By Emily Roberts MA, LPC
“What can I eat? “ I find myself frequently thinking of what I am not allowed to eat rather then the wealth of foods I am able to enjoy these days. Myself, and others who have sensitiveness to gluten, often find themselves in this tiny corner of the grocery store, that can seem daunting and scarce. It’s important to note that any food with wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats in the ingredients list, or that indicates it has been manufactured in the presence of wheat, gluten, or gluten-containing ingredients can affect you if you have these sensitivities. I didn’t know this until recently when I had some oatmeal, which was a bothersome experience. Upset, I decided to start looking at what I can enjoy instead of focusing on what I have to live without.
For many parents and clients we talk with, the change to any diet appears very difficult at first, but after they look at all the possibilities of foods they can eat, try out recipes with success, and eat at their favorite restaurants with ease they often tell us, it’s much easier than they expected.
Here are some sites that I found extremely useful in making my transition to gluten-free and understanding what I CAN eat. Please add your favorite sites and blogs as well! The more information we can get and share with others, the easier it will be for all of us who have food sensitivities or family members who are living without.
Gluten Free Girl: I Really like this blog, great recipes, stories, and coupons for GF foods (so simple to print and I have already saved $5.00 on my next trip to Whole Foods). She makes living gluten free look very easy. Love her easy-to-read style and simple, yet tasty, recipes.
Celaic. com: When I ask myself, “So…What can I eat?” I turn to the experts on this site. There are lists of foods to avoid and those that are tolerable. Great information for a newbie like me.
Gluten Free Goddess: This is a fantastic blog. She makes cooking without look better than with gluten. I was inspired by her site and beautiful pictures. Who knew you could have scones and muffins that actually taste delicious!
Gluten Free Cooking: For holiday recipes that seem daunting without gluten Teri Gruss has made it look simple; with anything from pie to stuffing, to creative alternatives that look and taste like the real thing follow her guide and it will be just like Thanksgiving or Christmas, but without the stomach aches.
Gluten Free Mommy: is a fantastic site for parents; she has easy recopies for gluten free and casein free kiddos (and parents too!).
Please add your favorite blogs or sites below. Start a discussion about how living without ____(insert you or your child’s sensitivity here) has been for you and share resources.
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