Our transition to Gluten-Free living – and the app that’s made it a breeze!

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gluten-free livingTransitioning your entire family to something new and different can be a challenge. Imagine transitioning your entire family to a gluten-free diet. Seems like a daunting task right? Wrong!! It’s really not that bad.

But I will tell you that as I started on this journey, I had no idea what to expect. I’m not a nutritionist or a dietician. I’m just a mom trying to help my family.

Through a lot of reading I’ve learned quite a bit about going gluten-free. Most important of all, you MUST read labels very carefully!! You can’t eat anything containing wheat, barley or rye – period. In the past oats were thought to contain some gluten, but it was discovered that the oats were being processed on machines that also processed wheat. Most manufactures don’t do this anymore, but you may want to contact them just to be sure.

I did learn that you can eat corn, potatoes, rice, soybeans, buckwheat, millet, amaranth and quinoa (oh how we LOVE quinoa!) in ANY amount!! This was really exciting news for me! I realized we could have well rounded dinners every night. Protein, veggies and the occasional starch.

I also learned that there are numerous “hidden” names for gluten. If you see “hydrolyzed vegetable protein”, malt, modified starch, stabilizer, flavoring, emulsifier, or “plant protein” on the label, then it probably has gluten.

With this new knowledge, we decided to add more veggies into our diet and less processed foods. But the issue that I ran into right away was packing the kids’ lunches for school. I had no idea how much gluten they were really consuming. We found some snacks they can have … rice chips, gushers and rice cakes are all gluten-free. And cheese is naturally a gluten-free food.

A friend suggested that I use a UPC-scanning app (for iPhone and Android) to help me out. The title is “ShopWell – Diet & Food Scanner”, and it’s completely free! You can choose “Gluten Intolerance” (and/or any number of other health-conscious options like “High Blood Pressure”). Then you set your “allergies and intolerances” to your specific needs … and just scan items at the store. The app will tell you how healthy each item is. And if the item isn’t found in the database, it allows you to choose from detailed categories and sub-categories to help you balance your meals.

gluten-free foodsFrom my experience so far, there are actually quite a lot of gluten-free foods: evaporated or condensed milk, buttermilk, meat (with no additives), peanut butter, eggs, dried beans or peas, cream of rice, cornmeal, wild rice, corn tortillas, butter, fresh and frozen fruit, canned or dried fruit, canned or frozen veggies, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, brown and white sugar, jelly, pure cocoa, tea, coffee, wine, distilled white vinegar, pickles, ketchup, olives … and the list goes on. But this is a good base to help in creating meal plans.

As we continue on our journey, I plan to create recipes and share my grocery store finds. If you are new to this world of gluten-free choices and have any questions or insight for me, please share! I definitely need all the help I can get!

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Eryn is a plant-based momma of four amazing kiddos ranging in age from 4 to 18! She is a marketing maven and mentor with 20 years of business development and marketing under her belt. She beyond obsessed with all things purpose, giving back, wellness, and marketing. Living in Orlando for over 14 years, this Flo-Grown, Miami native has fallen for The City Beautiful and all it has to offer! From the local arts, to the craft beer and foodie scene, to all of the non-profits and giving opportunities, Eryn is is love with all things Orlando! Her connection with local moms, businesses of Orlando and philanthropy goes deep. Eryn uses her 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 to 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦, 𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦, 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘦, 𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 & 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘦 other mompreneurs in life & business. Eryn is also an accredited Integrative Wellness Consultant, Purpose Coach and certified Social Entrepreneurship/Small Business Coach, and a clean beauty advocate with Beautycounter. She strives to help other women prosper and flourish in life and business and she thrives on creating authentic partnerships and building relationships. Her motto is be on purpose and she lives to better the lives of others.

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  1. So excited to have another gluten free OMB momma on board! My 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac 4 years ago, so we are well in the groove by now. If you – or any of our other readers – want a peek into what we’ve learned, check out my ever-changing brainstorm of info at GlutenFree.SPiguet.com

  2. GF family here also because my daughter has Celiac disease! Bit of a lifestyle change, but our bodies are all thankful!! I blog some recipes and experiences at gracefilledandglutenfree.blogspot.com. Thanks for sharing that app, I’ll have to check it out!

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