I can’t believe that in February 2013, I will be on a strict Gluten Free diet for 2 years! I remember when Jihan advised me to become gluten free. I thought she was nuts! A people pleaser that I am, I said, “Yes I’ll do it.” After leaving her office I thought, “How in the world am I going to change my entire diet?” Then I realized I had to give it a shot since I still wasn’t myself after a year of being sick. I still couldn’t tolerate many foods, I was underweight, and having dizzy spells.
As soon as I returned home I looked through my cabinets. Boy was I surprised to how many food items contained gluten! I made a list of which foods I needed to replace. It was a long list and it cost me a pretty penny to purchase. My local supermarket actually has an entire section full of gluten free foods, which helped with my transition. The only obstacle, besides cost, was that some products tasted disgusting. The hardest thing to find was bread that wasn’t completely terrible. I would buy a brand of bread, try one piece, hate it, and then throw it out! I did this numerous times with different products. For those of you who have been considering going gluten free, here’s a present for you….I’ve created a list of which brands/products taste good and even my kids can’t tell that they are gluten free!
Chelsa’s Favorite Gluten Free Products/Brands:
Udi’s white sandwich bread (or anything by Udi): located in the freezer section
Schar: breads are fresh in a vacuum sealed bag
Bionaturae: gluten free pasta
Aleia’s or Gillian’s: breadcrumbs
Bisquick Pancake & Baking Mix (in my food store, it’s found in the baking aisle instead of where the pancakes are)
Gluten Free Pantry: all purpose flour
Glutino: gluten free pretzel sticks (or anything by Glutino)
Blue Diamond: almond thin nuts (crackers)
Chex Cereals: Cinnamon and Honey Nut
If you are Gluten Free and have a favorite brand/product please share with us. I’m always looking for new yummy gluten free products to try. 🙂
Chelsa Bruno & Dana Ripepe
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