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5/3/10 9:23 A

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I carry nuts and gluten-free cookies (in small pkgs) with me all the time--to have when others are eating, or when I feel like I've been away from food too long!

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5/1/10 7:56 P

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My tip would be to pack a gluten free snack/treat with you if you know you are going to a party etc. where one won't be available to you. It avoids you feeling deprived and wanting to sneak 'just one bite'! But be prepared for everyone to grill you about your condition! Also it does get easier over time, and celiac is becoming so wide spread, that it will continue to get easier with new products and stuff for us. Good luck!

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These are all great tips! Thanks so much!

As for the iphone, no I don't have one. I'm still waiting for Verizon to carry it. I heard maybe in the fall, but time will tell.



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4/16/10 9:07 A

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I just looked at a site recommended earlier--Dr. Gourmet, I think it is--and he has a great list of GF foods (natural ones and those "certified" by the companies)

The stuff hides everywhere! We were looking for a no/low sodium bouillon yesterday, and only one (the more expensive, of course) was GF.

Edited by: YOSOYLINDA at: 4/16/2010 (09:09)
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4/15/10 9:59 P

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Organicchick reminded me the other rule I live by is if you don't know for sure don't eat it! I check everything on the internet (manufacturesr's usually have a list or denote GF items) or package to confirm it is GF before it goes in my mouth! I learned this the hard way... emoticon

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4/15/10 9:47 P

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We did a gluten-free pizza mix tonight--pizza for the kids, a modified calzone for me. Oh, the brand is Arrowhead Mills, if anybody wants to try it. I need to buy some rice flour to make it less sticky, esp. for the calzones, but it was fine.

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4/15/10 1:49 P

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I'm new also, so I appreciate all these tips as well.

My tip is: baby steps. I thought, forget eating lousy bread, I'll make my own (and even ordered a new mixer -- eeeee! so excited!). But I got a little overwhelmed in the flour aisle of the health store. So I'm starting with some mixes to get a feel for what I like, and I'll go from there, buying a few flours at a time and eventually working my way up to baking from scratch.

Also, if you have an iPhone, I highly recommend the Is That Gluten Free? app. Worth the $6. You can search by food category, ingredient, brand name, etc. I love it so far.

Edited by: ORGANICCHICK at: 4/15/2010 (13:51)
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4/15/10 12:19 A

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I have found most of the specialty items are unnecessary and not worth the money. It is a big lifestyle change, but it does get easier!

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4/14/10 9:43 P

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Sorry, it's me again--can't seem to get all my thoughts together at once!

I can tell you that I bought the allergen-free package from Angel Food a couple of months ago, and I'm not all that excited about any of the meats. They don't crisp up like regular fried foods, so I'm going to experiment w/ doing things on my own a bit more.

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Thank you, everyone!

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4/14/10 8:25 P

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Hi and welcome to Sparks.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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4/14/10 7:54 P

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My advice would be to look at this as a new food adventure. Get a good GF cookbook or search the web for healthy recipes and enjoy new foods with lots of veggies, GF grains and low fat proteins. Just by trying different foods and combinations I have found so many new things to love (roasted brussel sprouts...who knew they were sooo delicious?!)

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YOSOYLINDA's Photo YOSOYLINDA Posts: 5,948
4/14/10 7:24 P

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I make GF peanut butter cookies as follows:

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar (or Splenda, or half/half)

1 egg

Mix them together and bake 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or so (ovens vary, of course.) I use the small Pastry Chef scoop, so I feel like I'm eating "cookies."



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4/14/10 7:03 P

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I agree to just empahsize foods that are naturally gf - plain protein foods, fruits and vegetables, and rice or quinoa as grains. I found that I can live without bread if I need to save money (gf breads tend to be expensive). I buy gf pasta occasionally and a Pamela's mix for cookies or cake occasionally if I feel like I will feel deprived without it during a party or other special occasion.
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4/14/10 5:10 P

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Don't try to buy gluten free _______, look for a substitute that is naturally GF.

For example, I was a huge pasta eater. Most of my favorite pasta sauces go really well on polenta, rice, or just over meat. I think I've had GF pasta once in the almost 4 months I've been GF - it wasn't worth it!

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4/14/10 4:46 P

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Go to celiac.com
In addition to here, that is where you can learn a ton from other GFers. You can join (its free) or you can just look up what you are interested in. Put in anything on their search and more often than not, somebody has already asked that question, reviewed that food, etc.

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4/14/10 1:54 P

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Glutino has pretzles, they are really good.

GF breads usually need to be toasted or microwaved so it doesn't fall apart.

do not go crazy buying GF item (bread and baked goods) as they are loaded w/ calories.

Eat more 'clean' food. Fruits, veggies, proteins, etc.






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4/14/10 10:25 A

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Don't get discouraged or overwhelmed it does get better.
The 1st trip to the grocery store can be eye-opening and overwhelming. Think stick to the perimeter of the store for best results.
Look at the threads here there is wealth of knowledge, if you don't see what you're looking for - ask, you just joined a "club" that is always helpful. By club I'm referring to the GF community as a whole but especially the great people here.

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4/14/10 10:02 A

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Oh, I forgot the GF pretzels (don't remember the brand) that I got at Sun Harvest.

Linda C
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4/14/10 9:57 A

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Get a person you can talk to on the phone or in person. See what they do and don't like. I spent a lot of money that was wasted trying things that I later found out most people don't like.



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I'm pretty new to going totally GF, but I've been limiting wheat for years, but so far:

1) The GF breads I've tried commercially aren't worth the money--unless you're a fan of grilled cheese (enough butter will soften anything.)

2) If you have a Sam's Club near you, they do have some good crackers; I like Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers (all natural, crunchy oven baked, 100% whole grain, cholesterol free, low sodium)--and you get 15 of them for a serving.

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If you could share just one tip with someone new to eating gluten free, what would it be?

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