Friday, October 25, 2013

It's not me, it's you.

Let's talk gluten-free. We've all heard the buzz. No, I don't have any sort of allergy (at least not that I'm aware of???) Though I will say that yes, I do have some symptoms. I'm not going to jump to conclusions just yet. Regardless, I'm still intrigued. So much so that I decided to add a month of zero gluten to my 30 Before 30 list. Yikes. I'm already scared.
A couple months ago, my mom told me about how she's gone gluten-free and it's helped almost entirely with her migraines. This coming from a woman who got at least one migraine per week while I was growing up. She also told me about several other positives of it, and I decided I am going to give it a whirl. It will be EXTREMELY hard for me; just know that. But I am willing to give it a shot.

So... I'm writing for your advice!

I am a picky picky girl. I like rice and beans a lot. That's probably my favorite meal ever. Is that gluten-free? I assume so, but I don't know! Here are my questions.

+ Do you know of any good blogs specializing in gluten-free recipes? These need to be realistic recipes; I'm a working woman who is also a graduate student. I don't have time to cook like Betty Crocker.

+ What are the best gluten-free brands?

+ How can I determine if something is truly gluten-free? The labels can be misleading, or so I'm told.

+ What is your best piece of advice when going gluten-free?

That should get me started. Who wants to join me? We can be accountability buddies!


  1. Rice is gluten free :)!

    My grandmother went gluten free to help her asthma and she says it helped a lot. Most grocery stores have natural aisle, and they should have the information you need. Trader Joe's is the best I've heard.

    Good luck

  2. I don't have much advice, as I haven't tried gluten-free and don't plan to (unfortunately, my bigger issues are with dairy, which is a total buzzkill!), but Robin @ The Sunshine Diary is g-free and has some great recipes! Wishing you good luck in your journey and I'm excited to see how it goes for you! :)

  3. I have a gluten intolerance and have found the best way to eat gluten free is to read labels on everything. Something marked "gluten free" may be way more expensive than it needs to be! I love rice and beans, and yes those are GF, so eat your heart out! I love mexican so I substitute corn tortillas for flour products and you'd never tell the difference! I love this girl's blog: and I have a link to some GF recipes on my Pinterest!
    Feel free to message me if you want more details!! Good luck! It's tough at first, but gets much easier as you go, especially if you start to feel better :)

  4. Eating clean will be your best bet. I did it before the wedding and I could tell a big difference, but it is difficult to maintain. I got all of my GF options at Trader Joe's. If you shop the perimeter of the grocery store, you will mainly be good. Lots of fruits and veggies, lean meat, etc.. If you have to have snack foods out of this realm definitely try TJs. They hae GF pastas and everything.

  5. QUINOA! I recommend it 100%. There are so many good recipes out there these days. There are also brands of quinoa pasta at the grocery store that are good. You can also use quinoa flour in baked goods for gluten-free stuff. I think a gluten-free lifestyle is beneficial even if it isn't always easy. GOOD LUCK.

  6. Well I wish I could help, but I know very little about gluten free. I tried it for a couple of days in college to see if it would help with my stomach problems, but it didn't, so I went back to normal food. I will say, though, that HEB has an entire aisle dedicated to gluten free so that should help!

  7. I've been wanting to do 30 days gluten-free for months now but I don't have much support around me as my entire family is Italian and they live off pasta, bread and pizza!! I actually have random stomach pains and I feel that the gluten-free might be my final solution. I would LOVE to join you on this journey as I need all the support I can get!!

  8. I don't have much advice on Gluten Free but, I do on Yeast Free. At least some! HAHA! I'm not a huge expert but, I know what recipes are good! & Like Pinky said, most grocery stores now have an all natural isle or in the baking section, different flours & stuff that are gluten free. There really is so much out there now that gluten free is a "thing" that if you just go looking around the grocery store next time I bet you'll find a ton! Good luck!!

  9. I don't know anything about gluten free except for the little bit of research I've had to do for work. I do know Elisabeth Hasselbeck (used to be on the view) is gluten free (maybe she has celiac disease?) and she has some cook books out!

  10. I'm not an expert by any means, but I try to go gluten free during the week when possible because I can tell that I feel better.

    Do you like quinoa? I've mostly replaced pasta and rice with quinoa if I can. You can cook it in vegetable or chicken broth, add garlic, etc. to make it more flavorful.
    My fave kind of bread that is gf (and also dairy and nut free) is Udi's. If I want toast in the morning I use this. My husband also wanted a grilled cheese one day and that's the only bread we had and he surprisingly liked it.

    Good luck!

  11. I would love to be gluten free but I'm extremely picky as well, I'm afraid I would starve! LOL

  12. I enjoyed reading Elisabeth Hasselbeck's book, the G-Free Diet-- although I never went through with going gluten free.
    Good luck on your journey!