Coeliac Disease affects 1 in 100 people in the UK; however, it is estimated that only 30% are clinically diagnosed. Further, around 6 – 8% of the UK population have non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity or more commonly used “Gluten Intolerance”. I am in the latter category. Digestive problems caused by gluten-based products can be very uncomfortable and include the following symptoms:
- Bloat after eating that would lead to wind and constipation.
- Feeling of nausea or vomiting.
- Extremely dry hands and skin
- Regular migraines
- Fatigue, way more than from just being a parent or busy.
- Itchy scalp!
I suffered for years and had all of the above symptoms. Whilst my blood test from the GP showed that I didn’t have Coeliac Disease, I was clearly sensitive to gluten, so have cut it out. It has not been an easy process. Far more products than I realised have gluten in them, Chinese sauces, branded yeast extract, as well as the more usual products. Going out for dinner, suddenly became more of an issue, luckily most restaurants are amazing, however, I have still been left with only being able to have a salad in the middle of winter as all other options on the menu contained gluten! So, here are some quick tips for being healthy gluten free.
- Most supermarkets now have extensive Free From aisles, try red lentil pasta, free from flours or even corn and maize based pasta. Some bread tastes like cardboard, but there are brands that do some lovely loaves. Be brave, make your own pizza dough or bread!
- Avoid, wheat, oats, buckwheat (unless it states Gluten free), rye and barley. You can have cornmeal, polenta and Quinoa. Try halloumi with quinoa.
- Get free from oats
- Remember your five a day!
- Stay hydrated.
- Supermarket own brand yeast extract is gluten free
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The Total Health Team