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6/26/07 9:24 P

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I used to be a bread addict. It was my fave food, but you know that the foods we crave are the worst for us and probably the ones that we have problems with. Now, since giving up bread, I rarely even care for it at all. I make it for DH and my 3 yaer old (GF) but I don't even eat that. Over time my tastes have completely changed and I imagine that yours will too.

I used to only eat Ranch dressing, but we are casein free here too. I switched to Annie's dressings, the GF and CF kinds and I really like them. Another thing that I do for salads is to make homeade pico de gallo and use that for dressing.

I used to buy premade everything, but now I rarely buy premade anything. I make everything by scratch with the help of wonderful cookbooks. It is hard to get started, but after you get the hang of it, like after a month, it really becomes much easier.. especially when you have the basic ingredients and flours on hand. I make pancakes for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, hamburgers, pizza, nachos, cookies, etc. Anything that you can buy, there is a replacement for.

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6/23/07 10:39 A

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Haha...that's actually not a bad idea. I worked in a pizza joint for 3 years while I was in college and I was good at my job. I did make home made pizza before but it didn't turn out quite as expected...lol

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6/22/07 11:46 P

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ONCE IN A WHILE we buy gluten-free flour on line and make pizza, using a gluten-free veggie recipe. It's a treat for me, since my husband can eat non-gluten-free foods. One of the many reasons I was attracted to him over forty years ago was because he could make home-made pizza, and I had never known anybody who could do that! (what can I say? I was only seventeen!)

 
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6/22/07 11:37 P

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Thank you all again for your wonderful advice. I can't say that I eat a whole lot of bread and pasta, but I do enjoy it on occasion. The health food store here sells kinnikinnick products. DOTSLADY, I will have to check out that book.

Oh and as for my salad dressing, I tried the zesty Italian Hellmann's spritzers and it was really good!

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6/22/07 7:59 P

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Consider making a list of your favorite foods/recipes now. Then go in and gf them. I really suggest you start with the book Gluten-Free Living for Dummies by Danna Korn. She has some recipes in the back also. It's VERY worth it. Just peruse it at the bookstore or get it at the library.

My attitude has TOTALLY changed about food since I was diagnosed last February. And I'm so fine with it cause I feel better than I look! lol I still have pasta - just once in a while. Tinkyada has great brown rice pasta. Others have their faves. I'm afraid it's all trial and error and everyone has different tastes.

Finding a support group is a great idea. Try finding a chapter for your city through www.csaceliacs.org if you're in the U.S.

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6/22/07 6:09 P

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Pamela's amazing bread is fabulous, light and airy, and easy to make. I put it in my bread machine. It's not a tiny, dense loaf. It's like normal bread. I buy it at amazon.com and get 6 loave mixes at a time. This lasts 3-4 weeks. Pamela's pancake mix is great too. Kinnikinnik premade frozen pizza crust is great, and can be dipped into hummus or who knows what else. Cottage cheese and salsa, maybe?

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6/22/07 3:12 P

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You don't need to cut out breads and pasta altogether, just limit the quantity! Think of it like Weight Watcher's and limit the portions. I used to eat 2 pieces of toast or a whole english muffin for breakfast, now I just do one piece of toast or half an english muffin. I'm not sure how they do things in the states, but here in Canada, my favorite grocery store has a natural food section, which also contains a few freezers with frozen GF products in it. They have a ton of items I can choose from both on the shelves and in the freezer. Check out the largest stores in your area and see what they carry. Check out the local chapter of a GF support group and see if they can offer any advise on shopping, finding products and help with any questions you may have. They might have a list of local stores to shop from as well as any restaurants in the area who can accommodate someone on this diet.

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6/22/07 2:50 P

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The GF diet is high in calories IF you try replacing all of the gluten products youíre used to eating with GF products. Most GF stuff just doesnít cut it for me. I suggest a different approach then substitution. Just donít eat that stuff: bread, cakes, pies, cookies, pancakes, etc, but instead find foods that are naturally GF that you enjoy! For example: when I want a sandwich, I out all my sandwich fixings on a corn tortilla and call them a taco: tuna salad is a tuna taco, turkey becomes a turkey taco.

My husband and I are going to a concert tonight and I packed a picnic dinner. The cooler is full of sandwich fixings and bread for my DH and corn tortillas for me.

Home-made salad dressings are easy to make. Search for recipes on the Internet.

BTW: I love Sees Candy. That is my GF treat!!



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6/22/07 2:19 P

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I use and have pretty much always used, Miracle Whip for my dressing. :)

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6/22/07 2:17 P

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I have a Natural Foods Warehouse in my town that carries a lot of GF options (crackers, breads, etc...) that is really inexpensive.

Depending on how much storage room you have, you can buy from Amazon.com but you have to buy in bulk. It is less expensive than most natural food/health stores.

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6/22/07 2:00 P

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Somethings I can't find in my town but did find most even at my local grocery store in the health foods section. And now have found a health food store that carries most items that I have found. But still research online and if I can't find then there usually is somewhere to get them online. www.glutenfreemall.com

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6/22/07 1:57 P

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Oh and I forgot to say that do make Gluten-Free Bouillon Cubes. Just keep searching friend.

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6/22/07 1:54 P

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Whey is fine it's not gluten. I use I can't believe it's not butter. I don't use much so that is fine with me. Really use the spray to control calories. I know that gluten free things tend to be high in calories. So only use them when you have that craving is what I do and just go for unprocessed foods. Check the websites for the salad dressings but kraft has ff that there are some that I find tasty. At first I just used vinegar and oil. Bread is expensive yes and small. But I didn't eat much to begin with so it's hasn't been that hard for me to give that up with a piece every now and then. I get mine online. No one around my area does gluten free. So I go Kinnikinnick.com wonderful bread and hamburger buns. You can do it. You will feel great when you do. Just keep an open mind and don't think about it as giving things up.

Good Luck....Hang in there!

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Thank you so much! I guess it's just the Kraft caesar dressing (my fave) that contains wheat...wahhhh!

I have always made my own gravy with flour but I can switch to cornstarch. I didn't realize cornstarch was okay. emoticon I am upset about the boullion cubes because that what I use to make my delicious chicken fried rice. I will have to cut out bread and pasta altogether if GF is so high cal. Good thing I love fruit and veggies!

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6/22/07 12:53 P

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Yes, the GF diet is high in calories! We have to limit our carbs, that's for sure. Kraft salad dressings are pretty much GF, but again watch the labels. I use either 1000 Island, Catalina, Poppyseed as I don't like any oil based dressings. You can eat as much fresh fruits and veggies as you want, just don't eat anything with a sauce on it, or breaded meats/fish. Fresh fish, lean meats are good and easy to find, Kraft bar-b-que sauces are okay, again watch labels. I eat 1/2 GF english muffin for breakfast, usually left overs for lunch, or a salad, GF pizza etc. Chicken rice soups should be okay, check the label. Nacho chips (label!) with salsa sause. Rice, not packaged rice like Rice-A-Roni, is okay. I've always made my own spaghetti sauce, so I don't rely on the grocery store for that. Watch bottled/packaged spices as I'm not too sure of those. I use Mrs. Dash Herb and Garlic a LOT! Fresh garlic, parsley, poultry seasoning, pepper, basically any spice should be okay as long as it is not a mixed spice mix like a seasoned salt etc. Looked at one of those the other day and it had something in it I couldn't have. No packaged gravies or Borvil (sp?) cube things to make gravy etc, make your own if you want one. I had to learn to make gravy with cornstarch after making it for years with flour; what a difference, and not for the good. It's okay with cornstarch, but I'd still prefer the flour kind.

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I still haven't started a GF diet yet because it's so hard! I've been reading labels and it seems like everything has wheat in it! Salad dressing, spaghetti scauce, margarine (contains whey, is that gluten?)...what can I eat?! What am I supposed to put my salad?

Also, I went to the health food store and they have a whole section of GF products. I bought a loaf of sunflower flax bread. NOt only was it tiny, and expensive ($7.50), but one teeny slice has 90 calories and 4.5 grams of fat! Are all GF products high cal?

I still won't know the test results for celiac until next Thursday but I am trying to go GF before then just to see what effects it will have.

Thanks for your warm welcome and all of your reponses. They are VERY much appreciated! emoticon

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