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: Barbara had extra packages of Pamela's vanilla cake mix that she shared with those we were interested. She said she always uses four eggs instead of the three the package calls for and adds vanilla flavoring rather than almond. She suggested using orange juice instead of water to make the cake more flavorful. Barbara pointed out that there are a number of variations listed on the package that you can make. There also was discussion about using the mix to make cobblers.
There were frustrations expressed about doctors not seeing the interconnections between and among autoimmune diseases such as thyroid problems, celiac disease, and arthritis. Also concerns were expressed about doctors not listening to patients.
Jeanette reported receiving an email about a product called Gluten Intolerance Essentials which is supposed to provide "vital nutrients missing in individuals with celiac disease or those following a gluten-restricted diet." The product claims to include "prebiotics, probiotics and key enzymes associated with optimal gastrointestinal health." Tom said he had looked into it enough to determine that the product contained dairy and therefore would not be useful to him.
Jeanette said she thought she had seen gluten-free frozen pie crusts somewhere but couldn't remember where. Barb said Sprouts had them in the same case as the frozen vegetables. Jeanette mentioned that Sprouts also has a new beer called Omission that is made without gluten. It is not sorghum-based and tastes just like beer. It's not sweet like some of the glutne-free beers.
Next Meeting: The next meeting will be December 19.