So I've been gluten and dairy free for over a year(April 2007) based on some research I did and some test results I got about myself from Entero Lab. Basically my results told me I was gluten intollerent, the dairy I took out as a trial and I noticed a difference in my overall health. My overall health has changed dramatically....first and the biggest noticable change was the 20+ pounds of extra weight I dropped. I've recently been slowly adding back in some dairy and some gluten and the results are not good....I've started feeling sick to my tummy and having lots of back problems....so it is back to the strict list of not letting that stuff into my diet!
Really it isn't hard and it doesn't taste yucky. Basically I eat more fruits and veggies which is good for you anyways right? I also eat rice, potatoes, beans and meats and I also cook with alternative flours...Rice & Tapioca Flour. I pretty much cook all my own food and stay away from the processed junk. I've got my husband and kids on this lifestyle of eatting as well. Actually my son also tested positive for gluten intollerence and dairy too.....my huband and daughter still eat regular bread and milk but mainly at home all the forbidden foods are forbidden here too!
I've found some pretty great tasting products out there which make my life easier:
So here are some pictures of food that really tastes great and I feel good because I made it!
Pizza: chebe all purpose mix, turkey pepperoni & bell peppers (On my son's pizza I put goat cheese)
Granola bars: made from enjoy life's granola crunch & trailmix
Recipe for the granola bars:
Not Nuts!™ Trail Mix Bars
Contains NO: wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish or shellfish. Dairy-free
2 cups Enjoy Life ® Not Nuts! ™ trail mix
2 cups Enjoy Life ® Cinnamon Crunch granola
1/2 cup butter or non-dairy alternative
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp. honey or agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp. xanthan gum
2 tbsp tapioca flour
Grease 8 x 8 inch pan. Chop trail mix in a food processor until all seeds and fruit are in small pieces and transfer to bowl. Grind granola in a food processor until it looks like fine crumbs. Add granola crumbs to chopped trail mix and set aside. In a small saucepan over medium heat mix together the butter, brown sugar, honey, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, and vanilla until melted and well combined. Pour mixture over the trail/granola blend, stirring to coat all pieces. Add salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir well, then pour into prepared pan and press down flat. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Makes 8 bars. Keep refrigerated.