I'm always here if you need to vent or ask any questions at all, so please don't hesitate to pass anything by me and I'll do my best at helping you find the right resource or answers. Making the change to a gluten-free lifestyle is not easy in the beginning as you know, even though you've had your dear son on it for a while now. But in time you'll find it will get easier and before you know it, you'll be an expert.
I'm very glad you're feeling better right now, but hang in there and keep up the positive thoughts, you will start feeling better as you discover the hidden gluten, AND possible cross-contamination in your home. Have you checked out the product list of possible gluten ingredients?
Gluten-free is only really expensive IF you buy a lot of pre-packaged foods or convenience foods, just like for those who dine out all the time. I would really encourage you to put the WHOLE family on a gluten-free diet just to keep the cross-contamination at a very minimum. If your husband feels he must eat gluten containing foods ask him to do it at work or out with his buddies. As you learn where the bargains are in the world of gluten-free products you'll find your grocery bill stabilize. Baking your own breads, rolls and Shhh(cakes and cookies) will not only ensure freshness but you'll find that you're much happier with the results. Your freezer will become one of your favorite appliances in order to take advantage of "sale priced" Gf foods.
Question for you- Are the oats you're eating verified gluten-free? If not STOP EATING THEM. ALL commercial oats grown in the US or even Canada such as Quaker are not gluten-free. There are only two companies that I'm aware of currently that are verified gluten-free:
1) Cream Hill Estates out of Quebec, Canada makes Pure verified Rolled Oats. They have a dedicated gluten-free facility. Distribution is spotty, but you can order on-line or find a US location at
2)Gluten Free Oats produced and tested for purity:
I think I specify this in the workbook, just wanted to make sure you're aware of this, just in case it wasn't clear in the workbook.
I've been visiting a very friendly Celiac message board that you may want to visit, the moderator there is really a great guy and there's a woman who shares excellent information about how to save money on the gluten-free diet, she makes some of us look like we're living a wasteful existence