Posted 1/10/2013 6:53 AM (GMT -7)
disintegrated - I did a gluten-free trial about 1.5 years ago and I remember finding it a bit challenging at first also.
The kind of gluten that celiacs avoid is present in wheat, barley and rye. Oats can also carry some of this gluten, but you can find gluten-free oats in the health food section of most grocery stores (sold by Bob's Red Mill). When I first went gluten free, for breakfast every day I had eggs scrambled with onions and corn chips. It was delicious! Now I usually have gluten-free cereal with milk (I like Bakery on Main cereal and gluten-free corn flakes). Today I had gluten-free oatmeal.
There are gluten-free frozen dinners that are delicious (look for Amy's in the health food section - I like the tex-mex meals from that company and also the lasagna, but I don't recommend the lasagna until you've been GF for a while - the texture difference in the pasta will bother you). For lunch I usually pack leftovers and fresh fruit - today I am bringing GF mac and cheese that I made last night for dinner.
There is a big change away from carbs when you go GF. I was hungry a lot in the beginning (but not really tired or anything). I tried some GF crackers and pretzels, but meh. I now pack a KIND bar, or bring a couple of GF cookies to work, or some mixed nuts, potato chips, for an afternoon snack. Yogurt is nice, too. The benefit of fewer carbs is a slightly smaller butt, LOL.
I would recommend that in the first few weeks of a GF trial you be really strict about staying away from gluten, even in things like candy. After that, you can probably try a bit here and there and see what bothers you. I find I can have one bite of something with gluten (like cake or a cookie or a piece of lovely bread) but more than that and I will pay for it the next day or days. I do not have celiac, so it is really an intolerance and nothing more. But it made a huge difference in my life.
50 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Pentasa (3g/day)Colazal ( 96 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11. Colonoscopy found no evidence of inflammation on 8/16/12.