Flagstaff Celiac Support Group
Meetings: The third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are usually held at the Flagstaff Medical Center (east campus) cafeteria on the first floor of the main hospital. Go in the entrance next to the cafeteria and look for the group in the seating area to the left.
Meeting Recap: Jeanette brought a cookbook that a friend had bought her in the UK. The book, Healthy Gluten-Free Eating by Darina Allen, has some good information about celiac disease and products that may contain gluten. The recipes will be challenging as the measures are in grams and liters.
Melissa told the group that she had been diagnosed with celiac disease by her naturopath after a saliva test and a blood test to confirm. She said she was feeling much better on a gluten-free diet but was also trying to find the cause of some other issues with elimination dieting. Most recently she had eliminated foods in the nightshades family (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc.) from her diet. She said she was still self-conscious when going out to eat with friends. On the other hand, she was finding that she was becoming a resource with her co-workers and that friends and family were enjoying the gluten-free foods that she prepared.
Barbara mentioned that Jitters Lunch Box served gluten-free sandwiches and prepared a gluten-free soup every day. Jeanette mentioned that there was always Picazzo's. She especially enjoyed lunch there and had found the dinners disappointing recently. She also talked about Go-Picnics, the boxed meals you can get from Amazon.com.
Jeanette also said she thought she was having a reaction to some Tylenol that she had taken recently. After thinking about what and where she had been eating, this was the only change she had thought of. She bought regular strength Tylenol without thinking about it and then when she began having problems remembered that not all types of Tylenol were gluten-free. When she researched the web she found one site that indicated that both regular and extra-strength Tylenol were gluten-free (among other types) but another site did not list regular strength as being gluten-free. She didn't see a date on either site so couldn't tell if one superceded the other and no longer had the box to see if it had a date on it.
Next Meeting: The next meeting will be June 20.