So What is “Eating Gluten-Free”?

One question almost everyone asks when they find out about my new “eating challenge” – that’s what I like to call it – is “what is eating gluten-free?” And to be honest, I wasn’t 100% sure what I could and couldn’t be eating when I started out save for the pastas, breads, and doughs (all of my favourite things).

Gluten-Free Eating

So what is safe to eat? Here is a list of things to absolutely avoid:

  • Barley (malt, malt flavoring and malt vinegar are usually made from barley)
  • Rye
  • Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
  • Wheat products, including:
    • Bulgur
    • Durum flour
    • Farina
    • Graham flour
    • Kamut
    • Semolina
    • Spelt* – this one depends on who you ask. I know lots of gluten-intolerants who eat this, so I eat it occasionally. I don’t seem to react to it like I react to wheat now, so I think it’s safe for me.

Then there are the things that are suggested to avoid, or at least check the ingredients:

  • Beer
  • Baked goods including breads, cakes, pies, cookies, crackers
  • Candies
  • Cereals
  • French fries
  • Gravies, salad dressings, sauces (including soy sauce)
  • Imitation meat or seafood
  • Pasta
  • Soups and soup bases
  • Oats* – also a tricky one based on some cross-contamination

It’s certainly a long list, and one positive thing about this challenge has been a better awareness of what I am eating and what goes into my food. 

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Welcome to my Gluten-Free Adventures!

Have you noticed the new Page in my menu bar? Probably not, it’s pretty new. But it’s there now:

Gluten-Free Gluttony Blog

Gluten-Free Gluttony – It’s a new blog topic I’ve started as part of a class in digital strategy that I’m taking right now instructed by Martin Waxman and Eden Spodek. My current blog probably would have sufficed for the project, but I like a challenge and wanted to build a new blog and talk about something that I don’t always get to talk about on here: eating and my new gluten-free diet challenge.

What Can You Expect?

  • My personal journey in eating gluten-free including challenges, successes, my thoughts, and how I’m feeling
  • New recipes
  • Favourite new gluten-free snacks
  • Adventures in dining out, travel, and more
  • Guest posts from nutritionists, celiacs, and others?
  • What not to eat
  • Maybe some blogs? We’ll see…
  • And some good old fashioned FOOD PRON (gluten-free, of course)
Image Credit: foodnetwork.ca

Image Credit: foodnetwork.ca