Living Gluten Free (Part 3)
Eating gluten free healthily - If you are newly diagnosed, don't sweat too much. Things have been moving to make it easier. There has always been rice noodles and bean noodles are higher in protein and surprisingly delicious. It's healthier to think of different meals than to try to replace bread. Think stir fry’s, casseroles, slow cooker, lentils and rice, rice/corn/flax wraps, hearty rainbow salads. Restaurants that tend to be gluten free are Thai, Indian and Ethiopian.
Tell your friends you are fine without the gluten free baking. Most family members try to help you out by buying cookies and everything they see that looks good gluten free. Though that is nice of them, the additional sugars/fillers in the cookies and breads aren't always the best. These foods are trying to get the same flavours or textures as non-gluten free items. This is great for the texture, but not necessarily helping with the nutritional value of the food.
Remember food if your best medicine or a slow poison.
If you are thinking of going gluten free. It might be beneficial for you to get tested first. By avoiding gluten you are reducing the effects gluten is having on your body. The reaction your body has, is what is needed for most tests. Celiac Disease testing can be done via blood tests, breath tests and biopsy is the gold standard. There is blood testing for gluten sensitivities using about 5 drops of blood from your finger. You can also get tested genetically, which isn't looking at the reaction, but the likelihood that you will get Celiac Disease or react to gluten (either now or in the future).
To get your testing done or if you would like an appointment to discuss this further with Dr. Greg Sikorski ND ate Grand Avenue Pharmacy, call 403-981-2505