Post # 1
Hello G-Free Bees!
I have be diagnosed wiht dermatitis herpetiformis. Basically my dermatologist has told me I have a gluten allergy. I am going to be 100% sure after a skin biopsy next week.
I’m looking for any books that I can read about it that you’ve found especially helpful. Also what are your favorite g-free foods!
Post # 3
@braverbeating: i’m not celiac but both my mom and brother are. i know that i’ve seen a lot of recipes online for gluten free cooking. you can probably find a lot in the book store too.
don’t worry about never eating again. i’ve prepared many dinners, parties, bbq’s, etc with gluten free food and it’s great. in fact, my entire wedding dinner, including dessert was gluten free.
just be careful how you season and prepare your food, read the labels. you will probably make more meals from scratch including gravies, dressings and sauces (use cornstarch instead of flour as your thickener). you will just use more natural ingredients instead of processed. as you do it more, it will become easier. i don’t even think of it now. it comes naturally.
most stores now have special sections with gluten free items. crackers, breads, pastas, cookies, snacks, etc.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
DH is celiac, you may want to have a gastrointestinal biopsy and the bloodwork done before going gluten free. Once you go GF the tests will be negative.
The products are awesome now, 10 years ago that was absolutely not the case.
My entire wedding will be GF :). I have celiac, as does my mom, my best friend, one of my other friends, and 2 other guests. My daughter is borderline :/
Post # 5
Not really many books, but the internet is an AMAZING resource. Udi’s is by far the best brand of “bread” of tried (other than some specialty restaraunt bread). Brown Rice pasta is better than Quinoa pasta IMO, and basically just have fun with it, it’s hard and it’ll take some getting used to, but you’ll feel SO much better. I was diagnosed with a gluten allergy about a year ago, and shopping will be overwhelming, but just make a trip out of it, it gets better 🙂
Post # 6
I’m celiac as well and would second all of the above. I’ve found that it’s surprisingly easy at home; there are plenty of gf recipes and prepared foods out there. It gets tougher at restaurants though. My biggest piece of advice for when you eat out would be to always ask! Even when there are foods that seem so clearly gluten-free, some places do crazy things (pancake batter in omelets, anyone?)
As for fave gluten-free foods: macarons! They are made with almond flour and are delicious.
Post # 8
I’ve tried several different kinds of gluten free pasta, and the ‘bionature’ brand is by far and away my favorite. You can get it from Whole Foods.
Post # 9
Try the cook book “Wheat belly”
I can eat wheat, but I don’t like to over do it, and I think it’s healthy to mix things up.
They have some amazing recipes! I love the chicken nuggets and FI says they taste as good as McDonalds! lol (he loves Mc D’s)
Post # 10
I’m not a celiac but my future brother-in-law is. You do end up cooking much more from scratch, but that usually means healtier eating all around right!? I buy all of my gluten free flours in bulk from a natural food store, and just make sure that the oats that I buy are gluten free oats (ie: they aren’t contaminated).
I’m just about to whip of a batch of these cookies, they are better than my regular oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!
Post # 11
While it is not strictly gluten free I just got the book Practical Paleo (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1936608758) and I find it to be really informative and well practical. Paleo eliminates grains and beans and reduces the intake of dairy products. I think the recipes could be easily adjusted if you wanted to still eat dairy or beans but so far the meals I have made have been great. You can also go to balancedbites.com as there are some recipes on there as well.
Post # 12
I bought ” gluten free for dummies ” and spent a lot of time on the Internet. Going gf and df is the best thing I ever did. Make sure you familiarize yourself with hidden sources like ” food starch ” and ” natural flavourings” it’s a pain but so worth it
Post # 13
I don’t have anything the other PP haven’t mentioned. My daughter has an allergy to gluten so we’ve cleaned up a bit in the past year. We usually do a grilled meat with fresh veggies for dinner. Breakfasts we do smoothies, eggs or fruit. Lunches vary, but along the same lines. We are kind of a mix between raw/vegitarianism and paleo. It’s so much better for you to eat cleanly.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
As you transition stick with natural foods. My diet is very produce based even 10 years later.
As people have said the internet is an amazing resource for recipes, information, and support.
There are a few companies who for years have freely listed gluten. You will have the most luck with organic brands, but kraft, hormel, general mills, and a few others really strive to make it easier for you to find food. I remember the days of calling companies in the grocery store to ask the status of a product before the food labeling law. I had to keep a huge binder of product lists that was randomly updated :(. The breads then were like card board I didn’t eat bread for almost 3 years they were so bad.
Post # 15
@AllieBee12: those sound delicious!!!
@Irish Terrier: thank you! I’ll have to get some of that!
@Candies147: I’ve heard about the paleo diet…I just love dairy so much!
@HappySky7: I should definitely look that book up on amazon!
@lovelyMsValentine: I’ve been wanting to eat clean for awhile now I guess I’m forced into it now!
@dewingedpixie: who can perform gastrointestinal biopsy and the bloodwork? I have just recently gotten insurance after a long time of not having it, so i’m not sure who can do those!
Post # 16
I also have a wheat allergy. I can technically still eat wheat, but my skin will punish me for a couple weeks afterwards, so it’s not really worth it. I’ve tried different kinds of gluten free foods, but there’s something texturally off about them and just not as enjoyable. I try to stick to eating foods as close to nature as I can. Fruits, veggies, meats, and a little dairy…basically paleo plus dairy. My skin has never been so healthy and I have loads of energy.