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Celiacs Disease

I was recently diagnosed with Celiacs Disease--I'm absolutely LOST when it comes to eating now. Can anyone offer suggestions of meals, snacks, specific products that are gluten free, etc.

Thanks!


Mon. Oct 22, 12:40pm

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welcome to my world- the thing to know is that gluten and wheat are EVERYWHERE. Whole Foods is a great place to start, and you'll see lots of products without gluten. For example the 365 chocolate bars!

Monday, October 22, 2007, 1:23 PM

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OP here.

sorry, we don't have a whole foods here. Do you buy gluten free speghetti, is there such a thing as GF bread. What about soups, wines, etc?

Monday, October 22, 2007, 1:38 PM

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OP - where do you live? That makes a difference in the resources we can recommend. I often cook for a friend who also does not comsume gluten and leading a gluten-free lifestyle is not terribly difficult at home (or at least no one notices when I cook gluten-free), but going out seems to be pretty tricky.

In general:
Use brown rice pasta (love it)
try quinoa pasta
don't consume bottled sauces, packaged-anything without scrutinizing the label
Many of Amy's frozen entrees are gluten-free

Wine itself is gluten-free, but apparently some use a sealing compound that may contain gluten. Soups made from scratch with no thickening agents ought to be fine. However make sure it was made with broth-only, stuff like chicken bullion contains gluten, so vigilance is key. Bread made from sprouted grains is ok for many (but consider checking with your doctor). I love brown rice flour (which I can buy in bulk from my local grocery store) for gravy, thickening sauces, etc. Corn-based tortillas are ok and there is a multi-grain cereal that I adore that is also gluten-free (I'll have to look into it). I've included a link to the glutenfreeforum - I don't use it myself, but a friend pointed it out.

Best wishes and good health to you!

Link

Monday, October 22, 2007, 3:40 PM

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check out http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/

Sometimes her writing style is a little much for me, but in general, she's inspiring as she talks about her life with celiac. And she has references and tons of recipes. She also just published a book that's been getting rave reviews. I haven't read it, but she's had a "virtual book tour" - you can link to all the reviews from her website.

Disclaimer: I'm not her. I'm not her publisher. I'm not anything except a girl with a cousin who was also just diagnosed with celiac and a wannabie foodie who sometimes reads glutenfreegirl for kicks. Best of luck!

-B

Monday, October 22, 2007, 3:42 PM

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It takes some time to adjust, but living gluten free isn't that hard. It's different, but I don't think it's hard.

For pasta, there are rice noodles. And tinkyada makes fantastic rice noodles.

You can buy gluten free bread at most health food stores. Plus, there are many different companies out there that make gluten free bread, pancake, cake, and cookie mixes.

Google gluten free, and you should come up with a tonne of online places to shop. the gluten free pantry and shop by diet dot com are two of my fave sites.

I'

Monday, October 22, 2007, 3:43 PM

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my friend has celiacs..his mom makes him pasta and bread. his is a little severe though, and the issue often isn't whether the item actually CONTAINS gluten...it's whether it was "held" in the same container as wheat that had gluten.

Monday, October 22, 2007, 11:01 PM

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