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I was diagnosed as gluten intolerant, not celiac...so for the last 2 years I've been struggling with keeping to it. I eat gluten free as much as possible. I got a book called "Eating Gluten Free" and it helped me tremendously. I too just sub out things that are gluten free for others that aren't. like Mac & Cheese...i buy the rice & corn noodles ( i think they taste the best) and just add the cheese to that. Also just buying canned beans and white rice. True gluten free stuff is expensive...so I just make rice or beans or soups and it keeps my costs down.
Good luck, and Ihope this change will be for the best for you!!
Hi and welcome to the team.
Welcome. I am fairly new to eating gluten and dairy free also. As suggested earlier, I also found the GF for Dummies book very helpful to get me started. I have tried to eat naturally GF foods such as fruits, veggies, beans, chicken, fish etc. and have just substituted GF products for some "gotta haves" like bagels and an occasional cookie or brownie. Most GF foods are expensive and fattening, but I have had a nice drop in my cholesterol since going GF/DF. Take it slow and don't let yourself get overwhelmed. I continue to view it as a way to try new foods and I have gotten back to cooking more since eating out or buying prepared foods often leaves me sick and I feel it is not worth it. Good luck to you!
I'm just looking at going gluten-free, and picking up a few products as I go shopping. I've not been diagnosed as Celiac or anything but was told years ago that I was allergic to wheat, corn, rice, soy, tomatoes and green beans. I'm shocked at how expensive most of the specialty products are, and I've been looking around for regular foods that are naturally gluten free. A few websites have helped me figure out that some foods are/aren't, but I'm hardly "there" yet. Linda C
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Welcome! There is a lot to learn. It does get easier as you gather some recipes or just eat basic foods.
Laurie. For starters, I'd suggest reading our team's "Sticky Topics" for what others are saying helped them on their journey. A favorite book is Living GF for Dummies or GF Living for Dummies, I forget exactly. I'd try going to the library for it and others you might find. Most of them are helpful; and you pick up something different each read I think. It's a commitment and lifestyle, not a fad, so it's a good idea to understand the "whys" of it.
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My name is Laurie. I am 52 and have been treated for a variety of medical conditions as the scales have creeped up.
Recently the doctor ran a variety of tests and came back with resting my system and looking at a different way of eating.
I have a list of food allergies and I have been directed that a gluten-free diet could really turn the light on for me.
Beyond simple reading I am a lost puppy here. Living a gluten-free life is different than just reading about it and I am anxious for mentors to help me on this journey while [hopefully] seeing the scales go down to a more reasonable weight.
I can't wait to meet you all.