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Gluten free vs grain free

Thursday, August 01, 2013

I've been having problems with my stomach again lately and was looking at some gluten free forums this weekend. Different people mentioned going grain free, not just gluten free. Seems like that might be the next step. Knowing that some of the GF specialty foods cause stomach pain I have decided to try this for awhile.

My aunt posted a recipe for Oopsies bread on Facebook and I tried them this weekend. Not bad as a burger bun. Simply eggs, cream cheese, and baking powder or cream of tartar. It's not bread by any means, but is kinda reminiscent of a slightly soggy hamburger bun when used for that purpose. Even plain they're not bad, just something different. I found a recipe on SparkPeople that uses sour cream instead of cream cheese, which I plan on trying tomorrow since my husband wants burgers for supper.

Tonight we had spaghetti and garlic bread. Well, that's what he had. I had cauliflower breadsticks and zucchini spaghetti. That's not bad either. Simply slice the zucchini into thin "noodles" and boil for a minute. They were a little crunchy still, so next time I will boil a little longer. Then I just mixed them with the sauce.

These substitutions would have seemed so strange to me had I not joined SparkPeople. It's quite a coincidence that I discovered the gluten issues when I was first joining and deciding to eat healthier. I can't imagine what adjusting to this new lifestyle would have been like had I not joined.

It's still hard being GF in the regular world. Thinking about everything I eat. Having to research any restaurant I go to, or skipping get togethers because it's just easier. Tomorrow at work we're having an inservice day. They always provide lunch for us. Normally it's pizza or subs. This year it's from Fazoli's. That's tough. My husband and I used to go to Fazoli's on a fairly regular basis. We haven't been there in over a year. Still, I don't want it to get me too down so I bought a pre made salad to take for my lunch. Yes, I eat salads every day, but I normally make it myself. This way I get a special lunch too.
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    Hope you figure out what's bothering your belly. There's nothing fun about digestive issues. It's also important to remember that when a company removes something from a food, they have to replace it with something else. Like when fat is removed from foods, sugar or salt are added instead. It's possible when some companies are removing the wheat they put something else in there that's upsetting your belly. If you don't have issues with similar foods you make yourself, then that could be the problem.
    1786 days ago
    Have you considered having food allergy testing done? I always thought I had a gluten problem...turns out my real problem is eggs and milk! It isn't cheap...I paid about $300 through my naturopath. I didn't cut everything out, especially since I need eggs to get through the day sometimes, but at least it's good to know the source of my issues!
    1786 days ago
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