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10/8/10 9:30 A

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Thanks for all the advice! I think you guys are right. I need to start being more "proactive." It's frustating now but I'm sure it will become easier with time. I really appreciate all the support and I'm definitely going to ultilize all the tips I got!

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10/6/10 4:04 P

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Ok, you bring up some very good points that many GF newbies encounter. Studies show that celiacs and gluten sensitive people are very deficient in B vitamins, calcium magnesium, etc. Malabsorption of various minerals and vitamins is common among persons who have been gluten intolerant for any length of time due to gut damage. So you are most likely deficient. going GF helps but you are right in trying to supplement and rebuild your system.

To track deficiencies, try keeping a food diary writing down everything you eat. Then plug that information into either an online program or nutritional software. Fitday.com is a good, free, resource, though I do prefer their software. Nutritonal software can show you where the shortfall might be.

Next, as far as eating out goes, it's a problem but it's getting better everywhere. Think of this as though it's your duty to stay healthy so that you are healthy when your spouse returns from deployment. You don't want him to worry about your health. So finding 'safe' restaurants that you can both eat at when he comes back can be something for you to seek out. When he returns it will be like dating again - that could be fun ;)

Examples: Outback has a GF menu. Denny's has an allergy menu. Several other major chains also have GF menus posted on their web sites. Often you have to ask your waitperson for the allergy menu. Most restaurants that cook real food made on the premises can accommodate you.

On the other hand, I had to give up Red Lobster since they cook from pre-made foods, and my favorite mexican place uses corn tortillas that also have wheat in them. I know because I asked to see the package. So checking things out is important.

When I eat out, I've either visited or called ahead to the restaurant and discussed whether or not they can create a gluten-free meal (or GFCF in my case). It they can't, and we have to 'eat there' then I eat ahead of time and just have tea or something to be sociable. Family and friends often select restaurants that I've told them I can eat at so that I can eat with them instead of watch them.

For family gatherings, I bring a main dish that is safe for me. Or, I provide the host with a recipe or two that I know is safe for me as nobody wants a guest to be come sick from eating their food. Discussing things ahead of time is also an opportunity to educate the person on your needs.

Some friends may be more sensitive to your new dietary needs than others. That's OK. It's pretty hard for people with strong digestive systems to understand how miserable you can be by eating gluten. Many people don't even comprehend food allergies that are life threatening, so you have to be the educator.

And may I suggest YOU pick the restaurant next time you eat out with your friends? Time to be pro-active!
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10/3/10 10:12 A

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Bring something to share thats tasty and filling.

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10/2/10 7:44 P

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For oats or oatmeal Bob's Red Mill has certified GF Oats. they have 2 facilities for processing one for gluten grains and the 2nd for gluten free.

As far as the friends ask what they are making so you can bring something similar that is safe for you to eat. With my friends we usually do potluck and they try to accommodate me, last time I walked in and one couple remembered and asked if soy sauce was OK. Of course the bottle was at their house so didn't eat the chicken but another friends beef was OK, she had the marinade there so I could check.

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10/1/10 11:35 P

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You can tell them that it is like someone who is allergic to peanuts and that the peanuts make that person very sick or even can kill them. With gluten it will make you very sick and eventually will kill you because your body is not getting the nutrients that it needs to survive. As for the "friend" that says she would not be on that "diet". You can tell her that is is not a choice to be one it but a life threatening situation. If she can't understand that then maybe you need to find other friends that will tell you what they put in their food or how they cook it.

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10/1/10 8:46 P

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Yeah...do your best to accommodate your own needs, but in the end if they are not going to support you then you don't need them. Sad...but true. emoticon My BFF's mother in law, who I had never met before, bought me a GF cake from a bakery that I found out cost $50!! For a shower that I never would have expected to have anything I could even eat at! That is support! And if your friends can't list some ingredients for you, that is a shame... emoticon

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10/1/10 5:43 P

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Cindy: I think that's what I'm going to have to do to solve this dilemma...carry food with me at all times.

Also, about the friend situation you are right, I think these "friends" are not the friends I want or need in my life right now.

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10/1/10 5:39 P

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Bailey: Yeah, I usually stay away from meats that I don't know what's in the maranade. For example if some meat with seasoning on it is on a resturuants GF menu I'm all over it. It's when I don't know, or when it doesn't seem the waiter/waitress doesn't understand what I'm talking about because I'd rather skip the meat than get glutened. Plus, I don't really like red meat, so I tend to stick to poultry and seafood.

I have been eating a lot more apples and all the oatmeal and oats I've come across are processed in factories that contain wheat. So, I stay clear of those. Most of my carbs come from fruits, veggies, corn tortillas or rice.



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10/1/10 4:42 P

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I ALWAYS carry food with me, wherever I go. I make a lot of chicken or turkey, hard boiled eggs, and my own soups on the weekends. Then, I freeze the soups and they double as an ice pack for my lunch bag. I portion the chicken and turkey in small baggies, and also make my own trail mix with nuts and dried fruit that I do the same with. I carry the trail mix in my purse at all times.

I would think you could start bringing things to your friends houses, but certainly check ahead what they are having so you can adjust. I am in a position to have dinner at work every day and what is served I usually can't have...so I bring my own GF version of whatever it is they are making. They will have to support you or not...and do you really want friends that won't support you?

As for restaurants...look up chains with GF menus, and start asking to meet there. That way everyone can eat what they want and be happy! I find that people don't know what gluten intolerance means too, so you have to either explain it or stick with the old salad. Also you can ask for everything with no seasoning or marinades.

Hope this helps! I have a hard time too eating things that aren't my own!

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10/1/10 4:34 P

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more and more restaurants are getting better at GF issues. My friends have been great thankfully!

Are you not eating meat because of the marinades? As for carbs, I read some where that I can get away with 120 vs the 132 SP lists for me to consume.

Apples, bananas and oatmeal have a lot of carbs. Potatoes too. That is where I get the bulk of mine. Udi's bread is emoticon too.





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10/1/10 3:08 P

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Most of my friends are not health conscious people. As in they don't read labels or eat healthfully. I have told them about my gluten intolerance but my friends don't really get it. One of my friends actually told me "if I were you I wouldn't follow that diet!" Umm, hello, I am going to take care of myself. Thank.you.very.much.

Another friend invites me over for dinner but doesn't understand how gluten can be hidden in things, which I don't blame her but I end up not being able to eat anything except a salad if she makes a salad. For example, she bought store bought meatballs and made meatball subs for everyone. Luckily, she made a salad so I could eat that.

Also, I don't have a problem talking to the wait staff about my gluten intolerance infront of my friends but it seems (around here anyway) that they don't know what that means.

I'm just feeling like a burden on my friends and not being able to eat well in the process. It's like a lose lose situation.

Your guy's suggestions were very helpful! I feel more confident about breakfast now and being able to get in some protein and carbs in the morning. I'm actually excited...is that sad? Hahaha

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10/1/10 12:52 P

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Regarding eating at friends', you might just talk to them before and work with them. Marinades can be made pretty easily at home (we've got a whole thread about them somewhere...) and there are "safe" marinades at the grocery store.

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10/1/10 12:48 P

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I understand your trepidation. One thing that I do for breakfast a LOT is make these:

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These muffins are pretty good and very, very easy to make.

As far as eating out with friends--speaking up is your best option. If you are uncomfortable talking to the wait person in front of your friends, try to take the waiter aside and tell them you have a serious allergy to wheat and gluten and ask them if they can accomodate you. One thing I've noticed is that a lot of people don't know what Celiac's disease is, so I just tell them I have a serious allergy. Most restaurants and their staff are more than willing to do what they can to help you find safe foods on the menu.

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a coupe suggestions--

when you have the time, hard boil some eggs or cook up a quiche, that way you could have a quick protien to grab in the morning... or for a snack any time of day, for that matter.
sausage links or patties are something else you can pre- cook, then stick in the freezer & grab & heat up really quick for breakfast.
hard boiled eggs are very portable & also go great on salads :)...and they don't need heated up :). if you're worried about something being out all day long, you can pack it with you in a lunch sized cooler.

as far as dinners, you could also pre- cook a bunch of chicken (or other meat, like pork chops or beef steak), have them in the freezer to take with you to your friends houses... I would think that your friends would understand. i myself am not so sure about bringing your own meat to a restraunt, but that might be worth a try (especailly if they are aware you hav food allergies).


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10/1/10 10:27 A

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I wanted to add, it's also being invited over to people's houses. Thankfully most of my friend's supply a salad which is usually all I can eat because I feel horrible asking them to pick apart their maranade they used to cook their meat or every ingrediant they used. And most of my friends eat a plethora of processed foods. I'm just starting to feel defeated...because I want to be able to go out and socialize and eat a normal meal but I always seem to end up with a plain salad.

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10/1/10 10:04 A

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I have been gluten free now for 3 months. I find myself having to force myself to eat carbohydrates and protein. I try to have eggs in the morning but a lot of the time I'm so busy trying to get my school work done and gettin ready for class, I usually have a low fat lattes and a larabar on the go. And since my husband is deployed I go out to lunch or dinner a lot with friends and I'm so full that I'll just have a snack for the other meal. I find myself not being hungry but I have this sense that I'm not getting enough of something. Some days I go without carbohydrates and other days I go without protein. I'm really trying to balance everything and I'm struggling. I do take a multi-vitamin which has made a difference but I don't know what to do about this starving feeling I get after I eat. Maybe it's just not being satisfied even though I ate and I'm not hungry.
I don't know what to do anymore. I'm at a loss. I want to go out to eat with my friends but I always end up having to eat a plain salad and most of the times I can't have meat with it or anything. Help!

PS. I've lost 17 lbs in the past 3 months!

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