Hello! I'm new here
I don't have celiac disease (confirmed by biopsy), but I am gluten intolerant and thus have been put on a gluten free diet. Actually, my gastroenterologist told me to go gluten free a couple years ago, but I didn't want to bother because I thought it was too big of a hassle and that I don't really need to do it...then the turning point came last week when my endocrinologist (I have hypothyroidism) increased my medication yet again and I remembered the possible connection between gluten intolerance and other autoimmune diseases/thyroid disease. I am actually a professionall trained ballerina, I study in Russia, but I became so ill from the hypothyroidism (and maybe the gluten intolerance) that I had to return home on medical leave and I am only cleared to go back to Russia in January! Oy. Anyway, something clicked and I decided to finally take the initiative to do what I was supposed to do two years ago and go gluten free! I have to be healthy to dance
So I am new to this - it's been less than a week! But within the first day I noticed an obvious difference - and I must say I am stunned. I am also pleasantly surprised that I am having an incredibly easy time with this! My mom said that the fact that it is so easy for me might suggest that my body really does need to be gluten free. I also think it's because I already don't eat many processed foods to start with, so I guess I didn't have to go through as big of a 'loss' as many others do.
Anywho. I have a bit of a dilemma and I would really appreciate your suggestions on this! I currently walk to work but I am now upgrading to RUNNING to work! This is awesome and I am so proud of myself It does bring with it a small issue - lunch - but luckily it can be worked around and remedied! On Monday mornings I will walk instead of run so that I can carry a backpack with lunch food for the week and work clothes for the week, and walk home to bring it back on Friday afternoons. As such, I am trying to make a list of foods I can keep at work to fix myself a lunch. The catch is that the items need to meet the following criteria:
Very limited fridge space, but plenty of cupboard space
Gluten free obviously
Peanut/tree nut free (not allowed at the school)
I DO have a microwave.
I am in walking distance from a supermarket that I can go to if I must, but I am trying to save money so would rather not make a trip there every day.
And I am trying to avoid snack items and focus more on actual real food (I don't like snack products so much).
I figured I should invest in a microwave rice cooker and possibly a microwave pasta cooker in light of some of the items I have come up with, listed below.
So, anyone care to add to the beginnings of what I hope will be an extensive, creative, and impressive list?
100-cal packs of popcorn
Packets of grits
Gluten free oatmeal
Cream of rice
Bob's Red Milk gluten-free Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal
gluten-free cold cereal
gluten-free Bars (KIND, NuGo, Luna, etc.)
Applesauce/Buddy Fruit or other similar
Rice, buckwheat (I can invest in a microwave rice cooker)
Potatoes, sweet potatoes (I can make those in the microwave, right?)
Are there any other self-stable veggies I can cook in the microwave?
That's all I have for now! I am so sorry this post was so long, I just wanted to introduce myself properly since it's my first post