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Thank you for taking the time to stop by the Good For You Gluten Free blog. Below I will attempt to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about celiac disease, gluten disorders and me.
If I’m new to the gluten-free diet, where should I start?
I recommend downloading my Gluten-Free Quick Start Guide. You can also read my blog post, A Beginner’s Guide to Being Gluten-Free.
What gluten-free flour do you recommend for baked goods?
Instead of blending my own flour, I have found it convenient to use gluten-free flour blends that are already commercially available. They work as a good cup for cup substitute in all your gluten-free dessert recipes. The flour blend I find myself using most is Bob’s 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Flour Blend (priced well on Amazon). I also bake a lot with almond flour and hands down recommend Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour. I also have been experimenting with cassava flour and love Otto’s Cassava Flour.
How do you eat out safely?
Eating out safely is not an easy question to answer. Always let your server know you need a safe, gluten-free meal. Express the seriousness of this. Try to order foods that are as naturally gluten-free as possible. Avoid cross contamination.
I highly recommend reading my ebook, Eating Out Gluten-Free, to help you eat out more confidently as a newly minted gluten-free dinner.
A product I use to help keep me safe when eating out is the Nima Sensor. This portable device allows me to detect hidden gluten in food before I eat them. I’ve tested dozens of restaurants for hidden gluten – you can see a full list of them in this article, How Did 20 Restaurants Fare Against the Nima Sensor?
Have you been ever been tested for food sensitivities?
As you may know, I have celiac disease, but I’ve often wondered if I also have any food sensitivities.
I took control of my health and purchased an at-home food sensitivity test from Everlywell. Read more about food sensitivity tests as well as find out my Everlywell food sensitivity blood test results.
The science behind food sensitivity tests is fledging, so they should be used for fun, not for diagnosing a condition.
What is the best gluten-free pasta you’ve ever tried?
Gluten-free pasta is often a mystery to me, that’s why I make my own. I haven’t found the “best” gluten free brand, per se, but I have fallen in love with Explore Asian’s gluten-free bean noodles. Explore Asian makes gluten-free black bean noodles, mung bean noodles, adzuki bean noodles and edamame noodles. I love them all and they have turned out to be the best tasting, low-carb gluten-free noodle substitute around.
What cookware do you use?
I am obsessed with using clean, healthy cookware, that’s why I use All-Clad Stainless Steel cookware. I highly recommend this healthy alternative to Teflon-coated cookware.
You talk a lot about juicing. What appliances do you use?
What do you use to create zucchini spiral noodles?
You write a lot about Jewish baking. What are some tools you recommend for the Jewish chef?
If you want to make challah, I highly recommend this molded bread pan. Gluten-free dough is wet and cannot be braided, but this pan will make your challah look like it was braided. I also recommend a cookbook called, Perfect for Pesach, by Naomi Nachman.
Are there any gluten-free cookbooks you recommend?
I like Elana Amsterdam’s The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. It was one of the first cookbooks I ever bought when I first started on my gluten-free journey. I also recommend Heather Christo’s Pure Delicious (150+ allergy-friendly recipes) and The Whole30.
If you’re learning how to cook and bake, a few books I recommend are Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat (for cooking techniques) as well as Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking (for baking ratios and techniques). These books have made me a better home cook and baker.
I find myself looking for recipes online and then trying to make them gluten-free. That is most fun to me!
I was just diagnosed with celiac disease. Is there a good book you recommend?
The BEST book I have read on celiac disease and gluten sensitivity is The Autoimmune Fix by Dr. Tom O’Bryan. He makes you realize that it’s more than just gluten making and keeping you sick. If you’re serious about healing, read this book!!
I really enjoyed Jennifer’s Way by Jennifer Esposito. She shares her journey to get a celiac disease diagnosis – it’s very touching.
Another book that really got to me is Undoctored by Dr. William Davis (author of the famed Wheat Belly). This is more about being grain-free and learning to take your health into your own hands vs. being dependent on doctors and pills. It’s well written.
Where do you buy gluten-free groceries?
I shop a lot at Amazon.com – just search for your favorite gluten-free products! I also shop at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts Farmer’s Markets, Safeway and King Soopers. You can also find gluten-free deals at Walmart and Target!
What lip balms and lipsticks do you recommend?
If you’re going to slater lipstick on your lips, you better be sure it’s gluten-free!
I’ve been loving Red Apple lip products – they are gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free and vegan. The lip balm, lip glosses and lipsticks feel great on my lips!
What is the best gluten-free cake recipe you’ve ever had.
My chocolate chip applesauce cake is to die for.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t waste your pain. If you have celiac disease, make it a positive in your life, not a negative. Here’s more on not wasting your pain. Finding out that you have celiac disease might seem like a horrible thing, at least at first, but it might be what saves your life and help you stay healthy for a long, long time!
What articles on Good For You Gluten Free are must-reads?
These are some of my favorites:
- 10 Facts Your Doctor Doesn’t Know about Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivities
- 10 Mistakes You Might be Making that Sabotage Your GF Diet
- Why Gluten is Toxic to ALL Humans
- 12 Interesting Facts about Celiac Disease
- 15 Struggles Only Gluten-Free People Will Understand
- 12 Questions Every Celiac Is Asked Over and Over Again
There you have it, a list of my favorite gluten-free products as well as answers to commonly asked questions. Didn’t find the answer to your question? Ask me anything.