GLUTEN Free diet

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Collazos

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 14:43
My daughter (8 years old) may have Celiac disease. I am being told that the treatment for this is a Gluten Free diet. I know absolutely nothing about Gluten free diets. Can someone educate me? What foods will she not be able to eat?
chmilz

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 14:49
try this link

http://www.webmd.com/diet/slideshow-gluten-free-diet
Lee2010

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 14:50
Foods that contain gluten are mostly foods made with flour (flour has gluten in it). They are things like bread, pasta, muffins, pizza, noodles, some cereals, biscuits, potato chips, anything crumbed, spaghetti, museli bars, cakes, etc. There are some really helpful websites around, and most supermarkets have gluten free food sections. It will be a big change.
eg730

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 15:47
Here is another great link to a quick gluten free guide:

http://www.naspghan.org/user-assets/Documents/pdf/diseaseInfo/GlutenFreeDietGuide-E.pdf

I have celiac disease and was diagnosed a few years ago. It was hard at first but it gets very easy to adjust to once you are used to it. When I first found out my diet became really boring. I stuck to rice, yogurt, fruits and vegetables, meat, and salads mostly. But you slowly find other things you can eat and start to adjust your favorite recipes to be gluten free.

Eating out is the hardest part but you learn how to do that too. And there are a ton of restaurants that are now offering gluten free menu items.

It may help to schedule an appointment with a dietician once you find out for sure.

Good Luck!
fawkesmom

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 16:22
There are also some good recipe books out there designed for gluten free diets. I have one, I think its called The Gluten Free Vegetarian Cookbook. I would also suggest being careful to read labels while shopping. There are a lot of foods out there that have wheat in them that you wouldn't necessarily expect to.
42in33

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 19:52
and since she's 8..I know quite a few pizza places around me have gluten free crusts. I cannot however account for their quality, but I think it'd be worth a look (I remember birthday and end of year pizza parties, and if she's on a sports team or any activity where parents take turns with meals it's something to keep in mind!)
Evil_Angel_S...

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 20:59
If you like to cook here is a site w/ all gluten-free recipes, including a quality pizza crust recipe:

http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/p/gluten-free-cheat-sheet.html

Here's another site of gluten-free food products:

http://udisglutenfree.com/

Hope this helps! Smile
~*There is nothing harder than life, but nothing greater than living.*~
fawkesmom

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 21:15
Just a thought, its almost Passover time and there are a lot of Passover products out there that are gluten free because we (Jews) can't eat bread during the 8 day holiday. Unless it is a Matza product, it should be gluten free. Manichevitz makes a lot of Passover baking mixes and stuff that you could stock up on. Not sure if that's helpful or not...
Collazos

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 10:29
Thanks for all the great posts. They have all been very helpful.
sheripickle

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 10:33
Since adopting our little girl and having to be gluten free, the best products I have found are here
http://udisfood.com/
~Cheryl~
eg730

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 10:42
Udi's definitely has the best gluten free products! Good suggestion Evil_Angel and sheripickle! I love their stuff!



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