I have a wheat or gluten allergy or sensitivity of some kind, but not celiac disease. Trace amounts do not seem to trigger a reaction, but more than a trace and my face will turn red and the skin will swell so the pores look gigantic, making my cheeks look like fuchsia tangerines. My skin will itch and my IBS will also flare and worse, but you get the idea.
So basically I scan the ingredient labels to avoid gluten grains but don't need certified gluten-free. If I have a reaction to a product that didn't specify a gluten grain, or listed an ambiguous ingredient like "food starch" I avoid that product in the future.
I make my own shakes using unflavored undenatured (microfiltered or cold filtered or cold processed) whey protein isolate. Cold processed whey protein dissolves and tastes better.
I do make some of my own entrees, but mostly I just read labels carefully.
I just found out a couple of months ago that I'm gluten intolerant, fortunately not celiac. Having gone gluten free and then eating an item with gluten in it, I know that it makes me very tired or diarrhea. So I am trying to avoid it as much as possible.
Yes, it's made this diet a wee bit of a challenge in that there aren't easy choices. I'm loosely following the concepts, but cooking at home. Because I've been loosely following this diet since the book was first released - I've gotten a much better idea of portion control. I weigh / measure everything and use the frozen dinners for ideas and visual cues to create my own meals. Cooking ahead alot so I can just re-heat.
I'm continuing to use the GNC Total Lean shakes. They are not listed as gluten free, but I'm not seeing specific gluten ingredients listed. I suspect the shakes are produced in a gluten environment that could cross contaminate. I've chosen to continue because what ever they've done to the milk makes them easier on my stomach than drinking the others. These shakes with a banana are my go-to breakfast.
The gluten thing as made a lot of things more challenging so I've tapped into the primal/paleo for ideas for eating. Lean meat, all the veggies/fruits that I want and whole grains/starches on a limited basis. Quinoa has now been come a favorite go to grain to replace my barley and wheat.
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