My gluten motto is:
Read ingredients, assume nothing. I've found gluten in my calcium pills. "Wheat Protein" in my shampoo and conditioner.
If you're eating out avoid stuff with gravies or sauces since most gravies are thickened with roux, a combination of a fat like butter... and flour.
Be aware... 99.9% of all bread at restaurants...has gluten in it... its a wheat based bread.
Just because a restaurant has a gluten free menu, does not make their bread safe.
My daughter waits tables at Macaroni Grill.
They have a pretty decent gluten free menu.
She has clients come in, make a big deal about going gluten free, then order a couple of baskets of bread to go with their gluten free entry. She gave up volunteering that the bread there isn't gluten free, because it met with umbrage rather than thanks!
A good question to ask your server when you are out : Is this prepared with even the smallest bit of flour ? Asking if something is gluten free can be too complicated. When people are asked something they don't know, oftentimes they just guess. Your health is too important to leave it up to a server's guess.
Bring something you can eat to potluck dinners.
If you're invited to friends, let them know you can't do flour/glutenand offer to bring a dish you can eat.
Make your own food from whole ingredients.
If I can't have a food, I don't like to do substitutes. Pizza in particular. The whole thing for me with pizza is the chewy, stringy crust. Eating a faux crust ... it just makes me angry because I'm not real good at fooling myself into accepting an inferior product! LOL But that's me.
That said, I have found that Pamela's dark chocolate with chocolate chips cookies to be indistinguishable from "real" cookies. Every so often I buy those.
I also make almond macaroons that are wheat/gluten free. They whip up quickly and are more nutritious that the average cookie. Not that you're eating for nutrition when you're having a cookie, lets get serious here, Girl! ha Its ALL about taste!
Here's that recipe. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
I also have shared the caloric/nutritional breakdown in the Spark Tracker, they are under Mzzchievous Almond Macaroons.
You can do it... its just like any other journey... one step at a time...
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