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I agree with everyone's posts. The companies making these foods are cashing in on a very lucrative market, but not working very hard to deliver high quality food. It's a nice crutch when you are first diagnosed, but there are much tastier and healthier options.
I bake many of our breakfast "bread" foods - waffles, muffins, pancakes, tortillas, etc. I can add dried fruit, ground flax, chopped nuts, etc. I am very limited in the grains I can eat (even several of the GF grains are a problem) so much of my baking relies on the highly processed brown/white rice four, tapioca, and potato starch. That's a bummer, but I do try to add other good ingredients. We also don't eat these foods very often after breakfast. With each year my tolerance for the GF grains improves, so am hoping to some day go back to the recipes that I found on www.glutenfreegirl.com that use teff, amaranth, sorghum, etc. They were delicious.
I rely on beans, fruit, and yams for a lot of my starches/carbs. I make black bean salad and other salads besides (apple/beet, carrot/cashew, quinoa tabouleh) to have on hand for meals and snacks. For packaged snacks I like Kind nut bars and Two Moms in the Raw. I eat a lot of nuts for snacks - they are portable and stick with me.
Good luck in your search for great GF food! GF is simple, there are so many staples that are naturally GF.
Edited by: HIKELUV at: 8/4/2011 (11:31)
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I strictly avoid packaged foods, as a rule. I am a ‘Gluten Intolerant’ person. My program goes without wheat as a GF eater but I also abstain from corn, soy, and the family of vegetables like tomato, bell pepper, egg plant, potatoes, etc… I have found my health is so much better when I have seriously reduced my inflammation and pain by doing without artificial ingredients and foods of questionable nutritional value. Processed foods have additives like “Natural Flavorings’ which is really an artificial ingredient with a misleading name. It is a formal FDA approved commercial category of patented and hidden things, I always avoid them anyway. I am choosing foods of whole nature, nutritionally dense, antioxidant high, richly flavorful, sweetly verified with sound facts that support, promote, and maintain blood sugar balance. By deleting a steep glycemic spike in my food choices, I have less lethargic moments to want to cheat on my diet, thus giving me a positive outlook for better weight loss.
My rotation elimination diet has proven to me that this selection of edibles must be a pariah because my body hurts every time I try a packaged product, especially the ones with this ingredient in it. I am working to understand the difference between taste and body fueling. My pain is virtually gone when I focus on the fueling with clean whole foods that naturally taste wonderful and ignore the ‘great flavor’ packaged products. In my experience with this amazing rotation diet and learning what hurts me, reduces my energy, and increases insulin rush, has helped me get off a large spectrum of prescription and over the counter pain relievers and antacid gut assistants. I need to stay away from natural whole foods with citric acid and the many packaged food with citric acid as the label listed preservative (IE. Soda, thousands of canned foods, and thousands of vinegar loaded jar filled foods). The joy of living my day pain-free and knowing my gut is healing faster without foods that cause chaos to my digestion and generate migraines to my head is a huge stress relief. .
‘Packaged foods’ is a general phrase of comparative value that is meant to increase the shelf life of the items in that package; with evidence of pure adulterated ouch when added to my diet; it does not improve my health. I can shop in a great whole organic food type of store and still do most of my shopping in the peripheral edges. If and when my digestion returns to a healthy inner lining repaired and energy of a youthful glow then I can gradually add back some of the poisons of packaged foods I willingly give up.
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Thanks, everyone. Glad to know it's not just me. I love the idea of adding ingredients to bread I make at home so I can add some nutrition.
NO it is not your mind playing tricks on you they are high in calories. That is one reason I try to stay with fruits and veggies for my carbs.
Yes it is not just you! I usually do a whole foods approach and just got back from a vacation where I got all the GF goodies. Gues what, gained 6# in 10 days! And was very active with walking, biking and some running. There is little nutrition and a lot of high glycemic calories.
Yep. Didn't take me long to discover between the overpricing, poor nutrition, and crappy taste, I have steered away from pre-packaged GF foods. So not worth it.
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Yes, I did that at first. I soon realized though that all of that junk made me sick too :/ I stick to mainly lean meats, fruits, veggies, smoothies, eggs. I do like Udi's g free whole grain bread. I also like Pamela's baking mix for pancakes, muffins, etc. But, the packaged junk is just not worth it :)
We rarely eat any prepared GF foods. We eat mostly whole foods, and I make a lot of our bread & treat products so I can control the nutrition I put into it. I like to add teff, millet, flax seed, and brown rice flour for fiber and protein. And it adds great texture and taste to the products.
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Hi. I've only been GF since 6/20/11 but have been working on weight and health for about 3 years. I've noticed that alot of the "packaged" GF foods are very low in nutrition, not great tasting and super expensive. Even the breads hardly seem worth it - aside from the nasty texture and tiny slice size, their fiber and protein content are really low. I'm noticing if I am not careful, I can GAIN weight eating GF because I was including too many "pre-packaged" items that may be GF but are not necessarily "healthy" overall.
Is this a common newbie mistake, did anyone else run into this? I'm thinking I'm going to scrap the prepackaged GF items and go with a "whole foods" approach. Would love to hear what others have experienced and thanks!