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  1. 1

    Carolyn

    My “affliction” isn’t in the 1% range, but so much of this could also apply to diabetics. There is a lot I won’t eat again, unless I want to give myself neuropathy. But cake…oh there is lots of gluten free cake! I make mine with almond and/or coconut flour, with are both low carb and gluten free. No reason to miss out on cake!
    Bagels and pizza…now that’s a little tougher!

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    The Gluten Dude

    If you have a nice cake recipe to pass along, don’t be shy :)

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    Jenn

    I have an excellent bagel recipe! I had been working on it for a while because that’s what I missed most. http://mudpiesandcranberryteagoallergenfree.blogspot.com/2011/08/gf-bagels.html

    Now, for cake, I use my rice free GF flour blend(also on the blog) and use the regular choc cake recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook. The cakes lack nothing and no one ever knows they are gluten free. :)

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      The Gluten Dude

      They look awesome (even with the small picture). Will have to try it out. Thanks Jenn.

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    Ashley Srokosz

    Hi Gluten Dude,

    I completely understand how you feel from this post! I’m not diagnosed as Celiac, but I’m gluten intolerant, as well as having allergies to dairy and eggs as well. I can remember the first time that I went grocery shopping after my diagnoses, full of hope after finding a reason for feeling so crappy, and then almost stating to cry in the cookie aisle when I realized that I would never have my Mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies ever again.

    I was searching for some inspiration for my latest blog post, and I got it from this post! This post is the reason that I do what I do, and thank you for telling the truth, no matter how painful it can be. I’m adding you to to my regular blog reading, and I hope that you check out my website as well. Your comment section isn’t seeing my website as a “valid URL”, so here it is

    http://www.lovewhatyoueat.ca

    All the best,
    Ashley

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    The Gluten Dude

    Thanks for the kind words Ashley. Having these types of issues is indeed a journey, isn’t it?

    You’ve got a great website and I love your story of how you got started. It never ceases to amaze me how accurate the term “you are what you eat” is.

    By the way, what is “ringette”??

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      Ashley Srokosz

      Haha, ringette! Ringette is a sport that is played in Canada, Finland, and Denmark. It’s usually a woman’s sport (although I know some boys who have played) and it’s similar to hockey. We wear ice hockey skates, and play with what looks like hockey sticks with the end cut off, and use rings instead of a puck. Check out this youTube video

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qsSys5mkec

      You obviously read my story in detail if you picked up on ringette!!!

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    Rachel

    I love it. OCS!

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    Crystal

    I LOVE your blog! I was diagnosed with Celiac, 2 days ago. Have been eating gluten free for 19 days…previously had will power issues with food, but being diagnosed has changed my brain. I can honestly say I never want to eat gluten again. Almost cried in the McDonalds drive through with the fam, other than my emotional outbursts, I have surprised myself knowing that I can do this! Your blog is my fav so far! Thanks for being so human:)

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      The Gluten Dude

      No one has ever called me human before. Thank you for that :)

      Glad to hear your willpower is so strong this early on. Usually isn’t the case.

      Keep it up and good luck to you!

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    Emily

    I was recently invited to go the Brooklyn Brewery with some friends so I decided to do a little research about whether or not I could participate. According to the Brooklyn Brewery website, “None of our beers are 100% gluten free. We are only able to quantify up to 5 ppm of gluten and confirmed that Brooklyn Lager has less than 5 ppm of gluten.” Interestingly enough, the Celiac Sprue Association only awards products their seal of gluten free approval is there are less than 5 ppm of gluten. Using this wonderful logic, can one assume that Brooklyn Lager is safe for celiacs? What do you think?

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      The Gluten Dude

      That’s insane Emily. There is no way in hell their beers could pass the gluten sniff-test. But a celiac can dream, can’t he?

      I do find your logic quite interesting though!!

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    Denise

    Ah the joys of Celiac! I absolutely love your blogs gluten dude! I can so relate being diagnosed in July 2011. I have 2 boys and a husband who are not celiac and it gets crazy here with trying to keep everything from being crosscontaminated with lil fingers. Oh and not to forget our dog which has now got a new name “lil gluten dog”. My sons came up with that one. I get called Silly Yak quite a bit after ordering at a restaurant and making sure the staff understands my needs. My son always says, ” Geez mom, do you really have to be a silly yak when ordering? My 4yr old just bursts out laughing because he is thinking of a yak making a silly face. Then people stare at us all crazy because we are rollin. Oh the joys of surrounding yourself with lil jokesters. Too funny!

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      The Gluten Dude

      Sounds like you have a fun family. Very cool!
      Appreciate the kind words.

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    GFDougie

    What a nice, factual (but no crying in your beer) post in regard to what hurdles people with celiac experience day-to-day! Thank you for that! Nice Job! :)

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      The Gluten Dude

      Did you have to mention beer?? Just kidding…thanks Dougie.

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    Ellen

    I really appreciate the fact that you mention the memory issues! I have such a hard time coming up with words sometimes and its so frustrating. Even when I haven’t been glutened I feel like I’m still struggling to recover my memory skills.

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      The Gluten Dude

      Yep…very common for a lot of celiacs.

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        eden

        I too, was unaware of the memory issues associated with Celiac disease. Could it be the days that I feel completely spacey and barely able to do my job are days I got glutened?

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    Kimberly Atherton

    This says everything! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I posted it on my FB for our friends and family to read. I’m tired of explaining it.
    xoxoxo,
    The Athertons~

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    Megan

    I very much appreciate this blog! Newly diagnosed it has been a LONG road, I have been gluten free for only 4 months. I am still struggeling with cross comtamination, and getting glutened. The humor expressed here is comforting. I have yet to hear anyone talking about DH symptoms. Any one?

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    Theresa

    I always feel better after reading your blog and the comments. Haven’t eaten out since I got sick after dining at my most trusted restaurant two months ago. Going on vacation soon though, so I guess I’ll have to try harder to be a good “Silly Yak.” At least I can think of that and smile to myself!

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      Gluten Dude

      Good to know. Enjoy the vacation. And that’s an order ;)

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    Sybil Nassau

    Your points are well taken and understood by all of us! Re SOY, I wish someone would explain to me what the problem is with soy? Butter: I have been told by nutritionists that many people who can’t tolerate dairy can handle butter in baked goods as it changes chemically (?) – You can certainly enjoy pancakes and chocolate cake using other ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour, oatmeal flour etc. Does it take research? Check out Jules Shephard or Gluten free on a shoestring. Plenty of vegan/gf bakeries do a land-office business without using dairy or eggs. Earth Balance (same product as Smart Balance but more expensive) is a great substitute for butter. Blue Diamond Almond Milk works fine, but don’t use Coconut Milk for baking- the canned stuff is fine for curry. If you really want to try other dishes at your favorite restaurant, talk to the chef some afternoon when they have time and find out what he can do for you. Many are more than willing to accommodate regular customers and will work with you.

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    Christine

    So much yes! Diagnosed back in October 2017 and wow what a different world Celiac is. Have been ever thankful finding others so this world doesn’t have me feel so “alien”.

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