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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!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
M77355 9/14/2011 9:30AM

    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!

Comment edited on: 9/14/2011 9:31:24 AM

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MTNGRL 2/9/2011 9:48AM

    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.

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ERIECANALGAL 2/9/2011 12:37AM

    Let us know how this works!

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RMREEVESOLIS 2/8/2011 11:25PM

    don't forget to make sure you get enough vitamin B. Often, most people on a GF diet don't get enough vitamin B.

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DOWNPORT 2/8/2011 5:51PM

    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

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SAISHA100CJ 2/8/2011 5:20PM

    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

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CAROLYN0107 2/8/2011 3:19PM

    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!


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