Living Without Gluten

Just about everyone in my family has been there; you’re faced with chronic intestinal distress in forms of things from simply gas to events you probably would rather not talk about in public. Maybe you don’t want to go to a doctor because you don’t believe in many aspects of modern medicine; or you feel like you have exhausted every GI physician in your area and you are left with no answers. Maybe the doctor told you that you don’t have anything wrong with you (after extensive invasive tests…), and that you also tested negative for Crohn’s and Celiac, but you continue to suffer, with no answers.

Maybe you aren’t the one suffering, but instead you watch your young child suffer with stomach aches every single night, or is “constipated with diarrhea” and cries on the toilet for hours at a time. We have been there. We know the pain, the frustration, anxiety and insanity that the intestinal system can create.

Maybe you don’t have many GI complaints but suffer from frequent headaches or chronic body aches and pains that are unexplained. Maybe they have been simply diagnosed with a blanket diagnosis such as fibromyalgia. Such a diagnosis can be frustrating, and finding out that gluten was the primary cause of the chronic pain is a great relief for many.

We also know what it is like to watch a gluten intolerant loved one suffer with eating cardboard foods. That is why I began creating gluten free recipes, and that is why I began selling baked goods. But, I can’t produce everything on my own (yet!)..and we all seem to have to rely on store bought foods regardless of how much we want to be completely independent and create what we eat. That is why I have created this page, to give you a comprehensive list of basic foods that our family relies on, and enjoys.

Keep in mind, almost my whole family is sensitive to corn and soy also(both are estrogen foods and also cause intestinal upset for us), so you won’t find anything made solely with those ingredients. Corn bread or soy milk is never in our house! The following list gives you some staples in our house most of the time. I can’t eat yeast, so any yeast breads won’t include my personal opinion.

I have included the ingredients for those of us who are label readers : ) Most of these things you can purchase online, but we get a large percentage of them locally.

Bread

When you remove gluten from the diet, the first panic you’re going to have is usually “What? No Bread?? I can NEVER eat BREAD AGAIN?!?!” Calm down, because breads without gluten have come a long way since I removed gluten cold turkey from my diet. There are options on the shelf! Then again, you always have the option of my homemade breads that I sell to local families and online. ; )

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Katz, Challah Bread

This is my daughter’s favorite toast, Katz Challah Bread. My mother gets it for her at a small family market that has grandchildren who are gluten intolerant. I have not found it anywhere else, but it is online. Aryanna eats this every night around 8, topped with butter, on her special vintage plate that she dug up in the woods on a digging expedition two years ago. (Yes, we are an odd family, but we have fun!)  I have read reviews that it is best eaten warm, but she does like her sandwiches on this bread. I also like that this bread has minimal ingredients. It is the closest to what I would put in my own home baked bread. I hope to find their other breads locally soon!

Ingredients:Gluten Free Flour (White Rice, Tapioca, Arrowroot, Corn, Soy, Potato), Water, Eggs, Palm Oil, Brown Sugar, Honey, Xanthan Gum, Dry Yeast, Salt, Flaxseed, Apple Cider Vinegar

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Udi’s White Bread

This is our second bread pick, and it is the one we get when I don’t have home baked bread on hand or ran out of Katz Challah. The drawback with this loaf is the ingredients; it contains more things than I am comfortable with putting in my daughters body on a regular basis. We prefer minimal additions to the basics of bread. The benefit of this bread is that it is much like regular white bread and is a good bread for a sandwich or toast. (Note: Udi’s and Rudi’s packaging look a lot alike, and they rhyme, but they are not the same)

Ingredients: Water, Tapioca Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Canola Oil, Egg whites, Potato Starch, Modified Food Starch, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Dried cane syrup, Tapioca Syrup, Yeast, Gum (Xanthan, Sodium Alginate, Guar Gum), Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Cultured Corn Syrup Solids, Citric Acid, Enzymes

Crackers/Snacks

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Manischewitz GF Crackers

These are the best plain crackers I have found that are close to the real deal (meaning, gluten-full crackers!). Crackers are a big deal for me since I can’t have yeast and many crackers have yeast. These do not have yeast! These are great with butter or my strawberry jam or to sample some jalapeno jelly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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