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Top 10 Questions People Ask When Going Gluten Free

Is Rice Gluten Free?

Yes, rice in all forms is naturally Gluten Free. Rice tends to be a popular substitute for anyone eating a Gluten Free diet.

You can always find some gluten free soy sauce at your local grocery store but you can also check some affiliate links below of the Brand i use.

San-J Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce is the brand i can normally find when grocery shopping but there are much more options online so if you try some good ones comment the brands below so myself and others can try them out.

 

What is Gluten?

In short gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, oats (unless labeled Gluten Free), rye, malt, and brewers yeast. To read more information and get a deeper look into the details of Gluten I recommend checking out this post by Kelly Servick called “What is Gluten Sensitivity?”. In this post she goes into some more detail about Gluten and the rise in sensitivity to it.

 

 Can I Eat Pizza?

Yes…  But only Gluten Free Pizza.

Regular pizza is full of Gluten but there are many more places starting to offer Gluten Free pizza and some can be really good.

Be sure to know which places may have a higher chance of cross contamination (Dominos… cough cough).

Check out my other post about my favorite GF Pizza spot!

Will I Lose Weight On a Gluten Free Diet?

Probably one of the biggest misconceptions about this diet.

Just because something is called a “diet” people assume it means you lose weight.

Eating Gluten Free doesn’t necessarily mean you will lose weight if your still replacing normal calories with Gluten Free calories. Calories are calories and when it comes to GF food it tends to be higher in calories.

That being said if you cut out wheat from your diet and don’t eat any types of breads, than you will most likely see some weight loss due to lower calorie intake.

Below i have listed Affiliate links to some 4-5 star rated Gluten Free cook books that might interest you. I recommend the GF Living for Dummies as that’s what i grew up using with my mom.

Eat Happy by Anna Vocino

 

Essentials Of Celiacs Disease and the Gluten Free Diet  

 

Living Gluten Free For Dummies

Can I Eat Out at Restaurants?

Yes, normally you can find something to eat at most restaurants. Higher end restaurants will most likely have a GF Menu and as for fast food there are a few great choices but also some places i would avoid at all costs.

Is Gluten in Meat?

There is no Gluten Ingredients in meats, But this doesn’t mean certain seasonings and rubs wont contain Gluten. Read labels of all seasonings before you eat any meat. Most Meatballs contain gluten as well so be aware.

Where Can I Get Gluten Free Food?

Now a days it is much easier to find grocery stores with isles or sections dedicated to Gluten Free foods. I have seen GF options at Walmart, Von’s, Aldi, Sproutes, Frazier Farms and Albertson’s. These are all the local grocery stores i have but id love to hear recommendations for others down in the comment section. 

 

Whats the Difference Between “Gluten Friendly” and “Gluten Free”?

This question was a bit hard for me to come up with an answer even after google searching. From what i understand “Gluten Friendly” is what companies will say if they use all Gluten Free ingredients but still cant guarantee the food safe due to cross contamination.

In comparison anything that says “Gluten Free” Should be completely safe.

 

How Hard is it to Eat a Gluten Free Diet?

Eating Gluten Free definitely has its challenges, but with that being said eating this way has become sooooo much easier than it was 10 years ago and before that it was near impossible. I remember my mom stressing over dinners and trying to keep up with all the information about Celiacs Disease and the Diet that comes with it. 

I have created this blog to Build a community so that we can share our knowledge and experience with Celiacs Disease and help each other live healthy pain free lives.

In order for me to better serve the Gluten Free community i encourage all comments and questions.

 

 

Is Gluten Free More Expensive?

Yes, Gluten Free food tends to cost more and in my opinion you get less product.

This has to be one of the biggest draw backs to this disease. Finding ways to get GF foods for the best price can be frustrating. I will be dedicating a page on this blog strictly for finding the best GF food deals on and offline.

 

Conclusion

I hope this post clears up some of the questions you may have when just learning about a Gluten Free diet and i encourage more questions in the comment section so that we can maximize the information of this blog. Thanks

Top 10 Gluten Free Snacks

1. Quest Cookies

These Quest cookies are delicious and healthy. They come in Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter and Snicker-doodle. All of these flavors are DELICIOUS but my favorite is Chocolate Chip.

Note that they also carry a Oatmeal Raisin kind which is NOT Gluten Free.

Although these can be a little pricey I found buying in bulk online is cheapest or you can usually find them in your local grocery store.

2. Kind Bars

I’m sure many of you have tried Kind bars and if you haven’t, Its a Must! They carry all sorts of GF products but my favorite remains to be there Chocolate Chip Granola bars that are Chewy. I also have found that these granola bars tend to be more affordable than other brands.

3. Munk Pack Cookies

These Munk Pack cookies I found next to the Quest cookies. I believe these are a better deal than the Quest ones when it comes to size and they have flavors such as White Chip Macadamia Nut, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Spice and Double Dark Chocolate.

4. Sea Weed

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I have tried a few different brands of Sea Weed and they are all tasty and salty. If you like salty foods you will love these and you can normally find GF Teriyaki which is my personal favorite.

5. Pamelas Granola Bars

Just recently saw these Pameleas Whenever Bars and i gotta say although they arent very big (GF foods rarely are) the taste fantastic and very authentic.

6. Glutino Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Although I don’t buy these often, as i tend to eat the whole bag in one sitting, these are such an amazing treat. Glutino Chocolate pretzels come in both chocolate and yogurt. I have had both kinds and they were fantastic. Keep an eye open the next time your out grocery shopping.

7. Coconut Rolls

If you love coconut, your going to love these guys! I shop at Sprout’s here in Southern California so ill buy their brand but I’m sure you cant go wrong with any brands. Crispy, flavorful, and Gluten Free.

8. Dried Fruits (Philippines Dried Mangoes)

Dried Fruits are such a weird concept to me but they are a great snack for on the go. My top favorite has to be Philippines Brand Dried Mangoes, they have a great taste and consistency that other brands just don’t have.

9. Kettle Brand Chips

Whether you are snacking or complimenting a nice GF Sandwich these Kettle Brand chips are the BOMB! With many different flavors to choose from I have multiple favorites like Pink Himalayan Salt, Avocado Oil, and Cracked Pepper. Other flavors the have include Buffalo Wing, Salt and Vinegar, Jalapeno, BBQ and more. Really recommend giving these guys a try!

10. Snyder’s Gluten Free Pretzels

Although there are a few different brands of pretzels out there, when I saw Snyder came out with GF pretzels I was Stoked! Growing up eating regular pretzels (before i was diagnosed) when I was young Snyder was my go to brand. Finally a big name company caring about us Gluten Free Individuals.

Conclusion

Well there it is a quick list of my top 10 favorite snacks on the go. I hope you saw something new you can try and love to hear if you enjoyed them. Comment below and let me know your favorites on this list or tell me your top snacks!

The Best Gluten Free Pizza You Probably Haven’t Tried

Intro

Oh how I missed real authentic “Gluten Loaded” pizza with extra pepperoni. It had been so long since I had a slice of pizza that I truly enjoyed. Gluten Free options are slim when it comes to pizza crust and in my opinion most are very thin and tasteless. Until I found Paradise, Paradise Pizza that is.

The Spot

Paradise Pizza is a small family owned pizza shop tucked away in Carlsbad, California. Established in 2010 it soon became a neighborhood favorite and are now very popular and known for their Gluten Free menu as well as their operating hours of 10am – 2 am. Definitely recommend a late night pizza here.


Here is a nice view around the corner from the shop over looking a lagoon
Regular pizza left, Gluten Free right

The Pizza

It’s not the frozen Frisbee pizza dough you normally get with Gluten Free crusts, no Paradise Pizza makes their Gluten Free Dough in House from absolute scratch! With that being said it allows you to have the choice of a small, medium, or large pizza. Most places serve the pre-made frozen disc available in one size only, but if done right can still taste good. Although, I have to say there is something truly amazing about this Gluten Free Crust.

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Conclusion

There are many pizza places around me that are serving Gluten Free crust, but if your looking for a “Wow, this is Gluten Free?” than you must go to Paradise. I really wish all of you could try this pizza, unfortunately for now its exclusive to this area. If you ever travel to Southern California make time to stop for a truly amazing Gluten Free Pizza.

Comment below and tell me what your favorite Gluten Free pizza is. I am always looking for other brands to try. Thank you!

p.s. Don’t forget to order the Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls for dessert!

The Best Gluten Free Hamburger Bun is a Bagel?!

Bakers Canyon Gluten Free Everything Bagel

There’s nothing like a great American Cheese Burger to enjoy after a hard days work, but when eating Gluten Free, any type of burger without a bun is just not very satisfying. Most Gluten Free hamburgers buns never cut it for me because they were either too dry or just tasted funky. After practically giving up on the search for an amazing hamburger bun I decided to think outside the “Bun”. A week later while grocery shopping at Sprout’s I stumbled upon Bakers Canyon Everything Bagels and thought that this could possibly be the answer to my Gluten Free Hamburger Bun Crisis.

Conclusion

The results were astonishing, for the first time in over 10 years I was able to enjoy a delicious cheeseburger. Using a bagel for a bun was the best decision I ever made.

For Best results I recommend Heating bun for 30-45 seconds

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

My name is Josh and 10 years ago I started down the journey of living with Celiacs Disease. This blog will contain the Holy Grail of Gluten Free tips, recipes, food reviews, and much more. I have learned the ins and outs of this disease, how to cook some of the BEST Gluten Free dishes, and most importantly how to continue to enjoy life to the fullest. Now, I’m ready to share this information and journey with you!

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. ” — Izaak Walton

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