Pik n Mix - Member
I have recently round out that i suffer with this, It has ultimately ruined my world as I love cooking and food.
I have desperately been trying to be gluten free for several months, however still getting caught out by the hidden ones!
Anyway, any real world advice?
sorry to be a bit dads.net
It hasn't ruined your world. Cancer ruins your world. Being a coeliac is a pain in the arse, but not a life-ruiner.
(my 35 year old brother has Cancer - which is ruining him)
My 5 year old duaghter has been a Coeliac from birth, however we didn't get a definative diagnosis until this summer. As a baby she was also lactose intollerant, which was hard work. However since her diagnosis we've been advised to introduce dairy to her diet, and it has gone pretty well.
One issue she has is if she has gluten it brings on a temporary lactose intollerence for a couple of weeks while her body deals with the shock of the gluten. We discussed this with the consultant, who said it was a known problem some coeliacs have.
As for food - it is difficult, but you can make it easier with a bit on planning. some of the bread isn't too sad - warburtons + Genius are both edible.
Pasta is pretty good, but watch it when cooking - it can turn to mush pretty quickly.
Sausages - Waitrose do their own, which are OK, otherwise try these -
they are very nice!
Heinz food is normally pretty good - however always read the label!
You should be able to get food on prescription (we do for Millie) try some different stuff and see what you like - she loves the garlic bread at the moment.
Eating out can be tough - some places are a complete no-no but others (as mentioned by others) are pretty accomodating.
We have to concerntrate to avoid cross-contamination - separate bread board, keeping crumbs out of the marg, etc...
one other tip is get around to all the different supermarkets - they all do different stuff (for example we can only get the chicken nuggets she likes in Sainsburys) and you'll soon get your head around what comes from where.
Good luck with it - to be honest, my wife is a vegetarian and I find that more agrovation sometimes!