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Going Gluten Free

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I just finished reading two books on the gluten free lifestyle:

Living Gluten- Free for Dummies by Danna Korn
The G-Free Diet: A Gluten Free Survival Guide by Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Both were really informative books and I am just amazed at how many symptoms I and others in my family have of being intolerant or sensitive to gluten. I have decided to try to give up gluten to see if it makes a difference in how I feel . Also since there may be a link to intestinal cancers and gluten sensitivity I want to do whatever I can to be proactive since my maternal grandfather died of pancreatic cancer and my mom has been battling pancreatic cancer for over 4 years now. To me that was the scariest bit of information I learned after reading about this topic

Benefits of going gluten-free:

Weight loss
Better energy
Better sleep
Clearer complexion
Better mood
Reduced joint pain

I am willing to jump right in if it means I can feel better, look better and sleep better!

Last week I started making some substitutions and reading about being gluten-free. There are numerous websites and blogs that will be helpful during this journey and my first visit to the grocery store to search out gluten-free products was very eye-opening. I was amazed at how many products there are out there! My local Walmart has a gluten-free section and I was also able to find other gluten-free products throughout the store. Publix also has a gluten-free section and I plan to check out Whole Foods and health food stores in my area this week.

Favorite products I've tried so far:

Van's wheat free/gluten free blueberry waffles - found these in frozen food section of Publix - these tasted just like regular waffles to me

Applegate Savory Turkey Breakfast Sausage - found these at Publix - I love that there are no nitrites, hormones or other harmful substances in this product and the sausage was really tasty

Lundberg Rice Chips (Santa Fe BBQ) - found at Walmart in gluten-free section - note to self : these could be addicting, be careful with these!

Other products that I might try again:

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix - found at Walmart in baking section - the cookies were quite tasty, perhaps not as good as regular chocolate chip cookies but I could get used to these.

DeBoles Brown Rice Penne Pasta - found at Walmart in pasta section - the pasta wasn't bad, but it was bit more mushy than regular wheat pasta. May have to experiment with the cooking time

While I was amazed at all the gluten-free products out there, the best news is that most of the foods I am already eating are naturally gluten-free like lean proteins, veggies, and fruits. This lifestyle looks totally do-able and I think I can just supplement with a few gluten-free healthy carbs and treats to keep myself from feeling deprived. I'm approaching this with an optimistic outlook and not focusing on what I CAN"T have, but trying to look at all the new choices that I CAN have!

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  • M77355
    Hi Bonnie, Thank you for your helpful post on going Gluten-free.
    I was spending a little time checking in on SparkFriends and saw this post ... my daughter began going Gluten-Free about two months ago and feels SO much better so I'm going to try it too (but I think it takes jumping in with both feet!)
    Have been learning a lot from Suzanne Somers 'Sexy Forever' book also. A lot already implemented but it helps lay out a good plan juggling this, that and the other (bio-id horms, vitamins, food, exercise ... good thing I 'retired' ;-D !
    I hope this finds you happy and well!
    2383 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/14/2011 9:31:24 AM
    Bonnie, I am glad you are trying this. I know a few other people who feel this has done wonders for them. I hope this will bring about some great changes for you.
    2600 days ago
    Let us know how this works!
    2600 days ago
    don't forget to make sure you get enough vitamin B. Often, most people on a GF diet don't get enough vitamin B.
    2600 days ago
    Thanks for the info Bonnie! I had a look around our supermarket and there are lots of gluten-free foods available. I bought the bread and, although it is rather different, I quite like it toasted. Sending prayers for your dear Mom! emoticon
    2601 days ago
    Bonnie, I am praying that your Mom has better days. I know this has not been easy.
    I have high hopes that the gluten free diet will bring you much success. It is wonderful that there are so many products these days that are gluten free. I am definitely going to look for the Applegate Savory Turkey Breakfast Sausage at Publix. Keep us posted. emoticon
    2601 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    I hope this change will help you Bonnie. I would really lose weight if I had to go Gluten Free. I would not be able to get the special foods here. No Walmart!

    2601 days ago
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