(Closed) is anyone gluten free??

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

These are really questions you should be asking a doctor or nutritionist. When our daughter went gluten free we consulted with a few doctors and ran some allergy tests. You also have to know what  foods to supplement so you aren’t lacking anything nutritionally. As far as gluten free cooking, you’d be surprised how easy it is these days. I really can’t think of a single favorite food my daughter has been deprived of, including cookies, brownies, pasta, chicken nuggets and bread. Brown rice bread is really good.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m gluten-free. (mostly)

We’ve only been an agricultural society for the past 13000 years or so….we evolved without it….there is nothing you will lack from cutting gluten from your diet!

If I slip off my diet for a few weeks and then go back to “clean eating” I can tell the difference within 24 hours.

 

I follow this:

http://www.paleodiet.com

Most doctors are on board with gluten free living now, but of course as PP mentioned…you should always check first.

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Our daughter is actually on a pretty restricted diet. Most dairy is a no, no soy, no gluten, very minimal processed sugar. So I might have a more hardcore view. But you should definitely get some pointers from a professional before you jump into it. It can *seem* daunting at first if you’re only used to certain foods, but luckily since the gluten free movement is so much more mainstream now, many brands are clearly labeling their products GLUTEN FREE.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have a gluten intolerance, so I’ve been Girlfriend for over a year now! While it was a pain at first, I actually find that I eat healthier (no temptation from bagels, cupcakes in the office, cookies, pies, pizza, etc.). I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, chicken, and gluten-free pasta. It was hard to adjust to the gluten free grains at first, but once you find the right brands and learn how to prepare it, you’ll be fine. I have to have my Girlfriend bread toasted otherwise there’s a gritty texture I don’t like. Girlfriend pasta is good, but I do notice a taste difference if I just eat pasta with butter or olive oil. I always add marinara and then can’t tell the difference.

It’s actually getting easier to eat out now too, as many restaurants have a Girlfriend menu, or will have Girlfriend substitutions available upon request.

Check out Schar’s brand of Girlfriend products. They sell it at our local grocery store here in Chicago, but I think it’s becoming much more popular since it came to the US from Europe. Their website lists their products and even has some recipes: http://www.schar.com/us/

Another great brand is Udi’s: http://udisglutenfree.com/

 

Good luck! Feel free to PM me if you have any questions or need tips!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Also, don’t see why it would be a problem to be on a Girlfriend diet while TTC. Gluten isn’t a necessary part of anyone’s diet, so if anything, you’ll be healthier without it (as long as you get enough nutrition from other foods).

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Rice is a big substitute, but I warn you that it is much more difficult to do, especially with desserts and eating out.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I went Girlfriend about a month ago because I have crohn’s disease.  My doctor said it should help.  It’s really honestly a lot easier than you would think.  I have found so  many great subs for things I love. 

If you have any questions feel free to PM me! 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I have been gluten free for almost 5 years now, because gluten gives me migraines and psoriasis and unbelievable weight gain (like, 1 pound per day if I eat two slices of bread in that day). Girlfriend is a lot easier today than it was before.

If you suspect that you have health problems cause by gluten, get tested before you go Girlfriend. For people with celiac disease, kissing your SO after he drank beer (yes, it contains gluten) can make them really sick. Or, you may not feel the symptoms, but it may still be affecting your body, causing greater risks of infertily, depression, or some types of cancer. My previous doc wouldn’t get me tested, so I went on the Girlfriend diet on my own, but without going to the extremes of not kissing an infected mouth. Then I moved, changed docs, and the new one told me that with the symptoms I was describing, I should get tested because of the reasons I mentioned above. Since I was already Girlfriend, I had to start eating it again for three weeks straight, and felt awful the whole time – even more than before I even cut it.

As for TTC and being pregnant, studies have actually shown that for women with gluten intolerance, both mother and baby were better off if the mother remained on the Girlfriend diet, since gluten for those women causes malnutrition and your baby would lack nutrients too.

But, it doesn’t seem that you are gluten intolerant so that doesn’t matter much… All you need to do is to have a well balanced diet and replace your carbs elsewhere (brown rice, quinoa, corn, etc.)

I find it easy in my everyday life, as well as in restaurants (there are always options like salads – but you eventually get really tired of it when everyone else has pizza and cake!). Breakfasts are hard because the options are limited and I get bored always eating the same yogurt and fruits or eggs. I’d love a breakfast sandwich, or bagel, or french toasts, or croissant, or … well you get it.

The most difficult will be going out to family/friends’ places. Many people don’t understand what gluten is (my Mother-In-Law will make dessert, tell me I can eat it, and then tell me there’s oats in it… we’ve been explaining for 5 years what gluten is now). My father still doesn’t grasp that I have bad reactions to it since “I was OK when I was a kid”… well I was not! So… especially since that diet change is a preference and not a health problem, you’ll probably be asked a lot of questions: it is a very restrictive diet whenever you think “social events”.

Be prepared to always ask people what they are planning on cooking when you’re invited somewhere, and bring your replacement ingredients with you (for example, if they plan on making pasta, it’s more simple to bring your Girlfriend pasta and cook them on the side than asking to change their menu)

http://www.celiac.ca/diet.php

http://lifestyle.ca.msn.com/health-fitness/diet/ee-article.aspx?cp-documentid=27938727

 

 

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

My Mom is on a gluten free diet because she has a condition similar to celiac.  She has a bread machine to make her own bread and it’s not actually that bad just a lot more dense than regular bread.  Gluten free products do tend to be more expensive but some of the major brands are coming out with gluten free formulations (Progresso soup, Chex cereal, Asian Helper (makers of hamburger helper)).  It takes a little while to get used to knowing what to ask for at restaurants and look for on packages but it becomes second nature.  Believe it or not, Olive Garden has a Girlfriend menu, so does Chilis, Outback and I’m sure there are others. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was diagnosed with Celiac about 4 1/2 years ago. It was hard at first, but now it is second nature. It takes about a year of learning what us normally safe to eat and what gluten free foods taste good.

 

I feel better, have more energy, and have been in much better moods. If you have specific questions, let me know.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

If you’re not intolerant to gluten, there really isn’t a benefit to going gluten free.  Most people would be a bit healthier if they cut back on their carbs, but you don’t need to go gluten free to do so.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would say give it a try, and maybe it will work for you.  However, as a nutritionist (I have a BS in Nutrition from the University of Texas), I normally would only ever recommend someone with celiacs disease (gluten intolerance) to go gluten free.  Wheat is actually really healthy if you eat it whole (meaning unprocessed).  When you buy products that contain wheat, make sure they say “100% WHOLE grain” otherwise it isn’t really whole.  Things like “multi-grain” mean nothing, it is just more grain flavored.  The regulations state that only “100% WHOLE” means whole grain.

Anyway…Grains have insoluble fiber that is necessary to your digestion, and if your diet doesn’t balance the amount of insoluble (grains) with soluble (think veggies, fruits, etc) fiber, you will have pretty bad tummy aches.  A lot of people just think fiber is fiber, but balancing it is pretty crucial.  Insoluble fiber speed up the passage of food through the digestive system, while soluble slows it down. Image getting too much of one or the other… eek!

 

Honestly, while in college I was volunteering with our nutrition club to go plant oraganic veggie gardens and someone asked us what the one tip we would give to people is.  I said “eat whole grains”

so if you give up gluten, eat other whole grains!

 

good luck!

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