Last week – Celiac Diagnosis

Sorry I was MIA. It was a very strange week full of strange news.
On a happy note it was my birthday.  I made a gluten-free betty crocker devil foods cake with whipped chocolate frosting it was super yummy.
I will write a separate post about some new gluten-free food products that I am loving.

A few days later, I received the news that my blood test came back for Celiac.
I have a follow up appointment this week with my doctor and have been reading the well written book
First Year Celiac Disease by Jules E. Dowler Shepard. I follow her blog and  twitter.  I think she is awesome and very inspirational. When I read her story in the beginning of the book. I was crying. It was me all the way (except I am a couple years older) but after years of wondering what is wrong with me. I am glad to have answers coming to me and hopes that I will be feeling better soon.

One of the personal stories in the book – made me feel better it was very positive and to paraphrase it said – there are cancer patients, diabetics and many others who wish they could treat their illness but just changing what they eat instead of pills and chemo. Very true.

I have been feeling better for almost 2 months since going gluten-free I knew that I was definitely going to adhere to a gluten free diet I was just surprised by the Celiac diagnosis I had previously tested negative in 2004. No one has retested me since.  That angers me because I could have been on the road to better years ago if they had thought to revisit my IBS diagnosis. I am also suffering from complications of being undiagnosed such as Autoimmune Hypothyroid. I try not to dwell but what if they had treated me in 2004. Would I now have thyroid damage?

I think my main issue right now is I have tremendous anxiety when I eat out now. I didnt worry about it before bc I was just gluten free but didnt know I was Celiac. Now I feel crippled with fears of cross contamination. Does anyone have any advice on this?

Thanks

Gluten-Free Lunch at Darbster’s

On a Saturday afternoon, I was in downtown WPB – enjoy free yoga at city library, and free admission to the norton museum. I was getting hungry and have been wanting to check out Darbster  for lunch.

“Darbster is a unique vegetarian bistro with a creative menu that will appeal to both the vegetarian and mainstream dinner. Our goal is provide delicious, natural, organic and vegetarian friendly cuisine that will appeal to all tastes.”

Their specials change and it always seemed like they have a few gluten-free options on their menu.  The waiter was very helpful and checked with the chef to find out which ones were gluten-free.  I decided to try the Raw Heirloom Tomato & Zucchini Lasagna it was served with a yummy salad – it was cool, crisp, delicious and full of flavor! and all gluten-free! perfect for a warm june afternoon.  I normally don’t have room for dessert but with 4 delicious gluten-free choices that normally aren’t available to me I thought why not! I decided to go with the mango cheesecake! It was delicious and easily can be split with a friend. It had a delicious raspberry glazed that complemented it well.

I will definitely be back again. Make sure to like Darbster on facebook  I am a fan – LOL they taunt me daily with their specials! Here is a recent menu with their specials – NYC Vodka Pizza sounds great and count them 5 gfree desserts!!! I only wished I lived closer so I could visit more often. Maybe they need to open a 2nd location in Wellington.

They are also open for Dinner and Sunday Brunch. Thurs and Sunday Nights Kids eat free – and if you bring your dog 5-7 on Sunday bring you get 20 percent off your entree! good deals!

New sweet gluten-free find – Froyolicious frozen yogurt

I have been trying to be healthy since going gluten-free almost 2 months ago. I have lost 14 lbs! but I do get a sweet tooth craving! Not wanting to blow all my efforts of weightloss out the door – I was very happy to find Froyolicious in Royal Palm Beach.

 

It is self served frozen yogurt with a yummy toppings bar. I messaged Fro-yo (as i call it for short) via their facebook page

– and they were very quick on getting back to me what flavors were gluten-free

Gluten Free West Palm Beach Love Fro-yo – which flavors are gluten free? I figure flavors like cake batter, cookie and creams are not. what about you chocolate and vanilla? Thanks!

froyolicious The only current flavor as of today’s date that contains Gluten is cookies and cream (due to the use of real cookies).
Current Flavors – Thin Mint Cookie, and the rest is Pink Lemonade Sorbet, Blueberry Tart, Raspberry Tart, Red Velvet Cupcake, Sugar Free Vanilla, Dreamy Dark Chocolate, Cookie N Cream, Cake Batter, and Original Tart!!

Of course be careful in the toppings bar – there are some gluten ones in there – but plenty of gluten-free options like fresh fruit, m&ms, etc. they price it by weight.  very yummy! can’t wait to go back

New Green Restuarant with lots of gluten-free options opening in Delray!

I love to eat out (I am embracing eating in a little bit more) but still loving to eat out! Why cook when someone can do it for you! is my motto LOL! And so I am always looking for new places to try – and I am even happier when I see how many restaurants are coming up with gluten-free options for us.

I saw this new post on Jan Norris’s blog about a new green restaurant in Delray opening.
You can read her whole post here but here are some fact and highlights that got me salivating!

“DIG – it stands for “Doing It Green” – will be totally organic, from the food to the floors, he said. “We’re organic, not vegetarian, but there are a ton of options for vegans and vegetarians on the menu. And out of 40 dishes, I counted 27 gluten-free options.”

27 Gluten-free dishes!!! Love it! I cant imagine going somewhere and having 27 dishes to choose from!

“Several dishes have been especially created for the gluten-free and dairy-free diner. “I’ve figured out a way to make crab cakes dairy- and gluten-free – I’m using Veganaise as a binder. It’s oil processed at a low temperature and actually works much better than mayonnaise. There’s no crumb binder – we sear the cake at a high heat and it’s nothing but lump jumbo crab.”

There are a few things I miss since going gluten free and crab cakes is one of them!!! I love crab cakes!!! DIG opens June 17th just in time for my birthday – I think a crab cake dinner will be in order. When I go – I will make sure to give you a full report!

DIG

  • 5199 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach
  • 561-638-0500 (website to come)
  • Open daily beginning June 17.
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Gluten-Free Cupcakes in Delray

Excited about a new gluten-free web find – and cant wait to go check it out in person.
In Delray, I found out there is a cupcake store that makes gluten-free cupcakes.

They don’t always have them but you can custom order them.
I am very excited I have a birthday coming up and a cupcake sounds yummy!

I sent them a facebook message on their page and they quickly responded

Gluten Free West Palm Beach So excited I found you on the web – I wanted to get some more info about your gluten-free cupcakes and treats – is that something you carry all the time – or is that a custom order product. Thanks! and cant wait to stop by!

Cupcake Couture Sweet Boutique They are special order with 48 hours notice. Please feel free to stop in, or call to get more information!!! We have had AMAZING feedback regarding our GF cupcakes, and hope you would agree!

I’ll post later and let you know how they are!

 

Gluten-Free Cooking Class at Whole Foods Recipes Attached

What a informative, educational and fun night I had last night at Whole Foods in Wellington. I signed up for their monthly Gluten-Free Cooking class in their lifestyle center. It was my first one, and I learned a lot from Chef Joe – who is extremely knowledgeable on all things gluten-free and cooking too! Check out my photos – Chef Joe gives you ample and generous samples of everything he made – and the photos from my iphone probably doesn’t do the food justice! it was so good and healthy!! AND GLUTEN-FREE

The Menu (which was on a handy take home sheet and I scanned it in here to share with you) was Eggplant-Garbanzo Bean Dip, Salmon with Parsley-Horseradish Crust, and a delicious Chocolate Mousse (which was surprisingly gluten, free, dairy-free, vegan, low sodium and high in fiber!

Before Chef Joe even started cooking – he gave some great information about being gluten-free, about the importance of labeling, 3rd party certification of Gluten-Free facilities. And just because something says wheat-free doesn’t mean that it is gluten-free. and the risk of cross-contamination in kitchens. Words I didn’t want to hear – since I love to eat out – and I realize that it is risk. He stressed that even though a restaurant has a gluten-free menu – doesn’t mean they aren’t gluten-free and that in a kitchen it is very easy for dust from flour to get spread around. A few more of Chef Joe’s cooking classes and maybe I will be happier eating in!

Check out the gallery for some photos of Chef Joe cooking. The lifestyle center is such a great place to host the event, plenty of seating and two monitors with cameras above the stove so you can see what Chef Joe is doing.

This was my first cooking class – but I will definitely go to the next one – Chef Joe says they are on the calendar monthly

Embracing Eating in

I will be the first to admit – I think food taste better when someone else makes it. I love to go out to eat! But going gluten-free makes eating out a little more difficult and maybe not as fun as it use to be. However, I feel so much better going gluten-free that I don’t miss the gluten anymore. Nor want to accidently eat it – don’t want to feel bad anymore.I am also embracing making food for myself and eating in. It is a lot easier knowing what is in my food since I am making it – to make sure I dont accidentally eat any gltuen. I am learning It can be just as good with a little effort! and in most cases healthier too!

Here are two meals from this weekend that I made with just a little work.

One was lunch yesterday, I had just bought some Boars Head (all their deli meat is gluten free) Low Sodium Golden Catering Style Turkey Breast from Publix. I made a very yummy sandwich with Toasted Udi’s Bread, instead of Mayo – I used Sambra’s Greek Olive Hummus, fresh lettuce and tomato. On the side are my new favorite chips Food Should Taste Good – Tortilla Chips – with a scoop of hummus to dip them in. Very yummy! and healthy (estimated calories for the whole lunch is 536)

The following evening – we were invited to a friends bbq. I knew they were grilling chicken, so I offered to make a Summer Salad – Some fresh spring greens, cut strawberries, blueberries, and feta cheese – and you have  delicious and sweet salad. And to top it off – I made my own glazed pecans, and used a yummy strawberry poppyseed dressing made by Maries (refrigerated produce section of your grocery store). This was perfect to bring with me, because I then knew I could have a salad with chicken breast on top. Luckily everything was gluten free at the bbq. (except for some cookies, which I didn’t eat) and the salad was a big hit.

A Quick Dinner

Sometimes I need something quick to eat in a hurry – today was a busy day and at the end of the day I had nothing left to cook a meal.

So on the way home from swim lessons, I took a quick stop into Pollo Tropical.

I got a chicken tropi-chop – rice, beans, tomato, corn, chicken – all gluten free

Here is Pollo – Nutritional Guide (PDF)- which also has allergen info

Lunch at the Raw Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago I went to lunch at  The Raw Kitchen in Downtown West Palm Beach.
After a busy morning at Leaping Lizards indoors playground chasing my daughter,
I was very hungry and looking for a healthy option for lunch.
I walked about a block down clematis street just on the other side of the train tracks and found it on the right.
It wasnt the clearest of marked places – but the minute I walked in you could tell you were in the right place.

I was super excited to go to The Raw Kitchen knowing that the whole restaurant is gluten-free and I could order anything on the menu took a lot of the the normal stress I have going out to eat.  I admit I am not totally up to speed on the raw food movement – but I love to eat salads so I figured it would be good fit for me.

I decided to go with the half of pizza  half of salad for $10.00. I chose Gigi’s Fave: Spinach Pizza sprouted buckwheat crust, house made nut cheese, fresh garlic, spinach and sliced mushrooms. It was so delicious and full of flavor. The mushrooms gave it a meaty feel – without the meat. the salad was simple with a yummy fresh ginger dress. I especially loved the nut cheese – it made a great substitution for red sauce. The “crust” of the pizza was delicious – I normally dont even eat the crust on pizza but i ate it all up. I was so full I didnt have room for dessert – maybe next time. One of my friends recommended the zucchini noodles. So I think next time I will order those.

You can check out their menu here

And become a fan on facebook here

Getting over the hump

Happy Hump Day!

What a challenging week – I accidentally glutened myself two days ago! and finally started to feel better today. What a difference when you start to feel better and then to feel bad again.

Check out this post from  @DailyDietribe about how to start a gluten free diet! Great info for a newbie like me! http://bit.ly/iN5oqJ

Also don’t forget to  to like us on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gluten-Free-West-Palm-Beach/209818455704004

Tonight hubby said we are going out to eat – I think Outback.  So I will post how it goes and what options they have.