Finding out that you have gluten intolerance can cause stress at first, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Gluten is a protein found in barley, wheat, rye and oat. There are many children and adults that have gluten intolerance. I have read many blogs and forums where people are very stressed and don’t know what to eat. There are many resources on line with information and recipes to help with gluten intolerance. There are several products that are sold in supermarkets that are gluten free and if you like to cook or bake you can make gluten free foods yourself.
Gluten was never important to me until now. My son who is 6 years old was recently diagnosed with severe gluten intolerance. You can imagine what that means, for one not eating lunch at school, no cake or cupcakes and no regular pizza. At first I felt stressed and overwhelmed. Once I started reading information about being gluten free, my stress level went down. I started reading different recipes that I can make myself. It makes me happy to say that it has been almost 3 weeks since he is gluten free. We are still new to this but the more resources I read and the more information I learn the better I feel I can manage his diet. Once I changed his diet, I realized all the bad foods he was eating. I went through my pantry and threw out all the foods he couldn’t eat. Now I read all the labels on everything and I’m more aware. I feel that parents should be aware what they are eating for themselves and their children. When was the last time you read all of the ingredients on every label of food you bought? It might take extra time at first but within time you will be able to recall all the foods you can eat that are gluten free.
Here is a Gluten Free recipe that I made for the first time using almond flour. Chocolate Chip Cookies, they turned out a little soft but delicious.
- 2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
- ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup agave nectar
- 1 cup dark chocolate chunks
- Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
- Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl
- Mix wet ingredients into dry
- Form 1/2-inch balls and press onto a parchment lined baking sheet
- Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes
- Cool and serve.
Eating foods with gluten can cause many people to experience serious side effects thus increasing stress levels. Some of the symptoms of gluten intolerance are:
Stomach issues like bloating, diarrhea, constipation, skin rashes, migraines, joint pain, lactose intolerance and chronic fatigue.
Take a look at your diet and what you are eating because it may be the source of the stress you are experiencing. If you eliminate foods that contain gluten and substitute with gluten free, you will feel better, be happier and get rid of the stress all at the same time.