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My girlfriend just got diagnosed with Celiacs disease. I need a list of some Gluten-Free foods?

Question by Youth in Asia: My girlfriend just got diagnosed with Celiacs disease. I need a list of some Gluten-Free foods?
Anybody actually have a gluten free diet? I know the stuff you can pull off Google, like arrowhead root and stuff but I’d like some practical stuff. Like McD’s Fries I hear are acceptable. Anybody got great meal ideas or anything?

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Answer by tiggsy
Nope. Macdonalds fries are not edible for celiacs. They are reconstituted with flour.

So far as fast food goes, most of it will be off the menu for your gf. Even the odd bits, like salad without dressing, may well be contaminated by being handled with implements that were previously used for other things.

There are places you can get gluten free food to go, but they are not your regular places, mostly. Though I believe that Wendy’s salad bar has a fairly good selection – but since it’s serve it yourself, it’s very likely somebody will have used the same spoon to pick up croutons and then salad… cross contamination.

Even a hint of gluten will damage your gf’s health. The life exptectancy of celiacs has been shown to be directly related to how well they adhere to a 100% gluten free diet.

Gluten is the protein in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and a few other closely related grains. It’s not in corn, rice, or oats, although oats are mostly contaminated during processing, so you would need to buy ones that are certified gluten free (meaning they were processed in a gluten free environment).

Your girlfriend is going to get a crash course in label reading – unless she wants to go entirely the natural route. Processed food almost always contains gluten for one reason or another, often just as a flavoring (malt), or to thicken, bind, stop stuff sticking together (grated cheese), as a carrier (in blue cheese), and so on. And if you buy a pack of something one time that you checked, and it was gluten free, it doesn’t mean that another pack bought on the same day or on a different day will also be gluten free.

Manufacturers change ingredients without any warning or mention on the front of the pack, depending on price and availability. So the only way to be safe, if you’re buying processed food not specificatlly labeled “gluten free” (and sometimes even if it is), you have to Check the Ingredients Label of Every Pack Every Time You Buy.

Having said that, there are lots of foods that are gluten free. Meat (not meat products), fish, non-blue cheese bought in a block or sliced (not necessarily processed cheese), eggs, fruit, vegetables and nuts are all gluten free, so long as there is no coating or sauce.

There is a set of cereals called Chex, in lots of different varieties that is changing over to a gluten free recipe. Check every pack before you buy as there are still some “normal” ones out there. The gluten free ones have a flash on the front that says “gluten free”.

Many pizza places and other restaurants like PF Changs do gluten free menus. It’s impossible to know how thorough they are about avoiding cross-contamination, though. There’s a lways a risk if you have a kitchen that prepares gluten free food alongside the normal stuff that some gluten will get transferred accidentally.

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Posted by GlutenFree - May 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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gluten free people, just finally switched and feeling worse than before. Any ideas of why?

Question by Lauren: gluten free people, just finally switched and feeling worse than before. Any ideas of why?
Switched to gluten free about a week now and instead of gluten sending me to the bathroom(yeah sorry 😉 something else is or has anyone had that problem, could it just be my body adjusting?

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Answer by clock
Hi Lauren,

You should have been feeling much better after switching to gluten free diet. I do not know what is wrong with you. Based on what you have written I am inclined to think that gluten allergy was the wrong diagnosis. Please re-evaluate if you are truly allergic to gluten.

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Posted by GlutenFree - April 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm

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Will you have to go on a gluten free diet just if you are borderline celiac?

Question by Summer Lover: Will you have to go on a gluten free diet just if you are borderline celiac?

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Answer by Shauna
Yup, because the term ‘borderline celiac’ is only used by extremely ignorant doctors. Saying borderline celiac is like saying borderline pregnant – there is only one direction this is heading.

Basically, it means that your damage isn’t too bad now. And you don’t WANT the damage to get bad, because a lot of that damage? It’s irreversible. The gut may heal if it becomes more damaged – may, I say, because some people’s guts never fully heal – but it’s the problems done to your body by the nutritional deficiencies that you can’t always recover from.

My father, for example, ended up having his joints destroyed because of this, as well as his spine. he was forced to use a cane in his thirties and is in constant pain now.

I had two issues because of this. First, the constant lower level of nutrients aged my skin prematurely. In my thirties I was being asked if I wanted a Senior discount because I looked so much older. Second, for me, was my lowered immune system. Without enough nutrients, my immune system made me essentially immuno-compromised. I caught a disease that is usually not a huge deal, but because I didn’t have enough nutrients my immune system couldn’t fight it off properly. It invaded other systems of my body so that I had trouble walking for 9 months. There is no cure, so even though I finally got it into remission, the symptoms of this the disease can recur at any time for the rest of my life, especially during stress or if I have a severe enough illness to require antibiotics.

So borderline celiac disease is fine as a diagnosis, but all it means is that you have a chance, now, to save your body from pain, suffering, and permanent damage, if you go gluten free. Any doctor who says that you can stay on gluten needs to re-educate themselves about Celiac Disease, ASAP.

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Posted by GlutenFree - November 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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Q&A: I have Celiac Disease and I just accidentally ate gluten. How can I feel better asap?

Question by Mable: I have Celiac Disease and I just accidentally ate gluten. How can I feel better asap?
I get really bad tummy aches.

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I have acid reflux and I know how you feel. Just deal with it for a little while, try to use the restroom and lay down for a little while. You may experience pain, but it’s not the end of the world. 🙂

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Posted by GlutenFree - November 9, 2012 at 8:55 am

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Q&A: I just got tested for Celiac Disease and it came back negative. Now what?

Question by : I just got tested for Celiac Disease and it came back negative. Now what?
The blood test the doctor took to see if I have celiac disease came back negative but I have tummy pain every time I eat gluten. I have the same problem with lactose. What should I do? Avoid lactose and gluten or not?

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Answer by Wabby

Just because your blood test for Celiac Disease came back negative doesn’t mean you aren’t sensitive to gluten. The blood test isn’t 100% definite about Celiac Disease either. My blood test came back negative, but I was quite close to being a positive. The next step, which gives an accurate diagnosis is the biopsy. I wasn’t really keen to do that, but if you want to know for sure then that’s the only way.

It’s like you’re sensitive to gluten free. If you do eat it it’s not going to cause any damage, but you just don’t feel so great. I would suggest (under doctor supervision) removing EITHER gluten OR lactose from your diet. If you do both at the same time, you wont know which one, or both is helping. So start with one, do two weeks and see how you feel. If you don’t feel any better, then it’s probably not the cause.

Good luck, if you want to email me through my profile that’s all good. I’ve been there and saw a dietitian today about it too =]

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Posted by GlutenFree - November 8, 2012 at 8:40 am

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Q&A: I have just been diagnosed with Celiac disease and also just found out I am pregnant.

Question by : I have just been diagnosed with Celiac disease and also just found out I am pregnant.
This is my third pregnancy after two miscarriages. I am terrified at the idea of another miscarriage, especially that I have not yet started the gluten free diet. Is it too late to save this pregnancy?

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Answer by tiggsy

Gluten intolerance (and celiac is just the best well known type of this) has been found to cause miscarriage in some women. So you have a great incentive to go 100% gluten free – because it won’t just impact your own life expectancy but the life expectancy of your child.

Why haven’t you started the gluten free diet? It’s vital you start immediately. Gluten is poison, not just for you, but potentially for your child, as well.

A study has shown that celiacs that cheat or don’t follow a gluten free diet have a correspondingly shorter lifespan. They did this by taking blood tests, so they knew who cheated, even when they did not admit it.

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

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Just got diagnosed with celiac disease. How long will it take to feel energetic again after giving up gluten?

Question by H M: Just got diagnosed with celiac disease. How long will it take to feel energetic again after giving up gluten?
Doc just told me I have celiac disease and said to cut out gluten products. He said that I would notice I’m much more energetic and I’d feel a lot better after a while. I’m a healthy and active 23-year-old guy. Anybody know how long it could take to actually start gaining weight and feeling better like the doc said?

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It’ll take time, and the duration would depend on how much gluten has affected your system. But it’ll probably be better in a few weeks.

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