(Closed) Gluten free Bees, what do you eat?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t have celiac’s, buy FI’s mother does.  

You can basically eat anything you want unless it has gluten in it such as: pretzels, regular bread, pasta, etc.  It’s mostly your carbs you need to watch out for.  

It’s very expensive to be gluten free though if you do want to have bread, pasta, etc.  I bought FI’s mother corn pasta before.  While you can tast the difference, it’s really not that bad at all.  It’s pretty darn good.  

Most restaurants are becoming gluten aware too.  I know a lot of places that have Girlfriend menus and pizza shops that make Girlfriend pizza.  Those pizzas are about $16 though.  

Oh, and flour and bread crumbs are a no go.  Must use corn starch and tortilla/rice flour.  No sweets.  Some candy has gluten in it.  There’s Girlfriend cookie and cake mix too.  

Most importantly, no beer.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyways, if you have any specific questions, please feel free to PM me.

ETA: I forgot about salad dressings too.  Gotta watch out for those.  Most items have labels that will say allergies: wheat/gluten or it’ll say gluten free.

Post # 5
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@galloway111: Yeah, pasta is definitely your best friend when you’re broke.  Anything with wheat is a no-go.  

ETA: A loaf of bread that’s gluten free will cost you $6 as well.

Post # 6
31 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

It is very possible for you to be negative for Celiac and still have a gluten/wheat issue.  One of my friends gets incredibly ill from eating wheat, but she’s negative for Celiac.

Gluten free = no wheat, rye or barley (and only certified gluten free oats).

You can have potatoes, corn, rice, etc; pretty much any other grain is OK.

Most processed food either contains wheat or it is manufactured in shared facilities with wheat, so I can’t eat it.  You can get specialty gluten free foods – breads, cookies, pizza crusts, frozen meals, etc. but they will be expensive.  Because of these two issues, I make nearly all of my own food from scratch.  I eat a lot of fresh meats and grilled vegetables.  Besides that, I can a lot of pan-asian food (chinese, japanese, thai, indian, etc).  Lots of sushi and curries in particular.  The only tricky thing is that I have to use gluten free soy sauce (San-J) is best.  You can also eat a lot of corn-based Mexican food.  Before I went gluten free, my diet was more pasta based.

Do you have a Trader Joe’s anywhere near you?  TJ’s isn’t very expensive, and they are terrific at labeling their food as Girlfriend.  They are also the only manufacturer that cleans their equipment well enough that I can eat products made in shared facilities with wheat and not get sick.  Most grocers have a gluten free aisle, though.  Whole Foods has a nice gluten free selection, but again – they are expensive.

You need to stop cooking with wood.  Wood can absorb gluten.  Cast iron cookware and cooking stones are also dangerous.  If you want to try the elimination diet, you really need to try it full force.  It’s very easy to introduce wheat somewhere unexpected.  Luckily, there are lots of good resources online.  Just do some searching.  This should be a nice start, though.

Also — there aren’t really any meds you can take for gluten.  Yes, some people use GlutenEase or things like that, but it’s a cover up.  It isn’t like lactose intolerance where you lack an enzyme and taking a tablet with that enzyme will solve the problem.  You may be dealing with an immune reaction.  An elimination diet is your best bet.  Besides that, there’s always medical marijuana (which does have an modulatory effect on the immune system).  I haven’t tried it, but I know some people who swear it works wonders for them.


Post # 7
5572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I try to eat as Girlfriend as possible but it definitely can be expensive if you want to buy gluten free substitute items for things like bread and pasta. I have found a lot of stuff at my local Whole Foods but a lot of grocery stores have gluten free options also. I really like the UDIs bread ๐Ÿ™‚

Basically you can eat protein, vegetables, etc. Rice is usually fine because it doesn’t contain gluten so that’s a good way to replace pasta for a starch. Be really careful with any pre-packaged or processed foods because a lot of them, even random things, have some gluten in them. Definitely get used to reading labels! If you are in a rush and you eat fast food you can google gluten free fast food options and most places have Girlfriend options.

I started a thread about it awhile ago and got some good responses ๐Ÿ™‚

Any gluten free bees?

Post # 8
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Running Elley: UDIs is pretty awesome bread.  I like it toasted.

Post # 10
5572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Rouquine:I like it toasted too. I was so scared the first time that I tried it but I was surprised how much I enjoy it, probably more than regular bread.

Oh She Glows has some great Girlfriend recipes, here is the link to the Girlfriend portion of her recipe page. There are a lot of really good Girlfriend “healthy living” blogs that have recipes too. If you do a google search you’ll find a ton!

Post # 11
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t have Celiac disease but I have a gluten intolerance. Anytime I eat something with a little gluten in it, I notice my symptoms. Avoid anything with wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Also, a lot if not all malt contains gluten.

For meals, some of my favorites are:

– Stir fry

– Kebobs (chicken, veggies, olive oil, garlic salt, pepper)

– Chicken breast cooked a million different ways (sometimes I use spices, sometimes sauces like white wine mushroom sauce, or olive oil and tomatoes, etc.)

– Rice dishes

– Gluten free pasta (they sell it a lot of places and it’s not that expensive… also very tasty!)

– Salads

– Soup (tomato soup and minestrone without pasta are my favorites, but you can adapt a lot of traditional soup recipes to avoid flour)


Betty Crocker and Bisquick have gluten-free mixes so you can still enjoy desserts and breakfast foods!

This site has a TON of Girlfriend products (cereal, dessert mix, soy sauce, flour, bread, etc.) http://www.glutenfreely.com/

Post # 12
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Running Elley: I love Udi’s too! My co-workers are always asking why I have such small sandwiches that always have toasted bread for lunch… which leads into a 20 minute Girlfriend convo! 

Post # 14
4355 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My coworker is celiac… be careful with things that trick you. Malt has gluten in it so anything with malt color is out (like coke). Many salad dressings/sauces also contain gluten.

It’s a pretty hard diet and I don’t think I’d ever do it without grave need but if your digestive system is angry, it’s worth a try. She mostly eats plain grilled meats, veggies, rice products (rice crackers, rice cakes). Try looking on celiac support websites, I know your test came back negative but I’m sure they all discuss recipes/meal ideas.

Good luck!

Post # 15
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I don’t eat a lot of gluten free prepacked stuff… I just eat a lot of naturally gluten free goods.


Apples, yogurt, meat, vegetables, rice… etc.


The Girlfriend stuff I have found is super high calorie, low fiber, and really, not that great for you most of the time. Some stuff is though (like Larabars or Girlfriend oats, if you can handle those)


Also, Coca Cola in the US at least is safe (in reference to an above poster).

Post # 16
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I normally shop at safeway, but supplemental with wegmans (best grocery store ever), trader joes, and whole foods.


Normally for breakfasts I have plain, nonfat Greek yogurt with fruit, rice chex, gf bisquick pancakes,or eggs and hash browns (dice 4 potatoes and place them in a bowl of cold water while you dice a bell pepper and half an onion. Drain the potatoes and add them, the peppers, and onions to a pan covered with Pam. Top with 6 pats of butter and bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until tender)


For lunch/dinner I have had the following this week:


Stuffed shells: boil tinkyada shells until al dented, in a bowl mix a container of ricotta, an egg, a cup of frozen spinach, and half a bag of mozzerella. Drain and rinse shells. Take a 9×13 pan and add 1/3 of a jar of tomato sauce. Stuff shells and place in pan. Cover with the rest of the sauce and cheese. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes to an hour.


Southwest nachos: brown a pound of ground turkey. Add 1/2 a bag of corn, 2 cans of black beans, a can of dived tomatoes, and a bag of peppers and onions. Add chili pepper to taste. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips and cheese.


Chicken marsala: dice 2 cloves of garlic and half an onion. Sauteed in olive oil. Add 1 pound chicken breast cut into cubes, 3/4 cup of red wine, 1 pound mushrooms finely chopped, and a 15 oz can of diced tomatoes. Add thyme and black pepper to taste. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons of corn starch dissolved in warm water. Simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve with mashed potatoes and veggies.


Pizza: bob’s red mill package. Follow the directions. Top with red sauce and cheese.


I hope this helps!

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