Lessons Learned From 7 Years of Living a Gluten Free Lifestyle

Posted on February 5, 2020February 5, 2020Categories Gluten FreeTags
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I’ve been as close to 100% gluten free as possible for 7 years now. In some ways it’s hard to believe and in other ways it seems like just yesterday I started living a gluten free lifestyle.

In honor of my 7 years being gluten free, I’d like to share with you the lessons I’ve learned along the way in order to help you live a gluten free lifestyle and do it as painlessly as possible.

First, Not everyone will accept and understand your decision to live a gluten free lifestyle. I still have people who don’t think I need to be gluten free and who occasionally will try to tempt me to give in and eat something that isn’t gluten free. (If you are celiac this will be less of a problem.) I’m not celiac but chose to go gluten free 7 years ago for a variety of other health reasons including but not limited to thyroid issues.

Second- You must read all labels all the time. There can be gluten in things you would never suspect including things like cough drops and other kinds of medicine.

Third, gluten free doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. There are lots of junk foods that are gluten free. Living a gluten free lifestyle is a process and a journey to learning how to eat healthy and gluten free. Junk food is junk food even if it’s gluten free.

Fourth, The first year of living a gluten free lifestyle is the hardest. Once you’ve been gluten free for a year, it will be much easier. You will be used to it. The temptation to give in and cheat will be less and you will find cooking gluten free, social situations and everything else connected with living a gluten free lifestyle to be much easier than when you first get started.

Fifth, cheating and eating even a little bit of gluten makes it harder to go back on gluten free afterwards. Therefore, it’s much better not to even cheat a little ever.

Sixth, You won’t realize the full effects and the impact that living gluten free is having on your health, until you get glutened. Then you will realize how much better you feel without eating gluten.

Here are some of the best posts I’ve written over the years on living a gluten free lifestyle.

Delicious gluten free recipes.

Planning a gluten free dinner party.

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Bento Box Recipes

Posted on October 31, 2018Categories Gluten FreeTags
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Have you heard about bento boxes? If not you really need to start using them. They are great for lunch and even dinner on the go. They also make organizing your food and carrying only one container a lot easier. Here are some of my favorite gluten free and dairy free bento box recipes. One of the best videos I’ve found as an introduction to bento boxes is here. Not all of the recipes shown in that video are necessarily gluten free but you get the idea of how you can use a bento box. You can get some great ones on Amazon such as these: 6 Pack – SimpleHouseware 3-Compartment Heavy Duty Bento Lunch Container Boxes, 36 ounces, 4 Color. Tupperware also has some great ones.

So let’s get started with the bento box gluten free and dairy free recipes.

The basic idea behind using a bento box for your lunch (or dinner if you are working on not home during dinner) is that you can use the bento box to organize your food into different compartments. Therefore making it easier to plan out what you will eat and to avoid the usage of multiple containers.

The standard bento box has 1 larger space and 2 smaller spaces.

For the larger space here are some of my favorite ideas for gluten free and dairy free bento boxes.

1. Make a sandwich with gluten free bread. (Canyon Bake House is my favorite of the widely available brands). You can either do peanut butter and jelly or make a turkey or ham sandwich with lettuce, tomato and avocado. Avocado is my favorite way to add some flavor without dairy.

2. Put a piece of fruit in there. Obviously certain fruits won’t fit but you could also use berries, an apple, an orange or some grapes. Usually these should fit just fine.

3. Put a small salad in there with some lettuce, tuna and olives.

4. Put in some leftover chicken, potatoes, gluten free and dairy free macaroni, soup or whatever you have leftover from a previous meal that needs a larger space.

5. Make some quinoa and put it in there with some olive oil, and a few veggies.

6. Make a gluten free and dairy free muffin and put it in there. Usually these won’t fit in the small space in a bento box.

For the 2 smaller spaces on your bento box, the options are endless but here are a few of my gluten free and dairy free favorites.

1. Some nuts. These don’t take up a lot of space and fit in quite easily.

2. A few grapes, raspberries or other smaller fruit.

3. Some raisins.

4. Some fruit snacks. (Just make sure they are gluten free and dairy free, although most are)

5. Some olives.

6. Some carrot or celery sticks. You usually can fit 2-3 depending upon the size.

7. Some hummus.

8. Some dairy free yogurt. Coconut milk yogurt is my favorite.

9. Some gluten free crackers.

10. Some veggie straws. I’ve usually gotten these at Costco but you can usually find them at other stores as well. Costco just has the best deal on a huge bag.

Got other ideas? Share with me in the comments below your other ideas for gluten free and dairy free bento box recipes.