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WRITINGDIVA1's Photo WRITINGDIVA1 Posts: 294
5/3/12 10:08 P

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I read what you wrote. No need to argue. I live in an area with tons of Mexican Restaurants. My in laws are Mexican. I know lots of Mexican people. I can eat most of the food. If you have a problem with that then God bless you.

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JENCORINNE's Photo JENCORINNE Posts: 1,932
5/3/12 9:31 P

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Reread what I wrote - I go to family owned authentic Mexican restaurants. The majority put flour in everything because it's cheap to use for thickener.

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WRITINGDIVA1's Photo WRITINGDIVA1 Posts: 294
5/3/12 9:23 P

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You are right about some Mexican Restaurants, usually chains and "Americanized" places. It is a Mexican-American thing to put the flour in the mole sauce, according to my husband, who is Mexican and authentic Mexican places don't use it. His mole sauces for enchiladas are cooked down the old fashioned way.

I always ask questions. And don't go to chain restaurants. Small family places tend to not have that. I stay away from enchiladas. But tacos aren't a problem. Meat, rice and bean platters are fine. I use corn tortillas, guacamole, and salsa. All GF. You have to be smart when you go to these places, like you would in any place. Ask questions. But the taco trucks near me are fine. Carne asada, pollo, carnitas don't have gluten in them.

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JENCORINNE's Photo JENCORINNE Posts: 1,932
5/3/12 9:07 P

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Be careful with Mexican food/restaurants. I live in a heavy Mexican area with numerous authentic Mexican restaurants. Many put flour in dishes that you'd never guess has flour in it. Most have shared fryers so chips aren't even safe.

I was traveling with my family to another part of the family and we stopped at a Mexican restaurant that was in the middle of nowhere. When I asked about GF, I was told that flour was in everything. Not quite true, I was able to get carne asada after some careful grilling and numerous waitstaff coming in going to get information. It was tasty but was wary of every bite. If it was just me, I would have walked out but I wasn't driving so dealt with it.

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WRITINGDIVA1's Photo WRITINGDIVA1 Posts: 294
5/3/12 8:55 P

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Hi, I'm doing my own thing and I have cut down on going out to eat a lot. Certain diets (Mexican, Thai, etc. are naturally GF. I also find inspiration from the Living Without magazine. I have a gift subscription and I love it. My husband experiments a lot so we are coming up with things to eat. I like to cook and am eating less GF processed foods. That's how I'm attacking it. How are things going with you? The posts are very interesting.

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TAEKWONDOCHICK's Photo TAEKWONDOCHICK Posts: 406
4/25/12 1:45 P

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Unfortunately, there are no meal plans that you can follow. Track your own food and come up with your own meal plan, it's really not too hard. :)

Did you look in the Recipes folder of this group? There are some fantastic options there. I don't know a ton about all the recipes that were posted, but I can at least direct you to the posts I made with recipes that are good for gluten free folks.

Meals that fit into a 1400 calorie per day meal plan:
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GF flour blend, condiments, desserts, treats:
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Be sure to browse through all the recipes, I'm sure there will be options you'll love to try. :)

Team Recipe Board:
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4/24/12 10:41 P

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Glad to have you and as you found out, there is no menu here for our problem. We have to do it on our own. But there is information out there to help us and as more and more famous people come out and say that they have it then it will happen. In the mean time just look on the internet and also here in the recipes sections under gluten free and you will find some that you can use.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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4/23/12 7:51 P

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Welcome! There is no "do it for you" option for GF. That is the most frustrating thing about this whole thing I think is that you are pretty much forced to think things out and cook for yourself. BUT it is way healthier that way! I am a fan of whole foods and getting back to basics as well (ie, meat, potatoes, veggies, fruits, etc.). I just turn off the meal plans and use the tracker too when I am being diligent.

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JUANITAHOY Posts: 10
4/23/12 1:49 P

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Thanks for your support and understanding. It's good to know that others are experiencing the same frustrations that I am. JenCorinne, thank you so much for the information and tips. Sorry to hear about your stumbling block with the tracking.

I think I'm going to go with the strategy of the less ingredients the better. Trying to stick with whole foods instead of processed ones. That way the tracking should be easier. Fingers crossed that it will be a good year for my vegetable garden!

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4/23/12 1:12 P

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Spark doesn't have a GF meal option since their nutritionist has them snowballed into believing that there is no way to have a balanced GF meal. BS in my book.
I turned off the meal plans and try to track my own food. My NY resolution was to track every day, was doing good then Spark changed a bunch of things and haven't done it since.
Anyhoo, you can track your own food and favorite things you eat often. There are lots of GF people on Spark so you can look for food items, often they are already listed. If not then get the packaging and enter the info. You can look for GF recipes in the recipe finder, just make sure the recipe is GF, I've seen a couple that have gluten in them but labelled GF.


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4/23/12 1:08 P

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Ladies,
Add me to your list. I am food sensitive to dairy, wheat, yeast and gluten. I have the cookbooks but not the energy to make any of them right now.

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4/23/12 1:07 P

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Amen to that! I wish there would be a gluten free diet plan, too! (I guess that makes me a 'me too!' too!!) lol

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4/23/12 12:59 P

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Sorry, I am no help, just a "Me Too" poster. I too am having trouble with the change to gluten free and also weight loss.

Barbara

A goal is not enough - You have to have a plan.

You have not failed until you fail to try.

If hunger is not the problem, then food is not the answser.


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JUANITAHOY Posts: 10
4/23/12 12:27 P

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Hi, I'm a 31 year old with fibromyalgia and I've been gluten free for about 5 months. Dispite testing negative (via blood and biopsy) I have been told I am "intolerant". It doesn't matter what the terminology is, since I feel better without it and i react to gluten when I eat it. I don't think there is any way I will go back.

I will peruse the group postings, but am interested in whether people are just doing their own diets, or using meal plans? It would be amazing if they had an option for gluten free along with the selections for vegetarian etc. I tried setting it up with a meal plan and it didn't seem like there was any way I could do all that substitution. Anyway.. any tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated!

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