What does an envelope say when you lick it?
Nothing. It just shuts up.
Did you hear the one about the letter without any stamps?
You wouldn’t get it.
What starts with a P, ends with an E, and has a million letters in it?
Yep…it’s mailbag time.
Hey Gluten Dude, long time fan and thank for your help when I was first diagnosed. Things was going very well until this past spring when my husband and I both lost our jobs. While we’ve gotten some help from my mother-in-law in the past, it does not help in the now. We’ve been living in her house since August and she refuses to not follow minor requests that have made me very ill again. I’m flustered to the point I left the home refusing to continue to be made ill by someone who we found was doing their best to be a problem as she does not believe me nor the doctors. Now I’m with out a home because I can’t deal with her making me sick any further. Any idea how to deal with this nightmare.
Sigh. Makes me so sad that there are still so many non-believers out there. Imagine…we have an autoimmune disease, but because it’s controlled by food, people simply don’t believe in it. No words. I suppose my first question would be “what is your husband doing about it?” It’s his mom. Has he tried talking to her? Is he 100% on your side? My short term advice is make all your own food while you are staying at her house. Do not let her make anything for you. Period. And long term…hopefully things will turn and you can get out of dodge.
I am currently awaiting my blood tests to come back. (they were done on Friday. Alas, no relief as of yet.) Also, on Friday my doctor advised me to go gluten and dairy free. My first thought was… “Ok… No bread. I can do that.” But, then I began worrying when I realized Thanksgiving was weeks away. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I pride myself on my HUGE turkey day dinner. So you can understand that I freaked out when I realized I couldn’t have my famous gravy. Or fresh homemade bread. Oh my gosh! No pie! As I was skimming through your funny and and heart warming words, I saw this – ‘5 STEPS TO ENJOYING THANKSGIVING AS A CELIAC”. I just want to let you know that as a newbie and the uncertainty, grief and frustration of all of this, your words of advice on Thanksgiving are just what I needed to realize that… yeah… I love Thanksgiving, but it is not about bread or the perfect pie crust. It’s about family and friends and enjoying the important things.
Yes. Yes. and YES. Take the focus off the food and put in on the people around you. That’s what the holidays are all about. And especially Thanksgiving. You have shelter? You have food on the table? You are friends and family around you? You are blessed. And here is the post she is referring to.
Are Cheetos gluten-free? I read a bunch of different websites that say YES they are but I have a friend saying they are not. Can you please help?!?
I think a better question would be “are Cheetos food?” but let me see about the gluten. The normal Cheetos have the following ingredients: Enriched Corn Meal, Vegetable Oil, Cheese Seasoning, Canola Oil, Maltodextrin (made from corn), Natural and Artificial Flavors (shocking!) and then some other ingredients that I either can’t pronounce or they make me throw up in my mouth a little. It says: Contains Milk Ingredients. Hmmm…I looked at a bunch of their varieties. Only one actually says Gluten Free on the bag. Does that mean the rest aren’t?
Ok…I found the info. It seems that some of their brands are “gluten-free” and some of them are “not made with gluten”. The difference is the latter ones are made on shared lines. So stay away from them. Here’s the full list. (My personal opinion? Don’t eat them. Our celiac bodies aren’t meant to eat non-food items like this.)
I have just recently been diagnosed as celiac with all three blood tests being positive. I am waiting on my appointment with a GI doc. I have started to go gluten free with replacement pastas and other foods that say they are gluten free. I have noticed that my bathroom habits have changed but I am still having muscle and joint pains and I feel hungry all the time. Do you know if this is normal? I just at this point am sick of getting up in the morning and feeling ok and then as the day goes on starting to feel like crap. It’s been about 3 weeks and I sometimes feel worse then when I was eating gluten. Do you recall if this happened to you?
Let’s tackle a few items here. 1) You should not go gluten-free until AFTER your endoscopy so the results will be as accurate as possible. 2) It took my over a year after my diagnosis to begin to heal; which leads me to 3) Until you heal, stay out of the gluten-free aisle in your store. It is the one piece of advice I’d give any newly diagnosed celiac. Until your body heals, eat real food. A lot of the food in the gfree aisle is ungodly unhealthy. Please read this: Stop Eating Gluten Free Food.
Hi Gluten Dude! 1.5 years celiac here…and I’m strict about things with a great, supportive husband who eats the way I need to to keep me safe in our house. This year we enrolled in a CSA with our local organic farm. So many great things! I’ve been having some symptoms, and wondered if it might be field cross contamination. The farmer says they use Rye as a cover crop but does not let it go to seed. I’m wondering if this is a concern that I should be considering.
Any farmers out there that can answer this question??
Hi! I’ve been a little confused lately with gf labels and gf certified labels on products. Who better to reach out to than the dude! So, long story short I recently got a Nima device and have been testing lots of stuff! My #1 surprise and new arch enemy is McCormick’s and their spices. Hint: they all contained gluten. I recently purchased one of their spice packages (chili seasoning mix) and it had a Cerified gluten free label (from the gluten free certification program- not the GIG certification). Anyway- it tested positive for gluten!! Ugh. Normally, I trust products that are certified by the GIG, the logo with the GF inside the circle. But now I am starting to question this other organization, the gluten free certification program (which is endorsed by the celiac disease foundation?!) Just curious if you have any knowledge or advice on gluten free certified products, be either organization.
Loaded question. Regarding McCormick spices, I’ve never had a problem with them. As a matter of fact, they are very transparent about their practices. Please read this.
Now let’s move on to the Nima Sensor. While I have always been supportive of the people behind the product (good folks), I just get the sense it’s not ready for prime time yet. From my reading and research, there have been a lot of false positives that don’t sync up with other scientific testing of the same product. As the founders of Nima say, it’s a tool and only a tool. Not the end-all-be-all.
I simply don’t believe that all McCormick’s spices contain gluten. And my issue with the Nima is that companies are getting dragged over the coals on results which may or may not be accurate. On top of that, too many celiac bloggers are posting Nima results saying Item X is safe/not-safe based on the Nima. Not cool and potentially very misleading and dangerous. I’m sure the fact they are getting paid by Nima is just a coincidence.
As for certification, a post for another day. A long post.
I face a problem that I hope you can give good advice for. I’ve been gluten free for about 1 1/2 years now; with exceptions of getting glutened by mistake at a restaurant. The problem for me is that I am super paranoid now. To the point of when we go to a restaurant, get seated, and I don’t feel complete confidence in the restaurant staff, I kinda freak out. My anxiety takes over and it pretty much ruins a night out with my wife. I’ve don’t this at least twice recently. I’m at a loss on how to keep my self calm in these situations. It could be anything from the waitress not being really focused on what he/she is doing to noticing that the risk of cross contamination is high. Any advice would be much appreciated. Your blog post Instant A**hole… Just add Gluten was something that hit me hard when I read it. In reality it was like reading a page from my own life. I really appreciate all you do for the community.
Live. Your. Life. Yes, we need to be careful. Yes, we need to be ungodly diligent. Yes, it can take some of the joy of eating out away. But when it reaches the paranoia stage, it’s totally unhealthy. Don’t let it get to that stage. Not fair to you. And certainly not fair to your wife. Here are some tips on eating out. Now go have a nice Friday evening with your Mrs.
Ok…so many more emails but I’m outta time. I’ll try to do these mailbags more often. Until then, it’s Springsteen time. Just because. Let your Ramrod Rock!!