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Hi all. My wife has been getting constantly contaminated for about 2 months. She gets over one glutening, and another sneaks up. We really don't know what's causing it. So she's going to go on a raw food diet for awhile. My concern is that she needs protein, so she needs to eat a lot of nuts and seeds. We've really had a problem finding anything in that area that's gluten free. Any recommendations? I mean 100%, 0 ppm, no gluten at all. She is SUPER sensitive. Or if you have any recs for other ways to get protein besides meat and eggs, I'd appreciate that as well.

Thank you

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You could try raw fish, like sushi. It's just ocean fish that has been freezed to below a certain temperature for a certain period of time to kill any parasites or eggs that may be living in it. That said I don't think regular fridge freezers are cold enough...but you could go out and order sashimi once in awhile.

Unfortunately I know of no nuts that are gluten free where I live. You could try nuts in the shell though. Scrub them first and/or you could crack them for her. You can also eat the seeds of squash and pumpkin you just buy but...yeah, I was about to tell you how to roast them, haha. Well, if you don't mind roasting squash and pumpkin seeds, they definitely won't have gluten on them from outside your home.

Beans certainly have lots of protein, but I don't think there's any type of those you can eat raw.

There is, of course, dairy, but I'm guessing she's off that and probably off soy too.

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If her problem is sensitivity to very low levels of gluten, then I share that problem. I would not be able to get enough calories or protein safely with a raw foods diet. I couldn't find any nuts that I could eat. The best were ones bought in the shell, but even those were a bit of a problem. I still can't be sure if my problem is the nuts themselves or contamination of them. My problems with them do vary in severity depending on the source, which would seem to be an indication that contamination is the issue, and not the nuts. My own hazelnut bushes and almond tree have yet to produce. I really need the calories that I get from foods which have to be cooked.

Good luck to you.

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So sorry you are unable to find gluten free nuts. The raw diet is wonderful. I thrived on it. Be sure to check out raw protein shakes and bars if you're concerned about protein; they are gluten free in health stores or online if truly raw. The first time I did the raw foods, I never felt better in my life. I had so much energy and was in such a good mood. Raw broccoli has a perfect amount of protein and it stays with you longer; hopefully your wife likes it! I was used to a high protein diet before I started raw and I didn't suffer at all and got plenty of calories and excellent nutrition but I ate a wide variety of raw fruits and veggies, and gluten free raw nuts. If I could ever stick to the raw diet I would but I love meat too much. However, I do it every year at least twice for a perod of two weeks each to give my energy and health a boost.

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Kraft is pretty good about labeling gluten and possible gross-contamination; they make Planters nuts, which I have had no problems with, and which are very easy to find.  I don't believe I am extremely sensitive, though (if I am, I have not yet realized it, anyway).

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I use nuts.com - great company!

I can only eat almonds and was having a hell of a time finding completely gluten free raw almonds.

I now buy them in bulk to make the per pound rate affordable with shipping then use a vacuum sealer to make one pound bags that store well.

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I am also a Nuts.com fan. Fresh, certified gluten-free and well worth the shipping charges when I buy in bulk. Large selection of gluten-free products.

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I eat Planters and Mariani nuts. The last I spoke with Mariani, the only things processed in their facilities are almonds and walnuts.

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Wait, what??? I assumed nuts were ok. :( I have been getting repeatedly sick from eating nuts, but I blamed on my tummy being unable to handle high fat foods. :( :( I usually get them in store-bought plastic containers or from the bulk section. Have I been doing this wrong??? :blink:

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Wait, what??? I assumed nuts were ok. :( I have been getting repeatedly sick from eating nuts, but I blamed on my tummy being unable to handle high fat foods. :( :( I usually get them in store-bought plastic containers or from the bulk section. Have I been doing this wrong??? :blink:

Bulk anything is dangerous to Celiacs. Even the kinds that dispense and don't have open bins and scoops. Stores sometimes just change from one item to another in the containers.

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Yikes! :o Maybe I know the cause of my getting sick with nuts...

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Hi all. My wife has been getting constantly contaminated for about 2 months. She gets over one glutening, and another sneaks up. We really don't know what's causing it. So she's going to go on a raw food diet for awhile. My concern is that she needs protein, so she needs to eat a lot of nuts and seeds. We've really had a problem finding anything in that area that's gluten free. Any recommendations? I mean 100%, 0 ppm, no gluten at all. She is SUPER sensitive. Or if you have any recs for other ways to get protein besides meat and eggs, I'd appreciate that as well.

Thank you

I did the raw foods thing for a few months and never had any issues with protein.  One thing that might work for protein is to have your wife have green smoothies.  You use about 60% fruit and 40% leafy green like spinach, kale, lettuce, parsley, collards, chard etc.  I drink a Vitamix pitcher full every day and they really help with my energy.  

 

Sprouts are another good source of protein when doing raw foods.  You can sprout seeds yourself to save money.   

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I recently found some new products in my natural health store here in NY state. The company name is Organic traditions and the products I purchased are marked glutenfree. The packages list a website at www.organictraditions.com

I was going to look online to see if I could purchase them cheaper but haven't gotten around to it yet, or even checked out the website.

Anyway the products I got are

Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts which have 3 grams protein. The nuts are not chocolate candy covered but coated in cocoa powder. I remember seeing other nut products by this company at my store but especially like hazelnuts so I got them instead.

Sprouted Risotto Mix which has 7 grams protein.

Sprouted Quinoa which has 7 grams protein. Package says it doesn't need to be washed and you can eat it raw or cooked. So far I have cooked it and eaten it by itself but you can add it to salads and soups and such.

I really liked all these products and just purchased them again. To the Sprouted Risotto Mix I add some chia powder which has 4 grams protein. To make it more to my liking I also add sliced water chestnuts which I cook a bit in a fry pan in sesame seed oil then at the end I stir in some toasted sesame seed oil and salt and pepper.

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Hi there!

 

I'm super busy making a raw food dinner for my friends but I just wanted to give you my two cents.

 

I was just like your wife, SUPER sensitive to anything, getting sick all the time, continuing symptoms even though I was completely gluten free even down to my personal care products, which were also free from gluten cross contamination. I was only working three days a week.

 

About 2 years ago I went raw. It took me a much longer time to get healthy (maybe 6 moths-1 year) and while I still get stomach aches, I am now working full time and perusing a full time masters degree. It's awesome.

 

I understand your concern about protein, but I found I did not do to well on nuts as a protein source. I don't know why. Sashimi went over well, (and for some reason goat cheese, especially raw and organic) and I also find that if one or two days a week I eat a normal gluten free meal, I feel better physically and it's better for my sanity.

 

Mostly I'm fruitarian though, meaning I eat fruit all day and sometimes green smoothies. I'll usually have a very large salad in the evening. Apparently there are people that eat ONLY fruit and thrive without protein deficiencies, but I found that was a little too restrictive for me and I didn't feel quite right. But I think we need less protein than you think. I've been eating mostly fruit for a year and I am fine :-) I do supplement Iron, calcium and D.

 

I found this out for me by trial and error. I just wanted to write you cause your wife sounds just like I was and I want to help and give her hope! I totally know how it feels :-(

 

I hope you try raw and figure out how to modify the diet in a way that works for her.

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