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    Any glueten free members here??

    My daughters doctor suggested we all go GLUTEN free for a month and see if her tummy troubles mend themselves.. Ive been concerned with the 'medicine' we have been trying and how much of it we have to give her. So another doctor suggested we try for a month -gluten free foods-and see if we notice any difference..

    Im looking for moral 'support' to help us on our journey to better health and a GLUTEN free diet ...

    Any gluten free member out there that can assist on helping figure out labels that dont state gluten free ? and compile foods that are..

    thanks for reading... I look forward to hearing from fellow gluten free members

    ~Luv

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    Not a gluten free member.. but I do have a friend that has to stick to the diet. I was very surprised on sauces that you have to be careful with. My husband is making ribs for them when they come to visit and we have to buy special sauce for her portion. Also spices have gluten in them. Oh and spaghetti sauce also. On the other hand, it is a lot more common to see gluten free stuff. Wish you the best of luck. we thought our daughter was going to have to go on this also. I hope it works out and that she gets to feeling better.

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    I'm not a GF person either, though have many friends who are.

    What I have learned from them is that the important thing is to READ ... and READ again.
    And to know what words to look for on the labels.

    Another thing to consider ... eating out!
    Some of the worse times my friends have had are when they eat out at a restaurant and foods which should be GF are cross contaminated.

    Your Dr. should be able to refer you to a dietitian who is knowledgable in this area to help you learn and understand what you are facing.

    Additionally, look for credible sites on the web ... again, I caution you ... credible!
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    I'm going mostly gluten free to help my arthritis pain. I don't have to get rid of all of the gluten (and I love bread too much to give it up all together, lol), but it's worth it to avoid all those pain medications. There are a lot of foods out there labeled as gluten free. Even some Hamburger Helpers. Check the nutritional facts panel of foods and toward the bottom it normally states Gluten-Free. Also, Wegman's has a huge GF section because Danny Wegman's daughter has Celiac's Disease and needs a GF diet. Certain foods you can only buy specific brands to be GF. I know that Sprite is GF (at least it was the last time I checked) but other brands weren't. Also, anything that is wheat based (flour, dough, breads, and so on) are all gluten based so avoid those. There are some cereals (like CHEX) that is GF, though. Our neighbor's have 3 daughters with Celiac's Disease so we've been aware of the GF diet for a while, but only recently have I started adding it to my diet.
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    I am gluten free because of Celiacs disease.
    Udi's gluten free bread is better than regular bread!
    once you go gluten free you will feel so much better. Meds ask your pharmacist to check and see if your meds are gluten free.
    Last edited by wanda lou; 10-03-2012 at 08:52 AM.
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    Here's a website that lists things to watch out for: http://www.celiac.com/articles/182/1...nts/Page1.html

    There's lots of other info on that site too. Google gluten free recipes and you'll find lots of those as well.

    I'm pretty much gluten free not because I've been diagnosed with anything, but because I tried it and found I feel better when I'm not eating a lot of wheat/gluten products.

    Check your local grocery store, (or health food store if you have one) - a lot of them have gluten free sections now. Betty Crocker makes a gluten-free brownie mix that tastes great, Udi's bread and bagels are good, I've found a GF prepared pizza crust (can't remember the name but comes in a yellow box) that works good for making your own pizza. When in doubt, stick to foods that are unprocessed as possible - raw fruits & veggies or ones you cook yourself, plain (un-marinated or un-seasoned) meats, alternative grains like rice and quinoa.

    Good luck!

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    Our 4 year old Great Granddaughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and a few weeks later was diagnosed with celiac diease.
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    I have been gluten free due to celiac disease for more than 11 years. If this is suspected to be the cause of your daughter's medical problem, it is important NOT to start a gluten free diet without being evaluated by a gastro specialist. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley and most oats. There are gluten free oats available, the issue with oats is cross contamination as they are usually processed on the same equipment as wheat. Many, many processed foods contain wheat. I will be glad to help you - feel free to PM me.

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    My husband and a granddaughter have Celiac disease so I prepare a GF diet for them. Buy GF bread if you can and if they will eat it. My husband only likes homemade GF bread but my granddaughter likes commercial GF bread. Bisquick has a GF mix that is very easy to use for lots of things including using it for just plain flour to make fried chicken, gravy, chicken fried steak, etc. beside the recipes on the box. Betty Crocker has a few GF dessert mixes. READ EVERY label on every can. 3 Minute Oatmeal is the only GF oatmeal that I know of. Quaker Oatmeal isn't GF.
    When you get the ingredients in your kitchen, cooking GF isn't difficult. Just educate yourself as to what contains gluten and what doesn't - such as malt. Good luck. It seems daunting at first, but the normal health that usually follows a GF diet makes it worth while. Eating out is usually limited to simple vegetables, grilled meats, and salads.

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    Thanks everyone..

    I went thru our pantry and it is now bare !!!! Ive been calling 800#'s to confirm and WOW lets just say there is ALOT of gluten items out there.. Most if not all are processed foods.. WOW is all i have to say.. I called about JELLO..Nope, not GF.. Surprising to say the least.. Same with kraft- they make no guarantees they said on all the items i questioned..

    We see the GI doctor in a week or so and going GF whether she needs to or not sounds like a good idea anyway for better health...


    Again, if there are any GF brands you know of please feel free to share- im making a list to keep with me when i shop..

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    My husband and I are both gluten free. It is second nature now. Concentrate on fresh food that you prepare and you will save money and eat better. There is gluten free everything now but it is costly and generally high in sodium and calories. I use Namaste mixes when the occasion calls for deserts. Udi's breads are great. There are many gluten free bloggers and you should google them. Gluten Free Easily is one of my favorites. Feel free to PM me with specific questions. Lots of foods are naturally gluten free -- like rice puddimg and tapioca. Sippys has a gf barbecue sauce that I like. Watch salad dressings. Labels should not say starch, modified food starch (unless corn is specified), wheat, malt, soy sauce,. Cottage cheese and sour cream may contain wheat. Read labels. Also check any

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    There are great crackers on the market now that are gluten free. I happened to get to go to the King Arthur's Flour store this summer, and they have a lot of GF products for baking. You can even buy chocolate chip cookies that are GF. My MIL went GF to help her RA. It helped for many years.

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    medications for wheat or starch. Pills are frequently hardened with wheat. You can good Is xxxxx gluten free and generally get an answer. Learn to be assertive in restaurants about asking how things are prepared. Most fried items are cooked in the same fryer and so the fries are not gluten free. My fall back is always a grilled chicken breast on a salad. Wendys is my fav fast food -- chili, salads, potatoes baked, burgers no bun (bring your own). Never go anywhere without a soy bar like Think Thin so if there is no gluten free available, you have an emergency meal. Also Hellmans mayo is gf not Miracle Whip. It is overwhelming at first but it gets easier. I also substitute Tinkyada brand pasta in traditional recipes with success.

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    I recently found out that ALL wheat is now genetically modified - I went GFish the next day!

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    There are several sites on the internet, we are simi gluten free. Cheat sometimes HAHA. READ all of the labels on canned, frozen and boxed foods. Remember NO WHEAT, there are a few other grains that can mess you up also. She will really notice the difference in a few days. It is not a hard diet to follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyducks View Post
    I recently found out that ALL wheat is now genetically modified - I went GFish the next day!
    That's one of the main reason my DH and I have eliminated about 99% wheat products from our diet. We both feel so much better with more energy.It it really hard to start with, but the cravings for the junk will go away pretty quickly.{I don't want to eat ANY food that is genetically modified!}
    We are both losing our bellies that were making us miserable!! I am hoping it will help with my fibromyalgia too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43 View Post
    That's one of the main reason my DH and I have eliminated about 99% wheat products from our diet. We both feel so much better with more energy.It it really hard to start with, but the cravings for the junk will go away pretty quickly.{I don't want to eat ANY food that is genetically modified!}
    We are both losing our bellies that were making us miserable!! I am hoping it will help with my fibromyalgia too!
    If genetically modified food bothers you, all corn grown commerically in the US is grown from 3M genetically engineered seed that is not permitted to be sown in Europe. There has just been a report published about long term cancer growth connected to the corn.
    Last edited by TanyaL; 10-03-2012 at 06:55 PM.

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    Heinz catsup and pickles are GF, almost all jellies and jams are fine. Most of the GF pasta tastes terrible when compared to wheat pasta. Try substituting rice instead of pasta in your recipes - it makes a better dish. Spagetti sauce served with rice becomes Spanish rice, etc. Serve more biscuits instead of rolls, easier and quicker to make anyway. Blue Bell HomeMade Vanilla Ice Cream is GF. Kellogg's has a GF Rice Krispies and Chex has several GF kid's cereals. My husband won't eat anything with a taste of tapioca so there are a lot of commerical brands that we don't use. If you can locate a brand of hamburger buns and hotdog buns you like it will help make quick meals easier.

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    Oh yes, American modified food starch is GF. It is either potato starch or corn starch. Food products not produced in the US with modified food starch can be GF or not GF. It is a simple thing to call customer support of General Mills or any other company and ask about a food product. They will will tell you whether gluten is in their product or if wheat is used in the production. Some foods that have no gluten in the product use wheat in the production. That is why Quaker Oats is not GF . They use wheat on the machinery to keep the oats from sticking, but it is not in the finished product. However, having it on the machinery is enough to cause a reaction on many celiac patients.
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    I am not an expert in gluten but have worked with some who have celiac. Rather I am an entomologist working with honeybees.

    Man has a long association with wheat. Suddenly, about the time that they started putting bromine in the flour, celian disease reared it's ugly head. So is it the gluten in the wheat? Is it the wheat breeding that has put more gluten in the wheat (rathar than the regular amount that was in there in the 1800's) or the bromide added?

    No doubt there are some who are allergic to gluten. But bromine is a poison related to chlorine and flourine that mades up the flouride toothpaste. There are some bromine free flours, King Arthur flour is one, but it doesn't make delicious cookies and they don't bake correctly. Bromine and it's cousin bromide are dough enhancers and make for quick baking breads and pasteries that we have grown accustomed to.

    The friend I am helping has had to cut out all gluten free mixes as what they replace the gluten with is even worse.
    Go back to nature. Eat real meat, real lettuce (romaine only) real fresh fruit. Yeah, it's a real change. Feel free to PM me.

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    I like Bob's Red Mill gluten free products and also second the comment about Tinkyada pasta. Ancient Harvest quinoa pasta makes good "celiac mac." Recipe is on the box. You can learn a lot from good cook books, my favorites are by Bette Hagman (The Gluten Free Gourmet series) and Carol Fenster. Good luck!

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    I am allergic to wheat and I have tried many different gluten free products. The baking mix I like the best is Pamela's
    Baking and Pancake Mix. The pancakes made from this mix are very good. I make quick breads from this mix, waffles,muffins,etc. The baked goods are somewhat heavier than those made with wheat,but,they taste good and the best part is, I don't get sick from the baked goods. In my experience, Amazon.com is the cheapest store to buy from with their subscription option.

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    The only thing you have to fear about going GF is fear itself! Once you commit to the idea of it, you will find options all around you. The hardest part of adapting to a GF life is if you feel deprived and why-me. Focus on the positive health benefits, read labels and experiment!

    My son is severely autistic and can eat no grains, carbs or sugars whatsoever, also no dairy or eggs. So I look back on the early days when he was only gluten-free/casein-free as the easy good ol' days!
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    I thankfully don't have any food allergies but am a cooking fanatic who is trying to eat more healthily. So, here are a couple of sites that have great information and recipes.

    The woman that writes this first blog lives here in my hometown. I don't know her personally, but a friend of mine does and says she is constantly developing new recipes and sharing the results with her. My friend said everything she has tried has been wonderful! http://realsustenance.com Quoted from the blog "Hundreds of recipes that are Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Corn. Egg, Sugar and Grain Free. There’s a little something for everyone!"

    http://www.glutenfreeclub.com/Home.aspx

    Hope this is a help! :P

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    While I am not on a gluten free diet, I do have to cook for family members that are
    a good think to keep on hand is Rienzi's GF Pasta - they have three different types, Penne. Fuselli and Spaghetti
    they come is a yellow box - this is very good best pasta that I have found that is gluten free.
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