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Gluten-Free Low-Carb Diet

Gluten-free products are typically considered as low in carbohydrate content due to the absence of wheat flour. True enough, wheat flour is a natural source of carbohydrates, but gluten-free foods usually have ingredients besides flour that are equally high or even higher in carbohydrates.

For example, a gluten-free dish has rice flour, and this usually doesn’t have gluten. Nevertheless, rice flour still has carbohydrates in it, particularly white rice flour which has high carbohydrate contents.

These days, celiac disease patients are living proof that a low-carb diet doesn’t go hand in hand with gluten-free diet. Many products that are both low-carb and gluten-free are now available in the market and actually very rampant..

If happen to have not heard about it just yet, you could find quality brands that have this kind of products while ensuring that they are still providing necessary nutrients like fiber and iron.

An array of sumptuous gluten-free foods can now be availed of, so a lot of people with gluten-sensitivity are now able to enjoy their food without having to feel deprived. Before, figure-conscious people who opt for special diets have troubles maintaining their weights. Now they need not fret, all they have to do is shop around and look for quality brands to make sure, while making sure to always analyze the content of everything they buy.

Individuals who suffer from food sensitivities, especially gluten sensitivity, usually find it frustrating to not be able to eat every food they crave. But the positive side to this is they get to watch their weight since the market today offers a variety of low-carb gluten-free products. Simply put, they dodge being sick and maintain an ideal weight while at it. It’s a win-win situation, after all.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - January 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm

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Q&A: 10th anniversary honeymoon issues! Ive got celiac diease.I need help finding a get-away spot!?

Question by navywife_2001: 10th anniversary honeymoon issues! Ive got celiac diease.I need help finding a get-away spot!?
I’m posting this question in two forums hoping to find someone who can help me. Ive never been on a honeymoon with my hubby of all most 10 years. Ive got some health concerns(celiac diease and a diet controlled diabetic) that have prevented me from really going anywhere that I didn’t either cook food for myself, or bring things for me to eat. I want to go on a 10th wedding anniversary get-away with my hubby for 7 days. im having an extremely difficult time finding people who know about celiac (coeliac) diease and diabetes. Can anyone help me?

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Answer by petunia0384
If you have any interest in a cruise, you might contact a cruise line and ask them if they can accommodate your diet.  I know that when you book a reservation, there’s an option you can pick that says you need a special diet.  If you told them what your restricted foods and food types are, I’m sure that they could accommodate you. 🙂  Or, you could give them a list of foods that are okay.  Either way.  They have a lot of experience in accommodating people’s diets.

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Posted by GlutenFree - January 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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I have trouble eating fruit. Grapes really cause problems. What could cause this?

Question by juicyfruit: I have trouble eating fruit. Grapes really cause problems. What could cause this?
I have been been checked out for stomach problems. I had gastritus and take nexium for acid reflux. I also cannot eat too much all at once or too much bread. Eating small amounts of food seems to help and not eating fruit. I did not test positivie for celiac or gluten problems. I have had h pilori several times.

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Answer by SJ5
I know you’ve probably heard this before but it could be IBS in addition to your body still healing from the other conditions. I have had gastritis, acid reflux and the h pylorai as well. When you have these stomach problems (or ones in addition to all you listed which the doc’s will tell you is IBS if they can’t find anything else wrong with you), you have to be careful about “trigger” foods. The tricky thing is, sometimes the same foods will trigger attacks one day and not on another. It is pretty much a dietary rule for people with gastro problems to be very careful with fruit (especially anything with a skin like grapes because it is harder to digest these fruits, i.e. cherries etc…). Try peeling the grapes or just avoid eating them. Strawberries can be triggers too because of the seeds. Have you tried blending fruit into a smoothie? This helps to break it down some before you try to digest it. I can only tell you what helped me. Taking a health sabatical, getting lots of rest, eating very healthy, staying away from fruit, meat, most carbs and eating a diet that consisted mostly of herbal tea and honey, cooked vegetables and beans. When I have to have a quick, safe, “on the go” snack, I stick to simple saltine crackers or oyster crackers. Also, try coating your stomach with benefiber mixed in a glass of water before eating. (Benefiber is very gentle compared to other types of fiber, no grainyness either, dissolves quickly in water and has a barely noticable taste.) Hope this helps you.

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Posted by GlutenFree - January 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

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Healthy Gluten-Free Breakfast

Finding out that you are allergic to gluten is quite a bummer. As depressing as it may initially be, you can very well get back on your feet again and make everything manageable. First, you have to gain full knowledge about the condition, so you could know which diet you should be sticking to.

Presently, there’s only a single solution to this problem, and that’s adhering to a gluten-free diet. However, it may not be a walk in the park, considering we come across gluten in our everyday food. This typically includes bread, pancakes, biscuits, sausages and many popular cereals. I should also mention that not all wheat-free stuff are necessarily gluten-free. These stuff could still contain barley or rye, which contain gluten. How can you enjoy breakfast, you may ask.

It’s not a new thing to hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This holds true for the reason that breakfast serves as replenishment for the body’s energy, since it gets depleted as you sleep. Breakfast will give you physical, as well as mental, energy that you need to go about your daily activities, especially in the morning.

According to studies, 1 in 3 people regularly skip breakfast. Studies have also shown that these people are less likely to have a balanced diet and more likely to be overweight. More to these, people who have daily breakfasts tend to be more successful in any weight loss programs, and also get to shun many diseases, all the more reason to have breakfast daily.

Breakfast should give around a fifth to a quarter of your daily nutritional intake. You can do so by having a variety of foods that are packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins and fiber. This is achievable by having your breakfast planned around the main food groups.

With starchy foods, from which you can get iron, B vitamins and fiber, you can opt for gluten-free bread products and mixes, gluten-free flour for pancakes and stuff like potato waffles. However, you must see to it that the toaster or griller you use isn’t contaminated with wheat. You can even go for rice and corn-based cereals or gluten-free porridge.

On the other hand, with dairy products that come with protein, B vitamins and calcium, opt for Milk, gluten-free cheeses and yoghurt. You can even throw in your favorite fruit.

There are also those Non-Dairy Based Protein Sources, and they are packed with vitamins and iron, aside from the protein. Fresh meat and fish are all gluten-free, but steer clear of the processed and battered ones. Fruits and vegetables are gluten-free, as well.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - January 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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can you be allergic to pasta and not bread?

Question by Karnuna: can you be allergic to pasta and not bread?
Ive been getting sick to my stomach every time I eat pasta lately. I’m assuming I have some sort of allergy. I know about celiac disease and wheat allergies but I have no problem with bread or other wheat/ gluten products….is there something different in pasta that could be making me sick (and Ive tried diff pasta companies and they all have the same effect) should I go to an allergist or general practitioner?

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If you can eat bread without any problem I don’t think you have celiac disease, though it might be possible. Pasta also has eggs, oils and flavorings that bread might not have. Try one of the pastas that are gluten free and see how you do with that. You will find them in most large grocery stores, often in the organic foods section.

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Posted by GlutenFree - January 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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Q&A: Why do doctors want to stick that thing down your throat and scrape your intestines to check for celiac?

Question by Trixie: Why do doctors want to stick that thing down your throat and scrape your intestines to check for celiac?
What is the point of putting patients through that? If they have the symptoms just try the gluten free diet and if you get better then voila.
They won’t give you a confirmed diagnosis from the blood test alone though and I don’t get it. The biopsy procedure is painful and that thing that goes down your throat is the same one they use for colonoscopies I mean yuck.

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Answer by Jonah
Because some patients (in fact, more than a third) don’t stick to the gluten free diet very well or find it very difficult, and once patients are eating gluten free, the endoscopy no longer accurately says if the patient had celiac.
Also, many patients think they are eating gluten free when they’re not, so they’ll think they don’t have celiac when the diet doesn’t help. Or they may truly be eating gluten free, but can still have it take months for them to feel better.

But you do have a point and many doctors agree with you, particularly since the blood test is accurate in more than 95% of cases.

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Posted by GlutenFree - January 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

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Have you ever tried making pizza using corn tortillas?

Question by Natural Mom: Have you ever tried making pizza using corn tortillas?
I’m wanting to make a Regular Italian pizza. Not a “Mexican pizza.” My husband and I are on a gluten free diet due to his Celiacs disease. He misses pizza, and I’m not willing to pay the high cost of a gluten free pizza. We have corn tortillas, and can’t use them for much since the fall apart so easily. I’m wondering if there is anyway I can use them to make an Italian pizza. Have you ever tried this? How was it?

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Answer by TX2step
There isn’t any way to “glue” them together to make the crust; so they’d fall apart. Why don’t you make a crust using cornmeal; or buy gluten-free “flour” at the grocery store and make the dough?

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Posted by GlutenFree - January 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm

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How do people with celiac disease feel when they start a gluten free diet?

Question by XoXoX: How do people with celiac disease feel when they start a gluten free diet?
What I mean is how quickly do symptoms improve? What are the changes they experience?

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Answer by Anama
The gut pain should calm rather quickly, usually weeks. It took me almost a year to feel better..but then you have to consider accidental ingestion of gluten from time to time that throws you back/ off track…Every ingestion of gluten takes a few days to react and get over your initial symptoms and then around 2 weeks to heal after that. The diet is tricky and it takes a while to learn, so assume it is going to be a few steps up, and then a few back for a while.
The safest way to start the diet is to eat whole foods and then slowly add in/try new things. Avoid lactose in the beginning as well (no villi tips= decreased lactase production).
Good luck, Happy Healing! and welcome to the club!

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Posted by GlutenFree - January 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm

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Any bottled Salad dressings that are gluten free?

Question by Tink: Any bottled Salad dressings that are gluten free?
I need to bring a salad to a party hosted by family with several members that have celiac…

But I can’t get a hold of anyone right now, can ya help me out here?

Thanks a bunch all
Be well

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Emeril’s Vinaigrettes 5/09 The Balsamic and Italian Vinaigrettes are listed as GF. http://emerilstore.com/kosher_gluten.asp
Hidden Valley Ranch 1/09 “Currently, the only Hidden Valley Bottled Dressing we manufacture that contains gluten is Our Crushed Garlic Caesar Bottled Dressing.”
James Micheals, Consumer Response Representative, Consumer Services www.hiddenvalley.com

Ken’s Steak House Salad Dressing 1/09 They provide a list of their GF products on their website. Also includes Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce, which are all GF.

Kraft 1/09 Kraft is one of the companies that say they will state in their ingredient list if a gluten ingredient is present in the product. Read their statement.
Litehouse Foods 3/09 They list their gluten-free products in the FAQ section of their website. This list includes bleu cheese and ranch dressings. www.litehousefoods.com
Maple Grove Farms 5/09 They indicate which of their salad dressings are gluten free in the “Nutritional Information” then click on “view our nutritional brochure”, or you can request that the brochure is mailed to you..
www.maplegrove.com
Marie’s Salad Dressings, Dips, Fruit Glazes 1/09 “We have reformulated the Marie’s Salad Dressings, Dips, and Fruit Glazes to remove wheat gluten from all of our flavors.”

Consumer Affairs http://www.maries.com/

Newman’s Own 5/09 Newman’s Own website provides a list of their GF products in the FAQ section, which includes many of their salad dressings, pasta sauces and microwave popcorn.

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Posted by GlutenFree - January 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

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Healthy Gluten free Vegetarian Diet

Typically, a strict gluten-free vegetarian diet has no wheat, oats, barley, rye, or malt flavorings in it. You must also steer clear of baked beans and pasta sauces alike. Vegetarians that are at the same time gluten-allergic or those who have celiac disease usually find it a pain in the neck to get food from restaurants and stores that don’t offer gluten-free vegetarian dishes. Luckily, you can now find a lot of brands that offer a wide range of products that are mighty fine for people who are on the hunt for healthy, gluten-free alternatives.

Vegetarian diet comes with an array of benefits. For example, opting for organic fruits, nuts, as well as fresh salad vegetables can give you substantial health benefits. Also, it can do good to the environment, especially when they are produced locally. More to these, if you wish to have a nice figure, you may want to follow the steps of celebrities who are digging a raw, healthy, vegetarian regimen. Organic, high-fiber fruits and vegetables, as well as some processed grocery products you can purchase from health food stores, are able to give you the body you want and the glowing skin to boot. The greatest benefit you can reap from this benefit is the absence of calorie counting. You can have all the organic, gluten free whole grains, veggies, fruits to your heart’s content and not gain a pound!

If you want to get rid of health hazards that come with gluten and other unnatural foods, as well as meats, you must opt for organic, vegetarian products that are sold at gourmet stores near you. Such organic items include whole foods, cheeses, basmati rice, tofu, almond butter, and rice pasta, to name a few. Such food items are typically made with high quality natural ingredients.

A lot of people take gluten-free foods for disgusting and bland food, but with the new products made available today, you can always get ones that are rich in taste, san the gluten and with high nutritive value, too. These foods consist of a balanced amount of carbs, vitamins, and minerals. And vegetarian foods don’t have cholesterol, this will be perfect if you like keeping your cholesterol intake in check.

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