Hi--I'm also "wheat-free" due to endometriosis (we can use this as a treatment).
I've been like this since winter 04--so if you have ANY questions--please just email me directly, I can also give you some tips on how to chose "wheat free".
In the end though--depending on where you live--you may find it easier to go gluten-free--I find it hard & REALLY expensive at times to just go "wheat-free"--so I've developed a taste for the "Gluten-Free" brand Cookies; pancakes, and cake mixes.
I really miss pizza--and found that buying gluten free pizza crusts & making my own works wonders for this!
Plus you'll notice that the texture is "off"--& different. Wheat free products tend to be denser.
We as wheat free--can eat oat flour--and oat flour can be substituted for white or brown wheat flour cup for cup.
Deb. Check out sites like glutenfree.com ; celiac.com ; glutenfreeda.com ; http://www.csaceliacs.org/index.php Some of these are on line stores but they have news letters that are very helpful. Most also have recipes. Mark
1GRNTHMB; I realize your post was from April 15 but I wanted to tell you that it really helped. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm allergic to but everything is pointing toward gluten. The first thing I realized was that soy aggravated my condition but I didn't know there was a connection between soy and wheat until I read what you had to say. My Doctor recommended a gluten free diet so, I'm brand new at this and will be checking out the websites. At this point, I am very confused about what to eat. I have alot of research to do. I've had a itchy rash and hives for about 3 months now so, I'm desperate for some relief. I am so thankful for Spark People and the wisdom and support I've found here!Thank you!!
Edited by: DEB163 at: 6/18/2008 (00:28)
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Since you are only wheat free and not gluten free you have a lot more available to you. Try doing most of your shopping at natural food stores such as Whole Food, Trader Joe's or Wild Oats. They have really good selections of wheat free breads and products. While traveling asks for low carb suggestions at the restaurants that you eat at. The low carb diets have been great for us people that can not eat wheat. A lot of fast food restaurants now offer low carb burgers that are wrapped in lettuce instead of on a bun. I love these things. In-N-Out and Carl's Jr./Hardee's do the best job at this. Also when eating out avoid anything that has soy sauce in it. It is usually made with wheat.
With your list of conditions you should find that the wheat free diet will help you a lot. But do not be discouraged if you do not notice any benefits right away. It may take weeks or even months before you feel better. Also if your doctor is like mine then try to select whole grain options for what you can eat. Brown rice instead of white, brown rice flour instead of white rice flour, etc..
Congratulations to join this team and it is very confusing on what to drink or eat. I have been gluten and wheat, casin, dairy free for the past 6 years and it is very hard for me especially going out to eat. I stick to Outback Steak House they have a Gluten Free menu to ask for. If not I sticked to grill chicken, veggies, salad with oil and vinegar, steak or broiled fish. Just remember to tell the waitress that you can not have any bread products in your salad. You have to keep make sure on any order that it does not contain it. For example most French Fries, salad dressing and have wheat and gluten in it.
I have been on a rotation diet for the past 4 weeks and it is hard to keep to due to the fact I can not eat the same thing in a row. Coming up next week is Passover and everything had potatoe starch, potatoe and eggs in the foods. So it is going to be difficult for me too. Remember it is good for your health and try a follow the doctor recommendations. Remember it is a lifestyle and not as a diet.
I was just told today, to try a wheat free diet for one month, to see if things change. I have Scleraderma, Raynauds, High Cholerstral, Arthritis, & Sleep Apnea, just to name a few. My doctor really feels this will so change my life. I am really confused as to what to eat daily. She is a firm believer in more natural...I like that, however I am leaving town for the next 5 days....(vacation..yipppee). We will be eating out almost every meal...What are the things I should chose...and how about cocktails? And I am a cocktailer...I love real martinis ...Please help.
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