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10/20/11 12:20 P

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Margo- wish you the best as you step into this new world. Take one day at a time, visit some new stores that sell gluten free in your area, and google for recipes or check out books from the library to try some new ideas. Eating whole foods that don't contain any gluten and converting some of your favorite recipes to gluten free are good places to start. I love Rudi's multigrain gluten free bread, theglutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com site, Carol Fenster Cookbooks and Flour blends that contain Sorghum, Brown rice and Millet flours.I make my own flour blend using Bob's Red mill flours. I also love the new cookbook called Blackbird Bakery Gluten Free by Karen Morgan. My favorite pasta's are Bionaturae and Mrs. Lepers Corn. Pamela's makes good mixes for pancakes, bread and chocolate brownies. Check out the restaurants in your area online...we have pizza, teriyaki, chinese and family restaurants that all make gluten free items and a local gluten free bakery. Hope you find some delicious new foods and enjoy your gluten free adventure. Also hope you feel lots better soon! Smiles Barb

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MARGOTB822's Photo MARGOTB822 Posts: 61
10/20/11 7:26 A

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Thanks for the tips! I guess I just have to jump in with both feet and see where it goes!

I'm not much of a chef, but that's only because I don't dedicate the time to it. I definitely don't want to spend too much on specialty foods.

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DJ4HEALTH's Photo DJ4HEALTH Posts: 39,252
10/19/11 11:25 P

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Read all labels and if you are not sure of the ingredient then write it down and check it out before you buy it. You can always go back later and get it if it is gluten free.

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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
10/19/11 11:01 P

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The best advice I can give you is to stick to whole foods and things that are naturally GF, at least for a while. You will waste a lot of money on specialty products that are really kind of crappy for you anyway and may not taste good to you. Try to also look at the positives, like that you CAN have most corn tortillas so can hava a lot of Mexican dishes. Or stir frys made with tamari instead of soy...ethnic foods have a lot to offer! I also recommend initially doing whatever you can to remain totally gluten free for at least 2 weeks. If that means eating chips and kind of setting aside your diet goals for a bit then so be it. Just focus on not eating gluten and it can be tough at first.

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DEBBIE26111 Posts: 458
10/19/11 10:08 P

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HI : we crossed this road not to long ago,, and I know my head was spinning. I did a search on the internet, Pretty much processed food is out. I have learned to make most things from scratch, other wise it cost so much. But once you figure out there is alot of food out there you can have it is do able. Just harder and you have to plan ahead. But I now make my own quick breads, meatballs, ect. go to the library there are a lot of great cookbooks out there that you can learn from. Then the ones I like I downloaded on my nook app. or my kindle app. I do have a few hard coverd cookbooks at first and do like them. We live in a small town, and a town close by has a health food store,, He is the one who suggested that my son was gulten intolerant , because the doctor we had been going to was no help. LONG story,, Yup he is much better and so am I! Do you know if you have any family members with this problem?
Any way that is were I got most of my flours ect. a big help he was! Good luck, need more help write and I will try more!!! but just google, there are alot of blogs out there also and i did get some help from them. Debbie


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ILLINITEACHER52 Posts: 7,256
10/19/11 9:41 P

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My suggestion: Make a list of all the foods you like that are gluten free and make menus from those foods. There are substitutions for most foods that are really quite good. My whole family will eat gluten free pasta. I make pancakes and muffins from almond meal and have found that I really like quinoa. Make it an adventure and be sure to take note of the positive things that you notice, like more energy, etc.

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MARGOTB822's Photo MARGOTB822 Posts: 61
10/19/11 8:49 P

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Hi everyone,

I have done a lot of thinking and I've decided to try a GF diet. I don't know if I have a gluten sensitivity, but lately I have been having stomach/digestive problems that I can't trace to anything else. I've noticed my energy flagging even though I sleep 7+ hours a night and exercise 5 days a week.

I am pretty nervous about this. Just looking around my pantry and in my fridge, I can see how many things have gluten in them and how much I'm going to need to change. Any tips for a beginner?

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