Thursday, October 31, 2013

Gluten Free: a beginner's guide

I started my Gluten Free journey in June of this year, after educating myself about my Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and ways I could reduce my symptoms and make myself healthier.

I wont go into a lot about my illness, because I have posted about it before, but I will say that since going gluten free, I have been healthier.  Prior to changing my diet, I was sick a lot and when I had a cold or something similar it hung around for weeks.  Since my change in diet, I have not been sick once.  My headaches have mostly disappeared and I have not had a cold or sinus infection.  The one exception to this was the one time I ate macaroni and cheese (even though I knew better).

Enough of that.  This post is not about my health.  This post is about the resources I have found that make eating gluten free easier.

Before going gluten free myself, I had heard a little about the diet, but I really hadn't paid that much attention.  Therefore making the change was a huge task.  I educated myself about how my body reacted to gluten (mine is an immune response), what gluten actually was, what types of foods I was going to have to give up, and where I could find information about gluten free alternatives.

This post is what I wish I had found on day 1.  No its not a fancy list with eloquent reasons why or introductions to each link, but you know what? I'm not a fancy person.  I like facts, and I dont like fluff.  So here is a list.  A simple (and by not means all inclusive) list of websites, blogs, etc. that I have found useful in the last several months of my gluten free journey.  I hope it helps.

Informational Resources about Gluten and Hashimoto's :

Discussion Boards about Gluten and/or Hashimoto's:

Websites and Web Resources:

Gluten Free Blogs (My favorites):

Other Resources:
  • Living Gluten-Free for Dummies (Book)
  • Gluten-Free Made Easy As 1, 2, 3 (Book)
  • The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide (Book)
  • 2012/2013 Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping Guide (Book)
  • Find Me Gluten Free (App)
  • Is That Gluten Free? (App)

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!  This year I have reverted back to my old staple costume, a black cat.  Yes, I know its not very original, but I forgot about putting together something until the last minute.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Our Family's Favorite Pork Roast - Gluten Free

Gluten Free Pork Roast
  • Pork Tenderloin or your favorite cut
  • 1lb carrots - cut in 1in pieces 
  • 8 to 10 medium red potatoes - cut in 2in pieces
  • 1 large pkg of mushrooms
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1/2 an onion chopped 
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 4 Peperoncini peppers
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten free flour
  • Orrington Farms Brown Gravy Mix - 2 1/2 teaspoons
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 2 Teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 a stick of butter (cold)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare gravy mix as instructed with chicken stock (instead of water) and add flour.  Put vegetables in bottom of crockpot and top with raw meat.  Add gravy mixture, seasonings, peppers, and butter.  Top with bacon.  
Cook for 6 to 8 hours on high in large crockpot.