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The Gluten Free Process

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Deciding to go gluten free is not a process to be taken lightly. It is, in fact, a hard process. There are many foods that I love that I can no longer eat. I made the mistake of eating something that I loved on Friday night. (It had gluten in it and I just wasn't thinking.). About two hours later, my stomach started feeling queasy and I couldn't figure it out. This food had never bothered me before, so why now? Yikes! Could I really be that gluten sensitive? Maybe so!

The other thing about going gluten free is that the gluten free foods don't taste the same. You really have to be careful because many of the gluten free foods have added fats and probably sugar too. They tend to taste rather gritty because of the rice or almond flower. If you are potato sensitive, please read labels as many gluten free foods use potato flour as a thickening agent. My daughter has to be very careful with potatoes. If she eats a lot of them (say a serving two days in a row) she breaks out. Thank goodness Slenderella61 told me about the use of potato flour! Now my daughter reads all the labels more carefully. She said that knowing about potato flour in gluten free food has been really helpful!

A big shout out to Slenderella61!!! Marsha, you are a real life saver!
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    What a coincidence. As part of getting a handle on the autoimmune things going on in my fat little body, I am off grains, fruits and legumes for the next two weeks and then gradually adding those things back a little at a time. I have never done this before and last night dreamed of having mountains of whole wheat bread- LOL

    Nothing like having to give up something to make you want it more- LOL

    Hopefully I am not gluten intolerant, and that it is just a matter of balancing the ratio of the Omega 3's with the Omega-6 . Time for diligence!
    1346 days ago
    So good all the things we learn from each other! Thanks for the encouragement! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon
    1348 days ago
    Thanks for the shout-out. Glad to be helpful.

    I am very much hoping that you find gluten-free is a big key to a healthier life. You deserve it!! Regards, Marsha
    1349 days ago
  • GABY1948
    WOW, so far I am not gluten sensitive...but until you I have never known anyone personally that was. I'm learning from you and it is getting where NOTHING is safe anymore! I do hope you can get used to it and all goes well. More than that...I hope it is ONE of your keys! We need SOMETHING to turn it around again!

    emoticon and love!
    1349 days ago
  • LINDAF49
    Gluten free is a difficult path to follow - so many hidden sources of gluten - but as I simplify my eating to more pure non-processed foods it gets easier - I find I don't need many grains to be content but when I do enjoy gluten free treats on occasion, I find I retain fluids due to the extra sugars and sodiums almost as bad as the gluten reactions.

    Plain, home cooked foods is the most healthy for me but means I have to do the cooking!!
    1349 days ago
    You're right. It isn't an easy process.

    For me, it wasn't so much a choice as it is a necessity. Eating gluten containing foods literally makes me ill. Do be careful. I had a very strong allergic reaction when I attempted to return gluten following the 6-week gluten elimination.

    And, stay aware of how you're feeling. We thought eliminating gluten would do it for me. Nope. I've been directed to remove ALL grains. Corn is one of those things that can be troublesome for folks too. Thankfully, corn does not appear to be an issue for me at this point. I have also been directed not to eat any beans for awhile either.

    With so many folks now having issues with grains, it really makes me wonder about genetically modified foods. Are they really that safe for us? I'm not convinced. I fell like a canary in the coal mine.
    1350 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    hope it works for you .....
    am trying slowly to get there myself hubby needs a lot of convincing though!!

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    1350 days ago
    I'm glad you are noticing a difference so soon. After I was diagnosed with celiac disease, it took a day of being gluten free to notice a difference, which made the diet much easier to stick to.

    Although, for a good 6-8 months I was sad a lot, always thinking, "I can't eat that!"
    Now I'm grateful for all of the baked goods I must pass up. Some days it's still hard and/or sad to not be able to simply eat whatever I want, but it's also great to pass on all of those needless calories. emoticon

    1350 days ago
    i do gluten free goods in my bakery... and no they arent nearly the same. but at least it allows people to have a small bit of treats. I applaud you for being able to do it!
    1350 days ago
    All the best.
    1350 days ago
  • no profile photo ROSSYFLOSSY
    I am a person who is gluten intolerant & let me verify how truly difficult this process is. Good luck!
    1350 days ago
    Thank you for the info. Hope gluten free lets you feel better!!
    1350 days ago
  • no profile photo PREZURE
    Hope it works out for you
    1350 days ago
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