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Living gluten-free

Monday, January 03, 2011

I've known I'm gluten-intolerant for some years now and have been a reluctant patient when it came to giving up so many of the foods I used to love. Imagine if someone told you that starting tomorrow, you could no longer eat any baked goods, most cereals, pizza, pasta, & most processed foods. Ok, processed foods are generally not good for you anyway but sometimes just part of our culture like onion rings on green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup that also has wheat in it. It's quite a learning curve....I still don't have a satisfying turkey stuffing when all I want is to have the kind my grandma and then, I, always made. I don't mean to whine here; just trying to explain why it really took me years to fully accept that I would try, to the best of my ability, to follow the restrictions presented to me. Not only does eating gluten foods give me tummy problems (immediately) but I learned that it sets up an auto-immune reaction that could be causing my arthritis & other stuff.

Finally, this last year, I did resign myself to this; and have made a great effort at sticking with it by mostly cooking all my meals myself. I cook and eat healthfully and have been pretty good with portion control. I've been increasingly dismayed that, despite these efforts, I really haven't lost weight. I've been almost ready to give up trying to get back to a normal weight.

Then I read this comment about a Spark article on GF eating tonight, "
The only problem was that I GAINED weight afterwards because I was actually getting nutrition from my food instead of it just rushing through my damaged system. "
emoticon YES! This makes complete sense! I've been eating SO MUCH LESS than I ever have & not losing because now I'm actually processing the food I'm eating! OK...I can accept that I'm going to have to work harder to lose (age *may* have something to do with it too) as long as I know there is a WHY behind it.
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  • no profile photo FOLLYGIRL
    I also bought Udi's bread and made toast and croutons with it. I don't think it's great for sandwiches. We may just give those up. We think that might be easier than trying to adjust to the substitutes.
    3026 days ago
  • MISSY455
    This definitely makes sense. I am also allergic to gluten, and yes it hides in so many things. I have found a great bread made by Udi's that can be made into a stuffing that is pretty good. I buy brown rice pasta and brown rice tortillas from Trader Joe's (not sure from your page where you live but if no T.J.'s maybe a Whole Foods or Wild Oats) they all carry the brown rice products. I think the brown rice products taste like whole wheat pasta and just take some getting used too to cook.

    Wishing you success in 2011 as your body readjusts to actually processing food again!
    3028 days ago
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