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Recently, I have had some increased food sensitivities and find myself symptomatic more than usual. The worst part of food allergies is the lack of social enjoyment. Being married for 30 years is hard to celebrate when you are limited to where you can dine out.

Sushi has been our night out meal for at the last two years. We go to the same two restaurants and life was good! Past tense. The last three to five visits have been discouraging. In spite of the fact that the owners, sushi chefs and wait staff know us and our allergy to gluten, we have been getting sick. The last two times I even asked them to use a fresh preparation surface and a fresh knife, but still got sick. Normally, we will not give a restaurant so many chances, but this was a safe haven for two years!

Because of our corn allergy, it could be they are using a new thickener or vinegar that contains corn syrup, dextrose, citric acid, or one of the other hundred names for corn.

Starbucks has recently let me down further as well. Their coconut milk contains corn dextrin and xanthan Gum. Their almond milk contains xanthan gum and their soy milk contains sodium citrate (corn derivative). With no corn free, non-dairy choices, I have begun to cary coconut milk powder in my purse to add to their house coffee.

Cold Stone, Baskin Robbins, and every ice cream parlor I have contacted locally use corn syrup in their recipes. Even new places that boast “homemade ice cream!” contain corn syrup. Date nights are not the same without the repertoire of “where do you want to eat?”

Early this month I spent time at what I like to think of as the original Google, Barnes and Noble. I roamed the cookbook aisles looking for insight. Gluten free cook books contain recipes using corn and dairy. Vegetarian cookbooks contain a lot of cheese. I found what I was looking for in The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook and Action Plan. I highly recommend this book to anyone with more than one digestive disorder (but no nut allergies). So far each recipe that we have tried has been a winner. If you want to try out some recipes without the benefit of the educational pages, search Pinterest for “Autoimmune Paleo Recipes.” I am filling up a notebook with some winners from there too. A pause to say thank you Lord for allowing me to eat coconut and almond flours.

The diet allows for zero sugar with maple syrup or honey very rarely. But…. there are times when I just need one bite of chocolatey goodness. I found Coco-Roons last month and in spite of the fact that there are only 8 cookie balls in a bag, they are so satisfying that I only need to eat one or three a week.

I am on the road often for appointments and meetings each week. Food portability is a must! I try to pack something pre-cooked or fresh to take with me when I travel, but sometimes weather or time prevents me from packing ahead. I keep a couple RX Bars,  Mighty Bars, and Ningxia berry juice packets in my bag at all times. This way if I find myself away from home longer than expected, I am safe from the hangries and the glutening. If you are not cutting out grain, check out The GFB they have amazing gluten free bars and a new portable warm cereal that converts from bag to bowl for easy eating on the go. Just add hot water! Their customer service is amazing and they offer discount coupons for online shopping all the time.

Lastly, ice cream. We may not be able to spend date nights at the ice cream parlor like we did in the 80’s and 90’s, but I found an ice cream that even my hubby likes to eat. NadaMoo! organic and non dairy ice cream. Most of the flavors are corn free, all are gluten and dairy free. If you have not had chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in years, let me tell you, you will shed tears of joy after one bite of Cookies and Cream (well at least I did). The Pistachio Nut flavor reminds me of spumoni ice cream without the chunks of fruit in it and the Mint Chocolate Chip is just plain yummy.

Do you have a special “emergency travel food” in your bag? Comment below, we would love to hear new ideas. None of the items recommended above were given to us by the supplier, or even suggested to us by the supplier/manufacturer. We do all the research through trial and error, so you know it is unbiased.

Don’t forget, we are not doctors and do not pretend to know everything about celiac disease. We know what is working for us. We offer tips and tools to help you deal with the discomfort of being gluten intolerant, but are not specialists. Consult your doctor or specialist if you are suffering with any kind of pain or discomfort that is not normal. Trust your instincts when it comes to your body and be your own advocate for better health and wellness.

Blessings,

Kate

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Love Bread Again

Even when we could eat corn, we found Udi’s and Rudi’s breads to be just “okay.” Before we found out about the corn allergy, we discovered Canyon Bakehouse Bread at Sprouts Market. The Mountain White bread rivals any soft white bread made with wheat ingredients. Like any gluten free bread, the fresher the better. Our nearest Sprouts Market is over an hour away. We live in a rural community consisting of a Target, Walmart Food 4 Less, and Savemart for major food stores.

We use to spend 3-4 hours round-trip a week to purchase bread items. One particular month our Sprouts market had a freezer failure issue and lost all their Canyon Bakehouse breads, among others. After three weeks without bread I went directly to Canyon Bakehouse and found that we could order directly. The extra benefit to this is that the bread comes freshly baked, soft, and amazing. For our family of 4 we order a dozen loafs of white bread, 3 loafs of cinnamon raisin, 6 bags of everything bagels, and three bags of plain bagels. Once in a while we throw in the brownie bites because they are sinfully delicious. The hamburger buns and hotdog buns are equally amazing and softer than anything you will find from Udi’s or Rudi’s (The center is so soft you could literally make a dough ball out of it like you may have done with Wonder Bread as a kid. For Italian dinner nights, the Focaccia is amazingly soft and good. We ate one loaf warmed out of the package because we couldn’t wait to try it. It was perfect.

 

For us, the shipping is worth it. For everything I mentioned above, delivered via FedEx in three days after ordering was just under $26.00. That is cheaper than four trips out of town for us, and maybe for you too. If not, find a store that sells it and try it, you won’t be disappointed.

For genuine San Francisco Sourdough we found Bread Srsly. They have mini loaves, large loaves and dinner rolls. The dinner rolls were excellent at the holidays and the mini loaves are great sliced and microwaved or toasted. I would love to try to make bread bowl soup out of the mini loaves. My last order from Bread Srsly was for three mini loaves of the plain sourdough and my shipping was $5.00. The bread is a little more costly than others, but the shipping offsets the price. Plus, if you miss genuine San Francisco Sourdough, this is definitely worth every penny.

If you have a favorite gluten free or gluten free/corn free bread that is your favorite, please share it in the comments. Good food should always be shared.

~ Kate ~

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