Prepping for a gluten free holiday

Hooray! the holidays are here – well my holidays are anyway! I carried lots of annual leave over from last year so conscious I need to get using them pretty soon. So we have got a fortnight off snowboarding. That’s right… A WHOLE FORTNIGHT in the mountains!

I’m excited.

I’m also making sure that I am well covered with gluten free treats to take with me to keep me on the straight and narrow. Keep me away from the muffins… the croissants and the beer at the end of the day. We decided to go self catering so it should be easy enough to control and for the next 2 days my to do list looks a little like this:-

  • Check-in online and print boarding passes
  • Print details for accommodation, insurance and airport parking
  • Pack cases and all equipment
  • Charge Kindle
  • Handover at work (no one wants the stress of work on hols)
  • Go to the shops and get what I can for Gluten free goodies!
  • Take dogs to kennels

And the other thing to note is – we are on a budget. We do not have hundreds of euros per day allocated for spending money… so any nuggets of info will have a pretty tight bank account in mind!

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Delicious gluten free treats

It’s a freezing Friday evening up in Aberdeen tonight. Work is over for another week, there is a light covering of snow outside and I’ve got a fresh set of PJ’s on. Time to snuggle down under a blanket with the dogs and a hot water bottle, get caught up on the soaps and relax!

But it does make me feel like it’s also time for a spot of comfort eating. The kettles on, and I’m on the hunt for some tasty treats.

Bingo!

Check out these beautiful coffee and walnut slices from sainsburys. 4 in a box and at only 138 calories each… I don’t think I’m going to feel too bad if I have 2!!!

It’s been a while crocodile!

Wow! It has been quite a few years since I wrote anything about gluten free living! I think I lost my thread a little. Work. Life. Lots of excuses.

But you will all be super pleased to know I haven’t been completely naughty an di have managed to stay gluten free… mostly!

And since then my brother O has also discover he is Coeliac too. with far worse symptoms than I get bless him but it appears to have started in his mid 20’s. The interesting thing is that O is a twin… and his twin brother E does not appear to have any problems with wheat whatsoever.

Anyhoo – after a brief (3 year brief) period of respite I am going to have another bash at documenting my gluten free living! And O’s mishaps aswell.

Free Samples = Happy Monday!

Compromising on wheat should not mean compromising on flavour.

It can be time consuming and expensive to find the right gluten free products to suit your diet. Some products are available on an annual pre paid prescription, and this is a good idea if there are more than one coeliacs in your household.

Did you know that some companies offer free samples, delivered to your door which allows you to try before you buy.

I have just had one such package delivered straight from Juvela.

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Enclosed are the following items:-

  • 2 x Pizza bases
  • 1 x box of crackers
  • 1 x box of fibre flak cereal
  • 1 x box of fusilli pasta
  • 1 x packet of white mix (ideal for cakes/ pastry/ bread)
  • 6 x white rolls
  • 1 x loaf of bread
  • 1 x recipe book

Most definitely worth filling in your details on the website. This way you can try a good cross section of their products without costing you a penny.

I have tried the white bread. And honestly, yes the slices are small BUT toasted with jam and butter… there is nothing to stop you from eating the entire loaf! Perfect!

 

A Few Good Facts

  • Coeliac disease affects 1 in 100 people
  • It is often mistaken for IBS, and remains untreated.
  • The average length of time it takes someone to be diagnosed with Coeliac disease is 13 YEARS!!!!
  • People with Coeliac disease cannot join the armed forces
  • Gluten is found in Wheat, Barley and Rye
  • Meat from cereal fed animals IS gluten free and so safe to eat
  • Coeliac can run in families

Winter is coming… exciting recipes COMING SOON!!!

Can I Eat Oats?

First of all Oats do NOT contain Gluten.

This means that most Coeliacs can eat Oats without any problems at all. However, some coeliacs may also be sensitive to Oats, as they contain a similar protein called Avenins. So this is something to be aware of.

Also, you need to bear in mind that many oats, and oat products are contaminated with gluten from wheat, barley and rye so it is super important to check the label to make sure the food is suitable for you – See below!

It is recommended that as soon as you find out you are Coeliac, you stop eating oats altogether for 6 months, and then reintroduce to our diet after you have consulted your GP or dietician.

But on the whole… for most people… it does mean that the humble Flap Jack is back on the menu!!!! Woo hoo!!!

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The “Crossed Grain” Symbol

The crossed grain symbol is basically the holy grail when shopping for Coeliacs. The presence of this symbol on packaging means that your food is free from gluten…. and is safe!

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So look out for it on the packaging of your food! Unfortunately it is not the law for food manufacturers to display this on their packaging, and some supermarkets do have their own variation on this symbol.

You may also come across a number of statements on the packaging such as:

  • Suitable for Coeliacs
  • Gluten Free

If you cannot see any of this.. make sure you check the ingredients carefully.