3 Steps to Simplify Adopting a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

ArynHealth and Fitness, Family7 Comments

Gluten Free and Beyond

Welcome to the Prep-session for my little guy’s birthday party! What to make for dinner was pretty straightforward. Baked chicken and veggies. Dessert, with our health issues, seems much trickier.

We’ve had to adopt a gluten-free lifestyle, and it’s been quite an adventure! Removing gluten from our diet isn’t easy, since it’s added to so many foods that you wouldn’t expect. I’ll share my gluten intolerance story here, in hopes that it will help you to be successful in adapting to a gluten-free lifestyle.

*Remember, I’m Not a Doctor here! I’m a mom and only sharing my gluten intolerance story and personal experience.

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Our journey to better health: My gluten intolerance story

Discovering our Need for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Figuring out his food sensitivities has been quite a journey for us. When our oldest was about a year old, he developed eczema on his feet and legs. That summer was very difficult.

The Pediatrician recommended creams that barely helped, saying it was normal and he would grow out of it. And friends and family had plenty of suggestions. Nothing worked. I had to keep him in pants and socks, during a Florida summer, or else he would scratch till he bled. That’s no fun.

Added to that, he was still nursing almost exclusively at 18 months, would just spit food out, for the most part. Except for Dairy Queen Fried Chicken. For some unknown reason, he Loved That! No other proteins to speak of. Maybe a few snack items, but that was about it.

I was exhausted (not getting to keep many of the nutrients I was eating), and running out of ideas.

Step 1. My Gluten Intolerance Story: Seeking Help

I Was stumped. I still didn’t realize that this was the beginning of my gluten intolerance story. Just that we needed help.

That’s when I went to a nutritionist who specialized in Electrodermal screening. She has this really neat machine that allows her to read your body’s responses to a lot of different stimuli. She can tell whether your body will digest or react poorly to different foods, as well as environmental elements. Everything from Grass to Nail Polish, from Apples to Zucchini.

She figured out what foods I should and should not be eating, and then tested my little guy as well. Within 2 weeks of only offering him ONLY his allowed (digestible for him) foods, he was completely weaned. And with the proper probiotic and supplements, the eczema went away too, though that took a bit longer.

It was AMAZING!!

And me? I was able to keep the nutrition I was consuming, and no longer sharing it with someone else. I was no longer feeding myself things that I was unable to digest, or else allergic to. Suddenly, my energy level was up, my digestive and female systems were working better, and a host of other improvements I won’t get into here.

Step 2. Removing Gluten from our Diet

With such specific test results, we were set for far more than a basic gluten-free lifestyle. We eliminated Gluten, Dairy, Nightshades, Pork, Corn, Sugar, Nuts, and a bunch of other things. And it was HARD. The first 4-6 weeks, I craved those things. I was never huge on desserts, but tell me I can’t have them, OH how I craved sweets like never before!

We tried some pretty wild recipes, trying to find something that we could eat, sweet-wise, that came out anything like the author’s results. I had a few successes, and was able to modify some of my regular recipes, with varying levels of success.

I found that after we stuck with only the approved foods for a month, or 6 weeks, if we went back and had something with gluten or corn, I noticed symptoms.

Things I hadn’t consciously missed, but after having several weeks without them, to go back and deal with them again for 3-4 days, that Rice Crispy treat, Cheeze crackers, _____, just wasn’t worth it.

And as Awesome as my mom’s “GOOD TACOS”  were, It was still a corn tortilla shell. I just don’t want that 5-minute pleasure as much as I want us to be comfortable in our own skin.

My gluten intolerance story, and my gluten-free lifestyle began with a bang!

Family on a walk. "We are Going Gluten-free and beyond. adapting a gluten free lifestyle."

Step 3. Living A Gluten-Free Lifestyle

This part is where discipline and perseverance come in. To maintain a gluten-free lifestyle, removing gluten from your diet long-term requires self control. Discipline, and being prepared. When Christmas comes, or that tempting treat appears in front of you, it can only go one of two ways.

Either you cheat, or you don’t.

Just like with any temptation, you need to decide ahead of time how you’re going to respond. Don’t wait until you’re confronted with gluten, or whatever your weak point is. Have a plan in place before the party. Before the weekend. You’ll thank yourself the next day. Eat at home, peruse the menu online, discuss with your hostess in advance… pack backup food for just in case.

It may be hard in the moment, but when you’re NOT dealing with the side effects in the morning (or for three days after), then that 5-minute discomfort as you stood firm will feel AMAZING!!!

If you need help with this part, the decision and pre-planning, then start with learning how to write personal goals that stick! Because understanding God’s grace and how He will help you is SO POWERFULL!!

Helping You Remove Gluten from Your Diet

Now, I get to share 5 years of new recipes I’ve found or created during my gluten-free lifestyle. They are at a minimum Gluten, Dairy, Nightshade, Pork, Nut and Corn Free. I may sometimes suggest packaged treats that contain a small amount of sugar, or trace gluten, because we don’t seem to have a problem with those, in very small, infrequent amounts. 

Always, ALWAYS, be aware of your ingredient labels. The manufacturers tend to change things up without warning. My favorite “ safe packaged snack” just added Corn. They were safe, for over a year, but my last box from Amazon Subscribe and Save came in, and we ate 2-3 bags, spread across a month or so before I connected that there was a problem, and read the labels. These are the hazards of a gluten-free lifestyle. Eliminating any popular ingredient requires diligence and regular attention to details.

Sunbutter Rice Crispy Treats, Gluten-free, corn-free, sugar-free, dairy-free nut-free egg-free

Dessert and Travel Snack

Back to Birthday Party Prep. Here’s your first recipe. And it’s SO easy!
SunButter Rice Crispy Treats: or Sticky Cookies, as my little guy prefers to call them. They are Gluten Free, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, (based on your choices of nut or seed butter!) and Sugar-free if you buy the Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal

AuthorArynDifficultyBeginner

Sticky Cookies

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time5 minsTotal Time10 mins

 1 cup Brown Rice Syrup or Honey
  cup Stevia
 1.50 cups SunButter (or Nut Butter of choice)
 5.56 cups Crispy Rice Cereal

1

Measure your Sunbutter and Crispy Rice cereal, set aside
Lightly grease or line your 9x13 pan with wax or parchment paper

2

Combine Brown Rice Syrup or honey and Stevia in a large pan, stir over medium heat until just barely bubbly

Brown Rice Syrup and Stevia

3

Stir in the SunButter (or NutButter) quickly. Remove from heat. Stir In Cereal until well combined

Coating the Cereal

4

Scrape into 9x13 pan. press flat. Cool and Enjoy

Sticky Cookies

Ingredients

 1 cup Brown Rice Syrup or Honey
  cup Stevia
 1.50 cups SunButter (or Nut Butter of choice)
 5.56 cups Crispy Rice Cereal

Directions

1

Measure your Sunbutter and Crispy Rice cereal, set aside
Lightly grease or line your 9x13 pan with wax or parchment paper

2

Combine Brown Rice Syrup or honey and Stevia in a large pan, stir over medium heat until just barely bubbly

Brown Rice Syrup and Stevia

3

Stir in the SunButter (or NutButter) quickly. Remove from heat. Stir In Cereal until well combined

Coating the Cereal

4

Scrape into 9x13 pan. press flat. Cool and Enjoy

Sticky Cookies

Gluten Free Cookies: Sticky Cookies

7 Comments on “3 Steps to Simplify Adopting a Gluten-Free Lifestyle”

    1. Thanks! The transition was hard, and there’s definitely still challenges, but I honestly don’t miss it much. The few things I’ve sampled (an egg roll most recently) just didn’t taste good anymore. Which means less temptation!

    1. God’s timing is amazing, isn’t it? I would suggest that you look into a quality probiotic, that with the diet change was a big part of our eczema relief!

  1. I’m not sure I could take out ALL those foods! That would be tough! I do notice that my husband and son both do better when they don’t have dairy and gluten. I seem to be able to eat near anything (except bananas and citrus, funny enough). The Electrodermal screening sounds really interesting. I’m going to look into that!

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