A bunch of you guys have asked me how my digestive system deals with gluten, and, unfortunately, I don’t have a straight answer to share. The jury’s still out! During a flare, gluten (and wheat) definitely upset my stomach. (TMI: They make me gassy and it sounds like a pack of wolves is running through my intestines!) When I’m feeling better, however, gluten is totally fine with me, especially if it is eaten in moderation. This past weekend, for example, I felt a lot better, so I pretty much ate and drank what I wanted (in moderation, of course), and I didn’t experience a single digestive issue. (Since the beginning of the year, I’ve pretty much had non-stop cramping 24/7, but this weekend was the first time in over two months, I didn’t feel a single cramp. I honestly don’t understand it all. Good drugs, I guess?)
You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been posting as many meals on CNC as I normally do, and it’s only because my meals have gotten really boring lately—lots of rice, chicken, sausage, spinach and green juice (I’m constantly battling anemia because of my bleeding insides). My meals are starting to bore me, so I know they would bore you, too. Long story short, I’ve started to experiment with gluten-free products as a way to spice up my meals. I am seriously so sick of eating the same things over and over again, so I am trying out some new foods.
Awhile back, my dad sent me an email with all sorts of suggestions for helping my colitis. I don’t talk about my dad much on CNC, but I do have a father and he’s alive and well. In a nutshell: he’s an interesting and intelligent man, who loves the Internet. (I guess it runs in the family! Ha!) My dad is also really interested in food, food politics, production, and where our food comes from, so he’s sent me a few emails with his recommendations for what I should and should not eat to help my digestive system. One thing he wrote was “rice is nice,” which encouraged me to start eating rice on a more regular basis. Since then, rice has been a godsend for me, and it’s totally a food I can count on when my intestines get wonky.
Ok, where am I going with all of this? Oh, yea, I’ve started to buy more gluten-free (often rice-based) products to liven up my meals. Some of them are okay, but most of them are terrible. These products are often pretty pricey, so I hate feeling like I wasted my money when I buy a crappy product, so I’m going to start highlighting some of the gluten-free products I try on CNC, so you guys don’t end up wasting your money too.
Just quick note so the food police aren’t after me: I’m not going gluten-free. I’m simply exploring what’s out there on the market as gluten-free options since I’m incredibly bored with my current eats and they seem to better jive with my digestive system than the gluten-filled stuff. Eating these kinds of foods are working for me right now.
The first product I’m going to review: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free, Dairy Free English Muffins. As a gluten-free option, these babies are pretty good. They definitely need to be toasted to get the right texture, but even a regular English muffin needs some toasting, right? When toasted, the Trader Joe’s Gluten Free, Dairy Free English Muffins are soft, spongy, and a little crumbly, so I could tell they weren’t a “real” English muffin, but they’re a great alternative. The flavor isn’t exactly like an English muffin, but with a good, solid toast and little melted butter, it was pretty darn close. I will definitely buy these again.
This morning’s breakfast was a toasted Trader Joe’s Gluten Free, Dairy Free English Muffin with two wedges of Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread with sliced strawberries. Delish!
The Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread is from my friends at The Laughing Cow. I actually have a really exciting announcement about my new role with them coming soon. I’m pumped!
Health News & Views
If you’re avoiding gluten in your diet, but don’t want to miss out on fun and good taste when it comes to dessert, here’s a sweet recipe for you!
These cookies combine dark chocolate with dried cherries and coconut flour for a delicious cookie–firm on the outside and oh-so-soft on the inside. You won’t even know it’s gluten-free!
The Paleo Slow Cooker Giveaway
Thanks to everyone who entered to win a copy of The Paleo Slow Cooker! Here’s your winner:
My fave paleo AND slow-cooker recipe is simple… Chicken, chicken broth, salsa, cumin, cayenne, garlic.. YUM!!! It is great on top of a salad or as a lettuce wrap.
Congrats, Haley! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.
Question of the Day
What are your favorite gluten-free products?