Hey Fran, any advice on where to seek guidance for Gluten Free diets? Seems there is so much on the web with differing viewpoints, and that wheat is the major culprit, but not the only one. Do you eat dairy? Rice? Beans? Ezekiel bread? Chocolate? I take it sugar is out also (my main problem).
I'd really like to hear from those of you who are actively and successfully eating gluten free. Do you find special brands/products or simply eat whole (and unprocessed) foods without starch?
I do notice feeling less well and have a lot more bloating when consuming wheat foods, (much like dairy) so I'd like to give this a try and see if it might make a big difference.
Thanks - Lucy
Thanks Fran- it sounds like you have some big limitations to contend with! I have never tolerated dairy - especially milk - very well. But with recently dx'd osteoporosis - I've been looking to add calcium. I'll look for the lactose free cheeses. Am trying lactose free milk. It's interesting you mentioned the wheat fillers in vitamins. I have a terrible time taking vitamins and for some odd reason they usually make me gain weight, and I feel better when I stop them. Makes me wonder if that isn't the reason.
I am finding that things I once had no problem with, spicy foods for example, are now causing some big problems. Sausage is another thing - doesn't matter whether it's pork or turkey, I pay a price, so it also makes me think it has to do with added ingredients.
It's getting to the point where I just stay away from most processed foods and eat basic proteins and vegies. Oh yeah, and that other staple - chocolate ( I try to just eat the dark Fair Trade stuff with no soy lecithin in it, but I cheat.... a lot!)
Thanks for the help - and I hope you are feeling well!