We're kicking off our health eating series with Gluten-Free Week! We're going to start off today with some basic information, and tomorrow week we'll be hearing from a fourteen year old young woman and her journey with eating gluten free and it is REALLY interesting. We'll also be sharing some of our favourite gluten free recipes, and our own experience eating that way last week! Scroll down for the gluten free meal plan we used!
Why Eat Gluten-Free?A gluten-free diet is a treatment for celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine. Gluten is a protein found in certain grains, which irritates the intestine of those with celiac disease. Symptoms can include stomach pain or discomfort, bowel issues, and fatigue. However, in recent years many people who have not been diagnosed with celiac disease have started eating a gluten free diet to treat similar symptoms. There are some sources which state a gluten free diet is unnecessary or even harmful for someone without a condition necessitating it.
What You Can't Eat:Gluten (obviously!)
Regular store-bought bread, crackers, pasta, pastries
See a more extensive list at reference #1.
What You Can Eat:Rice
Corn (including popcorn!)
Dairy (milk, cheese, eggs)
Specialty "gluten-free" breads, crackers, pastries, etc
Our Gluten-Free Meal PlanMonday
B:Omelet - Asparagus, Garlic, Tomatoes
D:Quinoa Salad w/ Pork Chops
B: Yogurt, Fruit
L: Leftover Quinoa w/ Pork Chops
D: Rice Pasta Linguini
Wednesday - Moms
B:Yogurt w/ berries
L: Chinese Buffet @ Mom's house - ate alot of sushi, some meat and veggies, and wonton soup broth
D: Thai Ginger Chicken Stirfry
B:Eggs w/ Yogurt and Berries
L: Stirfry leftovers
D: Boerekohl w/ sweet potatos
D: The Works Gluten free burgers (but we accidentally ate onion rings!)
B: Omelet and Smoothies
L: Stir Fry with brie and tomatoes
D: Stir Fry w/ rice potato chips, Not gluten free cake
B: Eggs and Yoghurt
L: Tante Conny's roast chicken, brussel sprouts, beans, wild rice, apple pie (no crust) /ice cream
D: Tuna Melts
Gluten-Free Crackers and Cheese
On Thursday we plan to share some of our favourite Gluten-Free recipes!