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How I Live With a Gluten Free Diet

Updated on September 7, 2012
gluten free chocolate cake
gluten free chocolate cake

What Is A Gluten Free Diet?

People that have Coeliac Disease, or just have an intolerance to gluten must be on a gluten free diet. Most of you are probably wondering what a gluten free diet is. A gluten free diet is when you remove gluten from your diet. Gluten is a binding protein in wheat, rye, barley, and spelt. When a person with Coeliac Disease eats something with gluten in it, the enzyme, tissue transglutaminase modifies the gluten protein. The immune system cross reacts to the enzyme, causing an inflammation. This inflammation causes a truncating of the villi lining of the small intestine. This interferes with absorption of nutrients, because the villi lining is responsible for absorption of nutrients. Therefore, those that have this reaction to gluten protein, must go on a lifelong gluten free diet.

How I Live Without Gluten

When reached my teen years, I started having a small reaction to gluten. My symptoms were nausea, stomach pain, headaches, and hands so dry, they were raw and painful. I have a cousin that is also gluten fee, and when I compared my symptoms to his, I realized my problem. I was intolerant to gluten. At first I was OK with this, but then I realized I wouldn't be able to eat most of the things I loved; pizza, hoagies, chocolate cake, cinnamon rolls, etc. I was devastated. How was I supposed to live without bread in my life? So, I searched everywhere for gluten free options.

When I found that our local health food store carried gluten free bread, I was overjoyed! I could now eat sandwiches again, but what about the other stuff, the pizza, chocolate cake... I searched online, then. I found my chocolate cake, and an awesome pizza recipe. They had different flours in them. Stuff like rice flour, tapioca flour, potato flour, and xanthan gum. I looked at the health food store again, and I found those flours! YAY!! I could now make my own pizza crust, chocolate cake and cinnamon rolls! I soon found out that if I combined two cups of rice flour, two thirds cup of potato flour, and one third cup of tapioca flour, I could use this combination to substitute in other recipes that I otherwise couldn't eat!

After a few months of this new diet, I found bagels, hamburger buns, and hotdog buns made by the same company that made the bread. I also found boxed donuts, sandwich cookies, wafer cookies, crackers, and cake mixes that were also gluten free! I even asked at our local bakery and they said that they would make gluten free doughnuts on special order!

I now do not miss the other stuff. Sometimes my dad will bring home some treat, or something that is not gluten free, but I don't mind because I have gluten free options in the cupboard and freezer. In fact, sometimes my gluten free options taste better than the other stuff. It is not so hard being gluten free after all.


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    • renee21 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Leumas 

      14 months ago

      Thank you. Not everyone has to eat a gluten free diet. Also, wheat, rye, and barley have some good health benefits for people who can eat gluten. Wheat is in inflammatory food. Meaning, that it can cause inflammation in some people, but it doesn't in everyone. So, if you don't have any adverse reactions to it, such as gastrointestinal issues, mental issues, or muscle issues, or inflammation issues, than you're quite safe eating it and it is good for you, so long as you eat whole grains, not refined ones.

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      DREAM ON 

      14 months ago

      I have been clueless about what exactly is gluten and why more and more people seem to be having the need for gluten-free diets. You have explained a lot in your hub. Do you know if it is better for all people to have gluten-free meals than eat with gluten? Could you point out some pros and cons? I have tried gluten-free bread and it tastes more dense and dryer. I didn't like it so much. It reminded me of a dry corn muffin. Thank you for sharing and caring. It is always a pleasure to learn about other people lifestyles and hobbies. Have a nice Saturday.

    • renee21 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Leumas 

      14 months ago

      Yep. Learning how to be contented is definitely the biggest hurdle in having drastic dietary changes.

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      Dora Weithers 

      14 months ago from The Caribbean

      Tori, glad you found it easy to adjust to the gluten free. I'm still struggling but I've found that a big art of the process is being contented. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • renee21 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Leumas 

      5 years ago

      You're welcome! Thanks for reading!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      You've inspired me with your story. Thanks for the information on gluten-free.

    • renee21 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Leumas 

      8 years ago

      Thanks, RTalloni for commenting!

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      8 years ago

      So glad to see your post on how living gluten free is not just not so hard, but that it can actually provide better tasting foods! Thanks for sharing your experience so others can benefit from what you have learned.

    • renee21 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Leumas 

      8 years ago

      thank you, suzettenaples, for your wonderful comment. And you're welcome. Thank you for reading!

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is quite an interesting article. I had heard of Coeliac disease but never knew exactly what it was. You explained it so easily and thoroughly. I also learned what a gluten free diet meant - gluten is an enzyme - I never knew that before. Thanks so much for a very informative article. Welcome to HP. You are a very good writer!

    • renee21 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Leumas 

      8 years ago

      kathleenkat, thanks for commenting! Yes, I have found so much good stuff that's gluten free, it's amazing!

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      8 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      Nice hub; I have a cousin with coeliac disease. I also understand the hardship becaues I have lactose intolerance, as well as well as some other strange and random allergies. Once you find good food, though, it's not that much of a problem!

    • renee21 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Leumas 

      8 years ago

      rabia, thanks for reading and commenting!

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      rabia kamran 

      8 years ago from pakistan

      nice hub


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