There’s nothing I love more than going out for some GOOD food. I am definitely what they call a “foodie.” I love trying the latest new restaurants, the newest food products, and I even enjoy trying new recipes and cooking myself. A couple years ago, I discovered that I have an intolerance to gluten (the protein found in wheat). The first year I steered clear of gluten containing foods for the most part, but never cut them out completely. I would still enjoy pizza, pita bread at my favorite Mediterranean spot, and the occasional chocolate chip cookie because they are my weakness. However, I realized that when I consumed gluten, many times I would have a delayed reaction to it and the symptoms from it lingered long after consuming it. I grew tired of the stomach cramps, bloating, and fatigue and decided to cut it out completely.
It’s been about a year now of being completely gluten free and I will honestly say, it’s not as hard as I thought it would be! Living in a big city, there are so many gluten free options at restaurants and grocery stores. I can still have my pizza, but now I opt for the gluten free crust (still SO delish). I’ve found gluten free bread, tortillas, bagels, cookie dough, and other products that replace my cravings for those foods without feeling unsatisfied.
However, I cannot stress this enough…Even though a food says “GLUTEN FREE” does not make it a HEALTHIER option. Always read the labels! Look at the nutrition facts, look at the ingredients. If you have a gluten allergy or intolerance than adopting a “gluten free” lifestyle is for YOU. If you don’t, then be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking you are choosing a “healthier” or “lower calorie” option.
- Large Lettuce leaves (I use these for a burger instead of bun or make lettuce wraps)
- All kinds of protein (chicken, turkey, bacon, lean ground beef, egg whites, eggs, egg beaters)
- Jasmine Rice
- Lots of veggies/fruit (spinach, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, avocados, pineapple, mango, banana, etc)
- Greek Yogurt
- Sweet potatoes/White potatoes
Here are some products I enjoy that are created “gluten free.”
- GF Oats
- Capellos cookie dough
- Pop Chips
- Trader Joes GF bagels
- Van’s GF Waffles
- Sami’s Bakery Millet and Flax tortillas
- Arctic zero or Halo top ice cream
- Stuffum Naturals No Bake protein cookie dough (Get 15% off online by using code: EQUIPSTRENGTH15)
- Ore Ida Simply Sea Salt and Olive Oil Fries
- Plantain Chips (found at trader joes and whole foods)
Here are some restaurants I love that offer “gluten free” entrees/meals:
- HG Suply Co (Dallas)
- Seasons 52
- Pie Five Pizza (gf crust)
- Snap Kitchen (prepared meals to go)
- Lyfe Kitchen
- Fireside pies (gf crust)
- PF Changs
- Cheesecake Factory
- Kozy Kitchen (Dallas)
Tips and Tricks:
Look before you go: Whenever you have dinner plans with friends, get online and scope out the menu so that you can know what you can have and what you should steer clear of.
Always ask your waiter: Inform them of your gluten allergy/intolerance and have them prepare your meal gluten free.
Know your grocery store: Sprouts, Whole Foods, Central Market, and even Kroger have a section that’s “gluten free.” These stores have a lot of GF options in the freezer section as well because a lot of GF food is usually frozen to extend shelf life.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about a gluten free lifestyle! Would love to chat with you more about it!