I have been gluten free for the past 20 years. While many people experience severe gluten intolerance or celiac disease, gluten-free can also be a lifestyle choice. I found that when I ate foods containing gluten my stomach would feel hard and distended, and my sinuses became congested. When I eliminated gluten from my diet I felt a renewed sense of energy, strength, and stamina. I went from 140 to 130 lbs in just a few weeks.
Yoga is all about finding balance, so every now and again (2 or 3 times a year) I enjoy one of my favorite bread based meals: sourdough bread, an everything bagel, or a Millburn Deli Sloppy Joe on rye. Dr. David Simon, co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing and my dear friend and teacher, said “Always practice moderation, and even moderation in moderation.”
Let’s begin with the basics:
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in many wheat, barley, rye and grain products. Gluten has an elastic quality that helps hold foods together, for example it is the reason dough is so pliable.
Where is gluten found?
Foods and beverages containing wheat, barley, rye, and triticale (wheat and rye hybrid).
- Breads (White, Wheat, Rye, Sourdough, etc.)
- Pizza, Bagels, Pasta,
- Cakes, Cookies, Muffins
- All Beer, some whiskey and bourbon, gin
What is gluten free?
- Rice, Quinoa
- All Beans
- Raw seeds and nuts
- Eggs, meats, fish, and poultry
- Fruits and vegetables
- Dairy products
Did you know you can turn your go-to sandwich into a gluten-free meal? Just swap your bread, wrap, or buns for lettuce. Try some of these tasty roll ups ideas and recipes.
- Hummus and Cucumber
- Horseradish Cheddar Cheese and tomato
- Egg Salad and so much more
Claire’s Healthy Almond Joy Dessert
- Dark Chocolate
- Almond Butter
- Whole Almonds
Spread almond butter onto a piece of dark chocolate and sprinkle on shredded coconut. Top with an almond.
Gluten Free Pizza Crust
- 2 cups shredded Cauliflower
- 1 cup shredder Mozzarella
- 2 eggs
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all ingredients together and bake for 20 minutes. Add sauce and toppings to your crust and bake for additional 10 minutes.
Living a gluten-free lifestyle may seem limiting, but it can also be an opportunity to experiment with new recipes and be creative. The possibilities are endless!Share some of your favorite gluten free foods or recipes in the comments below.