Have you all recovered from the Xmas parties and flurry of Xmas shopping and Sales?
If so how did you get on? Did you manage to create your first yummy gluten free Xmas as Miss C did? Or did you discover that your jeans were suddenly a lot tighter?
Coeliac Food support:
A re-occurring point on our Facebook page is the issues many Coeliacs face with weight loss or gain after going gluten free. Personally as a relatively asymptomatic Coeliac who wasn't a 'skinny minnie' before diagnosis I was hoping that the ole 'gluten free life long food diet' would offset the hassle of reading every drink and food label for ever more....How naive was I?
My sister and I have both learnt over the last few years that being gluten free can mean your weight fluctuates. We were mulling over a Xmas gf mince pie or two (thank you M&S!), why there isn't more guidance for Coeliacs - both when they first get diagnosed on the diet ref the food planning plus the social impacts of being a Coeliac. Yes we all know we get to see a dietitian after the endo is positive. Yet this is often so long after that you were probably like us and had mastered the art of label reading, signed up to Coeliac UK, and googled gluten free and Coeliac until your eyes were square. What seems to be lacking is a 'Coeliac Buddy', food planner and tips on how to eat gluten free yet not increase your fat, sugar and salt intake. Even many Coeliacs who don't eat processed gf foods still put on weight after going gluten free. Could it be we over eat as we feel we're missing out on other foods? Or is it simply that we are now absorbing foods properly? For some, like my sister it's actually that there is also another underlying problem 'welcome Mr Hashimoto's Thyroid'. So if you do exercise, eat well, drink low amounts of alcohol and are continuing to gain weight it's worth mentioning it at your next Coeliac check up. A simple blood test can help identify any hormonal or thyroid problems.
So in the long tradition of good communications pledging to aid behaviour change I am going to share my gf New Year resolutions. Once I've pledged and shared these with you I have to stick to them...so here goes.
Why not join in and share your pledges and we can join in the NY fun and compare notes?
2011: I will.....
> create a weekly food planner of healthy gluten free meals for under £30 a week
... and stick to it for Jan and then review it
...I will share any good 'concoctions' on here and detail the calories etc to help pass on the good ones to other Coeliacs
>not buy any pre-made gluten free food (apart from gf bread and Yorkshire puddings *sigh*)
... I will smile as I pass by my favourite gf temptation and smile saintly safe in the knowledge I am not eating ridiculous amounts of fat, salt, sugar (why oh why has the organic/ healthy eating movement not reached gluten free foods yet - hmmmmm)
>experiment with my prescription food choices to ensure I find bread, pasta and flour for baking that I truly love and will use
...I'll keep note of the duff items and will hand in a pre-typed list with notes of why I want to alter the prescription to my GP, and I will aim to do this each month instead of feeling like a fool for ordering food from my GP
>not eat chocolate/ Doritos/ Cheese and secretly justify doing so as there is so much I can't eat
...I eat more of these now than I ever did before being gluten free - it's mind over matter
...I will reach for the tangerines, grapes etc instead
> I will try and eat Quinoa at least once a week and won't give up if I bodge up the cooking again...
> I will master making my own onion bhajis !
> I will revitalise my lifelong desire to eat 2 pieces of fruit and veg a day
...I will not try and fruit juice as one portion - I will aim for real big portions
...I hate salads - yet will find some great Jamie Oliver ones to inspire me
> I will attempt my Davina exercise DVD that has lain unwrapped since my last NY health kick
...I will not feel like a twat whilst trying to be 'healthy', I may talk to the TV...
>If I eat out I will adopt a Spooks stylee approach and plan it like a military operation
..menu check, ring ahead
...I will reward gluten free friendly places with my loyalty and thank staff and write to the head offices to reinforce there is a market for gluten free eating and labelled menus (and staff training!)
...well done Nandos, Leon, Carluccios, Bruschetta (Kingston), Starbucks
> I will strongly consider giving up wine....by Feb...
after all I've still got until the Chinese New Year haven't I?!
What your Gluten Free New Year resolutions are?
I will pledge to....
If you're looking for a gluten free buddy - why not ask a question on the helpvine and see if other members will volunteer to help you. Or post up foods you miss/ what you are struggling with and we'll aim to pass on our tips and experience.