Going Gluten-Free

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Going Gluten-free...Coweta Fayette Families

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are any of you living gluten-free? I”d love to hear your advice and suggestions. I”m still adapting.

When allergy tests showed I”m allergic to wheat and gluten a couple of years ago, I started weaning myself from them. I cut out most breads and baked goods. I”d have an occasional sandwich or biscuit, and very rarely, a few bites of cake. I”d say I was probably 90% gluten free for about a year and a half.

I started with the “Wheat Belly” diet by Dr. William Davis. The book I read first was Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight. I was pleasantly surprised that my recently acquired fat above the belly button began to shrink noticeably!

Then friends began talking about Grain Brain by David Perimutter. His research shows that gluten causes inflammation in the body and the brain. I felt I was ahead of the game! It sounded good to me that staying away from grains would also improve my “brain fog!”

Just after Christmas this year, my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, which is a severe allergy to the gluten proteins in grains. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, anemia, fatigue, vitamin deficiencies, loss of bone density, etc. There are also a number of related health issues and serious complications that can accompany celiac.

My daughter was immediately put on a TOTALLY gluten free diet, after blood tests and an intestinal biopsy. Being forced to go “cold turkey” from pizza, pasta, and many of her favorite foods, resulted in a scramble to  adapt to a new way of eating.

According to Celiac.org the ONLY treatment for Celiac Disease is a gluten-free diet. People living gluten-free must avoid foods with wheat, rye and barley, such as bread and beer. Ingesting even small particles of gluten, like crumbs from toaster, or flour on a cutting board, can trigger damage to the small intestine.  According to our family”s Gastroenterologist, even a minute amount of gluten will trigger an allergic response with a seriousness akin to a peanut allergy in someone allergic to peanuts. People who are genetically predisposed can develop Celiac at any time!

The allergic response seems to come more quickly, and be more pronounced, the longer my daughter is gluten free. Eating out is virtually impossible, due to accidental cross-contamination of foods.

Now, I am eating 99% gluten free, and am cooking totally gluten free. I may occasionally take a bite of a piece of birthday cake or taste something fried when I”m out. For the most In the majority of heroin 7 Day Detox centres, the qualified counsellors helping the individuals will have been through a similar situation themselves. part, thought, I”ve changed the way I eat and cook. My daughter lives on her own, and both of our homes are virtually gluten-free. (My husband still eats some “forbidden foods,” but is adapting fairly well to gluten-free.)

Fortunately, in the last couple of years, there are lots more options for people who are gluten-free!  Supermarkets and restaurants are offering more and more options.

Udi”s brand, available at my Fayetteville Kroger, has, among other things, white bread that is great toasted for sandwiches, bagels for cream cheese or peanut butter, and brownie bites that satisfy my chocolate cravings!

Publix carries Glutino“s chocolate chip cookies and chocolate covered pretzels, which are among my favorite snacks. They also carry a variety of gluten free pastas which taste pretty much the same as traditional pastas to me.

20 years ago, when my nephew was about 8, he developed Juvenile Diabetes, which required learning how to cook according the the American Diabetes Association standards. Coweta Fayette Families Blog Founder, Rachel, wrote about her son”s diet issues here. Now, I”m in the process of trying to adapt our family”s favorite recipes to gluten-free!

Here are links to my Pinterest boards for Gluten and Wheat Free Recipes and some of my favorite Gluten-Free Blogs. Remember to follow Coweta Fayette Families on Pinterest!

Are you dealing with special dietary needs in your family? Do you have advice or resources to share? 

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