Why a Gluten Free Diet, why me?
These are the questions one asks oneself, when they are first told that their bodies can no longer tolerate gluten.
'A Layman's Guide to the Bodies Auto-Immune Sytem'. An explanation of what is the Immune System and how Gluten attacks its functions, so why a strict gluten-free diet is absolutely essential.
So when you have got over the shock of being told, you suffer from an intolerance to gluten, you think, well what can I eat?
You will receive lots of pamphlets about various gluten free suppliers, perhaps a booklet of what you can eat, with some free samples, but where do you find the food, which shops stock these items, you need local knowledge, you feel you wish to just meet other sufferers, who have been where you have just started. We try to help you find where to buy and the best prices, how to bake bread?, what machine is best?, what mix is best?, whats the best bread to buy? (some bread is as hard as bricks!), but there are some great breads available, its a case of finding out whats best for you, and thats where we can help.
Fortunately today there are now hundreds of gluten free food products, both to buy and also which can be obtained on the NHS as a prescription, mainly breads, pastas and dry biscuits, all other items have to be purchased, at about three times the price of non-gluten free foods. From the NHS you should be entitled to a number of “units per month”, this is based on your age, the younger you are the more units, (see our NHS List of entitlements, please check with your nearest NHS Service to ensure the list is up to date), a typical person will be entitled to say 18 units per month and a loaf of bread will be around 1 to 2 units dependant on its size and volume. GF bread tends to weigh heavier than non-GF bread, and costs a lot more!. So try to get your Doctor to prescribe your ration, each month.
Please note that this video was produced in 1999. For updated information please contact Glutafin on 0845 603 9895
So what can I eat, well basically anything that doesn’t contain gluten, so no more ordinary cakes, bread, rolls, nothing containing wheat, barley, oats and rye. So be careful from now on, cereals usually contain wheat, look for the labelling, it should say “Gluten Free” if it is, see Walkers Crisps, all gluten free. You can buy your own GF gravy granules and take it with you, all restaurants will make it into gravy for you, some are even beginning to offer GF gravy, but not many. So watch out for sweets even medicines, if your are not sure then ask.
The good news is you can eat:-
Eggs, bacon, fresh vegetables, like cauliflower, brocolli, green beans, jacket potatoes, plain chips, watch out for those chips and sliced potatoes that have been frozen, as they often dip them in flour to stop them sticking together, plain ommelettes, rice, corn, all types of meats, all fish, chicken and turkey, most of the Heinz products, GF sausages are available, even GF hamburgers, all salad items, but watch out for the dressings, nearly all ice creams are GF check the ingredients first, and all superstore now have a good selection of GF products, but they are expensive, so look for the best offers.
By Law in the UK all products must clearly state if they contain wheat, barley rye or oats, but you may have to search for the content and you will probably need reading glasses in order to read it.
Often gluten free sufferers cannot buy GF Cereals, one of our members came across these Whole Earth Corn Flakes at a local superstore, they cost 95p, if you want more details contact us.