(Closed) Gluten and dairy free diet

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I am gluten, dairy, sugar and other sweeteners and processed foods free. that’s a mouthful lol. i don’t have recipes i can share because i eat simple, whole foods like beans and veggies and hummus and veggies, fruit, brown rice, etc. I have been eatijng this way for 1 1/2 years or so and i have no idea why/how it works for me. i was a cheese pizza/mcdonald’s/ice cream/cookies/junk food addict. it’s odd but i don’t crave any crap anymore. i feel very satisfied and happy with how i eat. my mental heakth and happines is much improved, probably from eliminating sugar. i chose to change how i eat because of the long line of schizophrenia in my family and the theory that inflammation from gluten, sugar, drugs, alochol, etc may be contributing. about a year after my new lifestyle started, my 20 year old brother became schizophrenic. it was a nasty shock. i will never go back to how i ate before, especially since now that i eat this way, it feels more natural than anything ever has. it has come to me easily and i am probably a freak lol. maybe others would go nuts eating how i eat. works for me.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Hey! i’m lactose intolerant and about to start a gluten-free diet. I have tons of advice!

What do you need to know?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’ve been gluten-free for a little over a year, but I still rely pretty heavily on dairy. I was a huge bread-eater, so it was a shock for me, but now that my normal routines have settled down it’s a lot easier. If you start planning out what your basic staples will be, it’ll make things less daunting. The dairy-free things that I rely on most are eggs (I keep a stash of hard-boiled in the fridge at all times), trail mix (the kind that’s all nuts and fruit), beans (chickpeas for hummus, black beans with salsa and corn chips), rice and quinoa, meat, fruit, and the few veggies that I like. I’ve learned to make a mean American-style Pad Thai, too. Then I have Girlfriend substitutes when I’m craving bread – quinoa pasta, Glutino brand frozen bread, and Arrowhead Mills or Bob’s Red Mill pizza crust mix are my favorites. When I’m on my computer I’ll link to my Girlfriend Pinterest board for you. 

 

By the way, I’m not sure what’s leading you to try this diet, but it’s been great for me. I was dealing with horrible stomach problems for almost 15 years, and they’ve almost entirely disappeared. Good luck with it!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

This is my Pinterest board… keep in mind that a number of the recipes do have dairy, but it can often either be omitted or subbed for something else.

I’ve found some good recipes here, and I’ve successfully tried a few of the recipes from Elena’s Pantry. When I’m traveling, these and these are pretty handy.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m gluten free – so many grocery stores now have entire aisles dedicated to this. And many of the gluten free items are also free of eggs, dairy, soy I find. It’s an adjustment for sure but it’s becoming more and more common so it gets easier all the time.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Why don’t you just take lactaid? I’m lactose intolerant but can drink lactaid milk and eat dairy products if I take lactaid. Unless you have an allergy you should be fine if you take a lactase supplement.

 

As far as gluten free dieting since it’s become so popular so it shouldn’t be too hard to find foods at the grocery store. Publix now has a gluten free shopping guide that you can pick up at the front of the store.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would look up primal/paleo websites, many have great dairy/gluten free recipes & tips. I second the suggestion for Elana’s Pantry, her recipes are excellent.

As far as a few general substitutions: I love coconut milk (the canned kind) in place of milk/cream in a lot of things. I’ve also tried almond milk (unsweetened) in recipes where I want to avoid the coconut flavor. Coconut oil is an excellent substitute for butter, it has a very similar consistency. We generally use coconut flour or almond flour in place of traditional grains (can you see I love coconuts and almonds :P), you can google recipes there are lots out there (Elana’s are some of the best). You can even get creative and bread things in crushed up plantain chips, ground nuts, etc if you get a craving for fish sticks or chicken nuggets.

I would stay away from pre-packaged “gluten free” replacement foods, as they are often not very tasty & the nutritional profile is not great. We prefer to stick with simple meals of meat & veggies like maybe a roast with a side of roasted carrots, or bunless burgers with a side of homemade sweet potato fries. Occasionally we’ll try something more exotic like curry (lots of good gluten free curries out there) or enchilladas (we use chicken lunch meat instead of tortillas & thicken the sauce with arrowroot).

Good luck!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Seems like the other bees have the gluten stuff covered so I’ll handle the no dairy…

1) read labels, on everything…lactose, whey, milk, milk solids, cream..theses ingredients are used n almost everything as a filler, thickener, w/e. Pills, almost anything food category in a box. Meaning, try to stay away from packaged foods and pre made meals. Cook at home! which is far better for you anyway

2) Just substitute your fav milk products for things that taste similar into all your current recipes. Here’s what I use:

for butter: Earth Balance (it’s also gluten free and vegan and tastes great) I get it at safeway but its also at trader joes, prob whole foods too

For milk: you’re gunna have to try a bunch to see what you like. there’s soy, rice, almond, coconut, sunflower, etc…I’m trying sunflower milk (got it at whole foods)

cheese: well i have no luck on that, soy cheese and the alternatives (in my opinion) are just not good enough for how expensive they are. sorry! i <3 cheese too but it does not love me back

3)health food stores like whole foods make it so much easier because of knowledgeable staff and easier to find sections fo dairy free and gluten free.

please tell me what else you want to know…there’s just so much 🙂

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Im a gluten free vegan!

Gluten free because I have had digestive problems all my life and have only recently found out it’s because of gluten. Vegan for purely ethical reasons.

I think that if you did a bit of research into the dairy industry, and the treatment of dairy cows, you would be horrified enough to be completely turned offthe cheese you crave!

Remember that there are amazing and delicious vegan alternatives to eat if you do have a craving.

In my experience, having a restricted diet actually teaches you to appreciate food more. Most people think that they don’t like veggies, but that’s only because veggies are most often cooked plainly. Anything is tasteless if it’s not cooked well, imagine plain dry chicken!

Also, if you have trouble digesting gluten and dairy, the improvement in your health (and your energy levels) will quickly become enough of an incentive for you!

 

Good luck

Post # 15
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Busy bee

The book “Cooking for Isaiah” is amazing! It’s full of gluten free,dairy free recipes written by a chef/mom for her son. You can order it off amazon, and you can preview it on there also.

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