Thank-you for your post - this is something I have struggled with for some time myself.
At first I wanted to cut out gluten, simply because it made my stomach hurt, and bloat - I had no more scientific reason than that - my sisteer had had a test, found she was gluten intolerant (not coeliac) and also yeast intolerant so cut it out and lost 2 stone in a year and had lots more energy, and no bloaty tummy, so I htought I wuld give it a go.
I staarted reading packets for things I knew contained gluten ( including barley malt, or monosodium glutamate) and was shocked how many things that should not have gluten in them did - for example my husbands dry roasted peanuts which I ocasionally liked to snaffle contain lots of gluten, and so did rice crispeis, and some yoghurts , even some bing powders had gluten in- it was so much hard work.
I tried spelt flour - as I make my own bread ( well used to before my accident last year) and although tasty - it still caused some bloating, no where near a much as white bread.
I found even home made bead with bought ( allinsons strong white wheat flour) was much better than shop bought or otherwise bread ( i.e. a sandwidge from a sandwidge shop or supermarket gave me a great deal of discomfort, but a homemade bread sandwidge was a lot less troublesome) so I assumed it was something to do with the flour improvers.
I hunted down several gluten free bread recipes and tried them both by hand and in my breadmaker, but they were horrible, so gave up on that.
I do know there are a couple of good glutn free bread brands out there, available from supermarkets, but they are small loaves, at nearly £3.00 each, it is very expensive.
if anyone, has a foolproof home made gluten free bread recipe, PLEASE PLEASE let me know, as that is where I fall down - I do love bread - crave it even (and without any of that xantham gum in it please - I refuse to eat bread made from the same stuff as chewing gum, that you are NOT supposed to swallow)
I do have some lovely gluten free cake recipes and if you live near some indian shops the ingredients are a lot cheaper there than going to a healthfood store (i.e. fine maize flour from indian shop is £3.00/Kg or from our health food shop it is £5.99/250g !) - please PM me if you want them - it might take me a little while to respond due to my illness/ pain / brain fog - but I will ge t to it
I must reccomend the Dove's farm gluten free pasta (maize pasta) - not very expensive for a big bag, and also, it cooks more quickly than regular dried pasta - and tastes lovely - a real lifesaver when you are trying to cook for those who are not giving up gluten.
I have found this on the coeliac society website, I find it useful, I hope it helps:
As with all Healthy things, it takes time.
Pre-prepared foods are convenient, but they do not taste as nice as home cooked, and also contain all sorts of hidden things that could also affect you ( stabalisers, preservatives etc)
If you can, and have some freezer space, I would recommend finding a dozen recipes you like, making up batches, and freezing, so that they are ready to microwave or pop in the oven when you get home from work. It will cost you one weekend a month, and I would recommend rotating the menu, one week this range, one week that range - so no one gets bored)
If you come across any good tips for gluten free bread, or gluten free biscuits I would really appreciate it - they are two things that I find I cannot make at home.