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Things I’ve learned when going Gluten Free

25 Aug

It’s been long overdue but after a year of being gluten-free I think it’s time to write a post of the things that I have learned. So here it goes!

1) Life is not fair. (you will learn this too very rapidly).
2) Even though you remove half of your meal because it contained gluten, they still charge you the same price. (hence the life is not fair comment).
3) Everything is three times more expensive than if it was the “regular food”.
4) Eating out is no longer enjoyable.
5) Red Robin and Outback Steakhouse has gluten-free menus! You will get sick of these restaurants, but then you will go back to them over and over and over again if you want to eat out with friends.
6) Always ask if they fry anything, that you ordered fried, in the same fryer that contained breaded or gluten containing objects. And yes tortilla chips are fried. (I always seem to forget that since they are not greasy).
7) Don’t be afraid to ask them to change their gloves and remind them that you have celiac so that they don’t spit in your food, or give you a hard time. (when I went to Carl’s Jr. They had the hardest time fathoming why I didn’t want a lettuce wrapped no cheese burger. Really, I don’t enjoy that much iceberg lettuce).
8) Review all your face and hair products because they most likely will contain gluten. Garnier hair products are awesome because they do not contain gluten.
9) Don’t be afraid to ask the manufacture for a list of ingredients or if they contain gluten. Usually they will give you a list of chemicals that you have no idea what they are, so asking if it contains gluten is your best bet.
10) MSG, natural flavors, additional spices, natural smoke, soy sauce, Anti-caking agents, white vinegar, envelope glue, styrofoam, oats (unless specified GF), Seitan, spice packets, vanilla extract, and pet food are some hidden sources of gluten.
11) Read the labels, read the labels, read the labels!
12) Get the apps! (These are iOS apps)
-Find me gluten free
-GF fast food
-GF living
-All recipes (they have a good selection of GF recipes, and some that are made from scratch is naturally GF)
13) Cook it yourself, that way you don’t have to question.
14) Don’t be afraid to ask your friend who made you a GF meal “what all is in it?” in the nicest way. They will understand after a while.
15) visit these blogs, they have great recipes and flour mixes!
http://www.Betterbatter.org
http://www.glutenfreeonashoestring.com
http://www.glutenfreegirl.com
http://www.easyglutenfreeliving.com
http://www.noglutennoproblem.blogspot.com
(there’s more, but that’s off the top of my head).
16) Don’t eat at Subway if you have Celiac! Just because they have GF bread and they are ever so careful, sometimes, the veggies are what will get you. They dip their glutened hands in the same veggie baskets all day long. You WILL get sick!
17) Annie’s GF is not safe for Celiacs. I usually get sick when I have it. (they make their products in a facility that processes wheat).
18) Always check for the label “made in a facility that processes wheat”. Then avoid when you see that. (even chocolate bars are not safe).
19) Skittles are Gluten Free! 😀
20) Always read the reviews on recipes! Cardboard is not tasty, so give some extra time so you don’t waste time.
21) Bobs Red Mill has certified GF flours and stuff. (although, Bisquick GF is a way better pancake batter!)
22) Don’t use your stoneware or other porous bakeware and utensils from your gluten days.
23) Use the dishwasher if you live with someone who eats gluten. That way you know every particle is bleached and clean.
24) Don’t double dip! If you live with someone who eats gluten, get your own butter, PB, jellies and jams and clearly label GLUTEN FREE!
25) Don’t share a toaster with gluten eating people!

So that’s all for right now, I gotta run. I hope this helps!! 🙂

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(P.s. Krispy Kreme is not one bit gluten free, but I thought it worthy to post this picture because I was able to go in there with a child and not be tempted whatsoever to eat one, even though he was eating my favorite, the maple bar!)

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Posted by on August 25, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni

 

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2 responses to “Things I’ve learned when going Gluten Free

  1. glutengallop

    August 25, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Oh my gosh! This is super helpful for me! Especially since I was just recently diagnosed! Thank you so much! Very intuitive! I actually didn’t know Vanilla extract had gluten. What are your favorite things off of the gluten-free menus at Red Robin and Outback.

    Also, I am living with two gluten eaters, and we do not have a dishwasher (because we are in college). I have separate scrubbies and dishtowels. Any other advice?
    ~Andrea

     
    • jeni315

      August 25, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      On the no dishwasher, just make sure any thing that has a hole or forks and stuff is really clean in the cracks. (your roomies are going to think your nuts…but wen they see you in pain they won’t).
      At Red Robin I like to get the royal hamburger (I can’t have dairy either) an now they have GF buns which are pretty good. But sometimes I just used knife and fork b/c I don’t want all the carbs. But the guac burgers are also another fav. When I get the fries, I get 2 sides of the red relish b/c I hate catsup and ranch was my love, but there’s is not GF. Or DF…I forget. Ask for a GF menu before heading to the table. It is very helpful.
      At Outback, the shrimp on the barbie Is a yummy appetizer. And the ribs are great. I usually go for a steak b/c I hardly eat meat, so it’s a real treat when I do. I think there ask them to just salt and pepper your veggies if you get them. Or they will taste bland. Their seasoning is not GF for the veggies.
      I hope this helps! Now I’m getting REALLY HUNGRY! 😛

       

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