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Gluten experiment: (3 wks in)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Just after the 1st of the year my sister and I decided to try an experiment and go gluten free. After over 3 weeks and a possible 2 slight slips (didn’t realize there was gluten in on item and caught it on the other but couldn’t take it back and got tagged on a condiment same meal) I have come to the conclusion that if I am sensitive to gluten it is very very mild (but I will verify that when I start to reintroduce it to my diet). My sister on the other hand is sensitive. It seems to affect her joints, less then 2 weeks in her hands hurt ALOT less then they have in a long time.
Here are some observations:
Eating out is hard (with family’s other dietary restrictions the number of places are limited) but many restraint staffs are willing to help how they can.
Luckily there are many cook books as well as recipes online that we can use as guide lines and both my sister and I like to cook. (I even found a gluten free recipe for making Yorkshire pudding which turned out yummy next I will be trying white sauces and cream soups)
Fast food joints are out, to the minions great unhappiness most times (and the one time I did go and get them something since my sister was sick and I was exhausted the place did not smell nice.. no interest in the food..YUCK!)
Soy sauce has gluten.. created when boiling of wheat and soybeans but luckily there is a gluten free verity.. even better a low sodium gluten free type (my sister loves this one)
Also some mustards and salad dressings have gluten.. bad gluten getting into everything
The first two weeks or so I was craving bread (my poor brain then went after sweets big time) but after wards it was more of a passing ‘oh I would like’ type craving.. this I can handle
A company names udi’s has a wonderful selection of gluten free baked goods, breads, muffins, pizza crusts.. YUM!
There are probably more things I learned but those are some of the most obvious.
Well after my sister’s last doctor visit the dr said for her to try and take out dairy… She isn’t going to do that.. cute down yes but remove completely?... no, she is already a fishaterian (vegetarian who does eat fish.. the oils help her joints) but dairy?.. nono she needs her cheese and strawberry milk. I on the other hand decided to take the experiment sort of one step further. I am still on gluten free and will remain so for the next 2 weeks but I will also cut out dairy. I have survived 1 day so far. Luckily udi’es gluten free stuff also seems to be dairy, soy and nut free as well… yay! My sister knows about this and we are trying to make meal plans that allow for this.
Even when I am back on gluten and dairy it will still be a restricted gluten since dinner will mostly be gluten free. But I will be able to go back to my vitatop muffins (udi’s version isn’t bad but not nearly as good and the double chocolate vitatops after being nuked……)

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SPROCKETS1 1/29/2013 7:20PM

    I have a gluten-intolerant family member, and if you spend a little time with Google you can find restaurants with gluten-free menus available. They may be limited or expansive, it depends. Whenever my relative visits, we go to Red Robin because she finds their menu the best available for our mid-sized city. Good luck!

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WALLAHALLA 1/29/2013 7:09PM

    interesting

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