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Are you gluten free?  Are your kids?  

Have you found it to be beneficial?  If you have them, share some of your favorite GF sites/recipes.  


If you are, I wanted to share this new cookbook that was just released.  I have no vested interest in this, I just really like their cookbooks and wanted to share.  

http://www.amazon.com/The-How-Gluten-Free-Cookbook/dp/1936493616/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1394122330&sr=8-1 


by on Mar. 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM
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lga1965
by on Mar. 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM
I know. I've been buying GF pasta, making lasagna, etc. Goodbye Gluten is a really good bread.

Quoting lady-J-Rock: They make rice and corn flour and that is gf. I buy gf pasta and bread. Kids won't touch the bread but they don't notice a difference in the pasta.

Quoting lga1965: Flour has Gluten . So breads, pasta, most desserts aren't Gluten free. Unfortunately. :-(

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley: Most foods are naturally gluten free. :-)

We eat a lot of food from our own garden and local farmers so I guess were mostly "gluten free"...


Quoting babyspots17:

My grandmother (who died in 1996) was Gluten free for most of her life.  She cooked and ate "Gluten Free" way before it became the new cool thing. 

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4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Mar. 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

I was shocked to see the mark up on most things at the regular grocery when we went tot he Asian market.  I had purchased a package of rice noodles for pad thai at the grocery store and paid nearly $6 for the package at the Asian market the same package was $2.  

It's not convenient but certainly worth the trip if I need more than one or two items.  Not to mention all the variety in vegetables that aren't in the chain grocery stores.  

 Quoting finnbar: If anyone uses tapioca or sweet rice flour, the best place to buy those is an Asian market. They are a fraction of the price of the big gluten free brands


finnbar
by Silver Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM
Yes, the availability has certainly exploded. The only bread I could buy locally ten years ago were those horrid frozen tapioca bricks, usually kinnickinick

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

Ugh, that sounds like it was horrible.  I'm glad you were able to get relief.   When my mom started being GF there were no substitute products on the market at that time so it really was cold turkey without replacement.  It certainly made us think about food prep differently.   Now the products are there and we buy a few of them but overall we have really adapted to it and have found it isn't hard to be GF.   

Quoting finnbar: I have been gluten free for ten years as of this past January. I don't think I have celiac, just an extreme intollerance. If I eat half a teddy graham, it shows the next day. I will be bloated about the face and soooo ugly looking and feeling. I also avoid corn. It depresses me.

This all came on during college. My Junior year I dropped out after one semester because of how tired and sick I was. I overflowed with mucus. It was disgusting. I went home and got a job at Quiznos. One little four hour lunch shift wiped me out. I started waking up at night breathless, needing to cough up phlegm in order to breath. I really think I would have drowned in snot by now if I still ate gluten.

My Mom suggested a food alleryy and said try an ellimination diet. I remember thinking "I am 23 and my life is over, what do I have to lose?"
Went gluten free cold turkey one Monday. By Thursday, I was myself again. It was astounding. I lost 10 pounds the first month, no exercising or dieting.

I do not go crazy buying the substitutes. I keep Udi's bread, the chia/ millet or multigrain, around because I loooooove sandwiches. I can get their hamburger or hotdog buns but a bunless entree is just as good in my opinion! I use Tinkyada noodles, the spinach are my favorite. We don't eat pasta everyweek tho. I keep several flours on hand for when I MUST have a cookie or muffin. Lack of time and laziness keep that from happening more than once a month, if that.

We eat a lot of vegetable and meat. We are not big on casseroles. Starches are potatoes or rice. I live quinoa cooked in broth but the husband and son remain unconverted lol

4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Mar. 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

now Franz (not sure it's national but it's a main bread distributor here) has two GF varieties and they are available in just about every local grocery.  

Quoting finnbar: Yes, the availability has certainly exploded. The only bread I could buy locally ten years ago were those horrid frozen tapioca bricks, usually kinnickinick
Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

Ugh, that sounds like it was horrible.  I'm glad you were able to get relief.   When my mom started being GF there were no substitute products on the market at that time so it really was cold turkey without replacement.  It certainly made us think about food prep differently.   Now the products are there and we buy a few of them but overall we have really adapted to it and have found it isn't hard to be GF.   

Quoting finnbar: I have been gluten free for ten years as of this past January. I don't think I have celiac, just an extreme intollerance. If I eat half a teddy graham, it shows the next day. I will be bloated about the face and soooo ugly looking and feeling. I also avoid corn. It depresses me. This all came on during college. My Junior year I dropped out after one semester because of how tired and sick I was. I overflowed with mucus. It was disgusting. I went home and got a job at Quiznos. One little four hour lunch shift wiped me out. I started waking up at night breathless, needing to cough up phlegm in order to breath. I really think I would have drowned in snot by now if I still ate gluten. My Mom suggested a food alleryy and said try an ellimination diet. I remember thinking "I am 23 and my life is over, what do I have to lose?" Went gluten free cold turkey one Monday. By Thursday, I was myself again. It was astounding. I lost 10 pounds the first month, no exercising or dieting. I do not go crazy buying the substitutes. I keep Udi's bread, the chia/ millet or multigrain, around because I loooooove sandwiches. I can get their hamburger or hotdog buns but a bunless entree is just as good in my opinion! I use Tinkyada noodles, the spinach are my favorite. We don't eat pasta everyweek tho. I keep several flours on hand for when I MUST have a cookie or muffin. Lack of time and laziness keep that from happening more than once a month, if that. We eat a lot of vegetable and meat. We are not big on casseroles. Starches are potatoes or rice. I live quinoa cooked in broth but the husband and son remain unconverted lol


finnbar
by Silver Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM
Gosh yes! I laugh at the Asian Food sections in conventional grocery stores now. The noodle mark up is criminal!

I also shop at South American groceries, way cheaper vegetables and meats. Anything tex mex is probably cheaper there

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

I was shocked to see the mark up on most things at the regular grocery when we went tot he Asian market.  I had purchased a package of rice noodles for pad thai at the grocery store and paid nearly $6 for the package at the Asian market the same package was $2.  

It's not convenient but certainly worth the trip if I need more than one or two items.  Not to mention all the variety in vegetables that aren't in the chain grocery stores.  

 Quoting finnbar: If anyone uses tapioca or sweet rice flour, the best place to buy those is an Asian market. They are a fraction of the price of the big gluten free brands

norahsmommy
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM
I eat gf and also mostly grain free. My intestines just can't handle it. I don't know if I have celiacs or not, never tested. I do know that when I eat gluten I will have a gallbladder attack about 2 times a week. No gluten, no attacks. The attacks are intense. Upper right quadrant pain , bloating , nausea, vomiting pain radiating into my back between my shoulder blade, Diareah. It's no fun.
4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Mar. 6, 2014 at 1:48 PM

ouch, that doesn't sound like fun at all

Quoting norahsmommy: I eat gf and also mostly grain free. My intestines just can't handle it. I don't know if I have celiacs or not, never tested. I do know that when I eat gluten I will have a gallbladder attack about 2 times a week. No gluten, no attacks. The attacks are intense. Upper right quadrant pain , bloating , nausea, vomiting pain radiating into my back between my shoulder blade, Diareah. It's no fun.


Melody635
by on Mar. 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Coincidently we did a trial period last week - DH has stomach issues, DD9 has aspergers, DD7 has ADHD and has stomach issues.  We all went gluten free and DH also went dairy free.  DH noticed an improvement within the first few days.  I didn't notice any changes in either DD.  Both DH and I noticed that we were a lot more tired at the end of the day.

We started eating gluten again Sunday.  Both DH and I feel like crap - his and DD7s stomach issues have returned and I didn't even realize how much my stomach bothers me when I eat bread and pasta.  I didn't see a difference in either DD9 or DS and there weren't any changes behavior wise in any of the kids.  I told DH yesterday that we are drastically reducing our gluten intake from now on and he readily agreed. 

JMmama
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM
My two year old is gluten free. He cried his entire first year and I'm not even exaggerating. He pooped once every 3 days and it was always the size of a golf ball. He didn't sleep. He lost a pound from 10months to a year. After reading some articles a friend had posted (she has two boys with celiac), I decided it couldn't hurt to try. My ped totally brushed it off. But a few days after eliminating gluten, he slept through the night for the first time, 5 weeks after his 1st birthday. About 10days or so after he had a gigantic diaper poop blowout (naturally, we were at church, lol). After a month, he had gained back the pound he lost plus a handful of ounces. The change in him is evident to everyone who spent any time with him that first year.

The whole family is not gluten free but I try to keep meals as naturally gluten free as possible. I do buy gluten free pasta and bread. Costco has really good gluten free bread. Only my two year old eats the bread though. It is too expensive to give it to everyone.
.Bubbles.
by Silver Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I went completely grain free a couple weeks ago. My IBS that has caused me issues my entire life has gotten significantly better. Enough so that I was able to stop taking the meds I was on. I am still working on finding kid friendly recipes.

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