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Posted 26 July 2013 - 04:02 AM

Weight Watchers Spinach and Pumpkin Rissotto is gluten free, might have mentioned it but worth mentioning again.  It's not vegan so I don't know what it tastes like, but nobody I know has had a problem :)


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 05:59 AM

Weight Watchers Spinach and Pumpkin Rissotto is gluten free, might have mentioned it but worth mentioning again.  It's not vegan so I don't know what it tastes like, but nobody I know has had a problem :)

 

Last time I checked the Tikka Masla and chicken Satay were also ok. There might be a few more but the info is hard to find online and there is only so many I can check in the supermarket without getting frozen fingers!


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 11:33 PM

Just wanted to say how much I love Leda!  Going out tonight and just stocked up on Leda brand snacks.


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Posted 04 August 2013 - 03:52 AM

For those who eat the Pure Bred range- In coles today I noticed two new versions, a fruit bread and a chia seed loaf. I got the Chia one. I had orginally picked up a loaf of genius bread. The first time ever that I have thought about which gluten-free bread I actually I wanted to buy! They also had the livwell white Rolls on special so was a tough choice today!

 

Also one of my local healthy life stores has started selling Nak'd Bars. For those not famillar they are a type of raw food bar made in the Uk. I discovered them by accident on my first trip there. I wasn't near a supermarket and couldn't find a cafe doing gluten-free, starving went into Holland and Barret and found Nak'd bars.  I usally don't like raw food bars but I love these. The healthy life I went t to had cocoa and orange, a berry one and cashew cookie. The range in the Uk also includes bananna flavour, a ginger one and a rhubarb and custard one.

 

Think I should just move over there- all the gluten-free things I bought today come from there.


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:36 PM

Hello! First post. I'm from from Sydney and have NCGI, or at least it appears that way as I only have one half of the HLA-DQ8 gene and none of HLA-DQ2. I started phasing out gluten in July last year when I realised that bread and pasta were greatly worsening the gastrointestinal side effects of a medication I was taking at the time. I'm not prepared to go back on gluten to rule out coeliac definitively due to the excruciating pain, fatigue and brain fog I experience, and the very low probability (<1%) that I have it based on my test results. A meal containing gluten wipes me out for at least a week.

I'm very happy to have energy and a working digestive system and brain again! The lethargy and physical/cognitive slowing were the last of my symptoms of severe melancholic depression which have not responded to treatment, have been preventing me from being able to work for over 2 years and have held me back from properly living my life for over 10! I still have depression and have to really work at staying in remission (I finally consider myself mostly there), but the difference is startling. I even occasionally entertain the idea of resuming my tertiary studies from which I had to withdraw due to the f*$&@£% depression.

Anyway, pleased to meet you, shame about the circumstances! ;-)
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Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:33 AM

Hi Sammykins, Welcome to the board!

 

This thread isn't as active as it used to be, but a number of us still lurk around and will do our best to answer any questions.

 

Can I suggest that you post any questions relating to specific products here. As you probably realise, this is an international forum but some products that are gluten-free in one country may not be in every elsewhere. A really good example is M&Ms. M&Ms produced here in Aus are not gluten-free, but the ones made in the US are ok.  Also there are some products which may have the same name, but are infact completely different, depending on the country you live.

 

You might not believe it right now, but been gluten-free is easier than it ever has been. Going back as little as 8-10 years ago, it was hard to find suitable products in the supermarket. You usualy had to go to the health food store and if what you got was close to edible it was a bonus.

 

Some of the products I like are:

 

San Remo gluten free pasta- This can usaually be found with the regular pasta in the supermarket.

For Bread products I love Genius bread, Livwell range or Purebred. All available at Coles and the later of the two available at Woolies. All three ranges are imported from various locations in the U.K. Purebred and livwell are defrosted before been sold and Genius is sold frozen. I think some people object to that and the fact that is has traveled so far, but personally I think the three ranges are the closest thing to real bread you can get.

 

Also Coles recently introduced their own range of gluten-free. At first I tried to avoid it because they seemed to stop stocking brand names to fit their own range in, but I've tried a few products in the range now and have been impressed, I especiallly like the quinoa micro cups and the ginger biscuits.

 

Hope this helps a little.


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:36 PM

Thanks Saz!

I haven't tried the Genius bread yet as it comes frozen, which is silly really as what do I do when I buy my gluten-free bread? Keep out a few slices and freeze the rest!

I don't suppose you or any other members know of any gluten-free bread products (any form) which are higher in fibre? I will very likely soon be diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia (they are ruling out a whole bunch of other endocrinological illnesses, but it looks very much like RH). Most gluten-free breads are high GI which wouldn't be helpful. Pairing high GI food with adequate protein/fats lowers the GI, but I had a massive hypo recently involving a Choices gluten-free bagel which resulted in 3 x convulsive syncopes in a row and an ER visit. And this was despite also having a mini tub of philli cheese and about 100g of chicken (so fat & protein). The bagel was quite nice, incidentally, just not the effect!

I agree that San Remo pasta is the best. The worst would have to be the buontempo rice spirals. BLERCH.
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Posted 03 September 2013 - 02:57 AM

Not very good with other health food but maybe a loaf with seeds, like Chia? I think they are susposed to be good for  fibre.


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 03:07 AM

One of my local coles has got a bunch of American products in and also somce of the schar range. The American ones seems to be from Glutino and another brand that have a kind of instant pad thai. Seems that they are getting rid of some of things they had previously but at least some of what they are getting in seems to be different instead of just chocolate biscuits in another brand. I bought some of the glutino toaster pastries- they are meant to be like pop tarts I think. I've prepared myslef for the fact they will most likely taste like cardboard. At least I've never had a real pop tart so got nothing to compare to in that sense.


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 12:15 AM

Hi Sammykins.

I have blood test and biopsy proven Coeliac disease - and I don't have either the DQ2 or DQ8 gene. So it is possible.

But if you are off gluten and feeling better then you should stay off gluten. It's not worth making yourself sick again just for a definite diagnosis.
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Posted 03 October 2013 - 02:04 AM

Coles are now selling primo branded hot roast beef portions that are marked gluten-free. They are sold in bags like the roast chicken. It is probably a bit more expensive than buying a piece to roast yourself but sure is convenient. For lunch tomorrow, I'm going to have a roast beef and mustard sandwich on genius seeded bread. YUM!

 

 Now if they just starting selling hot gluten-free chickens I would be very happy.

 

Next time I go visit the relatives, I'm going to ask them to buy the hot beef instead of a chook. Then I don't have to just have salad. :)

 

Also, I have to start eating more fibre but I'm not big on fruits,veg,nuts. Does anyone know of something gluten-free/high fibre I can eat, without feeling like I'm been all healthy?


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 05:53 AM

I bought the Coles brand spiral pasta from their Simply Gluten Free range.  We'll stick with San Remo.  It completely disintegrated into the pasta sauce.  When I looked at the ingredients in the shop I saw it was made from only cornflour so thought that might happen which is why I only bought one box.  San Remo might be nearly double the price per kg but at least it's enjoyable.


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 01:41 AM

I bought the Coles brand spiral pasta from their Simply Gluten Free range.  We'll stick with San Remo.  It completely disintegrated into the pasta sauce.  When I looked at the ingredients in the shop I saw it was made from only cornflour so thought that might happen which is why I only bought one box.  San Remo might be nearly double the price per kg but at least it's enjoyable.

 

I don't have pasta very often but when I do is always San Remo. Defiently the best gluten-free one, I even have normally gluten eating friends who like it.

 

For anyone in Brisbane try Primal Pantrty. It is a cafe that serves Paleo food. So everything is gluten free,  as the diet excludes grains. Also dairy free. It's really nice to be able to order anything from the menu.


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:58 AM

Has anyone tried the Coles Brand bread or any of their other "fresh" bakery products from Simply range? I tried the lamingtons- they have a nice texture.


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 04:09 PM

Has anyone tried the Coles Brand bread or any of their other "fresh" bakery products from Simply range? I tried the lamingtons- they have a nice texture.


I tried the Coles Simply range puff pastry the other night. I liked the taste; it didn't really puff up as gluten pastries do but I may have over cooked it. Like all pastry though, it's one of those very occasional treats in my opinion. STACKS of oil/fat drained out of it and into the pie filling and while it was baking there was a rather disturbing pool of fat on the surface of the pie too. I didn't try the pastry the day after cooking so can't vouch for how it keeps or reheats.

I haven't tried any of their other bakery products. The quinoa cups were good but are no longer for sale at my local Coles. I don't know if they are still being sold elsewhere.

Oh and regarding my bread investigations, the best one I've found so far in terms of fibre and therefore GI level is the Genius seeded loaf and rolls from the freezer section. They taste pretty good too, a tad sweet when untoasted but thankfully less so than Schär breads. I actually freaked out when I first tried it as it tasted how I remember supermarket gluten bread. The loaf really can't be used untoasted unlike those from Lifestyle Bakery and Country Life as although the taste/texture is fine (in my opinion), it falls apart even when there are no toppings or fillings. That said, I didn't have a problem with the rolls collapsing even when stuffed with a reasonably thick kangaroo burger.
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