Off Topic

Alright, let's get a little.... OK, a lot off topic here. Without getting all TMI on you, I need to strongly consider going GLUTEN FREE.  All the signs are pointing to this, and I can't rule it out without trying.

I know there are endless gluten free products available in the supermarket. I have a close friend that I have baked gluten free for...it wasn't hard, and everyone liked it.

The problem? I'm in love with things like this Bruschetta

The Pioneer Woman
I can't imagine a glass of wine without a few garlic knots

Recipe
Do you know anything about Gluten Free living? 

Have you tried it? 

Did you feel different? 

Did you have pasta withdrawals?

31 comments:

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I tried Gluten-free before I began the mega restrictive diet that am currently on and it was not terrible. I did miss pasta and bread but there was so much more available to eat. Good Luck!

Cathy Wall said...

I am following closely as I too keep thinking that this is the way to go... Quinoa and zucchini crust pizza anyone?

Laurie said...

Oh Linda - it would be sssooo hard for me - no bread, pasta, etc. Good luck

Nancy said...

Im clueless on the topic, sorry! I sure hope you feel better and find some solutions! I like your colored tabs with text over on your Projects ! We didn't get any snow, did you?
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Lobster Meets Peach said...

My daughter B is gluten free and has been for about eight years. In a way she is lucky since she does not remember a life with gluten. But I do have to say that gluten-free products keep getting better and better! Do you have a Wegman's near you? That store is a life-saver for B!

CaseyinTO said...

My friend is gluten free due to an allergy. She rarely eats gluten free bread (lack of fiber in it leads to...issues) but I believe she eats egg noodle pasta and enjoys it!

she feels soooo much better so she doesnt mind at at and lost some weight in the process! win/win

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

I love pasta and bruschetta and wine (I think there must be some Italian in me somewhere...) so I can't imagine going totally gluten-free, but maybe an overall gluten-free diet would help you?? Also have you considered a Paleo diet? This is free right now on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Paleo-Slow-Cooker-Healthy-ebook/dp/B009JF5XIQ/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1358517353&sr=8-7&keywords=paleo+crockpot+cookbook It doesn't look too bad; there's even a recipe for brownies! :)

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

u can eat ALL those foods - just gotta make your own breads/pastas if you don't have a store that sells the gluten free version ... one of my VERYYYYY good friends HAS to be gluten free - she's just use to it ..

pam {simple details} said...

I'm no help ~ heading over to get the garlic knot recipe ~ YUM!!

Kristen said...

OMG I would die. I'm a carb fiend! On the other hand I do know a lot of people who swear by it. Let us know if you make the switch!

Leslie said...

There are lots of options for you! Check you local natural foods market for ideas and you just have to try different things until you find items that appeal to you. Sometimes you will reduce the symptoms if you CUT back.. or eliminate for a couple months.

xxL

The Pink Pagoda said...

I'm gluten free for the time being and it's okay. I'm too lazy to make gluten free items so I just do without bread, etc. I'd rather not eat it than make it just for myself. I thought it would be impossible for me to not eat bread, cookies, pasta, cake, but I'm managing fine. I can tell when I accidentally eat gluten pretty much immediately by my nose getting very stuffy, so that's good encouragement to keep it up.

Lisa said...

Read Wheat Belly and watch Food Matters and you'll not ever want to eat anything with wheat in it and gluten. In the last 8 months my husband and I have gone to a completely organic, real food, nothing at all processed diet. Just made the lifestyle change in our way of thinking of food, and we cut out wheat and gluten as well. We basically eat things with one ingredient, like fruits and veggies and free range organic chicken, and grass fed beef only and wild caught salmon, etc. We've both lost so much weight and our inflammation and pain in our bodies have left us. We are in early 40's and it's made a huge difference. I've even been able to tell my skin looks younger. I'm telling you once you make the changes, you no longer crave the stuff and you feel and look so great that you'll be more than motivated to keep it up. I don't even want that stuff anymore!!! I wish I knew in my 20's what I know now about what's in the conventional food in the grocery stores. Good luck.

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

My sister has Celiac Disease. She has been gluten free for about 12 years. If it is gluten that is bothering you take it out of your diet for 2 weeks and see if you feel better. (My sis was very ill so she noticed a dramatic difference in that time) There are different levels of gluten allergies you should see your physician so they can determine if you have an intolerance or allergy or sensitivity.
PS stay away from modified food starch too. Good luck!!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

I tried going without carbs (rice, bread....fruit yes) for a month and actually the first few days were hard but then the craving dies off and you actually feel great....Carbs make you anxious....so I did feel so much better. I should get on that again. You will do great!!

Nicole Scott said...

My sister (and one niece) has Celiac too. So because I'm more addicted to my nieces than bread I have changed our kitchen too. Seems easier to stay on task somehow when kids are involved. There are a few key products I buy ready made, but I just do more scratch cooking. You can do it! I wish I could say I looked like a supermodel, or feel like an Olympian, but in my head I know Im doing a good thing for my body and the fam. That's pretty good right?! You can do it!

My Crafty Home Life said...

I saw a video on Wheat Belly...that was enough. I'll check out Food Matters. The effects that you are having is exactly what I hope for. Thanks.

City Farmhouse said...

I was actually thinking the other day how much I LOVE bread & carbs:). My niece has been trying to get me to change to Gluten Free, I am considering it, although I don't think I am there yet:). She swears by it. WE will see....Have a great weekend & def check out Jeanne's site, Jen

Chateau À Gogo said...

No help! I have enough trouble just figuring out what to cook each night. Good luck - Brandy

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

It is a tough change...I have been trying to cut back on anything white - white flour, white sugar. It works, but it isn't easy.

Have a great weekend!!!

Tiffany said...

Lisa's comment was really interesting. I just don't know if I could do it though. It's funny, I have a friend who is from France and she said that as soon as she moved here she started to gain weight, even though she was eating less. She also can't believe the amount of ingredients in something simple like bread. In France there are maybe five ingredients compared to the twenty in ours. Gluten free sounds like a smart move. And, if it helps me lose weight, bonus.

Cindy said...

I did go gluten free for about 1 1/2 years. I felt really good. I need to elimate the gluten again for health reasons. I have found a lot of gluten free foods that taste much better so I think I can make the change stick this time - I love my pasta and bread. Best of luck.

jeanine said...

I really don't eat gluten foods, though it's more of a side impact of other things I shouldn't have. I only really eat it when it's part of organic soba/somen/udon noodles since the rice noodles get hard when I try to take them for lunch. Occasionally I have some pizza or organic 3-ingredient bread but it's not too hard to do and I love my carbs!

Trader Joe's has some brown rice wraps and rice pasta for when you have to have carbs and I'm sure other places do too. :)

Janet @ House Four said...

I've never tried living gluten free. I do have a recipe book called "Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day" that has quite a few gluten free bread recipes in it though. You might want to try that. I LOVE all the other recipes in their book so I would guess these are just as good.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

My brother and girlfriend read Wheat Belly, went gluten free, have lost weight and feel amazing.

Our 9 year old has Celiac, so we have a lot of practice with this! It's not easy if you have eaten bread and pasta, but it gets better!

If you plan on getting tested though, you have to have wheat in your system, so do that first!

I am not totally gluten free, but since C has Celiac. I have switched to only baking gluten free so there is no flour contamination. With Celiac, cross-contamination can be harmful, while if you are gluten-free by personal choice, not so much.

Let me know if I can help....it's easier to know what to try so you don't go through every brand and recipe!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I have been gluten free for awhile now and its been pretty easy....I have lost 20 pounds being on this diet...or new way of eating!

Decora Adora said...

Hi linda I've never tried living gluten free. Ilove my pasta and bread. Best of luck.

Amal -- Sybaritic Spaces said...

I tried it, but I just could't live without my refined flour. I did do it for 2 weeks and did feel better. But I will admit it, I am addicted. Too late for me!

Jessica said...

Not specifically gluten free, but I never felt better than when I was doing low carb. I've been off for a few years because of pregnancy and nursing, but I'm so ready to get back to it. I have noticed that pasta messes with my blood sugar and makes me hungry again in an hour, and that when I'm eating lots of carbs I'm sluggish and tired all the time. Even now when I'm not doing low carb eating, I prefer to avoid pasta, eat oat bran bread instead of white, and eat rice or sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes.

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

I've been thinking of doing the same thing...I have in the past, have felt better, lost weight...and I always come back to the cookies.

SHERRY HART said...

Plead God...do not put any restrictions on what I can eat......I love everything but liver and lima beans. And...don't get me started on Bruschetta.....

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