Hello, I do hope everyone had a good weekend? Mine was lots of fun but I'm paying the price today thats for sure.......one too many vodka and sodas over Friday and Saturday night! Well its gotta be done sometimes right?!
I won't bore you with my hangover woes as today is the start of Gluten Free Awareness week, I will be writing posts all week about being and going gluten free, my favourite gluten free products, recipes and some product reviews to show you there is lots of choice out there now to make going gluten free pretty easy!
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein composition found in wheat and related grain species such as Barley, Rye and Spelt. Gluten isn't just found in the grain sources though it is a protein added to hundreds of foods worldwide which is why when going gluten free, at first, can be quite over whelming!
Gluten can be a problem for lots of people but has different affects depending if you are intolerant or have full blown Coeliac's disease. For example I have a gluten intolerance which means if I eat any sort of gluten my tummy blows up like I am 9 months pregnant, I suffer from constipation or diarrhoea, my acne flairs up and I feel pretty rough. My dad has Coeliac's and if he so much sniffs anything with gluten its a down hill spiral! He has all the stomach upsets but his joints swell and he is pretty much out of action from 1-2 weeks, its really bad and not something that is easy to live with!
Take a look at this guide from the Food Standards Agency, it has some great info and pointers....
I think if you do have a problem with gluten it is a lot easier in this day and age to eat a gluten free diet and not feel like your missing out at all. You can get masses of alternative gluten free products to make things a little easier or if like me you are into cooking, making things from scratch is an even better option. I do find a lot of the alternatives like biscuits are pretty heavy on the sugar so I tend to make my own but its nice to have an easy option sometimes!
I have eaten gluten free for just under two years now and I am very good at checking labels and knowing the usual foods that contain gluten, its just a way of life now. I get a lot of inspiration for new recipes to try on Pinterest and Instagram which I would definitely recommend if you are gluten free and needing some help to find new recipes. I will be doing a post about my gluten free board on Pinterest and my favourite recipes so keep an eye out as well as all the other posts this week : )
Do you have a gluten allergy?
If so do you find it easy eating gluten free?