Intro to Vegan Gluten-Free

You’ve just been diagnosed with Celiac disease or you have discovered somehow you have a wheat allergy and to complicate matters you are a vegan.  What on earth is there left to eat?  Don’t worry, that is me and I have survived and I’ll help you on this journey.  From baking bread to sweets to entrees toward the easiest and most economical way possible to ensure you; my dear reader a happy gastronomical life will be my goal in this blog.

After many years as a vegetarian I decided 4 years ago to become a vegan. Why?  My cholesterol and blood pressure were off the chart and I was not about to take medication therefore I had one choice and that was to cut out all sorts of carcasses (I had been eating fish and eggs as a vegetarian) and also I needed to lose 50lbs.  After two years, my cholesterol and blood pressure plus a weight loss of 50lbs put me back into the healthy category.  Living the vida loca as a vegan was great until the last year when many symptoms began to surface.  My body ached and I had trouble with constipation plus my stomach would bloat each time I ate.  It took me 6 weeks to get an appointment to see a GI (that is one busy profession) but in the meantime after much research I decided to try and eliminate wheat out of my diet.   After one week I was no longer constipated and my stomach bloats were gone.  A few weeks more and my back no longer ached and my neck felt great.  By the time I had my appt. with the GI I was symptom-free.  Yeah me!

I have tried to incorporate wheat into my diet in an effort to try to find out if the culprit was really wheat and the symptoms once again began to reappear.  No more wheat for this little lady.

This is a great website to check for symptoms of Celiac disease or wheat allergy:

http://www.celiac.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=12

 

In future blogs I will have recipes and ideas on how to live vegan gluten-free (vgf).  If you have a favorite recipe that you would like to see become vgf by all means send it to me and I’ll try to  convert them.

In the meantime I want to give you some sort of conversions to try until we meet again:  A few of my favorites:

Milk - So Delicious Coconut Milk

Eggs – 1 tablespoon chia seed and 3 tablespoons hot water. Mix together and let stand for 10 minutes.  Add to your recipe.

Butter – many vegan butters in the supermarket.  I also like Earth Balance with olive oil.

 

FYI all these products can be bought at Walmart, Costco or Trader Joes and also there is quiet a variety in supermarket chains.    The least expensive gluten-free pasta is at Trader Joe’s.

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