Celiac vs. donuts!!

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Diane D.
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   Posted 7/21/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, here's the deal. The VA told my son that he definitely had Celiac. I asked him about the tests as mentioned in other posts because he told me he had a DONUT (?!!) and only had an hour's worth of stomach pain not the 24 to 72 hours as described in Celiac sites and informational videos. He laughed a little and said it was "worth it". (He really likes his donuts!) He hasn't gotten back to me about the tests.

I'm confused...Could it be that the VA was wrong and he's just "intolerant" or something, which I'm guessing is a lot better than having full blown Celiac? Are there some who have Celiac that can "get away with" such EXTREME violations of the rules every once in a while? This drives me crazy in that I worry that the consequences are going to REALLY catch up with him.

I worry about him walking the fence and tempting fate. He DID say he was going to get serious about his diet so I'm assuming it was a fond fairwell donut for old time's sake. Grown up children...doncha just want to strangle them sometimes!

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   Posted 7/22/2009 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   

In my case, as long as I was ingesting gluten, I had pain, discomfort, and irregularity. Once I went gf, if I accidently ingested or got cc, my reaction was much more "explosive" if you get my drift.

I hope your son can come around and go totally gf and improve his health. There is only so much we can do as parents. Once he realizes how much better he feels, it will make it easier for him to follow the diet.

Hang in there!
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   Posted 7/22/2009 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
No two people have exactly the same symptoms. My husband had no pain at all when eating a regular diet. His CD showed up as anemia mostly because his food was not being digested properly. As noted above by Family Guy when you are totally GF you are apt to have more of the pain symptoms if you cheat or inadvertently eat something with Gluten. Doctors sometimes take the GF diet only so far, but there are groups and very active groups in many parts of the country. My source for the graham crackers is the leader of a group in NE Ohio where I used to live. I am in TX now. I don't know of any group here, but in Ohio they meet regularly have GF dinners, eat out at GF restaurants and do all sorts of things like a cookie exchange at Christmas. I know of two other people in the town we live in where are GF and one is a baby. Look online and see if you can find him a group in his area or suggest it to him. MK

Diane D.
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   Posted 7/22/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, he DID say that he was anemic. Plus, he was joking that he had such a high tolerance for stomach pain and the other fun stuff with the Crohn's, he probably could be suffering the "normal" amount of time and not even notice it.

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   Posted 7/23/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I also hope that your son comes around to realizing that the gluten free diet is really important. I also have celiac and crohn's disease and stick to a strict gluten free diet. Cheating on the diet is just not a good idea since each time he is damaging his small intestines further and if nothing else its important to stop the cycle to help keep the crohn's in control. My best wishes to you and your son.

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   Posted 7/25/2009 4:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope that your son comes around and realizes that he is playing Russian Roulette with his health!

Many drs. are still ill informed and say it is okay to consume gluten every once in a while because it is just 'too difficult' to stay on a GF diet. HOGWASH!

Each time we have the ingestion of gluten, it does something within our bodies. It might not manifest in abdominal pain, it might be mental fog, anemia, damage to villi. In my 1 yr old grandson, he has meltdowns and becomes this baby from another dimension for about a week just from putting his hands on something and getting a crumb in his mouth. My DD, his mother, gets headaches and breaks out in bumps that itch and are raw for over a week. My other DD gets burn look marks that will last for almost a month. My husband will have about 10 min. before he is running for the bathroom. We avoid CC as much as possible and we keep GF homes.

There are GF doughnuts that your son can get in the freezer section of the health food stores. Kinninick has really good doughnuts.

I have a recipe for yeast or cake doughnuts if you would like to help him out in making some. They freeze really well.

In case I don't see the note here and you would like the recipe, cesprueblessings@gmail.com

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   Posted 7/28/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Mrsppmrxky,

I would love your donut recipes. I definitely miss eating donuts.

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   Posted 7/30/2009 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Raised doughnuts (gluten free)

1 packet yeast
1/8 cup warm water
3/4 cups lukewarm milk
(scald then cool)
1/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
3 Tbs shortening
2 1/2 cups GF flour mix divided
1 1/2 tsps xanthum gum
vegetable oil

Combine 1 cup flour with xanthum gum, set aside. Dissolve yeast in warm water . In a 2 1/2-quart bowl add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening and 1 cup of flour with xanthum gum mixed. Beat on low speed scraping bowl constantly (30 seconds). Beat on medium speed scraping bowl occasionally (2 minutes). Stir in remaining flour until smooth. Turn dough onto well floured surface. Roll around lightly to coat with flour. Gently roll dough 1/2 inch thick with floured rolling pin. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Cover and let rise until doubled (40-50 minutes). Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fat fryer to 350F. Slide doughnuts into the oil with a wide spatula
turn doughnuts as they rise to the surface. Fry until golden brown
about1 minute on each side. Remove carefully from oil (do not prick surface) drain. Dip the doughnuts into creamy glaze set on rack
when slightly cooled spread chocolate glaze on top doughnuts may be dipped into sprinkles or other toppings after chocolate glaze is applied.

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   Posted 7/30/2009 4:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Old Fashion Doughnuts

2 eggs, beaten
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
5 cups rice flour blend

1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp xanthan
1 tsp nutmeg

Combine eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter in a large bowl. Mix well with a wire whisk or fork.

Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add to the wet. Mix by hand with a large spoon. (Do not use an electric mixer).

Let batter rest about 15 minutes. Turn dough onto a well-floured surface. If dough is sticky, work in more rice flour blend.

Roll dough 3/8" thick. Cut with doughnut cutter. (We used a large rimmed cup to cut the doughnuts and the lid to the oil bottle to cut the doughnut holes.)

Fry in 1 to 3 inches of very hot oil (375 F) until brown on one side. Turn donuts over and brown on second side.

Cake Doughnuts: Dip warm doughnuts into a bowl of very thin glaze made from 2 cups powdered sugar and 2/3 cup milk.

Chocolate Iced Doughnuts: Melt Chocolate Frosting in a microwave safe bowl. Dip top half of unglazed doughnuts in frosting and let cool. Makes about one dozen doughnuts.

1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup baking cocoa
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk

Mix melted butter and cocoa powder.

Add vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar.

Add milk to desired spreading consistency. Mix well.

Frosts one 9x13 inch or two 9 inch round cakes.

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   Posted 7/30/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks a bunch! I am looking forward to trying them this weekend.
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