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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Gluten

My First Mid- Week Recipe Post


I thought I would start off talking about Gluten. Many people have a gluten intolerance these days! Its crazy! I was watching doctor Oz, whom i love, And the doctor he had there that day said that 1 in 10 people have some sort of gluten intolerance. Wow. 

Dr Oz has a test that you can take to find out if you might be experiencing a sensitivity to gluten: 

Gluten 
 (from Latin gluten, "glue") is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. 

Symptoms of gluten 
sensitivity include bloating, abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea, or it may present with a variety of extraintestinal symptoms including headaches and migraines, lethargy and tiredness, attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity, muscular disturbances as well as bone and joint pain. 

 What does it do in your body? 
The body exhibits an immune response in the small intestine whenever gluten protein is present. Such a reaction aggravates the intestinal lining and damages the little "hairs" (villi) covering the wall of the digestive tract. In properly functioning organs, these villi will help push food along the intestinal tube while aiding in the absorption into the bloodstream.

What to do if you have a Gluten Intolerence:
Its best to just avoid gluten all together. Gluten can be in everything! Which makes it hard on the individual. Thankfully this is a growing problem and has become very big, therefore you will find isles in the grocery store with gluten free eats. AND you can find great treats, snacks, meals...etc at many restaurants and cafes now a days. Fortunately, many more people will continue to bring in more gluten free food too which will make it more and more easier for those of you (and me) to eat. 
Help for the home:
Try cutting out things like bread, pasta, cookies, muffins, pasties...etc. If you are a bread lover, shop in the 'gluten free' isle at the grocery store. My fitness instructor informed me that bread isn't very good for you in the first place, unless you want to eat very grainy, seedy and nutty types you should avoid it in your diet. Her strategy is eliminating it slowly. Try taking it out a couple days of the week (if you are the type to eat it daily) . If you don't eat it much in the first place, take it out of for a week and go from there. 
You could try the first week to take out bread or switch your bread to gluten free bread and then the next week take out (or switching) something else that has gluten in it such as pastas and the next week muffins and cookies... etc. The point is to take it slowly, it may be hard to do it all at once. If you can than great for you!!
Also increase your water intake - you should be having around 8 glasses a day! This can help to flush what you have ingested, it wont heal but it will help. Not only will it help with flushing the food through and digestion, but it helps with you hunger - you wont eat as much. Many times through out the day you snack, but what you really need is water. 8 glasses a day! 

RECIPE TIME!!
To make a bread at home - its a good idea to make it with something like rice flour or brown rice flour (or both). There are other types of flour that are gluten free. BUT when making gluten free bread - because gluten is used for its thickening and causing that 'stretchy' type thing to happen baker will use xanthan gum. This will help to put those characteristics back into the dough. 

Simple Bread Recipes I found: 
I could do some experimenting and come up with one for you, but I thought I could just do the work for you and find some that we can all try. Here are 2 of the simplest ones I found:

Alrighty!!! Well thats my post for today!! I hope it helped and I hope it wasnt too long :D
comment below for questions or help or anything of the sort. 

With Love: 
ME! 

Gluten definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten
Symptoms: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten_sensitivity
http://www.oprah.com/health/Gluten-Free-Is-It-for-Me-Daphne-Oz/3#ixzz2EIEzX5pm