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Living Gluten Free

Updated on January 8, 2015

Living Gluten Free

Gluten free to have fun, free to be safe, and free to go! There is new meaning to living gluten free!

I know you have places you'd rather be ~ things you'd rather see, than worrying about living gluten free!

No need to cut yourself off from having fun with family and friends just because you're worried about having others accommodate you when that's not easy to do. Being creative will get you through the event, and wonderful memories will still be made! Promise!

Pictures by Bev Lemley ~ all rights reserved. The golf course is a cutting board, and I do not know who the artist is to give proper credit.

Gluten "Free" shouldn't mean...

...you have to pass up eating with others, even during special occasions!

When you're ready to go...

...no matter where it is...

Yes, even to a rehearsal or year-end club dinner ~ I've actually taken this meal to both! No need to worry about what you'll eat when a social gathering is a necessity. Just pack this easy to make gluten free dinner, and you will enjoy the evening!

Living Gluten-Free For Dummies
Living Gluten-Free For Dummies

This book is very helpful in understanding more about the issues and solutions to living without gluten. I highly recommend this book; it is a tremendous asset to learning more about the issues and the easy, sometimes hard, solutions to living with needing to be GF or if you have a family member and you want to help keep them safe.

 

The Ingredients - Schaar Pasta, Tuna, and Newman's Own Poppy Seed Dressing...

...or another dressing of your choice (make sure it's GF!)

Quick, safe, easy and convenient ~ did I say SAFE?! Convenient?! Yes!

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 1-2

Ingredients

  • GF Pasta (SCHAR brand is the best I've found)
  • Newman's Own Poppy Seed Dressing (or other GF choice)
  • 1 can tuna
  • Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Add salt and olive oil to a large pan of water to a full boil. Add the amount of pasta you wish to make, about 1 to 2 cups is plenty. Stir the pasta until the water has returned to a boil. Reduce heat down to a gentle simmer, and set timer for about six minutes. Meanwhile, open the can of tuna and drain it very well. Put in a mixing bowl and "fluff" it out with a fork. Add a bit of dressing and mix well. Drain the pasta and toss with a bit of butter if you like. Add pasta to the tuna mixture. Gently stir. If you would like, add more dressing to the tuna and pasta to taste. I really like Newman's Own Poppy Seed, as it is very mild and complements the tuna and pasta. Experimenting would be easy here, just make sure it is a GF dressing!
  2. Now you have a healthy, satisfying dish, ready to go with you. Just pack in a small serving bowl with a tight fitting lid, and put in an insulated bag with an ice block, and you are aready to go. Don't forget to bring a fork or spoon and a napkin to eliminate cross contamination worries.
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No More Mac & Cheese?!

You're kidding, right?! I LOVE pasta!

Until I found SCHAR brand bread and pasta, being GF was well, not cool.

But the day I found SCHAR Brand pasta, life was sweet again.

Did I already say I LOVE Schar Brand bread and pasta?

Tell others about your experience...do you have a food that is good and SAFE to go? Do you have a family member who is gluten intolerant?

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Let me introduce you to...

...Namaste Foods. I found their bread mix with a recipe for cinnamon walnut raisin bread on the bag. See below. Check out Namaste Foods! They have recipes on their website! Namaste Foods brand is worth checking out!

Namaste Foods

I found their bread mix with a recipe for cinnamon walnut raisin bread on the bag. I substituted Craisins for the raisins ~ the recipe already called for walnuts, so there was nothing else to substitute. What a wonderful cinnamon bread! I've had at least six batches since I found them at Thanksgiving, about six weeks ago ~ yes, that would be one a week! What a wonderful bread, plus, it keeps fantastic in the refrigerator. I microwave for a short time, and it is as good as when it came out of the bread machine ~ well, almost!.

Are you Gluten intolerant... - ...or know someone who is?

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @darkflowers: Thanks for your very positive comments! It is a lot healthier, and the benefits far outweigh the couple of minutes' worth eating breads and pastas, etc., as we used to know them! Thank you for your support to others who are feeling the loss at this point of their favorite foods. When those folks start to feel healthier, they will find it worth it, too! Thanks for stopping by, darkflowers! B : )

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I have gluten allergy myself and find it not so very difficult to adjust my food pattern. Actually, I love eating without gluten! It is much healthier, it makes me creative and above all: I feel much better! People really don't need them. In the Netherlands my local supermarket sells gluten free pasta by the way, based on corn, it's delicious!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @DreamsBloom: I can certainly appreciate your journey! I commend you for trying things to find a way to that helps your system. Everyone deserves to feel good! I agree that so many things have improved in my life from a physiological stance, alone, that it is worth bypassing all the bread and goodies. The GF stuff today is so much better than it used to be, that it's not really a sacrifice, anyway. I applaud you for trying to find out specifically what you may be sensitive to. I found that as I went along, I became more and more sensitized to gluten that I am very susceptible to cross contamination. I hope you continue to find ways to improve your health and thank you for speaking out so that others may take notice and try to find a way to feel better by trying going gluten free, just for one day ~ one meal, even! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your great contribution here ~ B : )

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      DreamsBloom 4 years ago

      I've had a lot of odd health problems over the years. I finally decided to follow my hunch that wheat might be contributing to what was going on with me. Many of my problems are still around, but others have absolutely improved a lot and I am so happy for that. I don't even miss wheat that much (although I do miss it, sometimes more than others)...I guess because I appreciate having improved health so much that the price (not eating wheat) is worth it! I'm not sure if I am wheat intolerant or gluten intolerant (I had barley a few times and seemed fine...I am eventually going to try other grains that have gluten and see if I am okay with them to see if wheat or gluten is the problem). I also want to look into some gluten enzymes I saw advertised recently and see if those can help with the exposure I get to wheat/gluten since others in my household have not gone wheat/gluten free.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LittleLindaPinda: You are right! Folks are opening restaurants that are completely GF, and you wouldn't even know it, it's not printed anywhere except online. Posana Cafe in Asheville, NC is an excellent example of that. There is no wheat in the ventilation system, and there is no risk of cross contamination, as there is none in the restaurant. Boy, did I have a wonderful couple of meals there! I look forward to going back when I visit Asheville. Thanks for stopping by, Linda! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LittleLindaPinda: I find it a simple solution, but at times it is hard, especially to go without those Krispy Kremes! But you're right, you're healthier and if you lose weight, that's an added bonus! Thanks for stopping by, Linda! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Virginia Allain: I think the protein from the tweaked wheat these days is affecting folks in a very negative way and when they find relief by not eating it, well, at least there is an option, even if it means you can't eat the restaurant's great-looking bread and rolls! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      Hi Bev - thanks so much for adding my Gluten Free Resource page to your list of GF lenses. I appreciate it and I am so glad you found it helpful.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: I hope you like it ~ at the very least, it is a way to stay safe and not get sick! Thank you for stopping by!

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      I seem to have difficulty if I eat too much gluten so I tend to stay away from it and eat it occasionally. It has gotten so much easier and better tasting than even just 10 years ago. Several restaurant even offer gluten free. I think more people are gluten intolerant or sensitive than even realize it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Going to bookmark this lens. I want to try that tuna dish, it sounds delicious!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I have a neighbor with this problem. It seems to be more and more common.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @chezchazz: I loved your GF lens. I am so glad there is more awareness about the health problems associated with gluten. Thanks for putting the word out! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LittleLindaPinda: Hi, Little Linda Pinda! I hope you can go GF at least part of the time. It's nice that more and more products are available ~ and I've heard that McDonald's is even offering GF products now! Thank you for your visit and for the squid like, LLP! I appreciate that! B : )

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I seem to do better when I go Gluten Free. I need to do that again. I lost a lot of weight too and I believe that was one of many reasons.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very good info - I have a friend who's gluten intolerant, so I can definitely relate to how difficult it can be.

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      Living gluten free is not always easy, but it is possible. Thanks for pointing out some great products.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No I'm not gluten intolerant. I sure do hear about more people being so though these days. Wonder what's with that!

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      ramonabeckbritman 5 years ago

      Great info. I will try this. Since every time I eat white bread and pasta i get sleepy. maybe this will help.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great write and product suggestions!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I cut gluten and all grains out of my diet some years ago. Don't really miss it once you come up with a few alternatives. :)

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      I'm not gluten intolerant but I do have some friends who are. It's nice that there are so many options out there now for food that is gluten free.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: If you have multiple symptoms, you could be! There are over 200 different ways gluten can affect you. It's worth reading up on, anything from migraines to skin rashes, to not being able to breathe well, incredible thirst, feeling like you've swallowed a whole pig, to nonstop, "man-size" burps, to skin rashes. And this is just some of them! A huge benefit has been that my thinking is a whole lot clearer ~ a bonus for me and my family, for sure! I would encourage a test day of going without, as best you can. If you feel better, then living without or reducing the gluten would be helpful to your system. There is a huge caution that if you completely eliminate gluten, then you will become less desensitized to it. In my case, gluten is the monster in the closet! It can take up to five years for your system to heal; after six months I could tell things were doing much better. It's been a year and a half now, and there is no way I could go back to the way it was. Colon cancer is very high in folks who are gluten intolerant. I can see how that could be. You literally destroy or damage the lining in your large intestine! Folks have found that once gluten free, their villi start to thrive again, and they are no longer lactose intolerant. A bonus has been that I can now eat ice cream! I hope this helps!

      The Dummies Book is a great resource book, I think more and more folks will realize how devastating gluten can be. I am convinced that if a young child has a hard time "behaving," see if there is a pattern after they have had a glutenated meal. If they start acting up, won't listen, please examine it closer. I know there must be a connection between kids' behavior and what they eat! I would love others' thoughts on this! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @poutine: It is a challenge! But to have found out what the problem has been for almost my entire life is simply amazing! I am able to think better and I don't feel sick any more ~ blessings, for sure! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      poutine 5 years ago

      No, I am not. It must be difficult.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can't eat bread but I am not sure if it is an intolerance to gluten or not