Monday, July 20, 2009

What can you eat?

I keep getting questions about Celiac disease from almost everyone I encounter during my day. From other Moms and Dads, to kids and even family members that don't fully understand what Celiac is and what it effects. So I have a "canned" answer as to what Celiac is and what happens to people with it when they eat gluten, but I thought I would write here what awesome foods you can in fact eat when you're celiac or gluten intolerant.

I tell everyone that I use this list as a guide and am able to add to it with other gluten free items. We really can eat almost anything we want, with a few modifications, and as an extra bonus, we eat healthier, and live a healthier lifestyle in general because we're not eating a lot of the fast food, overly processed foods and foods loaded with preservatives that we used to consume. We all feel better and it's kind of a thrill to go one day at a time on a quest to eat only gluten free foods. Sure, it takes a little more planning in the beginning, but overall, it is the best thing we ever did for ourselves.

Take a look at all of the foods on this list, and if you have questions about what you can add to it, or use for substitutions, please let us know and we will help you out in any way we can.

Gluten Free Foods

Fresh meat
Fish and shellfish
Poultry and game
Fresh herbs
Dried fruit
Cottage cheese (not cheese spreads)
Milk (when newly diagnosed you may be lactose intolerant)
Dried beans, peas and pulses
Vegetable oils, sunflower oil, olive oil
Almonds, ground or whole
Rice, ground, long or short grain
Rice cakes/crackers
Rice flour (and other
gluten free flours)
Cream of tartar
Bicarbonate of soda
Dried peppercorns
Cornflour (from the maize plant
Tamari soy sauce
Marmite (only if made in the UK)
Yoghurts (without crunchy bits)
Cider vinegar
Wine vinegar
Distilled vinegar
Flax seed
Corn Tortillas
Corn tacos
Popcorn (check any coating)
Homemade soups (not roux based)
Jelly (jello)
Golden syrup
Black treacle or molasses
Tea (check herb teas first)
Fruit juice
Fruit squash (not barley water
gluten free beer
Xanthan gum (replaces "elastic" quality of gluten)

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1 comment:

sonia sin gluten said...

The list is perfect.
Maybe if autoridaes would campaign on celiac disease, we should not give so many explanations and perhaps came out of those three million celiacs that are not diagnosed in the U.S..
The spread and the call is very important, fundamental diria yo.
My granddaughter still has problems with the menu in school ... is this normal) No, it is not normal and can not be tolerated (!)
The celiac should be part of society, able to make a gluten-free beer is easy? no, no es facil?
At home you can be quiet, but outside and?

Thanks for your list is wonderful
sonia gluten free