Gluten-free products have become pretty popular items on the grocery store shelves these days. That's because more and more people are discovering that they must deal with the consequences of eating foods containing gluten, a protein that is found in wheat, barley, rye, malt, and sometimes oats. Over time, gluten intolerance can lead to celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disorder that can only be remedied by abstaining from gluten. You or someone in your family may be dealing with these consequences yourselves, with symptoms ranging from skin problems to digestive distress – and even malnourishment when dealing with intolerance over a long period of time.
If you've discovered that gluten is something you need to get out of your diet, either because you are dealing with celiac disease, gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy, the prospect of completely revising your way of eating and grocery shopping can seem a bit overwhelming. Many of the most common foods we eat and products we use contain gluten, especially processed foods like bread, pasta, pizza, and power bars. You'll find it in beer, store bought orange juice, and soy sauce. Even non-gluten foods aren't always safe; they can be contaminated with gluten if they are prepared using the same toasters, pans, plates, utensils and cutting boards as those used for foods that contain gluten. Many lipsticks, toothpastes, and vitamins have wheat in the ingredients.
Believe it or not, even Play-Doh contains gluten and is a risk for children who must be on a gluten-free diet.
So how do you navigate these new waters and manage what seems like an overwhelming lifestyle change?
With guidance and support – because at first, it's challenging. I know from personal experience: my son Elliott has celiac disease. It was hard at first. But we’ve been a gluten-free household since 2004, and I can show you how to manage this new way of life skillfully even on autopilot for the rest of your life.
"My father, Dr. Eddy Pizzani, is a gastroenterologist who is well versed in the area of gluten intolerance and is a resource in the Richmond community for those needing diagnosis and additional support in healing."
- We'll discover which whole foods are best and the good news, most whole foods are ideal on a gluten-free diet! All fruits and vegetables, rice, potatoes, eggs and meat are safe.
- We'll discover the restaurants and grocery stores where you'll find the best gluten-free options.
- If you still want some bread or some beer, we'll find the gluten-free versions out there, and learn how to avoid those not so healthy products that are still touted as gluten-free.
- I will provide you with ample gluten-free recipes and tips in the kitchen to help heal your gut and restore nourishment and balance to your body. Here's a simple tip: Cook a large pot of brown rice early in the week. Serve the warm rice on a bed of green leaf lettuce, then lightly sauté a variety of vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, Brussel sprouts, sweet onions, and spices. Use the leftover rice for other dinners during the week, in a soup or served with beans. This is a great tip for busy parents who want easy, healthy meals....and they are gluten-free!