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Foods Without Gluten

As soon as I tell people that I cannot eat any gluten in my diet, the most common reaction is one of complete horror, once I have explained to them, that it means, no bread, no pasta, no cakes, no biscuits, no pancakes. Oh but what do you eat??  Well let me tell you because, Celiac Disease was not a death sentence for me, it was pure enlightenment! I am now stronger, fitter, healthier and yes fatter, but so much happier off gluten!

I am going to focus here not on what we cannot eat, but what we can!

There is plenty to eat, in fact I eat far more now then I have ever eaten in my life before. I was always a picky eater, because I never ever knew what made me sick. It felt like whatever I ate, didn’t agree with me and made me ill. I would think it was one thing, but the next time I ate it, I was ok. Or something I thought I couldn’t possibly eat, made me feel absolutely fine the next time, or something I had eaten and enjoyed all my life suddenly gave me sever diarrhea or nausea.

I will give you an example. I often used to get severe stomach aches after eating avocados. My mom is allergic to avos, her dad was too, so I naturally assumed that that must be a possible trigger, so I best cut it out, and I haven’t eaten any avos in years and years, picking it out of salads, or asking for “without avo” at restaurants.

Well I can tell you that today, I eat a whole avo, nearly daily in my salad for lunch. I absolutely devour its soft creamy taste and it not only doesn’t make me sick, but makes me feel great and I’m sure all its healthy properties and its rich oils are what contribute to my now glowing skin.

Ok now back to what I can eat. Well anything with rice, so that’s risottos, brown rice, basmati rice, rice puddings, rice cakes and rice crispies ( more about that another time). I can also eat corn, so anything with a corn base. Corn chips, pop corn, corn bread, corn flakes, corn cakes polenta and more. I can eat Matabela or sorghum, which I eat daily for breakfast. Also widely available, albeit more expensive, there is lovely gluten free pasta, and I have found gorgeous gluten free muffins and gluten free breads out there, plus I make a lot of it my self.

Ok so what can we eat. Well almost all kinds of protein, which is very important nutritionally speaking.

  • Chicken and all poultry (unless crumbed)
  • Meat (unless crumbed)
  • Fish (unless crumbed)
  • Eggs
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Beans
  • All Vegetables and
  • Fruit
  • Milk
  • Tea and Coffee (lol)
  • Chocolate (unless it contains gluten in the mix, check labels) J
  • Sushi (without soy sauce, which has wheat as an additive I use lemon juice)
  • Yoghurt
  • Cream
  • Hummus
  • Soups
  • Curries
  • Stews
  • Stir fries

Plus lots more….

What was that about nothing to eat???

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