Trying Gluten Free

Gluten free. Three days. Starts now.

Just over a week ago there was a tweet from FloLiving about going gluten free. Just for a few days and see how you feel. "Just try it". Okay. I'll try it.

A gluten free diet is required for those with Celiac Disease which I don't have. I am curious though if following a diet that forbids eating any wheat products and many convenience foods would have a noticeable effect on someone who does not have Celiac Disease. I waited until today to start because there is nothing gluten free about the baking I was doing over the past week and with taste testing it wouldn't have been fair to this task. It does spark my curiosity about gluten free baking though. More on that later...

I am still looking up what is and is not okay to eat. There is a tonne of information on the web and there is even a Canadian Food Guide that has been been modified for a gluten free diet. It's a safe bet that focusing on plain meats, fish, rice, fresh fruits and vegetables would make anyone feel great. But because I do eat foods with wheat, rye barley and oats it will be interesting to see what changes there are if any.

This is totally non scientific. I will probably use the Celiac Society's Safe and Forbidden Foods Search quite a bit, at least at first. Luckily, peanut butter is on the safe list. We'll just see how it goes.

Here's the plan I am starting with:

  • No wheat, rye barley, oats. No packaged or convenience foods.
  • Eat plain meats, fish, rice, fresh fruits and veggies.
  • Maintain workout schedule taking note of any affects (weight loss, energy, etc) the change in diet has.

It's worth noting that breads and pasta made with potato, bean, soy or rice flour are safe and there are gluten free products available in stores. Also gravies and ketchup should be avoided.

You can find Alisa Vitti of Flo-Living at her Website and on Twitter.
Some really great information on a gluten free diet and Celiac Disease can be found at the Canadian Celiac Association website - and the Celiac Society's Website -


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