Eating Gluten Free After Wheat...
Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:45 AM
Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:20 AM
I haven't baked gluten-free yet, I really didn't bake before. but I will say that all my food is fresh and whole, no preservatives or anything out of a box now. it's really a beautiful way to eat.
gluten free since 11/12
dairy and soy free since 1/13
chocolate free since 6/14
I miss my chocolate!!! but I'm not sick anymore, and that's what really matters
Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:58 AM
The texture of gluten-free baked goods take a bit of getting used to. I like it now but when I take gluten-free baking to people's houses, my goodies don't disappear nearly as fast as my old "glutinous" baking did. I doesn't help that I've cut the sugar a bunch too. LOL
The main thing I miss is convenience for my children. I can happily order a salad if I'm out and need a bite to eat but my kids are picky eaters and there is no way they'd eat a salad... It's annoying to know that I can't even order them french fries from most places without cc. I travel with a small cooler of fruits and nuts everywhere I go.
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Celiac - June, 2012
Hypothyroid - August, 2012
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:31 AM
I think it tastes different, but for the most part much better, because it's home- baked. I also don't use gums very much at all, instead using the gluten-free flours that tend to need them less, combined with soaked chia seed.
Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:55 PM
Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:50 PM
Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:08 PM
I agree with the other responses with missing the convenience of a non-gluten free lifestyle. I work full time (9-5) and then am in nursing school from 6-10:30pm, so I'm carrying around a huge bag of food with me everyday (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks) which is nowhere near convenient. I miss the freedom of walking down to the school's coffee shop and picking up a bagel on the way to class, however, being gluten free has made me (obviously) more conscious of what I'm putting into my body and I'm now living a more healthy lifestyle overall. So I guess everything happens for a reason!!
"Dark and difficult times lie ahead ahead - soon we must all face the choice, to do what is right, or what is easy..." - Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)
Diagnosed Celiac in May 2012 by TTG level and endoscopy
Acid reflux/GERD (stopped since eating gluten-free)
Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:16 PM
A lot of gluten-free things taste better to me. They don't have that overly packaged, to much salt or sugar taste to the. I make breakfast every weekend at home and my non celiac disease kids love my food and prefer to eat the gluten-free stuff. I'm all for it, then I don't have to try to make seperate dishes.
*Biopsy diagnosed Celiac Disease 1/2013
*Gluten Free since January 20, 2013
Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:56 PM
I've cooked and baked from scratch my whole life but have tried a few gluten-free commercial products. YUCK!!! The only things I really miss the texture of include croissants, English muffins (sure, homemade are good but not as good), yeast doughnuts and chewy bagels. But then food is my life and my palate is exceptionally discerning. I would hands down rather have a gluten-filled croissant than gluten free but I would never be tempted to do it. A croissant is not crucial to my survival, anyway. Most things are just as good homemade and easy to re-create such as cookies, cakes, brownies, pancakes, waffles...
Traveling internationally can be tricky (especially at airports, other countries where English is not the primary language). I've traveled just to go to food events - not so much any more. I really miss the ability of going to food festivals and trying everything. Now that just is not possible. But I definitely do not dwell on it at all. While important, celiac is one of the least stressful parts of my life. It used to be my focus but is not any more. Of course I am painfully careful but it is automatic and habitual.
When our lives are squeezed by pressure and pain, what comes out is what is inside.
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