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Sarah Alli

Member Since 18 Jun 2011
Offline Last Active Dec 12 2012 06:59 PM
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In Topic: Any Tips On Handling The Holidays?

12 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

I'm going home to visit my family for Christmas- it's my second Christmas gluten free. My father and sister are both apparently gluten-sensitive although they won't completely switch over. So we're obviously doing a full gluten-free-only holidays. I am a good baker and a competent cook, perhaps that's why I never found being gluten free terribly daunting.
I can share a few recipes, maybe that would help.

-This is the stuffing I made for thanksgiving. I made gluten-free Girl's stuffing last year and I liked Udi's better.
http://udisglutenfre...tuffing-recipe/
It was also easier (though more expensive) for me to use the pre-made udi's bread rather than baking a loaf since I worked Thanksgiving morning. Here, Udi's bread is $7 a loaf, but I halved the recipe.

-Here's the gravy I like to use: http://glutenfreegir...en-free-gravy/.

-I like this cinnamon roll recipe: http://www.thebaking...namon-buns.html

-Instead of pumpkin pie, maybe try a decadent pumpkin cheesecake? I find pie crust is an unecessary hassle and prefer to use cookie or crumb crusts where possible. I've used Mi Del gingersnaps for this recipe successfully: http://allrecipes.co...ake/detail.aspx

-I picked up a new cookbook a few weeks ago that I really love and I think you would probably appreciate too: Gluten Free Holiday Baking. I was amazed how well the biscotti I made turned out. Who would have guessed, biscotti!?

In Topic: Amaranth

04 October 2012 - 09:39 PM

You could simply have an allergy to amaranth - not outside the realm of possibility, you know? It happens. Or it could be that one of your other ingredients happens to have a contaminated batch, even if it's usually okay.

Or is there one ingredient that you are using MORE of than you usually do? If you happen to have an intolerance, the quantity change could have an affect.

You might want to see if you can make these cookies again with another type of flour, like quinoa, and see if you can eat THEM without issue. Just to double check that it's the amaranth and not contamination from the other ingredients, you know?


I am definitely going to try altering the recipe next time. I also might just be eating too many, since when I eat chocolate chips I also drink milk... and I'm mildly lactose intolerant.
However this morning I got my period so I am thinking that it might be that, and was gastroenteritis last time. My abdominal pain from my gluten intolerance is typically pretty low in my belly so it kind of fits.
If anything, this is a wonderful example of how difficult it is to pinpoint this stuff. I wish we had better testing methods for this stuff. I work in a laboratory and I love that I am seeing doctors order the celiac panels more and more but it's not enough.

In Topic: Lutein Free Diet

03 October 2012 - 09:59 PM

Your eyes require lutein to function properly. Go on a lutein free diet and you are shooting yourself in the foot- not to mention you will probably starve since it is in nearly everything from leafy vegetables to animal fats.
There isn't really any actual scientific evidence that *-free diets are useful in reducing the symptoms of autism anyway, and this is certainly the most extreme iteration of that trend I've seen. The evidence is all anecdotal and doesn't bear out when you do actual placebo-controlled research. In most cases, it doesn't hurt, but it certainly is going to hurt if you try to eliminate so essential a nutrient from your diet.