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    Last week I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease so now I am one of the awful **** heads who asks if everything has gluten in. As I was in Amsterdam for four days last weekend (there was no way I was starting Gluten Free abroad), today is my first day on my new diet.

    I don't really expect anyone to contribute to this blog, it's really just for me to make a note of things that I try and how I'm feeling over time. If you have any good tips for places to eat or supermarkets that have a good free from offering, they would be gratefully received.

    So, I'm pretty nervous about starting this whole thing. I'm basically eating 24/7 so knowing that all my options are restricted has caused me significant anxiety. I did my first little shop today so today and tomorrow I will be mostly sampling the things pictured below, as well as some gluten free beers (swear to God those better be decent or I'll scream).

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    I also get to take these chewable delights twice a day since I have the bones of a 90 year old woman.

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    Edit: Going to start a list of gluten free items that I like/dislike for future reference or on the slim chance someone else is interested.
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    Like:
    M&S Gluten Free Macaroni Cheese - tastes just like a normal one tbh.
    M&S Gluten Free Chicken Burgers - pretty good
    M&S Gluten Free Steak Pie
    Costa Gluten Free Chicken Salad Roll - texture a bit "off" but couldn't put my finger on it, flavour pretty good and nice to see an option at all tbh.
    Kellogs Gluten Free Honey Corn Flakes - so so good

    Dislike:
    M&S Gluten Free Ginger Snaps - smell and taste like feet, consisistency of a cinder block. Soften up alright in some nice tea tho.
    Asda Free From Bakwell Tarts - as someone who has a sweet tooth I thought these would be incredible. Unfortunately the only texture was "goo" and the goo was pure sugar. Could only eat one as opposed to the whole box.
    Asda Free From chocolate Digestives - taste like savoury cheese biscuits and have the driest consistency imaginable.


    Bamboozled by:
    M&S Wild Rice and Lentils pouch - No gluten ingredients, but processing technique means not safe for coeliacs.

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    Hey, sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Hope you can make tasty gluten free recipes- loads online.

    I just wanted to ask what were your symptoms and how did the doctors diagnose?
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    Good luck.
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    (Original post by lulucoco98)
    Hey, sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Hope you can make tasty gluten free recipes- loads online.

    I just wanted to ask what were your symptoms and how did the doctors diagnose?
    Thanks! I was more or less symptomless, though on reflection I can't really remember what it feels like to not be experiencing a sort of low-level discomfort, extreme tiredness and low mood. I kind of just assumed that was who I was as a person lol. A positive blood test indicated there was a high chance of coeliac but then I had to have a biopsy to confirm - the biopsy is basically a tube down your throat into your intestine where it takes a few samples to test for damage to the villi.


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    Good luck.
    Thanks!

    FYI everyone, the ginger snaps smelled and tasted like feet and had the consistency and appeal of a cinder block.
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    It must be easier than going vegan

    Also exercise will help with the bone thing.
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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    It must be easier than going vegan

    Also exercise will help with the bone thing.
    Lol exercise, you don't know me at all.
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    (Original post by Viva Emptiness)
    Lol exercise, you don't know me at all.
    Yes I do

    That's why I suggested it. Since you don't do it, doing it may help a lot with the bone thing

    Just go for a walk listening to a podcast or something.
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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    Yes I do

    That's why I suggested it. Since you don't do it, doing it may help a lot with the bone thing

    Just go for a walk listening to a podcast or something.
    Nah, I'll stick to staying in bed thanks.

    Speaking of bed, breakfast in bed this morning - gluten free bread was a little...hard. But toasted up nicely (one half peanut butter, and the other half honey, for pudding).

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    Fml, I bought some lentils and wild rice for the microwave from M&S which looked fine from the ingredients, no wheat or gluten containing ingredients.

    Just about to cook them for my lunch and further down the label it says not suitable for people with wheat intolerance or coeliacs due to manufacturing processes. Goddammit, either wash your factory line down properly or don't do it at all.
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    (Original post by Viva Emptiness)
    Nah, I'll stick to staying in bed thanks.

    Speaking of bed, breakfast in bed this morning - gluten free bread was a little...hard. But toasted up nicely (one half peanut butter, and the other half honey, for pudding).

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    Have you got the results of the DEXA scan yet?
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    (Original post by Hype en Ecosse)
    Have you got the results of the DEXA scan yet?
    No! It was a week ago Tuesday now. I called yesterday and I'm going to call again now (thanks for the reminder)...
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    (Original post by Viva Emptiness)
    No! It was a week ago Tuesday now. I called yesterday and I'm going to call again now (thanks for the reminder)...
    I'm just saying cos our friendly neighbourhood awkster is kinda right. You're at the age now where you're literally at your lifetime peak bone mineral density. You need to take it srsly if you don't wanna have old lady bones at 40.
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    Subbing because I have always thought about going gluten free (slowly starting to). Sorry to hear about your diagnosis though. :hugs:
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    Subbing because I have always thought about going gluten free (slowly starting to). Sorry to hear about your diagnosis though. :hugs:
    Thanks I'm going to start making a note of the gluten free items I try and if they are gross or alright, in case you ever want to know.

    In an attempt to ease myself in, I've created the world's most unhealthy dinner; steak pie, cabbage and cheesy mash on a bed of lunch time's leftover plate mess (little insight into my life there).

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    (Original post by Viva Emptiness)
    Thanks I'm going to start making a note of the gluten free items I try and if they are gross or alright, in case you ever want to know.

    In an attempt to ease myself in, I've created the world's most unhealthy dinner; steak pie, cabbage and cheesy mash on a bed of lunch time's leftover plate mess (little insight into my life there).

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    Cheesy mash :gah:
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    (Original post by Airmed)
    Cheesy mash :gah:
    Mash is my absolute all time favourite food :love:
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    (Original post by Viva Emptiness)
    Mash is my absolute all time favourite food :love:
    I absolutely love it.
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    (Original post by Viva Emptiness)
    Thanks I'm going to start making a note of the gluten free items I try and if they are gross or alright, in case you ever want to know.

    In an attempt to ease myself in, I've created the world's most unhealthy dinner; steak pie, cabbage and cheesy mash on a bed of lunch time's leftover plate mess (little insight into my life there).

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    You eat butterflys? :lolwut:
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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    You eat butterflys? :lolwut:
    Whole.
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    Good luck.
 
 
 
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