Saturday, 30 April 2016
What DO you eat?
I regularly get asked 'What DO you eat then?' Most people think following a gluten and dairy free diet must be awful. In the early days it was a challenge but I've been gluten and dairy free for nearly 2 years now with just the occasional glutening (accidental or deliberate!) And it definitely gets easier. The biggest challenge I have is sticking to my budget.
If money's no objective then paying double or three times the price of 'normal' stuff isn't a problem. You can buy GF versions of just about everything now. They vary hugely in taste. Sometimes they're so awful I just don't bother with them at all. Or they are so processed. So I mainly stick to food that's naturally gluten free. Rice, potatoes, quinoa, pulses, meat, fish, eggs, fruit and vegetables. I can eat goat's cheese, butter and milk although it's a bit more expensive than cow's milk products. But it's for a treat.
I can eat some types of crisps and quite a lot of sweets. And dark chocolate :-) So it's not all bad.
There are 4 GF things I buy and am happy to spend more on. They are Tamari (a wheat free soy sauce), Helen's Bread Mix (tastes like a farmhouse style crusty loaf), Sainsbury's free from pasta (tastes the same when it's covered in sauce!!) and GF wraps (B Free or Warburton's Newhouse are the best)
I use Alpro soya milk and yoghurts and am happy to pay more for them. But I eat them sparingly. Since I'm doing WeightWatchers atm I stick to the recommended serving sizes on the packs which are much smaller than I'm used to!! So I'm not just saving calories but also money by making my food last longer.