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:
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!