When I first found out that I couldn't eat any gluten I was in denial. I would still have the odd cookie or wheat product, thinking that I would be okay. Within 1 hour of eating it I knew it was a bad idea. I would still do it from time to time because I was too shy to say no or I was just lazy.
Finally, I decided to commit myself 100% and go gluten free, to my surprise it was not as hard as I thought it would be. I just had to find out what I COULD eat and go from there. In the past, I would deprive myself of bread which would lead me to sneak a cookie or something else with wheat in it. You have to find the alternative and eat that instead.
1. Toast, sandwiches and bread. I was never a big bread eater but I think it was because for a long time I knew how terrible it made me feel. Now I make my own bread in a bread maker every Sunday. I cut it in slices, individually wrap them and put it in the freezer for the week to come. I buy the bread mix from the Bulk Barn, add water and butter, hit start and walk away. How easy is that?
2. If I get invited to someone’s house for dinner, I let them know that I have a gluten allergy and offer to make a tasty dish or two for everyone to try. I have this one friend that makes amazing dips; if you like dips bring a box of your favorite rice crackers.
3. I also love cookies and granola bars; it takes me 10 minutes to make a big batch of tasty nut bars that are gluten free. I wrap them so I have them to grab and go.
4. There are a lot of really tasty gluten free cereals that you can get at almost any grocery stores, even many discount grocers.
5. I always make sure that I have a snack or two with me to stop the cravings. There are more and more stores around that sell gluten free products. I love the bulk barn, it has A LOT of great tasting gluten free products. Their pancakes are great. I make a large batch and freeze the rest that I do not eat at that sitting. I can toast them for a tasty lunch with fruit and brown sugar.
6. I love a good pasta dish in the winter time when it's cold outside. I just switch to rice noodles or pad Thai, which are rice noodles. If you like chips, you can have corn chips. I even saw lentil chips at the bulk barn and they were good as well as high in fiber, low in calories and fat.
The key to living gluten-free is really about changing your habits and switching one product for another. Bringing new tasty side dishes and rice crackers to my friend’s house, isn't putting them out, I am introducing them to new foods. There are tons of gluten free recipes on the internet. Just switch them out for some of your regular recipes.
Here is your gluten-free shopping list and tips:
Gluten-Free Nut Bar Recipe:
After 12 years of being in the rat race of the fashion industry Tree Ryde was looking for something to calm her mind body and soul and she found it in yoga finishing her 200H at Kula Yoga in 2007. She was addicted and wanted to deepen her practice of meditation and study the sub-conscious mind. She became a hypnotist in 2014 and works part time at the Burlington Hypnosis centre. Helping clients with anything from weight loss, quit smoking to nail biting. Tree also loves exercise and cook whenever she can, and is always coming across new recipes that are both delicious and nutritious