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#LivingNowFoods 30 Day Gluten Free Challenge – Week 4

Living Now Foods Week 4 LogoThis month has gone by so quickly, I can’t believe this is my last post for the #LivingNowFoods 30 Day Gluten Free Challenge. I’ve had so much exploring new flours, grains and making some really delicious gluten free foods for my family. While we are not 100% gluten free, I think moving towards a more gluten free diet (for me) is going to benefit me in the long run.

Some of the reasons that I want to move towards a more gluten free lifestyle is to increase my energy levels, fix some of the digestion issues I’ve been having, bloating and headaches. Since being on a mostly gluten free diet I feel better, headaches have decreased and so has the bloating. If you have been exhibiting any of those symptoms I suggest you take gluten out of your diet to see if it makes a difference.

 

 

When you are wanting to do a more gluten free diet you need to stay away from these grains….

Wheat including bulgur, couscous, einkorn, durum, farro, graham, kamut, matzo, semolina and spelt

Barley and when reading ingredients list it could be listed as barley, barley malt or just malt

Rye which can be found in breads

Triticale is a grain created from crossbreeding of wheat and rye together. It can be used in bread, cereal, brewing and distilling

Here are some small changes that you can make to help you go more gluten free…..

* Read Labels - most gluten free foods have either a gluten free label or the words “Gluten Free” on them. Just remember that if though it says gluten free it may not be healthy. Processed foods (gluten free and not) could be loaded with sugar and ingredients that we can’t pronounce. When in doubt make it yourself!

* Make Your Own - instead of eating processed you can control what you are putting in your body by making meals yourself

* Swap Out Foods – Swap regular pasta for gluten free – trust me it tastes just as good!

* Organize Items - Place all gluten free items in one area of your pantry to make it easier for you to find them

This month I’ve been searching the web for some gluten free advice and recipes, here are some of my favorite gluten free blogs….

Gluten Free Mom

Gluten Free Goddess

Elana’s Pantry

Gluten Free on a Shoestring 

Simply Gluten Free 

Musings of a Housewife & she has a Gluten-Free Breakfast And Brunch Cookbook coming out this fall that you can pre-order now.

Throughout this last week I made some great dinners, a breakfast favorite and a yummy dessert. 

Gluten Free Quiche logo

Gluten Free Tomato Basil with Caramelized Onions Quiche  

Homemade Enchilada Sacue logo

Gluten Free Red Enchilada Sauce 

Gluten Free Waffles logo

Gluten Free Waffles 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownies logo

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownies 

Gluten Free Pizza logo

Gluten Free Pizza Crust 

So now that I’ve gone a month is doing mostly gluten free meals I can honestly say that it was easier than I ever thought. I am still not totally good with making dough but I will get used to that. Using the Gluten Free Now Foods have made my life so much easier this month. Living Now Foods are dedicated to make certified organic, gluten free non-gmo foods. These are perfect for families that want to eat as healthy as possible.

For more gluten free inspirations you can view the last few weeks of the challenge, week 1, week 2 and week 3 plus lots of recipes through my gluten free section on the blog and my gulten free pinterest board. You also have until the end of the month to win $100 worth of Now Foods products, just by entering the Giveaway.

Disclosure: This post was created as part of the #LivingNowFoods 30 Day Gluten Free Challenge in which I am a financially compensated blogger ambassador for Living NOW Foods. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.

 

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