Hi!! I too am new to eating gluten free but not new to sparkpeople! I found a couple good cookbooks on Amazon.com and am getting ready to make an order at Bob's Red Mill. I feel once I get all this pulled together noone can stop me from being healthy!! Even just working with what I have at home, I am already feeling better, more energetic and less in a fog!
Hi Tina, Welcome to the team and to the gluten free life style. Feel free to ask any question that you might have, We are a very supportave group. Join in to the daily chat if you would like. Often there is a great deal of advise and support form there.
Welcome to this Team! You have gotten some really good advice and I don't think I can add anything to it. Well, maybe I can, be sure to read any articles you can about being gluten-free. Also, I believe there are three magazines about being gluten-free. One is Living Without (I really liked this magazine), another is Delight (also good) and the other I believe is called Gluten-Free Living. Again, Welcome! GOD BLESS! Louise
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Hi, Tina. I was diagnosed with a wheat intolerance, not actual gluten. When you take everything out at once, it can be overwhelming. There are some good GF bread recipes. Check out the recipes on this team. I can't eat corn, so that takes a lot out for me. I also can't eat peanuts or tree nuts with the exception of almond meal. I've found Bob's Red Mill oats readily available, and no problem. I personally haven't had problems with Coach's oats either. The problem with oats is that they are often contaminated by other products with gluten, rather than being the bad guy themselves. Check soy sauces. La Choy has a wheat free one, and even a lower sodium option. That's where I was having trouble in the beginning. Asain stores have good prices on brown and white rice pastas, which are very good. Many times I just have my sandwiches just wrapped in a big lettuce leaf. The Betty Crocker mixes are good. You can go to their site and get some coupons. Good luck. I feel SOOOO much better than I did 7 months ago that I'll never go back! Kathy
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I usually make quinoa insted of oatmeal and also make pancakes and muffins using almond meal flour. Some people buy a bread maker and use it exclusively for making gluten free bread. I'm glad you found out how to feel better. Being GF works wonders for me too.
Hi Tina, Not only are the gluten free breads and cereals expensive, in my mind most don't taste very good either. Since going gluten free I have subsituted Corn Tortilla's for most breads...I make wraps, quesadillas, breakfast tacos, etc. I even got the premade ones recently for my breakfast - they taste great plus you save a zillion calories by not frying them. As far as cereal goes, I was a huge fan of Oatmeal. I have substitued that with Polenta. You can get the instant kind which takes about 4 min. in the microwave. I add a little brown sugar, some walnuts and dried blueberries and now I like it better than the oatmeal! I too feel great being gluten free, and if I cheat, even a little, I regret it an hour later. I believe many people have this condition but don't know what it is, and most doctors are hesistant to consider Gluten intolerence as a cause of digestive issues. Glad you figured it out!
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Hi everyone, I am new to being gluten free. I have been about 2 weeks. I had not been feeling great for some time and my doc diagnosed me as IBS. My mom had said she read a few articles on gluten intolerance so I decided to try it and I have felt much better. I can't believe what a difference it has made. Last week I ate something that I thought was gluten free and could not figure out why my stomach felt so awful like before. When I went over what I had eaten I realized what I had done. I have been doing o.k with gluten free, but when going out it has been more difficult. The breads and cereals are quite expensive though. Tina
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