodia. I am in development work, having worked for various non-profit agencies, most recently Unicef. I'm now in the Hague, Netherlands, doing a postgraduate course for the next 2 months. I'm living in what they call here a hostel, but basically a dorm where every 4 rooms shares a kitchen.

As you can imagine, being a relatively new (2 years) celiac, this living in various places and moving around has proved to be a serious challenge at times! I was never a big cook until I was diagnosed as celiac (after 8 years of progressively worse symptoms). But boy, having tried to eat out and suffering from hidden glutens, I have been converted into cooking almost exclusively for myself! Traveling is tough; for example tomorrow we have an all-day class trip, so I'm bringing my lunch as I have no idea what we'll be served. Living in Asia, away from Whole Foods and the gluten-free online goods is also tough. But I'm getting better and better! ;)

The situation here is a bit difficult, as I don't have an oven, only stove-top and a microwave, to cook in. So I'm a bit more limited in my menu choices. However, I found a natural food store nearby that has a small range of GF foods, so I can at least get the basics. They even bake gluten-free bread FRESH for people! You just order what kind you want and pick it up 2 days later. Sweet!!

Anyway, that's a bit about me. Like one of the other members, while I was undiagnosed I could eat whatever I wanted and didn't seem to gain weight. At first, new on the GF diet, I dropped loads of weight. But in the last year, as my gut got healthier, all that wanton eating caught up to me! Now my goal is to drop about 35 pounds, and to definitely get more exercise. Currently I do almost none! Thanks for setting up this group!

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5/10/06 3:03 P

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Does anyone have the nutritional information from Health Valley Rice Bran Crackers? I just had a serving of them, then realized that I had already thrown the box away.

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5/9/06 7:05 A

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How's everyone doing? May's a busy month for us. That's going to make it harder to stay on track. Tomorrow is the day my friend and I take turns making dinner for the elementary kids at church, and for us. It makes it harder to control my intake, and virtually impossible to make the nutrients come out right. Lucky for me, she knows the gluten free diet well and has only glutened me once with the wrong soy sauce. We have two church related parties associated with my committee in the next couple of weeks. I'm also going to need to go to my mom's as she is having a cardiac cath done on the 22nd, and we feel it's important that she have a family member there to help her make decisions. Traveling will be another challenge. What challenges do you face?

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I much prefer fresh vegies over canned as well. I use my steamer in the microwave for cauliflower and broccoli so they don't overcook. It doesn't take much to go from perfect to yuck when cooking them on the stovetop. I just remembered that cooking squash with an Asian stirfry sauce, or steaming it, is the only ways that I'll eat it.

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5/7/06 11:50 P

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I got fond of steamed kale when I started using salted, ground sesame seeds on top, a Japanese condiment called gomasio that you can make yourself or buy in a jar.

Learning to not overcook fresh veggies helped me learn to like them. I'd grown up on canned veg, which deserve a "yuck."

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I love vegetables, so the only help I can give you is to tell you how my friend sneaks them in for her kids. She adds broccoli to mac and cheese, and spinach to meat roll-ups (roll strips of turkey or ham with spinach inside and secure with toothpick). Of course, she also tells them if they say yuck, they get twice as much She makes them eat them.
Sorry I can't help any more than that.

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I know I need to start getting more veggies in my diet, but I was the type to hide my peas under other food so I wouldn't have to eat them. Does anyone have any favorite veggies and can you tell me how you get them down.... -er.. use them in your recipies... (grin) emoticon

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5/4/06 1:16 A

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I often enjoy rice (that I cook in the pressure cooker) and yellow polenta from Bob's Red Mill. Sometimes I eat rice twice a day, even as a snack heated with almond milk, nuts and fruit.

If I'm feeling in need of self-TLC, I make hot rice cereal, either the powdery kind Lundberg makes, or the more gritty one from Bob's. Once I mixed them, which was nice, too. I add a banana while its cooking to sweeten it.

I notice they sell pre-cooked and flavored polenta for those who don't want to stand over the stove for 5 minutes, stirring. But I like to stir as I sip my morning tea.

My Chinese doctor recommends a mix of brown and white rice so that I digest half of it really well (the white), but get the better nutrition from the other half (brown). So, I assume that for weight loss, avoiding white rice is a good idea. I buy a variety of non-white rices, such as brown basmati, short grain brown, brown jasmine, and even black rice (for desserts.)

[To cook brown rice in the pressure cooker, use 1.5 cups of water to each cup of rice, leave at pressure for 15 minutes, then let the pressure release naturally (another 10 minutes).]

The only alternative grains I consume are from Bob's Red Mill, as I can't tolerate cross-contamination. His "Mighty Tasty" hot cereal contains rice, corn, sorghum and buckwheat. If you can tolerate the grass family, look for: sorghum, millet, teff, ragi, and Job's tears. In the dicot family, try: buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth and oil from canola.

Some celiacs react to canola oil as if it were gluten. I'm one of them, which keeps me away from a lot of packaged GF food that isn't especially healthy stuff anyway.

When on the go, slices of brown rice bread suffice, but highly processed food gives me (and many folks) too much mucus, so I avoid baked goods 24 hours before a singing performance or when I have sinus pressure or airborne allergies. I've been known to eat cold cubed polenta or cold brown rice with my bag lunch, as if it were cold pasta salad!

If you like tart things, invest in a package of Umeboshi plum paste, found in the macrobiotic section of the health food store. (The whole plums are a bit much, though.) Use a thumbnail-sized portion on your rice, rice porridge or polenta (don't add butter or margarine) for a tangy taste that the Japanese say is good for digestion (as all naturally pickled products supposedly are).

Hope this gives you some tasty ideas.

Edited by: JAZZABELLE at: 5/4/2006 (01:25)
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5/3/06 3:16 P

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Hello everyone,

Welcome to our little group on SparkPeople.
While I started this group... Mary also had a group and we have combined our groups into this one. So Mary and I are co-hosts here. Having 14 years of experience living gf, I'm sure Mary has a lot to offer our group.

I've only been gf for a bit over a year, and have tons to learn. My hope is that all that join this group can help each other keep focused on our goals and learn.

I see nutritionist on May 9th to help me reduce carbs while increasing my fiber and protein. It's not like I'm sitting here eating gluten free cookies and ice cream, but am looking to have a better diet. Sure, I want to loose about 30 pounds, but I also want healthy eating habits.

I know very little about special gf cereals, breads, crackers that are out there. I'm not a baker. Never was. I found Enger-g low cal, low carb bread last weekend and have been using it this week for breakfast (with my egg whites) and I had my first tuna sandwich (toasted bread) in over a year. I know there are a lot of people who do not like the regular Ener-g breads, but this one tastes just like the cheap white bread I use to get from Walmart. Would love it have fiber, however.

Glad to see you are here.



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5/3/06 11:42 A

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What suggestions would you give for whole grains, Mary?

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5/3/06 11:29 A

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Dear fellow celiacs,

I've been gluten-free for 20 years now and dairy-free for almost as long. I'm using the SparkPeople tools to gain weight and increase my calcium intake.

I appreciate there being a forum for healthy GF folk, as many lists (and cookbooks) focus on GF substitutes for unhealthy diet lifestyles. I've been a celiac connections leader and trainer for many years, especially advising newly diagnosed celiacs who have multiple food intolerances.

I want to continue eating the whole GF grains that I do, but also improve my exercise and green veggie habits.

I found the SparkPeople site's Nutrition Calculator useful. Thank you to Carol for suggesting it on the SillyYak listserve.

I used the "Add Foods" tool to create a set of favorite (GF) items, and IGNORED the wheaty meal plans. I added items from my self-compiled list of favorites and groupings, and watched the nutrition
calculations at the bottom of the calculator. I programmed the page to keep track of my calories, calcium and copper.

This tool might help motivate me to add those daily servings of broccoli or kale!

Here's to complex (GF) carbs!
Mary
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Hi Amy,
Welcome to the group!
I know what you mean about trying to find whole grain, high fiber, low sugar, gf food. Some of the healthiest gf cereals I've found are Mesa Sunrise (forget who makes it and I'm out right now), and Bob's Red Mill Mighty Tasty Gluten Free Hot Cereal.I need to start working on trying out some of my healthier bread recipes that I've collected. I'm buying for five celiacs, so have to watch the budget. I have found that I can include enough fiber in the day by eating some kind of dried bean dish for lunch, and of course getting my full share of fruits and vegetables for the day. Quinoa is supposed to be a good substitute for oats, but I haven't tried it as a breakfast cereal. It does make some pretty awesome Mock Oatmeal Cookies! I'll need to look at the nutritional info on that recipe though and see if I can figure it in for a treat.
My problem is I can't eat just one!
Mary

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I was diagnosed with celiac disease almost 2 years ago, although have had symptoms of it my whole life. I was very underweight, but have gained more than 35 pounds in the last year! I was so used to being able to eat whatever I want, whenever I wanted and not gaining a pound. I'm a SAHM with 2 kids (both are adopted and don't show any signs of celiac!). I would love to lose about 15 to 20 pounds and just be in better shape. I find it hard to find whole grain, high fiber, low sugar food. I go to the nutrition store and feel like I deserve to buy those gluten-free doughnuts! I definately need to learn some self control. Looking forward to the group!
Amy

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Hi. I've cooked gluten free for my family for about 14 years now, but only have been staying gluten free myself for about 6 years. I've probably had problems with gluten all my life, but found out for sure after staying gluten free around my kids after quiting work. When I ate anything with gluten later, I would have symptoms.
I am a SAHM and homeschool my three celiac kids.
I've been riding bikes with my daughter or walking every morning, doing the SP toning exercises a few times a week, and monitoring my intake. I'm plateauing right now between two family birthdays, our anniversary, and the extra candy around during Easter. Hope the plateauing ends soon. This week should be better.
Mary

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5/2/06 12:26 P

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Hi

This group is for those who must avoid gluten in our diet and are trying to loose weight. We can share recipes, support, suggestions, and hopefully loose a few pounds along the way.

Tell us a bit about yourself, how long you've been GF and what you are doing to try to loose weight.

I'm an artist and writer. I have had CD all my life, only I didn't know it until last year. I get it from my dad (he didn't know he had it). My CD kept adding weight to my body, and now I'm trying to loose it. I've never had a problem living GF. I don't miss the pasta, pizza, nor how sick I use to get and never knew why.

Before going GF, I could not lose weight no matter what I tried. Even Weight Watchers didn't work for me. South Beach helped a little during the month I was on Phase 1... where you stay away from bread products. Why that didn't trigger a light above my head is anyone's guess! Anyway...

I now record everything I eat and drink on sparkpeople's log and trying to eat a better diet. My form of exercise is walking with my husband and every once in a while we play bocce ball.

So, let's talk!

Edited by: CMHEPPNER at: 5/2/2006 (12:53)
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