(Closed) We are starting a gluten-free diet today..

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Fiance isn’t celiac but does suffer from life threating allergies. Basically our home is allergen free, except for the occaitional (nut-free) chocolate bar that sneaks in. I have completely cut out Nuts/Peanuts for Fiance just because of their dangrous oils that are hard to clean. Dairy and eggs I will only have when I go out with my girlfriends, etc. Our wedding is going to be completely allergen free, including our wedding cake but I have made some pretty big sacrifices in order for that to happen. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Fiance has celiac and I feel bad for him sometimes.

There are a lot of gluten free alternatives at the grocery store, but they tend to have more selection at whole foods/ central market (places like this)

I can reccommend Rudi’s gluten free bread, its delicious! Even I eat it. It tastes better as toast though since you have to keep it frozen before you eat it. I even made Fiance french toast last weekend and he was in heaven lol

The gluten free pastas we have tried have all been really good. Keep in mind that it takes a little longer to cook it than regualr pasta.

Wheat/flour/ gluten is in a lot of things you wouldnt expect. If you get BBQ make sure they dont rub the brisket in flour. Soy sauce has wheat in it, Most bloody mary mix (worchestshire sauce) has wheat in it.

Also, you still have to watch what you eat when you are on a Girlfriend diet, because there are still a lot of fattening options out there. You can trick yourself into thinking you are eating really healthy, but you might be consuming a lot of fat.

Let me know if you have any more questions 😀

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Flourless chocolate cake is the shit hahah. 

There are many alternatives for gluten free cakes/cupcakes.  Lots of bakeries have been doing this for a while, due to gluten allergies.  There’s a place here in DC that has vegan gluten free cupcakes that are amazing.

It’s all about reading the packages and making sure that they’re really gluten free.  It’s amazing what can have gluten in it. Soy sauce, everything.  I would recommend looking up a list of products that contain gluten, or even words to look for on packaging.

I have pretty extensive knowledge about this, but it’s not me or Fiance…it’s my little sister, who lives here in DC with us who is allergic to gluten.  It can be difficult, but it can be done! 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have celiac and have been gluten free for going on two years.  FI has been sooo supportive and he eats gluten free with me. (Except for beer…that boy loves his craft beer) We’re doing a mostly gluten free wedding. We’ll serve beer and probably have dinner rolls, but other than that I should be able to eat everything.  For dessert we’re having a gluten free cupcake bar.  Gluten free cakes tend to be more expensive and more dense than regular cake, and not many bakeries around here were too familiar with it.  I did find a bakery that was going to charge me $6/serving for a gfree cake or $2.50/cupcake, so the cupcake route was much more economical, and everyone will get to dress up their own cupcake up with fruit, candy, and other goodies.  My family was originally kind of against our decision to go all gluten free.  I got lots of “ughh…you’re going to make EVERYONE eat like you?”  but we really wanted me to be able to enjoy the wedding and not worry about watching what I eat, or have to have a special meal and listen to guests rave about the pasta or whatever.  They’re coming around, though, as they realize that there is plenty of yummy gluten free food out there.

 

We’re still planning and probably haven’t crossed every gluten-free hurdle with the wedding, but if you have any questions I’m happy to help!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Good luck with this! It’s tough because gluten is in so much but hopefully it helps your Fiance feel better! There’s a gluten free oatmeal and rice bread that my coworker eats and she’s gotten used to it. I’ve tried cutting out gluten before but always get sucked back in by the baked goods.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

The first two weeks are the ROUGHEST – but if he can stay strong and not cheat, the cravings actually go away.  Do some searches on Paleo on the web – there’s tons of success stores about beating IBS and other issues.

There’s a cookbook out there that looked super awesome.  I was going to dive in and then was reading about high almond consumption (and Omega 6 fats) and I decided I better not start baking with almond meal since I was trying to lose weight… but, this might be helpful for you guys!:

http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Almond-Flour-Cookbook/dp/158761345X

If dairy isn’t an issue for you – I always thought an ice cream sundae bar would be awesome at a wedding instead of cake.

 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

mmmm a sundae bar would be so fun!

We’re also doing a buffet, but working with the caterer to make sure that everything offered is gfree.  We’re sticking to grilled meats, mashed potatoes, rice, veggies.  We haven’t finalized everything, but the caterer assured me that I could see the ingredients and make sure everything is ok. Maybe your caterer would be able to do the same?  if not it’s great that they at least offer a special meal for your Fiance and his mother.  I went to 9 weddings last year and ended up eating a plain salad at half of them.

As far as restaurants go, we’ve had good luck with Bonefish Grille, Outback, PF Changs and Maggiano’s. They all have great gluten free menus and the servers are very knowledgeable. We actually thought about doing our rehearsal dinner at Maggiano’s because the gluten free pasta is so yummy!

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper

@DesireeAnne

For a home cooking option – I just discovered this product called:  Coconut Aminos.   I found it at Whole Foods, but I’m sure you can order it online.  I’ve had it for a few weeks, but we just used it last night for the first time.  HOLY CRAP that stuff is good.  It’s kind of like a soy sauce, but without the soy and it’s gluten free (it doesn’t taste anything like coconut at all). If you like teriyaki type flavors and/or marinating, this would be a great option.

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