I’m so excited to be sitting at the View as Elisabeth reveals her book – the G-Free Diet (G stands for gluten)- for which I contributed the nutrition.
We’ve come a long way in the G-Free world. With great tasting products that also meet the needs of those following a G-Free Diet. Using the best, I designed AKA goodie bags for the audience of the View, and while you didn’t get one, I wanted to share what it contained. Then read on for some key points about a G-Free diet.
- Amys kitchen makes G-Free frozen meals (great to have on hand), and salsas, beans, and soups
- Lundberg Farms Rice Chips are a great snack treat (15 grams is a portion) and you can dip it into guacamole for a healthy fat
- Envirokidz and Natures Path- organic and gluten-free… And delicious too?! Are we dreaming?! Bars and cereals to choose from
- Allergaroo – dinners designed for kids with food allergies, they taste great and are very convenient
- Align – a probiotic may be helpful, the right probiotic is critical. The Bifantis strain aids all 5 digestive complaint symptoms
- Ians cookies and bar – great tasting and convenient small packs
- Enjoy Life – an excellent source for allergy-free foods from cookies to chocolates and more
- Glutino – another excellent source of G-Free products that satisfy as much as the G-containing foods do – I included the pretzels…a favorite
- Natural Calm magnesium – this mineral is critical to overall health but especially digestive wellness and we lose it in food processing and when avoiding grains. The RIGHT kind of magnesium without any fake stuff, Natural Calm continues to be my number one recommended choice
- WoW bakery – mmmmm, baked G-F goods
- Coconut Bliss ice cream – you’ve heard me rave about it before, but the fact that its G-Free makes it all the better.
- Healing Movements Cultured vegetables and Coconut Kefir – what any digestive system needs to stay healthy, these naturally probiotic-rich foods are delicious and highly effective.
That’s all for now…more G-Free to come
The most important thing to remember when following a G-Free Diet is that the SAME nutrition concepts for optimal health hold true for you as someone eating Gluten. Yup! I said it…the SAME rules.
- 1) Eat foods closest to their nature-made form. (An apple vs apple juice vs apple leather / roll-up vs apple sour patch kids…you get my drift)
- Aim for nutrient balance: Some carb-protein-healthy fat + unlimited vegetable at each eating occasion …caution, it can be easy with some G-Free product only diets to miss out on your protein and healthy fats…this will not lead to optimal energy, weight, and health
- Pit Stops versus Fill-Ups. For optimal efficiency and to prevent storage we need to refuel with only enough energy to use about every 3 hours. Don’t let yourself run on empty or “backload” (a term I coined meaning eat lightly all day and get all your calories at night)