GLUTEN & DAIRY ISSUES, ALLERGIES and AUTISM
Many people are finding that they are healthier eliminating gluten and dairy from their diet, especially if they are O blood types that don’t metabolize those foods well. Many on the autism spectrum find going gluten-free and dairy-free (GFDF) to be helpful.
Some people feel better when they don’t eat genetically modified organisms (GMOs), like non-organic soy, corn, beets, or sugar made from GMO beets (which is in a lot of products!) I find my body does not recognize them as food but sees them as foreign substances that need to be eliminated.
Some research indicates Roundup is interacting with the mercury or aluminum preservatives in vaccinations, and there’s a correlation with the increase in autism. Roundup is used on GMOs and to kill wheat at the end of the growth cycle.
I went GFDF in 2010 and watched how I did it successfully. Going GFDF is a process, and I’ve written an article to encourage you to take it slow and make it make it work for you.
PALEO — no grains of any kind
BAKING & DESSERTS
Products I like
Keep frozen products frozen and take out only what you will use. Gluten-free products are drier than regular ones so put more condiment on it. Most of the products listed are gluten-free and dairy-free (GFDF).
- Udi’s has great cupcakes, breads, pies and cookies, and most are found in the frozen foods.
- Rudi’s has many breads and cookies that are good and come both fresh and frozen.
Flours and Mixes
When you substitute a gluten-free flour in a wheat flour recipe the recipe should be cooked 15-30° lower and for 15-30 minutes longer for the best results. Use the directions from the package mixes for their recipes. I’m listing them in the order of my favorites.
- 1 2 3 Gluten Free
- GFDF and potato-free mixes that are wonderful!
- Simple Mills
- Several mixes that are great and they are GFDF, rice-free and potato-free with almond and coconut flours.
- XO Baking Co.
- Pancake and Waffle Mix (rice-free also) is the BEST! Light and fluffy!
- Flour (rice-free also) can be used as a straight substitute and cooked using the guidelines above.
- Perfect Flour Mix can be used as a straight substitute and cooked using the guidelines above. I use this one the most.
- Pancake and Waffle Mix is good.
- I don’t like the pizza crust or biscuit flour.
- Bob’s Red Mill
- Pizza crust is great. I spread it out on the pan with wet or slightly oiled fingers. Cut it in two or four pieces before cooking it the first 7-9 minutes. I use one and freeze the other pieces. Take out and thaw a piece before adding toppings and cooking the additional 15 minutes.
- The gluten-free flour is garbanzo bean based and works best for sweetbreads. They have great texture and flavor. For other things it is too heavy.
- They also have a Paleo flour, made with just 4 simple ingredients—Almond Flour, Arrowroot Starch, Organic Coconut Flour, Tapioca Flour—each completely gluten free, grain free, and paleo approved.
- Gluten Free Pantry
- French Bread is the closest to fresh-baked bread I’ve found!
- Pizza Mix is good.
- Back to Nature
- Sesame deed or multi-seed crackers are great!
- Crackers made from seeds and herbs. They are very filling and taste good.
- Table Crackers are the only crackers I found that taste somewhat like a saltine.
- Great rice crackers. I like the brown rice and the sesame ones the best
- Simple Mills (Paleo)
- There are many choices, but the square crackers are the ones I like. Costco carries the sea salt ones. The round, varied herbed ones I don’t care for
- Van’s Simply Delicious
- Fire-Roasted Veggie is very good. Watch for the ‘GF’ label.
- Nature’s Path
- Organic breakfast cereals that are marked ‘GF’ are all good.
- Arrowhead Mills
- Quinoa Rice and Shine is the best hot cereal. You can make it with water or almond milk and I add slivered almonds, dried currants, and a little sugar.
The key is to not overcook them.
- Tinkyada has the best rice and veggie pastas.
- Bionaturae is great.
- Phad Thai Noodles - Any brand will work.
- Ancient Harvest – Quinoa pasta is good.
Most lunch meats have at least dairy in them. Here are some tasty exceptions
- Organic bacon and pepperoni are the best! All gluten-free and dairy-free.
- Niman Farms
- The products are guaranteed gluten-free and dairy-free.
- Boar’s Head Meats
- Although they taste great, the facility is not dairy free so there may be cross contamination.
Organic Fruits and Veggies
- Alexia has the best frozen hash browns or potatoes.
- Stahlbush has the best frozen peas and fruits.
- Cascadia Farms has very good frozen vegetables or frozen fruits except potatoes.
- Earthbound Farm great mangoes and dark sweet cherries and other fruits.
- Celiac.com is a longtime site for recipes and advice
- Celiac Disease Foundation
- University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research
- University of Columbia Celiac Disease Center
- Celiac Support Association
- Gluten Intolerance Group of North America
- Online list of the gluten content of many foods and brands (30,000+)
- Directory of many categories of pre-made products that are gluten-free
- Online resource for gluten-free recipes (signup required)
- Some great recipes for gluten-free, low-carb and low-sugar that taste great!
Additives That Can Be a Problem
Baking Ingredients – Hard-to-Find
No pharmacy will guarantee gluten-free because the drug manufacturers are constantly changing their products, but Walgreen's does maintain a modest reference list of gluten-free medications.
- Gluten-Free TravelSite is the original and most robust online resource for dining & travel reviews; global, user-submitted, and now there's a free mobile app.