Gluten free for a month

@dawnald (84133)
Shingle Springs, California
March 6, 2013 10:25pm CST
Ok, so I took Dearra to see a Naturopath. He feels that her immune system is reacting to something in her diet, the most likely thing being gluten, followed by milk, followed by tomato/eggplant and other foods in that family. So we're going to go gluten free for a month, and see if things clear up a bit. Any suggestions for a gluten free menu, I'd love to hear them.
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@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
7 Mar 13
Well their are plenty of grains out there that are great alternatives and much more healthy alternatives to wheat out there. You can get pretty much anything that is normally made form wheat or contains gluten that comes gluten-free. I hope that gluten is what she is allergic to because dairy and tomatoes/eggplants can provide some great nutrients and vitamins to the body. Hopefully you guys find out soon and your daughter is healthy and well soon.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
Milk is in EVERYTHING too, she'd pretty much have to give up all processed foods....
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@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
7 Mar 13
Yes that is the unfortunate thing however if you can cut out a lot of the processed foods it will drastically increase her immune system's strength and I'm sure she will begin to feel much better. The only problem is being able to afford food that is actually healthy for you. I've struggled with that off and on but I'm a little bit more financially stable at this point in my life.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
7 Mar 13
All I can tell you is that this seems to be a popular enough problem that even walmart carrys these products. When we were looking for these products 5 years ago it was very rare and hard to find. Hope this works for Dearra
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
Very common...
@alberello (4755)
• Italy
7 Mar 13
Well, given my "ignorance" on the subject, I had to go to Wikipedia to find out what is really gluten. From here I deduced that Gluten is a lipoprotein substance that originates from the union, in the presence of water, two types of proteins: gliadin and glutenin present mainly in the endosperm of the grain kernel cereals such as wheat, barley, rye, kamut and barley. For its protein content is often used as a meat substitute in some vegetarian diets. Now in the case of Dearra, it seems that his food to gluten, it is counterproductive to feed (or so I understood reading). I see that neither can, however, buy the flour does not contain gluten. Of course, pasta, from what I'm aware, it should be (almost) eliminated. Even in this case I read that exists the dough, without gluten. However, there are several cases of gluten intolerance, or so I am informed on the network.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
We don't know that gluten is the problem, but by eliminating it for a month we will find out.
@MoonGypsy (4613)
• United States
7 Mar 13
i did some research and found a website called, "gluten-free goddess recipes". there you can find some great ways to cook gluten-free. they even have a recipe for some chocolate chip cookies. check it out: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
Thanks, that should be a huge help.
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@celticeagle (116574)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Mar 13
Why not just strengthen the immune system? L-Lysine, which is one of the amino acids, will do the trick. Happy dieting!
@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
The idea is to stop the immune system from reacting against whatever is bothering it first.
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@celticeagle (116574)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Mar 13
Okay.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Mar 13
I know that potatoes, rice (brown rice especially), and corn are good for gluten free. I also think oats as well. You can find rice pasta and now quiona pasta in stores. The trouble is that you cannot have anything with tomato since Dearra may be allergic nor you can have any cheese sauces, and with some people, they cannot use soy products so that is out. I would stick with the traditional meat, and potatoes or rice and pasta but with gravy and vegetables for now. If you could find a tomato substitute in the health food stores, that might help, but your choices are very limited.
@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
For now the doc is only eliminating gluten, not tomato or milk. That may come later. He said we had to be careful with oats, as they were often processed in places where there was wheat flour.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
8 Mar 13
Well I guess you can have lasagna made with rice pasta or quinwa pasta. And have tomato sauce with it. But I would suggest you make it yourself. and if you want bacon, check the label. I know flour tends to make things stick.
@katsmeow1213 (29016)
• United States
7 Mar 13
I don't think I could handle a gluten free diet! Though with as popular as it's becoming I'm sure you can find plenty of gluten free things at the store.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
apparently the pasta and bread substitutes (many of them) taste really good. Dairy is a worse problem to me, because there is no good substitute for cheese.
• United States
7 Mar 13
I wouldn't want to substitute any of my foods. Guess that's why I'm overweight, LOL.
@kprofgames (3018)
• United States
8 Mar 13
Oh the process of elimination. I hope it goes smoothly. Had to do that with my son when he was very small. Narrowed it down to yellow and red dyes in the foods and cold medicines. Found a fun site with goodies on it too. Maybe it will be easier change in diet if there are some treats in there too. http://allrecipes.com/recipes/healthy-recipes/special-diets/gluten-free/ Good luck.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 13
Oh yes, treats are a must! I'll check it out, thanks.
@artemeis (4021)
• China
8 Mar 13
I hope that this Naturopath will be able to help your Dearra and I am glad that it recognizes the importance of avoiding certain foodstuffs to manage the medical conditions. Like traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diet plays a very important part to one's recovery and complete cure. You may want to look it up to assist your daughter's diet and avoid food that will weaken her liver, spleen and kidney because the practice believes that these organs are vital for helping our bodies detoxify harmful toxins in our bodies.
@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 13
If I can find something she can eat that will help, that would be great.
• United States
7 Mar 13
As long as food is being prepared from scratch, gluten-free shouldn't be too bad. One step I would suggest is to take a look at Passover recipes; since many grains are prohibited during the holiday, this would be a good starting point for finding good recipes. One place you could look is: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/856603/jewish/Passover-Recipes.htm I know that there are a lot of GF foods and recipes out there, but some of it is just not good--especially not for a teen who is used to having her gluten-filled cake and eating it, too. I'm a pretty adventurous eater, and I have to say that some of the "special" GF foods I've tried were pale substitutes of the "real" thing.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Mar 13
Potato pancakes, yum... :D
• Indonesia
7 Mar 13
This means, she also can't include oats, right? Hmmm, it means a dieat containing fresh fruits, vegetables, and the kinds of meats. I also think corn and potatoes still fine, although I don't know in Dearra's case. I think if you look for it, there are many recipes which gluten-free. Chicken salads, Lentil soup, baked salmon, etc. Of course don't use any milk and tomato or eggplant, seeing she's actually expected to have allergy in such family of vegetables as well.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
Oats are ok if they were processed in a facility that doesn't also process wheat, rye or barley.
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
7 Mar 13
Gluten-free recipes and menus are all over the web now. Some sites are totally devoted to people who need to be gluten free. Do a search. Grocers are now stocking more products and some even have their own sections in the aisles.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
My store mixes the gluten free and organic products with the regular products, but they are clearly marked. I can find them. It's more finding a way to put them togther so that Dearra will actually eat it.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
7 Mar 13
I did gluten free, dairy free, low fat For a few months. I strayed from it though. I am trying to get back to a better way of eating because it really did seem to help me lose weight and not feel tired all the time. ideas for breakfast: eggs in any form (I usually added a lot of vegetables to mine) turkey bacon or turkey sausage fresh fruit protein shakes can be good when mixed with fruit or a spoonful of peanut butter ( banana and peanut butter is a good 1) there are a lot of gluten free cereals. cocoa pebbles are gluten free so no all gluten free cereals are bad tasting ideas for lunch and dinner: salads with lots of veggies and a lean protein (I typically went for spinach salads) grilled fish or chicken, or ground turkey. beef and pork are okay as well. even gluten free pasta will be hard if she is supposed to stay away from tomatoes, you could try gluten free pasta a little olive oil and some grilled veggies
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
Right now tomatoes are OK, although they may be eliminated later (hope not).
@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Mar 13
I used to go no gluten each time I had a sinus flare up (no caffeine either). The hardest part of the day was an on the go lunch.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
That wouldn't be hard here. There is a cafe with a nice salad bar...
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
7 Mar 13
Oh I am so sorry that she has to do this but if it gets rid of her health problems then this is a good thing. I rmeember my daughter had to have gluten free cereal etc as a baby. There was none on the Island but I had a supply delivered through the diplomatic pouch between countries Well - I got desperate so used all contacts for this to happen. Beans, seeds, nuts in their natural, unprocessed form Fresh eggs Fresh meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated) Fruits and vegetables Most dairy products all of Dearra's food is to be checked that to make sure that they are not processed or mixed with gluten-containing grains, additives or preservatives. Many grains and starches can be part of a gluten-free diet: Arrowroot Buckwheat Corn and cornmeal Flax Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean) Hominy (corn) That's as far as I read as am leaving home now. I am sure that others will come up will brilliant ideas. I love cornmeal but hate hominy!
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
Why not marinated?
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
7 Mar 13
I never heard about gluten till something happened with it and was in the news like about a year ago. I have no idea what has it in or not and I dont read labels all that good either and guess that I should huh?
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Mar 13
Anything with wheat, rye or barley basically...