Sunday, August 26, 2012

Last week, my doctor called and diagnosed me with several new allergies, including wheat, tree nuts, shrimp, avocado, and sesame seeds. This didn't come as a complete shock to me (I had been suffering from painful stomach aches and pains after eating for years) but I was nervous about completely changing the way I eat. 

Luckily, one of my Twitter friends Elana of Levo League introduced me to Tayler Lofquist and she sent me loads of information about being gluten-free, including good replacements for my favorite foods, cookbooks for gluten-free cooking, the best types of cuisines to eat on a gluten-free diet, her favorite gluten-free brands, and more! 

Tayler has been a tremendous help to me as I transition into a new phase of my life. I wanted to share some of the information she sent me in hopes it can help my gluten-free readers as well! 

Tayler gave me a few pointers on how to replace the foods I used to eat with foods that fit in with my new gluten-free lifestyle. 
  • Replace regular pasta with brown rice, corn, or quinoa pasta.
  • Replace flour tortillas with corn or brown rice tortillas.
  • Replace your favorite bread with gluten-free bread. You can find gluten-free bagels and frozen waffels too!
  • Replace your regular morning pancakes with a gluten-free batter.
Tayler loves all these, but says, "Even though all of these replacements are great, I sometimes try to just cut the carbs out entirely. For example, I usually eat salads instead of a sandwich or eat fruit for breakfast instead of cereal!"

Shopping gluten-free for the first time is a little overwhelming. It seems like there are more products I can't have than can have. Tayler graciously gave me a list of her favorite brands to lookout for. Her favorites include Enjoy Life, Tinkyada, Nana's, Bob's Red Mill, and Arrowhead Mills. I'm taking note of these for my next grocery trip and I'm happy to know I can still enjoy gluten-free versions of my favorite foods!


Tayler recommended I look into Baby Cakes' and Sticky Fingers' cookbooks. These bakeries, famously known for their gluten-free and vegan creations, offer some delicious recipes for those who need to satisfy a sweet tooth on a gluten-free diet. I did some research of my own and found The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook that boasts delicious gluten-free Italian, Mexican, and Asian recipes!

There are tons of foods that have gluten in them which we would have thought otherwise! Tayler clued me in on some foods and snacks that can secretly contain gluten.
- Soy sauce
- Tortilla chips
- Licorice
- Soups
- Salad dressing
- Sauces
-Anything labeled "barley" or "malt"


I want to give a HUGE thanks to Tayler and all her gluten-free help and advice. It's made my transition to a gluten-free life so much easier, and I hope her tips helped you as well!

Thanks again, Tayler!


4 comments:

  1. Good luck with your new diet! My mommy has celiac's and she does okay.

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  2. tayler sounds like an angel! She was so helpful. I know a lot of people who later in life was diagnosed with a gluton allergy. You can definitely manage but it does stink :( I hope you find that you like the alternatives!

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  3. Hi Carly! Thank you so much for this wonderful post. Never hesitate to reach out if you need anything else...or if you learn any tips you want to share with me along the way! i can already tell that you're looking at gluten-free life in such a positive light, so keep it up and you will be great! Best of luck and stay in touch :)

    -Tayler

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  4. Going on 4 years of gluten free, I wanted to let you know that corn pasta is WAYYYYYY better than rice pasta. My mom, sister, and I are all gluten free and we decided that rice pasta smells weird and is really only good in lasagna. Good luck!

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