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Celiac's Disease and a Gluten-Free Diet

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After experiencing some digestive related issues on and off over the last couple of months, I decided to suck it up and visit a gastroenterologist. Anyways, I just found out that I have Celiac's disease which is an autoimmune disorder that can only be treated by switching to a gluten-free diet. While I'm sad and a little nervous about all the huge diet changes I'm going to need to make, I've been telling myself for awhile that I wanted to cut out a lot of the junk food I eat and have changed nothing. This gives me a kick in the butt to make sure I follow through. I think I'll miss drinking beer the most. I guess they make gluten-free beers, but from the looks of it, they cost a lot and most aren't very well liked according to their online reviews. Anyways, I was just wondering if anybody else suffers from this or if anybody is on a gluten-free diet and wanted to share some of their experiences with me as I get started on my new diet.

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I **think** coeliacs can vary in the extent to which they are affected by gluten can't they? So some can cope with a limited amount of it in different forms. Probably.

I don't suffer from it, but I did have a college assignment to do a few years ago relating to it. From memory there are really good things like buckwheat that are good for coeliacs - buckwheat pancakes (crepe style fwiw) are well worth a go - you can stuff them with loads of different stuff. This has the advantage that you could also travel all over France and eat well :-)

And polenta's good as well isn't it? So stuff like cornmeal muffins and polenta biscuits (err, cookies I guess) might be good to get to grips with.

And I guess you need to learn to love red wine :-)

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My niece was diagnosed with it a couple of weeks ago, but I don't know how she's dealing with it so far.

I'd recommend looking into gluten-free cookbooks, and focusing on all of the stuff that you can eat, rather than what you can't. There might also be support groups, have you looked into them?

FWIW, a fair number of people with type I diabetes end up being also being diagnosed with celiac disease, so you might find some useful info on websites for diabetes education/clinics.

Good luck.

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I believe this is what Mickey Redmond has and why he doesn't do as many road trips as Wings announcer, because it's too hard to maintain a gluten-free diet on a longer road trip. I know there are a few restaurants he knows of in other cities that have gluten free meals, but I know he is doing a lot better these days. He had a ton of digestive problems and it totally zapped his energy.

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Digestive issues are a pain, so I wish you well. Although I've always had a fairly healthy lifestyle, I've been having huge problems with acid reflux the past couple of years. So, I have had to cut out a lot of stuff, including healthy foods like citrus fruits. I've also had to change how I eat along with what I eat. I can't eat for 4-hours before going to bed so I've shifted most of my eating to early in the day. I have to think about my diet constantly now.

I don't believe I have troubles with gluten, but I know people who do and they say change in diet helps a lot. The changes are big though because there is so much Gluten in everything. You might be able to get away with just cutting down rather than eliminating it altogether though. So, I'd experiment before going cold turkey. If you aren't digesting well, you may have constipation as well which might be causing some of your discomfort. I'd ask about that too.

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My cousin had all kinds of generic joint aches and pains and went gluten free for the most part and he said it got rid of it. Feels 10 years younger. He is only 34.

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A coworker of mine recently went gluten-free and has been pleased with the results. She's on vacation this week, however. I'll ask her for feedback when she returns to the office and circle back to this thread.

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While I'm not gluten free, I have made several diet changes over the past couple of years to get a grip on digestive problems. From cutting out red meat -> vegetarian -> plant based whole grain dairy free.

But, my favorite recipe books are from the Happy Herbivore and I know she dedicates full meal plans to gluten free diets. You can start here: Happy Herbivore Gluten Free

I don't know if this will help you much, but it's been my lifesaver.

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Thanks everybody for the support and good advice. Like Lee suggested, I don't plan on going cold turkey but rather ween myself onto a completely gluten free diet over the course of the next few months. Thanks Trey for the cookbook, a lot of that stuff looks really good!

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A good night's rest and a healthy dose of water.

Sleep and water definitely go a long way in curing what ails us. I don't think most get enough of either.

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I have to provide a gluten-free desert for my curling league this Sunday. Anyone know where I can pick something up that is pretty good and gluten free?

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I have to provide a gluten-free desert for my curling league this Sunday. Anyone know where I can pick something up that is pretty good and gluten free?

Does it have to be "cake like" (i.e. pickupable with fingers) or will bowls and spoons be employed?

If it's cake you're after then something like this would probably work - BBC - Food - Recipes : Gluten-free apple and almond cake Whether you can buy that sort of thing in t'shops I don't know, but it's not hard to make that sort of thing. You can make them soaked in orange or lemon as well - v nice - or with some polenta in as well. V Mediterranean.

Or meringues? As posh as you want - little kisses with chocolate ganache in the middle and maybe some fruit pulp would be proper lush.

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Does it have to be "cake like" (i.e. pickupable with fingers) or will bowls and spoons be employed?

If it's cake you're after then something like this would probably work - BBC - Food - Recipes : Gluten-free apple and almond cake Whether you can buy that sort of thing in t'shops I don't know, but it's not hard to make that sort of thing. You can make them soaked in orange or lemon as well - v nice - or with some polenta in as well. V Mediterranean.

Or meringues? As posh as you want - little kisses with chocolate ganache in the middle and maybe some fruit pulp would be proper lush.

I may well be wrong, but I'd wager a healthy sum that on the venn diagram of life, the intersection of curling and Dave Troppens is anything but posh.

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Most wines are gluten free. Might be an enjoyable new hobby. The classes make a good date, usually held at a restaurant and the meal is included in the cost.

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I have to provide a gluten-free desert for my curling league this Sunday. Anyone know where I can pick something up that is pretty good and gluten free?

Not sure what's around you, but where I am places like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Market have a bunch of things that are gluten free. IDK if it's good though.

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I'll have to check for a Trader Joes or a Whole Foods Market around my house. There may be one reasonably close and I just don't know.

Blue Square Thing,

Having me cook something edible for anything beyond my family - not a good idea. :classic:

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I may well be wrong, but I'd wager a healthy sum that on the venn diagram of life, the intersection of curling and Dave Troppens is anything but posh.

If I could get away with Wendy's frosties, I'd do it.

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My father-in-law was just diagnosed with this. He is now gluten free. It's rough, but he and his wife are learning how to create pretty good "gluten free" dishes. I've also noticed a lot of places are offering gluten free items on their menu (dominos pizza in particular)

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I'll have to check for a Trader Joes or a Whole Foods Market around my house. There may be one reasonably close and I just don't know.

Gluten free is kind of trendy down here, even apart from those with celiac. Most of the boutique bakeries have at least one gluten free option.

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Gluten free is kind of trendy down here, even apart from those with celiac. Most of the boutique bakeries have at least one gluten free option.

We have some nice bakeries around me. Maybe I should do some calling around.

That's a really good suggestion.

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