GLUTEN ALERT (2)

gluten freeI was surprised to learn that a number of soy sauces contained gluten. It’s key to check on the bottle if it doesn’t contain gluten. When you’re eating outside, it can be tricky to ask the waiter… who probably doesn’t have a clue on what you’re talking about.

Life is so difficult sometimes… especially when one choses to remain healthy against the odds.

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Chestnut flour

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Chestnut flour is the best when we go on a gluten free diet as it has no gluten at all guys!  It has a strong sweet flavor and a slightly pasty texture when cooked. You can add it to soups or stews.

Health benefits of chestnuts are so huge. They are good to promote digestive heath as they are so loaded with fibers along with vitamins B, manganese and copper.

Craving for wheat

food-cravingMy first two months without wheat were quite difficult. I experienced huge cravings for a piece of bread. I didn’t realize I was so dependent on this kind of food. I must have experienced what smokers or users must experience when they stop using.

But as I said in my previous post, the immediate feeling was so good that it motivated me to keep being a gluten free person. I lost, within three weeks, seven pounds even though I largely compensated wheat with sweet foods like chocolate and all kind of candies. Sweets helped me overcome cravings. After a couple of month the craving stopped and I reduced my consumption of sweets.

Now I feel great!

What a breakfast!

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Diet is my religion. Especially when it comes to breakfast. When you do not tolerate gluten or dairy, beginning the day can be a little tricky.

For a year now, I eat a delicious breakfast, loaded with vitamins, fibers, omega 3 and minerals. It’s a bit complicated to prepare, as you do have to eat it just after you have prepared it, otherwise it goes off!

Portions are essential – therefore I do not recommend doing it for more than one person at a time.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame
  • 2 tablespoon of canola oil (you can replace it with sesame oil or flaxseed oil but these are more expensive)
  • 1 tablespoon of various nuts (pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, almonds… whatever you want)
  • ½ banana
  • ½ lemon
  • Fruits (if possible pick red fruits, rich with anti oxidants, but avoid water melon and oranges which are not easy to digest).

Recipe

Mash with a fork the banana for aprox 3 minutes until it becomes brown and liquid.

Put the flaxseed and the sesame seeds in a coffee grinder and grind them for apron 3 minutes. They have to be completely ground for you to digest them.

Put the powder in a plate.

Grind or smash the nuts with a pestel. Add them in the plate.

Squash the lemon.

Add the canola oil, but no less then two tablespoons.

Gently blend with a spoon.

Eat it with fruits.

Enjoy!

Believe me, with that power breakfast, you will be able to start your day and won’t be hungry till lunchtime.

To save time in the morning, I set the previous night all the ingredients on the kitchen table.

Einkorn flour

einkornwheat-300x185Einkorn is an ancient grain, and is known as the oldest variety of “wheat.”  Einkorn was first cultivated 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. It is classified as a “diploid” because it only has two sets of chromosomes. Modern wheat varieties are classified as “hexaploid,” having six sets of chromosomes, due to a long history of hybridization.

Since einkorn is such an ancient grain and the only known diploid classified variety of wheat still known to exist today, there has been considerable interest in the issue of gluten toxicity.

Einkorn does contain gluten, and so those desiring to avoid all gluten are not recommended to consume einkorn. But for me it seems that I can digest it. I don’t eat it every day but from time to time I indulge myself with some eikorn pasta, bread or even cakes. And it is very yummy.

It all began after a little blood test.

gluten menuIt all started with some itching at my lower back. A few weeks later I had additional itching on my right leg. It began to frighten me! What if all these red patches were to spread all over my body – err…

After a while I went to my dermatologist who diagnosed eczema. She gave me some chemical cream to put on the itching surface of my skin. So I put it for three weeks. The itching disappeared quite quickly soon after. But without surprise, it came back after a short while.

I went to see a homeopath who tackled the origin of this eczema. He gave me several homeopathic medications but none of them was efficient. Then he had the idea to look after some allergies by testing my blood.

This test is amazing, all the food is sorted by type and each food has a score from 0 to 100. Above 50 you are intolerant to the food. For me it was wheat.

From that moment, I began to check if the food I was about to eat contained flour. I realized that this ingredient was almost everywhere! And not only in cakes and breads. For example, a delicious dessert like a sabayon that is made with eggs contains flour…

Nevertheless I carried on without wheat, because as soon as I suppressed it from my diet, I felt immediately better. It is difficult to describe it. I’m not talking about the eczema, which disappeared very slowly. It is an overall sensation of lightness. It definitely worth a try.