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Thank you all for your responses. Baby steps but having support definately helps.
Well allow yourself some adjustment time. It does take some time. When I was diagnosed it was a free for all as long as it was GF!! It was hard for me to accept! If you get yourself back to a lower carb way of eating that helps. Otherwise just make better choices...choose to have 1 slice of GF bread instead of 2, or portion the cookies smaller. The GF products are very calorie/carb dense. I have found that there are options if you look for them...such as Corn Thins at 22 cal/piece or Mary's Gone Crackers are reasonable too.
Thank you everyone. I did go crazy and purchased a few things - but staples, like spaghetti and some cookies. I'm worried about keeping one's weight down with G/F - seems everything 'bread related' is SO high in carbs. I am trying to focus on meat, veggies and fruit but it is difficult sometimes, especially when camping.
I've been reading up on a G/F diet/lifestyle change. I'm in a bit of a slump because the food/breads I've eaten so far...blah.
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Hello, and welcome to the team. You do not need to give up the pasta that you love. There are now a lot of gluten free pastas available and they can now be found in most suppermarkets. They are usually made with brown rice which is more nutritus then white rice pasta and some are made with corn or quinoa, I have found the corn pasta is over powering in white or light sauces but are good with the tomato based sauces. The quinoa pasta also has a little stronger flavor then the brown rice sauces. I buy a lot of pasta from asian markets because it is much cheaper there but it is usually the white rice pasta. One trick that I learned form an elderly orental lady who uses the rice pasta is that the best way to cook it is to bring the water to a boil. pour in the rice pasta. tuen off the heat, cover and let it stand for 20 minutes. The pasta comes out perfect every time and it seems to work for all types of pasta.
One web site that I recomend is glutenfree.com. Sign up for the newslwtter. There is a lot of valueble information in it even for us that have been gluten free for a long time.
Good luck with your adventure into the gluten free life style. It might seem hard at first but it gets much easier with time.
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If you google Celiac disease it will come up with a lot of websites and helpful info. When I was diagnosed I went crazy trying all the GF products and wasted a lot of money. If you are eating on the low carb side anyway, keep doing that and you will save money too! I try to eat things that are gluten free on their own for the most part and just buy a few specialty products here and there. If you look at the past posts on here there is a lot of opinions on products, and threads for favorites.
Oh thank you! Those are great websites! Thanks too for the brownie and breads suggestion. That is my biggest fear - now purchasing foods that taste terrible!
Most if not all of us understand the carbs. For pasta Trader Joes is my favorite(and cheapest), along with brownies. For bread try UDI's it's not the typical GF brick.
To keep grocery costs down(and frustration) just shop the perimeter of the store. When I was starting and still use this list www.celiacdisease.net/gluten-free-di
I cut and paste then made it fit on one sheet of paper with unsafe on top and safe on the bottom, then put clear strapping tape all over it. If I get confused I just pull out my list and check. There's also app's for your phone for a small fee, or shopping guide books. I just went for the cheapest option out there.
I also like GF Goddess, also like GF Girl and the Chef glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/
Thank you for that info. I am trying to stay away from carbs anyway so bread is no problem. It's good to know that there is GF spagetti out there though.
Magazines will be a big help too - thank you!
HAHA - I've already investigated potatoes, because I love them. Potatoes and rice (did anyone say, carbs?)
When hubby was first diagnosed we got the Gluten free diet by shelley Case. It was a big help.
I agree don't go crazy buying the breads...most will discourage you. Many whole food stores have a section for GF stuff. Cereals hubby likes are many of the Chex ones. Many of the Scharr brand stuff has been good, especially the spagetti noodles
There are also some good magazines out there..."living without" "delight" and "gluten free living" to name a few.
My biggest pet peeve...no potatoes don't contain gluten! That is one that we always get asked.
Thank you! I've been starting to eat better - fresh veggies and fruits but I still ate some pastas and such. I can do without pasta but it's the smaller things, the little ingredients that I will have to watch out for it seems.
I'll check out the website, thank you!
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I have found GF breads usually need to be warmed/toasted, really helps w/ it sticking together.
Do not go crazy buying GF hamburger buns and rolls. Some are heavy like hockey pucks and are more calories than the burger you put between them!
The above link is one of my favorites. She has thousands of recipes and everything I have made from there was great! A lot of her recipes are in the recipes section too.
Hi there everyone. I am 37 and just found out that I have Celiac Disease. I was told that I should start staying away from Gluten but, I'm new to this and know of Gluten-Free products but what can I eat that doesn't require an expensive grocery store bill. I'm investigating but sure could use some help with suggestions (like gluten-free pizza) or some good web links to read up on. haha, even a gluten-free shopping list! Thanks everyone!