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Travel Tips [Jan. 14th, 2009|11:47 am]
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[mood |hungryhungry]

I just got home after being out of the country for some time and travelling can be very difficult when on a restricted diet....although to be honest, the rest of the world doesn't seem to rely as heavily on wheat products as the U.S. does....or at least that's my experience. Anyways, I read this article while abroad and the tips worked really well for me so I thought I'd pass it along!

As found on celiac.com/blogs:

I love to travel, in spite of airport security and the hassle of packing, (especially for a Celiac), but really...I don't mind. I still love the feeling of rushing to the airport to catch a flight to somewhere...and as the plane takes off, the feeling of soaring above the earth is really one of my favorite things to experience - off to a familiar, or perhaps unknown destination.

With that said, I have learned the hard way over the years, that it really does take someone with Celiac Disease an extra amount of time to pack...I mean packing for one Celiac is like packing for three persons...given the amount of time and though that has to go into the packing of our "snack bag," or as I fondly refer to mine as...the survival kit!

I just returned from a Thanksgiving vacation, hence why this topic is top of mind and I received an email this week from a reader asking for help when she travels around North America for work. These two ideas were the catalyst for this entry, knowing how tough it truly can be to know what to bring on an airplane that's safe to eat, given the fact that NOTHING in 90% of airports worldwide offers much for a Celiac to eat...safely.

So here goes....my little travel system that works really well - these are just a few handy tips that I really do live and travel by and that have saved my gluten-free bacon many times over when I'm delayed or stuck somewhere, with otherwise nothing to eat. These will keep you safe and sated:

I always carry a boatload of gluten free Lara Bars in my bag. There are many flavors but my favorite is Apple Pie. They come in very handy as a meal replacement when you are flying or stuck with zero options in an airport.
I also load up on lots of organic nuts and put them in baggies that can go through security: almonds, cashews, pistachios, etc. and sometimes I'll throw in some raisins too, just for a little extra flavor.

Another easy tip is going to Trader Joe's or any grocery store really, but TJ's has great bagged trail mixes with dried fruits and nuts and those are really handy when you are flying a lot and at least they offer some protein and fiber.
I also bring hard-boiled eggs along with me when I fly, as well as carrots - I'm sure other passengers just love the aroma from the eggs but I'm discreet..and honestly, don't really care - they are not starving half of the flight like we are! Ha!
One other tasty option is slicing up some of your favorite cheese and bringing with it, Mary's Gone Crackers Organic Onion crackers. These are pretty tasty and make for a semi-filling snack.

I hope these tips will prove helpful for you. I realize that most of the time we don't have the luxury of munching on warm foods, but honestly I've packed this stuff all over the world with me when I fly, and they truly are life savers.

I hope these little tid-bits are helpful AND I would love to hear from some of you about what you bring to eat when you travel...by bus, train, car or plane!

Eat well and cheers!
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Clenched jaw [Dec. 29th, 2008|07:22 pm]
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I still haven't succeeded in going gfcf for the long term. I did it for about a week earlier this year, and now have gone about a week again. There are certainly complex physiological things happening, but whether they are all good or not I'm not sure. (But this has convinced me that I certainly have some gluten problem of some kind.)

One thing that has been happening is that my jaw is often tightly clenched, such that for the past couple of days it almost hurts. I have to consciously think about it to relax it. This is not something I generally experience, so it's quite conspicuous.

Is anyone familiar with this as a gluten withdrawal symptom?
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What bread recipes would you like to have? [Nov. 26th, 2008|03:04 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

I'm putting together a bread book, using a technique for gluten-free baking I've never seen anywhere else. (I'm keeping it under my hat so that it's possible to publish.) It's coming along, but I need suggestions.

My question: if you could ignore what went into the recipe (grain types, milk, eggs, anything like that), and ignore what you think is possible to do without wheat gluten.... what sort of bread recipes would you want to have?

My wish list, partially fulfilled already: French bread, sourdough bread, good pizza crust, focaccia, English muffins, bagels, challah, cinnamon-raisin bread, a good white sandwich bread, dinner rolls, hamburger buns, cinnamon/sticky buns. Maybe Boston brown bread in some form. I think pie crust is out of the scope of the book, but I may put it in the back with a brownie recipe or something... several other authors have put out great batter-based recipes that I'd be hard-pressed to improve upon, so I'll focus on the sort of thing that usually needs kneading/handling, whether by hand or in a bread machine.

I can't guarantee that all of the above would be possible given this method, but I'm going to try as many things as I can. The technique is especially good for making crusty/chewy stuff, like most GF recipes lack. If you have a glutened bread recipe that you particularly love/miss, that you'd be willing to share (and get credit for if it does end up in the book), please let me know.

I'm currently a grad student, so the book won't come out immediately, but I promise I will keep at it, and a bunch of the initial testing work is done. What I need now is more recipes to adapt.


(crossposted to coeliac_recipes)
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(no subject) [Nov. 13th, 2008|11:08 pm]
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[mood |hopefulhopeful]
[music |Silence]

Hello. I'm brand new to my gluten allergy and am ever so slightly on the flipping out side of dealing with it. (I want a freakin' muffin!) So I'm glad to find others that are much more calm about it.

Here's my question: What have you found "surprise!" gluten in?

(To give an example, being a vegetarian, I found "surprise!" animal products in marshmallow fluff. Sure doesn't look like a hamburger, but I still can't eat it.)
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Dairy Free [Oct. 20th, 2008|12:24 pm]
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I am feeling extremely overwhelmed.

My daughter has exzema and I want to get her dairy free. Any books that ARE NOT cookbooks? or blogs
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Four days [Sep. 18th, 2008|07:01 pm]
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I have never made it more than one day before, but I'm now on my fourth GFCF day. (At least I think I have been GFCF; with some things it's hard to tell.) All my life I have had headaches, and they've been bad for the last three days also -- I'm hoping it's withdrawal and it will improve. And rebound from all the Excedrin I keep taking is probably part of it too. I don't feel all that great, and I do hope it is withdrawal, but in a strange way I feel "different" -- can't quite describe it, but I feel "looser" in some way. I hope that is a positive development that will continue. One good thing is that chronic sugar craving seems to have improved. Cross your fingers that something good will come of this.

(Food = Poison) -- that how it's always seemed to me.
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How to make non-dairy mashed potatoes creamy???? [Aug. 18th, 2008|06:46 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

 I love mashed potatoes, and even -don't throw rocks at me, please! ;-) - instant mashed potatoes, yep the kind that comes in flakes in a box...
However my son can't have dairy or gluten and I can't at the moment either, and I am racking my brain to find ways to make them creamy in texture and give them the rich taste that cream, butter or milk give them!!... :-(
Do you have any suggestions?? Anything coming from soy isn't an option as my son is allergic too! :-(
I tried the obvious egg, but are there more tasty options out there? 
I'm thinking about maybe goat cheese?... (it doesn't contain casein which is what my son and I are intolerant to) and some herbs to give it some flavor....

Help!?... Thanks in advance! :-)
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sudden regression [Apr. 30th, 2008|08:38 pm]
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My son is on the autism spectrum. We've had major breakthroughs since starting the GFCF diet but lately after adding some new foods he seems to be "regressing" for lack of a better word. The only thing I'm able to trace it back to is the recent addition of dehydrated organic fruits I added to his menu. I've been giving him strawberries, raspberries, and bananas. Has anyone had trouble with dehydrated fruits before? Should I remove them or reexamine my cabinet for something else?
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gluten free easy kids' lunches.. [Apr. 30th, 2008|10:12 am]
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okay so i'm wanting my kids to go gf too. two reasons: 1. i think my son would benefit from it, and 2. i'm tired of being afraid to give my kids kisses, etc after they've been eating wheat. and for some reason, being in the same house as a loaf of bread just makes me feel crappy.

this is all well and good for breakfast and dinner.. but lunches? what are good kid's lunches that are gf? they're young... and tend to get into mischief quickly so it has to be something easy and fast. i think they're getting tired of mac'n'cheese and i don't feel comfortable feeding them hotdogs every day. my son, so far, is not a fan of hard boiled eggs or cottage cheese, and they eat *alot*. any tips would be helpful.
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Odd Query [Apr. 17th, 2008|12:03 am]
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I found out that I have Celiac in December, so I'm still adjusting. What I want to know is: I am always hungry. All the time. Does that ever go away? I snack a lot, but it doesn't seem to help. Any suggestions? Thanks a lot! This is a great group!
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