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Austin/Central Texas

  • jenninaustin

    Guess it’s obvious from my user name…but I’m from Austin. :)

  • MinaGluti

    How is it beingGF in ATX? I’ve been alarmed by resteraunts that don’t have allergy menus. Is the norm or does it depend on the part of town?

    • unusualkneads

      I lived in Austin for 13 years and worked for Smart Flour Foods in Austin. They supply pizza crusts and education to many restaurants around Austin and the country. Mr Gattis, Austin Pizza, Mellow mushroom, Eastside pies and many others listed on their website. They also sell at Heb. Thundercloud subs used to have gluten free sandwiches not sure if they still do. Alamo draft house used to offer gf pizza and burgers too. While many don’t have printed gluten free options they do have special areas on their websites. Blackbird bakery and another one downtown who’s name escapes me.

      Oh and I must not forget VIA313 pizza has the absolute best gf pizza I have ever had.

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  • Jen

    I am wondering who you get advice from regarding your celiac. I was diagnosed in April, 2016. I saw a terrible dietician and GI doc. Am looking for a new doc and some better advice. Still not feeling awesome and have been GF for 9 months now.

    Any thoughts?

    • Anna P
      Anna P

      Hi Jen, I know you posted almost a year ago, and I hope you have found help. If you’re still looking or if this might help others, I have two Austin-based recommendations: Wiseman Family Practice is a holistic medicine practice with both MD/allopathic and functional medicine knowledge. They accept some insurance types, unlike many other alternative doctors, so they might be a good place to get a G.P. who will attend to your overall health and will recommend supplements as well as, or instead of, prescription drugs, which can help your whole health picture. Also, for a nutritionist, I cannot recommend highly enough Dr. Lea Peyton Gebhardt at Pantry Medicine in Austin. She not only has a PhD in nutritional biochemistry, but she has Celiac herself, so she understands both professionally and personally what it is like to deal with this disease. She has a “less is more” approach, especially for depleted bodies, so that you can work on building up your health in a sustainable way. She’ll look at your lab work, if you have it, and assess your Vit D and B12 levels, along with other factors.

      A bit about me: I was DX with Celiac two and a half years ago, but I still felt really low energy over a year after going GF because I didn’t realize I was SO LOW on Vit D and B12, specifically. (B12 deficiency is pernicious anemia. Anemia is not just about iron!) She looked at my lab levels and was like, “Oh my goodness, it’s amazing you’re getting out of bed!” Whereas, my GI office looked at those lab levels and just called them “on the low side.” There is a big difference between what is a medically acceptable level and what is an optimal level of these and other vitamins and minerals. I take sublingual (under the tongue) dissolving tablets of both Vit D and B12 so that my (damaged) intestine isn’t needed for their absorption — it goes directly into the blood stream from under the tongue.

      I also had really low zinc. The “test” Lea gave me for this, which anyone can safely do at home, is to buy a bottle of “liquid zinc assay” at the natural food store, and put a spoonful of it in your mouth and hold it there for 15 seconds before swallowing. When I did this, I did not know what Lea was giving me. But she asked me, “What do you taste?” I said, “Nothing much. A slight metallic taste at the end.” And she said, “That stuff tastes horrible! It’s zinc. And your body is so low in it that you can’t even taste it.” Zinc cannot be tested well in a blood test because it hangs out in organs, not in the blood stream. So, I followed Lea’s advice and took a teaspoon in water each day for a number of weeks, and wouldn’t you know? I started to be able to taste it after a while (that’s how I knew my levels were going back up). Also, coffee and other foods started tasting better. Zinc had thrown off my whole taste perception! And, as my zinc levels went up, the inexplicable little bits of acne I used to get on my chest and shoulders also went away, just like Lea said it would. She recognized it for what it was, which was not anything dermatological in origin — it was a symptom of low zinc.

      Anyway, I hope this information might be helpful to anyone struggling to feel better after going GF. I’m still a work in progress, but I have learned a lot and slowly am still improving two and a half years after my diagnosis.

  • Anna P
    Anna P

    As for restaurants, Austin is super lucky to have the Wild Wood Bakehouse, which is a 100% gluten-free restaurant. The prices are good, and they have a wide variety of foods to choose from, including “pub foods” (onion rings and chicken tenders!) and Southern comfort foods (chicken fried steak), along with the usual Tex-Mex stuff. It’s got something for everyone, so my non-GF friends don’t mind going there with me. They also have Sunday brunch! That is downtown around W. 32nd and Gaudalupe. They also have a new, second location in East Austin called Wilder Wood Restaurant and Bar, which is a little more upscale, has a slightly expanded menu, and has craft cocktails. I went there for a boozy lunch with non-GF friends recently, and they both loved it and said they would choose it as a restaurant to go to just because it’s good, and the fact that I could eat there totally safely made them happy, too.

    Galaxy Cafe has dedicated french fry fryers, so the regular and sweet potato fries are both safe there. They do also have GF buns and a pretty good GF protocol in their kitchen. BUT, they’re only human, and once, I did accidentally get a non-GF hamburger bun that made me violently ill. I was super hungry and wolfed it down without doing my normal double/triple-check. So… that was unfortunate. But we all know as Celiacs we take our chances eating at any place that isn’t 100% GF. At least the fries are pretty reliable! P. Terry’s has a dedicated french fry fryer, too. Also, although it’s a chain, Chik-Fil-A has dedicated fryers for their waffle fries, also — even in airport locations. So, that’s something.

  • TJ

    Hi Austinites, I am looking to connect with more gluten-free/celiac folks in the Austin area. I’m 38, female, work in healthcare, lgbtq, spiritual, love nature and hiking, running, basketball, sporting in general. Anyone know how to find a gluten-free roommate?

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