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The paleo dietary movement says that quinoa is bad. It punches holes in the microvilli and causes "leaky gut syndrome". I've read this about quinoa in a few different places. I don't know how accurate or scientific the paleo diet is. I still eat rices and some legumes, but other grains I leave alone. http://fitforreallife.com/2011/04/23/guessing-gamebehind-door-1-health-longevity/
I love this Buckwheat Bread recipe. For one thing no Xanthan Gum, which does not agree with me at all. It's easy, like a quick bread-no yeast. I don't know what you would substitute for the egg whites however.
I know what you mean. I did NOT want to be baking bread at this time in my life! We have some great bakeries in our neighborhood, too - sigh. Store-bought, gluten-free baked goods really suck and they're expensive. I hate paying all that money for lousy products or spending all my time baking gluten free goods that aren't that great. We don't eat bread hardly at all anymore.
Looking on the bright side however, we eat so many more fruits and vegetables since going gluten-free. I broil or bake chicken, fish, or steak and serve it with a green salad, steamed veggies, an apple salad, and a topical fruit salad. My kids love rice and that definitely helps. Rice cakes are cheap and easy and better than the alternative, in my opinion. Keeping it simple keeps me from being hostage in the kitchen.
I'm now experimenting with guar gum. I've been reading labels and avoiding Xanthan gum for a long time, way before going gluten free. I tried it again when I started Gluten free diet and just can't tolerate it. It causes awful indigestion and naseau. Nasty stuff.
I have a lot of problems digesting Xanthan gum, so most gluten-free bread and baked goods make me sick. I have a couple of recipes for buckwheat bread, banana bread, and pizza crust with no Xanthan gum that I can eat without ill effects. Otherwise, I can't eat gluten-free bread because of the Xanthan gum.
A GI doctor can run tests for celiac disease. Look for one that treats and specializes in celiac. We found that tests for gluten sensitivity were inconclusive. I had to put my kids on gluten free diet until their symptoms went away, then reintroduce the gluten back into the diet. When they got sick again, they were diagnosed with gluten-sensitivity.
Quaker makes yummy little rice snacks in different flavors. ( My son's favorite snack. ) He also likes plain rice cakes with Nutella. There's gluten free summer sausage, beef sticks, and turkey sticks. Trail mix with nuts and dried fruit, even m&m's-they would also keep nicely.
I just wrote a post on the autoimmune book. Here is the website for the Upper Room in Minneapolis, where Dr. Conner, the functional doctor has his office and there is more information there: http://upperroomwellness.com/index.php
I've been reading the book (free download) from this doctor and I'm thinking maybe getting tested this summer. He seems to be very thorough with his testing and looks at all of the symptoms together....but I'm no expert. I like the idea of "functional" medicine anyway. He is out of Minnesota, but he can consult and order the tests long distance.
My son had HSP when he was 14. A long drawn out episode. Prednisone didn't work, so he took injections of methotrexate. At the time he had to deal with painful intermittent stomachaches from the HSP and the metho. The HSP went into remission 14 months after the first onset. Off the meds, he had 3 good months followed by 3 more months of illness/weight loss before being diagnosed with celiac. I wonder if the damage the HSP / metho did to his gut contributed to the onset of the celiac. Of course, the doctors are not aware of any connections betweend his HSP and his celiac.
Yeast extract, like MSG, often contains free glutamic acid. I avoid autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, & MSG. Not because they contain gluten, but because of the free glutamic acid. MSG can make you feel ill too, if you are sensitive to it. I can tell the difference anyway.