The one thing I know about Celiac's is that just ordering a sandwich and removing the bread is not good enough. Cross contamination is a MAJOR issue. Sure, french fries don't have gluten in them, but if they are fried in the same oil as breaded chicken, then they are not "safe."
I actually follow someone on Instagram and Twitter who is on a gluten-free diet (she's also dairy-free, and her daughter is gluten-free with a peanut allergy). She does a lot of blogging about allergy-friendly lunches. From her blogs, I know that Udi's is a good brand for gluten-free bread. There are also more and more gluten-free products coming out. Even Target's Simply Balanced line has gluten free pasta.
Oh and a sweet potato, grilled salmon, and a cup of broccoli? Grilled chicken breast, brown rice, and green beans? Gluten-free.
My friend's blog has an allergy resources link (including a link to a celiac's support group). There's also a section of links related to dining out. There are a couple websites that help you find allergy-friendly options in your area (as well as finding allergy-friendly options at specific restaurants). If you have a smartphone, you can download the free "find me gluten free" app.
There are also cards you can get that explain your food restrctions at restaurants, and they come in different languages. Are you getting Chinese? Make sure you pass the Chinese language one to your chef so he is aware of your allergies. This way, a language barrier doesn't become an issue.
Her twitter is @KeeleyMcG. Just let her know that I referred her to you (my Twitter is @FtSoLK)
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Here is a link I suggest that you check out - it is for "Orgran" Gluten Free Food. My daughter buys some of their products for my G/Son because he has severe, life-threatening allergies to egg and dairy, and they don't use that in their products. All Orgran products are Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg free, Yeast Free, GMO Free and Vegan. They are stocked internationally, too, so may be in a store near you :-)
Check out the recipes on there, too - they even include bread recipes :-)
Good luck, Kris
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For pasta, my Super Walmart carries the Heartland brand of GF pasta, right beside the regular pasta. My Super Walmart also carries Tinkyada brand, but I didn't care for that.
My local grocery carries a GF line of Ronzoni pasta and it is good too.
I don't know if you will find a good substitute for bread, unfortunately :( Or, not the way you remember wheat bread. But you can rethink how you eat bread or bread products.
My family has a homemade GF quick bread (pumpkin bread, banana muffins, etc.) once a week for breakfast. The other days, we have oatmeal or breakfast burritos in corn tortillas. You have to read labels on everything, including corn tortillas. I didn't even know that some brands include wheat in them. Why they do, I don't know!
I don't have much experience with prepackaged GF food, as my budget doesn't allow it. I prefer to cook a substitute from scratch. And you are just going to have to experiment until you find something you like. Don't give up on a recipe if it doesn't work the first time. Use a different flour blend next time.
If you can find a Bette Hagman cookbook, her recipes are very good. She does get a little complicated with so many different homemade flour mixes though. Her pie crust is right on! You can also follow one of many GF blogs for recipes. I also find many GF recipes on Food.com.
That all being said, there are many meals that are already GF, if you read your labels. What I find hard about GF, is eating out, even at fast food.
Hope this helps you!
2/9/14 2:00 P
You've gotten some great advice already. I would also recommend asking your doctor for a referral to see a registered dietitian who can help create a meal plan specific to your needs.
I don't do grains if I can avoid them - which I do in most cases. This means I also don't do bread, which is one of my dangerous trigger foods! I've always been a glutton for breads - not so much sweets.
Anyway, a couple things I've found to replace breads are Oopsie rolls and coconut wraps. If you check my Spark Page, I've got a long blog there on Oopsies, with pictures. They've very good, and fill my need for bready things for the most part.
The second thing is coconut wraps. They *are* pricey. I know of only 2 suppliers: one is Julian Bakery (who I have some issues with) and the other is PureWraps. I prefer those; they come in two versions: plain or curry. They're marvelous for sandwiches, hot or cold. I can microwave things in them. I've even used them for desserts by filling them with berries or other fruit and whipped topping. yum! The wraps are very thin - more like a spring roll wrapper or rice paper than an egg roll or wonton wrap. They're sturdy without being bulky, and while you'd suspect they taste "coconutty", they don't. You can catch the aroma in the package, but it doesn't come through in your finished product. I've never been lucky enough to find these in any grocery or health food outlet. I buy mine bulk online. The last batch I got was through Julian, because there'd been some copyright squabble going on, and they were the only ones I could buy from for a while. They had some great deal if you buy a lot you got free shipping. So I bought a lot! They store very well in the pantry, anyway. No loss, other than the expense - and that's true for either manufacturer.
Both these are "safe" for gluten-free eaters, and I like them a lot. Try them out, anyway.
2/9/14 1:23 P
Hi there! I too have celiac - I was diagnosed just over 4 years ago. It feels totally overwhelming at first but trust me, all is not lost! I eat so much better than I ever did before. I eat a lot less processed foods. But I had to mourn all that I couldn't eat anymore - and that was a months-long process!
First - I've not found a bread that is truly, truly good. Most people will say that Udi's sliced bread is the best for everyday, which I agree with. But it's not GOOD, not like regular sliced bread was. Udi's is smaller, crumblier, but it works.
One lesson I've learned is to adjust your expectations. Things won't taste the same, so you need to figure out your new baseline. (They won't taste the same -- some are worse, yes, but some things are actually BETTER!)
The SparkTeams aren't great, but look to see if you have a celiac support group in your area. I live in DC and there is an active one there, and I'm originally from Buffalo and they have a great Facebook group. So search for them in your area for good local tips on eating out and what's found in local grocery stores.
I've talked quite a few people through this before so if you want me to give you more information, send me a message. I'm happy to help.
I haven't checked that link - so this may be redundant info! I'm curious to go see.
But in the meantime, I just received a very good book entitled "Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet", by Elaine Gottschall (ISBN 0-9692768-1-8). I got mine through Amazon. I've only just begun reading it, but it's been an excellent read so far. It covers Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, and Celiac disease. About 1/4 of the book is informational. A great proportion of the book is recipes. There's a very specific list of foods to eat, and foods not to eat.
I think I only paid about $10 for my copy. You might be able to find one in a paperback swap store, or maybe on eBay... or possibly even your local library. It's worth it in light of trying to get on board with your new dietary restrictions. I wish you good luck in your search, if you decide to do so!
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I just learned on January 27th, 2013, I have celiac Disease. I know I can't eat anything with wheat, rye or barley. I must eat gluten free foods now. There really are very limited choices to chose from out there for alternatives to pasta, bread, pizza.... Can anyone help me out here? I am at the beginning of my journey with this and would greatly appreciate any guidance and help....