Anyone that has known me for a while knows that I went through some major changes in my life in 2009. I learned that I have a number of food allergies (33) and have had to make some major changes in the way I shop, cook, eat, eat out, etc. The results have been totally worth it, however! I am feeling better and have more energy.
I have created this page on my site to make it easy for me to share what I have learned about gluten-free living as well as resources that I have found on my journey to health. Please note, I am NOT a nutritionist. I share my nutritionist info in the resources below. I encourage you to talk with them or your nutritionist if you have questions.
Books that Have Helped My Journey
Gluten Free – What does that Mean?
Gluten is a protien that is found grains. Wheat is the primary culprit for gluten, but gluten is hidden in many forms in a LOT of food. Reading labels and having some system to track it all is the best thing you can do for yourself as you figure everything out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten-free_diet
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
- Modified food starch
- “Natural Flavorings”
Gluten can also be found in the alcohol used in things such as
- Vanilla (you can get gluten free here)
- distilled vinegar
- veined cheese such as Blue Cheese and Roquefort
My nutritionist tells me that even a small amount of gluten eaten could make you feel bad, so be really careful when shopping to make sure you don't have these things in your food.
Special note: Gluten can also be found in shampoo, deodorant, lotion, etc. so read those labels!
Gluten Free Grains
buckwheat, corn, millet, brown rice, quinona
Lundberg brown rice pasta, sprouted corn tortillas, Garden of Eaten Blue Corn Chips
Resources – Buying Food
I realize that there will be people that read this page that are not from my local area. Please share your resources and this section can grow.
- Kroger (off of Oakland) – has a good selection at the best prices in the organic section [my son LOVES the GF chocolate chip cookies here]
- Naturally Yours (off of College and Veterans) – great selection of GF foods.
- Common Ground Grocery (downtown Bloomington) [my son loves the GF donuts here]
- Naturally Yours grocery store
- Apple's Bakery (I personally know the owner of this bakery and she and her staff are A+) They have a complete line of gluten free baked goods. http://www.applesbakery.com/
Kyle Shay — I cannot say enough good things about Kyle. He is the person that has helped me figure out a number of solutions to the mess I had made (unknowingly) of my health. I appreciate his approach in really listening to my concerns and combining his knowledge of symptoms with intelligent tests that answered many questions. He has been fabulous in helping me be successful and is truly committed to my success.
Holistic Health & FItness Consultant
Resources – Websites
http://www.glutenfreeclub.com (can sign up for free newsletter, or paid membership)http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/print?id=52100
Organized My Kitchen – One of the first things I did when I learned I needed to live a gluten-free life was re-organize my kitchen. Now, this may sound silly, but it was my first step in learning how to read labels. Here is what I did:
- Emptied all of the cabinet with food as well as the refrigerator and put all of the food items on our counters and kitchen table.
- Identified a large cabinet (mini-pantry) where my food would go and identified our other large cabinet as the spot where the “Mom can't eat” food would go. ***
- Began reading labels on everything and determining which cabinet the food would now belong.
*** This was a large departure from how I used to look at kitchen organization. Prior to this re-organization, all of the snack food was together, all of the bake-goods were together, etc. After this process, we had two places for each category. This works for us, however, because we don't have to constantly read labels to figure out if it is ok for me to eat.
Organized My Shopping – My smart phone keeps a list of the foods I cannot have as well as some of the new foods that I want to remember!
Organized My Cooking – I have done a lot of research on new recipes and picked out the ones that I thought my family would enjoy.