Gluten free

Hello all I posted yesterday with some of my blood results and some kindly suggested going gluten free. Ive been looking at it and today made a very nice quinoa and chia seed bread and I'm going too really give it a go in January too see how I feel. Any one any advice on going gluten free? Being vegetarian I rely on wheat products alot but I'm willing too give it a go. Any good books I can get I got two from library today too start me off and I'm googling loads 😁

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  • There is a community on HealthUnlocked called the Gluten Free Guerrillas. You can join it and get lots of hints, tips, and advice on all sorts of things to do with eating gluten free.

    Find them here :

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  • Thank you ill join now

  • Potatoes are a complete protein source. As is quinoa.

    There's huge debates as usual about whether oats are 'gluten'.... well, yeah they are, but it doesn't mean it's the same as wheat. Scottish griddle oat cakes anyone?

  • I make GF muffins for breakfast and I use Bob's Red Mill GF oat bran for them. I get it from Amazon four packets at a time. Some people are ok with oats while others aren't, I'm not coeliac so they are fine for me. I really like GF oatcakes. I've been getting Schar bread from Tesco and Morrson's. It is the best GF bread I've had, I'm not keen on a lot of the other ones I've tried but this is the one that tastes like bread as I knew it. I buy the seeded one.

  • My daughter is coeliac and eats oats. That's what inadvertently saved her. She liked to eat oatmeal with added oat bran for breakfast.

  • My friend who is coeliac says that the demand from us non coeliac people is what has helped *encourage* so many restaurants to put GF on the menu.

  • Some Schar products have soya in, which is contra indicated in hypothyroidism.

  • Oh, it's probably OK fir me, I'm in remission from Graves and I don't eat much with soy in it anyway so I think I'd be ok but that's a pest for people who are hypo and would like to try it.

  • It's tough but doable. The big prob at first is having to check fine print on everything - it's in everything including cornflakes. Barley in malt flavouring is a big prob. I find oats fine.

  • If you join Coeliac UK they have an on-line resource about what foods from which shops are GF. There are also lots of recipes available too.

    There is a lot of fantastic information provided by them. You can request the foods list in a book if you prefer. I found this easier rather than on line when I first went GF. Its also useful as its surprising how many foods Gluten is in that you wouldn't think about e.g. Soy sauce etc

  • My greatest find since becoming GF has been buckwheat flour - which is actually a seed not a grain or wheat at all. I use this to make a pizza base and just love it - there are lots of health benefits. I swear I feel extra well when I eat anything made with it. Here in France it is called something completely different - but it should be easy to find in the UK.

    My daughter in law also makes me a great chocolate cake with ground chick peas - so every so often I have a moment of pure chocolate heaven.

    Helmsley and Helmsley - google this for a good food blog.

  • I'm gluten and dairy intolerant and have Hashimoto's disease, reflux and IBS - I sympathise. I was suffering with reactions to all sorts of foods over the past few years and just recently I have completely changed my diet to go gluten and dairy free. It's perhaps not as as tough as you think....I'm blogging my progress, health updates and lots of yummy gdfree recipes - if you're interested do check it out at:

    Lv Abi x

  • Hi there, I am blogging about my new journey into eating and cooking gluten & dairy free - do check it out - hopefully it might help you get started with some easy and yummy recipes. I have Hashimotos and ibs and am finding it's definitely starting to help easing my symptoms. Good luck.

  • Hi Abibunny, I just checked out your blog and I LOVE it!!!! The recipes look delicious and it's so well done!!! Good for you!!!

    I'm just a bit worried about you taking Omeprezole though as people with Hashimotos have LOW stomach acid which causes the reflex - not high so it's NOT a good idea to cut down the acid further. You won't be digesting properly and the vitamins & nutrients won't be getting through.

    You can take Betain & Pepin tablets with meals and apple cider vinegar (with its mother) to help that. I stopped the Omeprezole myself about two months ago and, with the diet change & supplements, the acid reflux has totally calmed down.

    Can't wait for the next post on your blog.

    Best wishes.

  • Thanks so much for your lovely lovely message! Glad you like the blog....just added a new post with some to-die-for lemon curd centred muffins mmmmmm!

    And thanks for your advice with the omeprezole. You know what, I took it for a worked, but I got such bad headaches that month I decided to stop on the advice from my cranial osteo and I actually haven't gone back on it. I still have acid a lot but I'm sort of putting up with it at the moment? I don't know why really. I need to get the right acv as I've had people tell me that before. 

    Thanks again for your comment xx

  • Yummy - I'll have to try them! I have gone gluten free but just working my way up to dairy free.

    Do try the Betain & Pepsin tablets and apple cider vinegar - they worked for me. Also I cut out sugar and alcohol.

    I stopped taking the Omeprezole for two weeks before a gastroscopy and never started taking them again just on instinct and, now that I know I have a thyroid problem and how bad they are for people with low stomach acid, I am so glad!

    All the best!

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