I was doing wonderfully with my Vegan diet but my stomach was a mes, I have had stomach issues for a very long time and thought that this migh help but it honestly jus got worse. Turns out I found out I have gluten intolerance which now makes my diet choices more difficult and had to go back to flirt status to find some more food options.
I am very frustrated about this since wheat is a big part of a vegan diet and all that gluten free stuff is so expensive. I would love to get some advise from other people that might be going through what I'm going thorugh.
I, personally, don't suffer from gluten intolerance, but I am the one who cooks all the meals in my household, and my boyfriend (who lives with me) has celiac's disease. Since going vegan, we have actually found that it's a lot easier to eat gluten-free. We don't eat fake meat substitutes, and we have to do a lot of cooking, but it's totally worth it.
We use a lot of brown rice pasta, which is a little more expensive than regular pasta, but you wouldn't normally eat a whole bag of pasta in a day. Plus, it's whole grain, so it's a lot better for you. Some things we make with the pasta is vegan lasagna and vegan mac and cheese (both are SOO yummy). We also eat things like veggie spring rolls, Alicia's egg salad, enchiladas, fajitas, veggie chili, ratatouille, salads (we make our own dressings), pizza (we buy GF pizza crust mix and top it with veggies and daiya cheese), etc. If you would like some recipes, send me a message and I can e-mail you some.
Also, for snack-y things, we eat chips and salsa/guacamole, nuts, fruit, chocolate SILK, So Delicious coconut milk yogurt, and lara bars (all are gluten free, some are vegan). For quick dinners, we get veggie sushi (we buy GF tamari soy sauce), and Amy's makes a killer frozen dairy-free, gluten-free mac n' cheese.
And for desserts, "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the Wold" by Isa Chandra has some great GF cupcake recipes. I also make banana bread. So Delicious makes some coconut milk ice creams that are GF, too.
Hope that helps. Obviously, not all of this is superhero food, but it's definitely vegan. Again, feel free to message me and I will send you recipes and brand names of some of the products we use regularly :-)
Thank you Maggie I will take your offer on those recipies, specially that banana bread one. I used to make banana bread all the time and now I don't know how to make it with the GF stuff. My email address is email@example.com I also have a cook book from Isa Chandra, I'll pull it out and see what I find there. I am new to all this gluten free stuff and am very frustrated so it is nice to know that I'm not the only one going through this.
My son is gluten intolerant also. The best thing I have found for baking is at whole foods, a flour mix called Gluten Free Pantry All Purpose Flour. It already has the guar gum in it so no need to add. Ener-G makes an excellent gluten free bread crumb, for coating foods or adding to, say, bean burgers or whatever for a binder. Bob's Red Mill has certified gluten free oatmeal, good for breakfast or baking. Also, Amazon.com has a huge selection of gluten free items, you may have to buy in bulk, but it breaks down to be less than what you would spend at the grocery store.
We have found that most restaurants also have a gluten free menu; you just have to ask for it.
A few good websites:
Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes
Gluten-Free Recipes Food.com
Celiac.com-this one has a lot of recipes, also a huge list of safe/unsafe foods
If you have a smart phone, there are many apps for gluten free.
This is an adjustment, but you will get the hang of it. My son is now in Cali in college and is managing his gluten intolerance great on his own.
Gluten intolerance,just like lactose intolerance,is fairly common among adults these days.I was diagnosed with it years ago,yet never really made the initial cut from my diet until recently...as in this year! Having tempeh even made me feel "off" and my digestion would get really upset from it.I haven't had any gluten product in a few months.
Some good additions to flours
-make your own fresh almond/walnut meal.It's really easy if you have a food processor.You ALWAYS soak the nuts overnight,as they are hard for our bodies to break down.Then dehydrate them for a few hours.Sometimes I skip that step,because soft almond meal is delicious and easier to mix spices into.
*Note,I actually am very much not into flours,mostly eat Superhero,so my knowledge of gluten free grains may be a bit fuzzy.However I have the same intolerances,so here's my little dietary advice.:-)
-soy flour tastes really good,but it's quite strong.If you aren't used to it,mix a lot of other things in it!
-same goes for bean flours,such as garbanzo bean.
-oat flour is really mild,good for things such as pancakes and crepes.
-if you are missing your spinach/tomato/vegetable grain tortillas,the kind with whole wheat flour included,try Ezekiel's sprouted corn tortillas.They are delicious! (who ever came up with whole wheat tortillas obviously did NOT have a clue about Mexican food.Jeez!)Here is a link to the Ezekiel website;I've picked the page with sprouted breads;there are also the English Muffin and Tortilla pages.Enjoy!hehe here are some more gluten free items I've found,such as gnocchi,SO fun to make but quite tricky if you aren't sure how.http://www.amazon.com/Caesars-Pasta-Gluten-Spinach-Gnocchi/dp/B003OYRK20
Oh and if you are having digestive trouble,look no further than millet! Millet is a wonderful digestion soother,easaily compatible with almost any sauce,but simply enticing with nut free pesto and fresh vegetables.Mmm!
I went vegan almost 2 years ago because of stomach issues, but nothing helped until I went gluten-free as well. I'd eat a steak before I'd eat a loaf of bread (not that I'd do either).
For me, what helped was really accepting that bread, gf or not, shouldn't be in our diets as much as it is anyways. The best bread I've found is Brown Rice bread from Whole Foods or Trader Joes. It's delicious as toast or toasted as a sandwich. It's the closest thing I've found. But I only let myself have it once a week or so as a treat. Otherwise, it's almost fun trying to find different stuff to substitute. Don't be afraid to start baking your own stuff!
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