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Your clearinghouse for all that’s gluten free
by Mia Crews
Aka Grammy to Nicholas, Olivia, Miranda and Chloe
Before you can rid your life of gluten, you have to know what it is and where it hides.
What exactly is gluten? The Merriam-
I am not a health-
My focus for this website is to share my experiences about my journey to go gluten
free, or GF. The task seems simple, but I encountered many glitches along the way.
I hope to make your going-
Simple means DO NOT ingest anything that contains wheat, rye, barley, kamut, spelt, or any product made with or from these, including products that may be contaminated with minute particles of gluten. (I have to stay away from bakeries because the flour in the air makes me sick.)
Stick with fresh unprocessed foods such as meat, milk, eggs, potatoes, rice, vegetables – well, you get my drift. Do not season or bread your food with any products with wheat in them, such as certain soy sauces, gravies, canned soups or seasoning packets or, of course, bread crumbs or Panko. Use fresh herbs and check the labels on any seasonings you think you can’t live without. Make fresh salads with greens, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, peppers, mushrooms, but skip the croutons!
I do not drink beer or protein shakes, as most have gluten in them. Hard liquors are made from grains, but the distilling process takes most of the gluten out of the products made from gluten containing grains. However, not all brands are gluten free. Check the label, and to be safe, stick with the alcohols distilled from potatoes or corn. Beware of malt beverages such as Smirnoff Ice or Mike's Hard Lemonade. They taste great, but contain gluten.
Food and drink are a no-
Other products that might contain wheat include vitamins. Most reputable vitamin companies make gluten free varieties, but to make certain, I now purchase my vitamins from a local health food store that has a very knowledgeable staff. They are always happy to check with the manufacturer to make sure the products I buy are gluten free. As always, read the label!
Do not use any product containing gluten around your lips or tongue! Many lipsticks contain not only gluten but undesirable ingredients such as lead or arsenic. Contact the manufacturer for detailed ingredients, asking specifically about gluten.
Wheat is found in many products, not just food.
Vitamins, medications, and makeup just to name a few. Always check the ingredient list of your favorite products, and talk to your doctor about your medications.
Beware of beer or other alcoholic drinks such as the hard lemonades on the market. Many contain wheat or barley.
But do not despair, beer manufacturers are now making gluten free beer from sorghum, which are getting great reviews.
Distilled alcohol such as vodka or gin may be gluten free, but check this article before consuming these products.