Saturday, November 23, 2013

Where and what I eat on the go

Eat at your own risk!
As you know I am NOT I'm saying these places are certified gluten free.

What I order: (click the link for the restaurant allergy menu)
Barberitos  Burrito Bowl or nachos
Chickfila Grilled chicken tenders (ask for them most places will grill the tenders) or nuggets & fries
They have a dedicated fryer for fries so there is no cross contamination
Larry's Giant Subs: has a GF sub roll (it tastes like wheat bread)  Oh YUMM!!!

Zaxby's chicken wings
The Loop Grilled chicken sandwich or cheese burger on a GF bun and steamed broccoli
Dominos Pizza GF pizza

Chez Lezan Bakery will bake a delish GF bread if you preorder

Local places I shop for Gluten Free

I shop mainly at Publix and Amazon. Then comes , Native Sun (Jacksonville).

Publix has the best selection. Wal-Mart has some gluten free items that are different than Publix but they are not consistent on what is available.

Betty Crocker Gluten Free (Publix or Walmart)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix: AWESOME!! Can't tell a difference
  •  Chocolate Brownie Mix : Awesome
  • Devil's Food Cake: Awesome
  • Yellow Cake Mix: YUCK! (Better Batter Yellow Cake Mix is AWESOME!)
  • Bisquick Gluten Free: AWESOME..the best pancake mix that I have found! (Better Batter has a faux Bisquick recipe that is more cost efficient when buying in bulk)

Udi's hamburger buns ,hotdog buns, dinner rolls, baguettes, and tortillas: (found in Publix freezer section) I can't remember trying any of Udi's products that were not delish

Bob's Red Mill GF Cornbread Mix : Love this (I buy it on Amazon or Native Sun)

Publix also has a GF chocolate chewy cookie in the bakery!! It's yummm :-)

Gluten Free: Getting Started

Getting Started:
Books I love:

  • BETTER Batter flour is amazing!!!! I buy it in bulk.
    They are online and Facebook {Better Batter on FB}. You can substitute it cup for cup for regular flour. They are always posting coupon codes on Facebook.
    Really this stuff is AMAZING!!!! (I do not get anything by recommending Better Batter)

    These are the GF apps I use:
     Find Me GF is the one I use the most.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Vanilla Creme Cookies by Glutino

YUMM!!! So close the real thing that my kids don't think they are gluten free :-)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

My sweet fix

I'm not an expert on this gluten free stuff. But here are a few things that I have come to depend on for a sweet fix.

I honestly don't know what I would do without Udi's Double Chocolate Muffins. The are rich and awesome. Look for them in the freezer section.

Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix is one that I always have in the pantry. I have taken these to family gatherings and everyone loves them.

Homemade Rice Krispy Treats made with Kellogg's Gluten Free Rice Krispies are easy and they taste the same as regular Rice Krispy Treats.

These are all quick and easy.
I do most of my shopping at Publix.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Now what....

It's been 6.5 weeks since day 1 of the Elimination Diet.

I just had the genetic test done that checks for the Celiac Disease markers. I should have the results by Monday.

I haven't talked about the joint pain that I have been having over the past year and it is pretty much gone.  Or the weight loss :-)

 I was not excited about the elimination diet. I didn't want to try going without gluten. I loved bread! Warm, soft, buttery bread!!! I LOVED IT!
Today I'm happy to go without. I have had my moments and wanted to just get mad and eat something with wheat.

I have read several books about all this wheat & gluten stuff. My favorite: Wheat Belly (Amazon) by William Davis, M.D.
I decided to blog this adventure to help me keep track of everything and also maybe to help someone else feel better.
In the next few days I will post some of my favorite brands and products and where I purchased them.

Fruit Loops

Last week I bought 1 box of Fruit Loops for my 6 yr old son that begged and pleaded with me...because he's so cute I bought the box.
All week I stared at that box of Fruit Loops.
I went as far as smelling that box of Fruit Loops.
After 5 days of staring at those Fruit Loops and EVEN smelling that box of Fruit Loops I caved and ate a bowl.

15 minutes after eating them, really foggy brain (worst yet) and very bad stomach pain. I ended up curled up in a ball on my living room floor for several hours. And then running to the bathroom.
My body is beginning to heal and then when I eat something with gluten it makes the symptoms worse. 

 My husband jokingly asked me, "Well why did you eat them?"

My answer is "The same reason I eat cupcakes although I know they will make me fat" ;-)

Migraine during Elimination

Yesterday at 5am I woke up with a really bad headache. My first thought is I am having a migraine. Wait a second, my hands are not numb & and I can that must mean it's just a bad head ache. So I take Motrin and try to go back to sleep.
 I ended up getting in the shower and that helps with the pain. I got nauseous. I realize that my head is hurting in the same place as my migraines.
After a few hours I realize that it is a migraine but I never lost my vision, never became numb, and never vomited. It lasted about 3 hours instead of 5 or 6 hours.
WHOA WHOA WHOA! I have never had a migraine that I could function though or that was manageable with Motrin!

I was left with that "hangover" headache all day.

THIS IS HUGE! This blows my mind! This can change my life.
Over 24 hours later I am still in shock that I had a migraine and it took me hours to figure out that was what was going on. Before today a migraine would hit and I was in bed within minutes, blind & no feeling in my arms.