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3/1/19 12:12 P

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Radioboy-Your body doesn't NEED gluten. This is not helpful advice as some people have legitimate diagnosed reasons to avoid gluten.

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I was diagnosed a few months ago with Celiacs and have been doing lots of exploring and research to find things that I love, my body will handle and that are easy to make. Bob's Red Hill makes a ton of GF products, they are made in a Gluten Free facility! Sprouts and Trader Joe's have GF products and Safeway/Albertson's/Vons have a small section of GF. I'm in southern California and found a local Natural Foods store with a few locations and I cried at how many amazing GF products they had....aisles and aisles of them. Here's an article about Gluten free foods: https://clarksnutrition.com/index.php/resources/healthnotes?resource=%2fus%2fassets%2ffeature%2fgluten-free-product-guide%2f~default

So try Google or Yelp Gluten Free and you will be surprised by what they have. I have kind of found several foods that I like and eat them regularly, I still find things that have gluten that shouldn't and those come off my list.

Read labels and google things you don't trust. https://celiac.org/gluten-free-living/gluten-free-foods/ has an excellent list! This is another option that is fun and offers wonderful recipes and great women to offer advice: https://cleanfooddirtygirl.com/



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It can be a real struggle, good luck.

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I remember that feeling of being totally overwhelmed. I've had a celiac diagnosis for going on 5 years now. You've gotten a lot of good advice. I don't know the severity of what you have going on but one of the things I did was make a list of all the local foods that I truly loved that I wouldn't be able to eat anymore and I had those things one last time before I went totally G-free. Most of those dishes I was eventually able to successfully replicate at home but at the time I needed to allow myself to grieve and that list was a way to do that.

Study that list of things where gluten can hide. It will be your best friend when reading labels. Read labels on EVERYTHING, not just food. Some of those things hide in lotions and shampoos and medicines and places you'd never consider. I am not contact sensitive but some people are. If you're on pinterest, I have boards on GF Vegetarian and other GF boards as well. My username is the same over there if you want to come find me.



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2/7/19 6:37 A

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@RADIOBOY Did you see the starting post or perhaps just the thread's title? The lady clearly states she has a medically diagnosed gluten sensitivity so her question is legitimate and those of us who have responded have Celiacs, gluten sensitivities, or, like myself, have family members and friends who have said issues. As JERF mentioned, it is not nice to shame someone who has a known issue.

Also, I agree that gluten free products currently taste good. My dad's gluten free waffles taste as good as his regular ones. The other gluten free products I have tried are great and of course, fruits, vegetables, meats, and oils are naturally gluten free and delicious.

I know the OP will have great success in her GF living.

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2/7/19 5:59 A

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Radioboy - Surprisingly I have eaten many gluten free breads and goodies that taste nothing like sand. In fact I make lots of gluten free things that are delicious and most people don’t even realize that they are gluten free.

It’s not okay to dismiss someone’s food sensitivity’s simply because you don’t have one.



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Hi. I don't have celiac disease, but I am gluten-sensitive which for me means that my body experiences a lot of inflammation when I overindulge with the gluten. I do not have an allergy to wheat, even though the reaction I have to gluten causes an excess of mucous in my throat with wheezing. I've been told by medical professionals that gluten sensitivity is a widespread phenomena these days. I really think this can be linked to the adding of extra gluten to whole grain products like bread to make the loaves more soft and spongy. I'm able to enjoy plain, white sourdough bread with abandon, but give me a single slice of added-gluten-whole-grain bread and my airway clogs up within 2 minutes.

Of course, plain, white sourdough bread doesn't have much to offer nutritionally, but it can be useful in a low-glycemic load diet. Even though I'm diabetic, I really like a nice sandwich now and then.

There are a few whole grain loaves out there that do not have added gluten, but you really have to hunt for them. I have to watch out even for the white (or whole grain) flour tortillas as most of them have added gluten also.

If you're unfortunate enough to have full-blown celiac disease, you can try subbing in cornmeal, rice flour and potato for the gluten products. When I went gluten-free for 3 years, I used corn, rice, potato,fruit and vegetables to supply my carbohydrate needs. Yes, carbs have a place in a healthy, balanced, weight-loss diet. Today, there's a great variety of gluten-free flours available for cooking and baking. Since I discovered that I'm ok with all-purpose flour, I'm back to making my gravies and sauces with that...much appreciated by my southern-cookin'-lovin' husband.

My current daily macronutrient breakdown is: 15% fat, 35% protein and 50% carbohydrate. I thrive on variety. I have one Costco Signature Protein bar per day to help get me sufficient fiber = over 35 grams daily and sufficient protein = 100+ grams daily. My fingernails are growing in beautifully now. I'm losing about 4 to 6 pounds per month and that's good enough for me. I've a long, long way to go to get to a healthy weight but am finding the slower weight loss to be much kinder to my 67-year-old body and the weight-loss routine much easier to stick with. Good luck to y'all!

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Yes don't, unless you are one of the point four percent of people that have a doctor-diagnosed wheat allergy. Everyone get that? Point four percent of the population.

Why would you give up gluten - which your body needs and is good for you. Have you ever eaten gluten free bread? It tastes like sand and is just about as heavy.


Edited by: RADIOBOY at: 2/6/2019 (20:44)
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For pasta my kids like brown rice pasta. I buy the cheapest one at my local discount grocery store. I prefer spagetti squash, it’s lower in calories and higher in nutrients.

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Kris is right. There are different brands for different tastes.

I can give you some product ideas as I have several people in my family who are gluten free. Aldi has their Live G Free products, which I find good and reasonably priced. Pillsbury has some baking (cookies and cake) mixes. Glutino and Schar are other brands. My dad uses buckwheat flour to make his delicious waffles gluten free.

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You must remember that what one person may love re taste/texture another person may hate. It is all subjective. You are best to look for gluten-free brands where you shop. Ask the staff if you can't find it. My grocery stores have special areas for special needs foods, however you can still find some of the gluten-free foods in other areas.

My daughter sometimes bulk-buys her hubby's stuff on-line and has them sent to her.

Below is a link to a brand which is in a lot of countries and is excellent. I often buy from that range for my son-in-law and grandson (apart from other allergies, my g/son has severe dairy and egg allergies.)
www.orgran.com/products_/

You will note in the toolbar at the top that there is also a section for some yummy recipes, in that link.

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Hi! emoticon everyone for your input and ideas.

I have found each of you very helpful. I can definitely ask for a referral to a dietician. I have a great primary doctor whom I am sure will be happy to do that.

The allergist gave me a few days of meal planning.

I recently bought an instantpot and although I am excited to use it I am also a little skittish...don't want it to blow up on me. I have found a video tutorial on how to use it, so that's on the agenda.

It would helpful for ideas of brands of gluten free ...as in what you have found that tastes good...for pasta and such.

I love vegetables and would be interested in finding vegetarian dishes. However, I enjoy chicken and fish too. I'm not a vegetarian.

Simple and easy ideas for meals.

Thanks again for your positive feedback! I really appreciate it!
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There’s no way around it you’re going to have become really good at reading labels.

Most real food is gluten free. If you are buying ingredients vegetables, meats, healthy fats and fruits that’s easy as they’re all gluten free!

Google GF recipes. I often search using the words recipe, paleo, real food, Whole30, gluten free, low sugar because these recipes usually use real food ingredients and are a good place to start, you can always tweak the recipes.

Is there anything specific we can try and answer for you? Or any specific recipe you’re looking for?




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Obviously fruits, vegetables and lean meat are okay, but the rest has my head spinning.

- Message Posted by: HLTHAPPINESS4C - 2/2/2019

Truthfully, that's all the human body needs. Add nuts and seeds as desired. Meats don't have to be lean to be healthy.

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I totally agree with Coach Jen's advice.

My son-in-law has diagnosed Celiac Disease and he and my daughter lived with me for a couple years. On top of that my grandson had severe allergies to a number of different foods, and I have food intolerances, , so I understand what you are facing. I used to buy him gluten free bread/rolls and IF we had a bought pizza, it was always on a gluten free base.

Asking your Dr for a referral to a Registered Dietitian is strongly recommended. As well as that, there are many food companies that make only gluten free foods.

I have taken to replacing ordinary wheat flour for a variety - buckwheat flour (not a wheat) and rice bran flour, chickpea flour and pea flour and maize flour are the main ones that I use, depending on what I am making. That way I know that whenever he eats here, it is totally safe for him.

Just make sure that the foods are certified gluten free on the packaging.

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My suggestion would be to ask your doctor for a referral to see a registered dietitian who can create a meal plan specific to your needs. Your doc should be able to provide that for you.

Good luck!

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Taking a glance at your Spark Page, it looks like it is not just gluten that is an issue for you.

With the list that you posted in your blog, I would suggest that the best place to start might be with some keto dietary suggestions - which avoid all grains, and there are lots of dairy free suggestions - from sites such as: www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes/dairy-
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Obviously recipes containing almonds / almond flour will need you to substitute walnut / walnut flour - or any other nut that you are okay with, and you'll need subs in recipes with coconut oil (substitute avocado or olive oil or butter, if you can have it), or coconut flour (again - try other nut flours, or gluten free seed / grain flours such as amaranth / sorghum / millet / teff / chickpea / oat / etc).

If you are fine with goat's milk, then you can use it as a substitute for any of your usual cow's milk items --- and can use it to make your own yogurt. If you are fine with soy, then you can use soy milk options as well, including making your own yogurt. You can also check out vegan options online or in your grocery store for ready-made versions of yogurt and "cheese" (just watch for those which use brewer's yeast / nutritional yeast - since that is also an issue for you).

Since you are not going low carb / keto, you can obviously add in extra vegetables and fruits to the low carb dietary suggestions, until you have a menu that works for you - but it does give you a safe place to start!

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Hi!

I recently discovered I have a gluten sensitivity. I am a bit overwhelmed by all of the information given to me about all of the foods containing gluten, the many names for gluten and the list of foods that are okay. Obviously fruits, vegetables and lean meat are okay, but the rest has my head spinning.

Have any of you gone gluten free? If so how do you have any tips for getting started or know of good recipes?

Thanks for your input!
Cynthia

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