Saturday, January 29, 2011

Gluten Free

So anyone that knows me knows I've had stomach problems for around 6 years. I've been to several doctors, problem still not fixed (don't get me started). I went to my family doctor for a different reason then asked him what he thought about my other symptoms. He said he wasn't a GI doc but thought I had a wheat allergy or celiac disease. He suggested I start a gluten free diet. I was thinking the same thing but hey I'm not doctor....

If you aren't sure what a gluten free diet pretty much means I can't have wheat, rye, and barley. There are a few other things but they have long names and you get the drift. Wheat is in EVERYTHING, like soy sauce, hot dogs, salad dressing, herbal tea, flavored coffee, and so much more.

I'm on day 5 of this crazy diet. I won't say it's been easy, but it hasn't been too bad. I just have to remember to check labels. I had a slip up on day 2 due to not looking at the label, fyi- beano has wheat in it. The good thing is I have to eat more fruits and veggies they're naturally gf. I have tried several gluten free products so far, here's a few I like.

These in smoke house flavor are sooooo good, they taste like bacon. I eat them with cheese, so yummy.

Hubby made some banana nut bread using gluten free flour. It taste exactly like regular banana bread but without the stomach cramps.

Okay at first I didn't like the brownies. But after you have a few bites it grows on you. Now I really like them.

I'm kinda scared to try bread, I've heard it tastes like sawdust. I've had a rice tortilla and it was okay. I've found a few blogs to follow and some recipes to try. We'll see how it goes. So far I haven't had stomach cramps, usually I have them all the time. I'm so happy about that. I still don't feel 100% normal yet but hopefully I will. I've heard it will take a few weeks to see a real difference and several months for me to heal.

Until next time....



Carla @ Gluten Free Recipe Box said...

Don't be scared to try gluten-free bread. The best ones to purchase are Udi's and Rudi's. I like the flavor of Udi's best, but the texture of Rudi's is just like regular bread. I usually make my own, though. I have a couple of really good recipes on my gluten-free recipe blog that may be of help to you.

Another thing to watch out for on a gluten-free diet is regular oats. They contain quite a bit of gluten (from other crops, processing on gluten lines, etc.)

Great blog you have here!


angie said...

hey Tonya, i've been gluten-free for about 6 weeks - and i feel so much better. people say oh that must be so hard, but it isn't because i feel so much better. good luck!

Anonymous said...

Yeah so glad you have figured it out love you mom