20 Best Gluten free places to eat in Dublin

1.Sabor Brazil

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Sabor

A little bit of Brazil in Dublin! One of the best dining experiences, recommended to me by my Brazilian friend. It was quiet, romantic and classy with great food great staff the staff couldn’t do enough for us nothing was too much and they gave excellent recommendations in terms of GF menu choices. Its pricy but worth every penny. We spent hours there and enjoyed every bit of the 7 Course tasting Menu which is a must if you are going to Sabor and best of all it comes with 3 complimentary drinks! So now all you need to know is where to find it: 50 Pleasants Street off Camden Street, Dublin 8.

2.Opium
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Opium

Opium is definitely my guilty pleasure. It is a modern Thai/Vietnamese restaurant at 26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 with a mouth-watering menu. At the heart of Opium is the open kitchen, a dramatic culinary theatre with a team of accomplished chefs. I was completely blown away by the food here. A real diamond. The staff are great, they really know gluten free. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is dark and seductive.

3.SABA

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SABA


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SABA Cooking


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SABA Food

Saba is a tasty Thai and Vietnamese Restaurant on Clarendon Street, Dublin 2. Saba, which means “Happy meeting place” and that’s what it is. I have been there many times, the last time with work, we had a large group so we waited at the bar for the late arrivals and of course it was an excuse to test out their wonderful award winning cocktails!! Their menu offers a great selection of fresh veg, fish, chicken, duck and beef options. I particularly liked the sea bass cooked in banana leaf and their monkfish green curry is absolutely scrumptious! They offer beautifully presented starter platters to share. A real dining experience and they pay really good attention to dietary requirements so no worries there.

4.Brasserie 66

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Brasserie 66

Brasserie Sixty6 food is great a real family friendly place. Located at 66-67 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. Their menu offers you a choice of CA Coeliac adaptable options and C marks the gluten free so it allows for more choice for anyone who hates the difficult conversation with the waiting staff about your GF options, this is perfect! All their food is cooked to order and their ingredients are sourced locally. They have a vast array of spirits and do nice cocktails too!

5.The Fumbally

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The Fumbally

Enticed by images my friend put up on Instagram I just had to visit! And it didn’t disappoint. It’s real fun place to have brunch with friends, awakening the senses walking through the door with the smell of good healthy food, strong coffee and unique artwork, quirky furniture and hearing people chatting away. The food is organic, local and simply gorgeous with a choice of salads, falafel, eggs, sandwiches, soups. The staff are friendly and they have a share-a-table ethos. But it works. You order your food, pay for it, take the lettered wooden block to your table and shortly afterwards the food is brought to you. A real funky place in Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8!

6.The Farm Restaurant

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The Farm

The Farm was one of my first favourite gluten free restaurants when I was working in town on a regular basis. The staff were so nice and the menus are clearly marked GF. They produce some yummy food, which was a welcome change to my confused ramble around town in search of something that tasted good. They have two branches, one on Dawson Street and the other on Leeson Street. I’ve eaten in both and found them to be great with the gluten free.

7.Lo-Cal Kitchen

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Lo-Cal Kitchen


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Easter Teapot


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Sexy Strawberry Smoothy


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Mini Breakfast

A hidden treasure near the Phoenix Park located at Unit 4, Phoenix Park Racecourse, Castleknock, Dublin 15. What can I say, it is such a cute girly place to go with your bestie for a chat or a mother and daughter day. The outside is very new but the inside was such a surprise I didn’t know where to look first, the cute teapots individually covered with their own knitted coats was adorable. It was Easter weekend so they were Easter themed or the fun artwork on the walls, the menu was the biggest surprise! Everything on it was home-made, low-calorie and almost all was adaptable to GF, although most of the menu clearly stated GF beside the GF options. The staff were friendly and made us feel at home. The food was yummy, their sexy strawberry smoothy went down a treat and they do wholemeal pancakes which my friend ordered, filled with spinach and smoked salmon roulade. I tried the version of the hangover breakfast or mini breakfast with spinach, turkey sausages and turkey rashers, poached eggs on a GF wholemeal bun and of course a cup of coffee, ahh Heaven!! I would have liked some tomato relish, however the hostess told me that they make everything from scratch so they don’t even allow tomato ketchup, which is wonderful to know everything is freshly made and good for you

8.Ristorante Terrazzo Italia – Powerscourt Townhouse

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Terrazzo Italia

Situated at top of the wide stairs on the second floor balcony of Powerscourt Townhouse in South William Street, Dublin 2. The food coming from this small kitchen is of the highest standard. The menu is typically Italian with antipasti that include salads, bruschetta, vegetarian quiche and chef’s special quiche. Mains offer a range of pastas and pizzas. Terrazzo Italia is earning a reputation for its gluten-free food and most recipes can be changed to suit the customer’s dietary requirements. The service is warm and friendly and, together with flavoursome, unpretentious food and that special Italian ambience, this is a place worth climbing the stairs for. As you sit on the balcony, you’ll get a birds-eye view of the centre, particularly the hustle and bustle downstairs. You may even be lucky enough to hear and see the pianist on the ground floor, playing familiar pieces on the grand piano.

9. Mulberry Garden

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Mulberry Garden


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Mulberry Garden inside

A little gem hidden away in the heart of Donnybrook, Dublin 4. A modern restaurant, beautiful outside courtyard with log fire and heaters. Their tasting Menu showcased the best of Irish produce and seasonal ingredients. I love that fact you only have a choice of 2 items for each course. The chefs develop an original menu each week offering a choice of two starters, one meat or fish main course and a desert or cheese board. It’s kinda pricey but sometimes nice to explore new places for that special occasion and enjoy quality food in a beautiful atmosphere.

10.Whitefriar Grill

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Whitefriar Grill


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Whitefriar Grill Food

A French, Irish Brasserie/Grill conveniently located at 16 Aungier Street, Dublin 2. The service is quite good and the simple decorations with the view into the kitchen makes it a wonderful spot. I went early and ordered from the early bird menu one of the 3 course meals, it was amazing value for money. Good quality food, the servings are massive, made-to-order and delicious. The staff were courteous and personable. Who knew Ireland knew good BBQ!

11.The Millstone

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The Millstone


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The Millstone Food

The Millstone on 39 Dame Street have been around for years doing exactly what they do best, gluten free and tasty food. It is one of my favourite places for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make sure and ask for the gluten free menu when you get in and you’ll be delighted with the variety. Best of all they bake their own gluten free bread!

12.FAAT BAAT

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FAAT BAAT


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FAAT BAAT Food


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FAAT BAAT Dining Room

FAAT BAAT, Pan-Asian cuisine located in the basement of 35 Dawson Street, is new to the scene as they only opened in late 2013, but they were amazing with the gluten free food. Nearly the whole menu can be made gluten free. In fact, all the mains on their current early bird menu are gluten free. On top of the food they’ve a cool, funky atmosphere and some tasty cocktails.

13.Bunsen

Bunsen GF Burger

Bunsen at 36 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 offers one of the most wonderful melt in the mouth burgers and they are gluten free! The burgers are made in house and are made with only beef, salt, and pepper. They keep stock of gluten free buns which are 50c extra, however their buns are soft and tasty and well worth it! I have it on good authority that Ely Bar also do a mean GF Burger!

14.Bach 16

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Bach 16 Tapa’s Bar

Bach 16 is a great little tapa’s café and wine bar with an excellent location right by the river at 16 Bachelors walk. It is small and well attended by the staff, the food was fresh and well prepared. I can’t speak highly enough of it. Relaxed and laid back atmosphere and great value for money.

15.The Old Storehouse

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The old storehouse pub, temple bar

The Old Storehouse is lively with traditional Irish music, in Crown Alley the heart of Temple Bar. This place certainly didn’t disappoint! We went as a large group and had both drinks and food. The food was really tasty and the portion sizes were generous, great flavour, reasonably priced. Loved the mussels a real favourite of mine!

16.Beshoffs

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Beshoff Fish & Chips

They have gluten free battered fish and chips! Can you believe it!! I had to check it out when I first heard about it. When you order gluten free they prep in separate oil and there’s no flour in their batter. Definitely worth a visit for a weekend treat, or a hangover cure! Sure why not!!

17.Milano

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Milano GF Pizza

Milanos have gluten free pizza! You heard me people, pizza, with a lovely thin base. It’s only available in one size. I’ve tried gluten free pizza in a lot of restaurants and was disappointed, but I continuously return to Milanos because it’s tasty and handy in terms of locations dotted around Dublin and the thin base means less calories..that’s what I tell myself anyway mmm.

18.Antoinettes Bakery

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Antoinette’s Bakery


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Antoinette


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Antoinette’s Vanilla Cupcake

A beautiful little café in Dublin, not far from Stephens green on 6 Kevin Street lower, Dublin 8. A real taste of heaven with her amazingly moist and delicious gluten and wheat free treats. The chocolate peanut butter brownies, vanilla cupcake and the lemon drizzle cake are to die for! Best of all, they are Gluten-Free

19.Queen of Tarts

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Queen of Tarts


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Menu Queen of Tarts


A lovely place on Cow’s Lane for years, The original Queen of Tarts is just around the corner and is equally good, but smaller. It promises fresh food, great atmosphere. A really wonderful breakfast with all fresh ingredients. The original is a tiny place – maybe 8 or 10 small tables. Reasonable prices. A nice place to have a cuppa and relax.

20.Lemon Crepe and Coffee Co.

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Lemon


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Lemon mixed berry and ricotta cheese


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Beef Chilli Buckwheat Crepe


A modern and funky French Cafe and Creperie. Ideally located on 66 South William Street & 61 Dawson Street so handy when you’re out shopping and you just fancy a treat to keep you going! A place I have been many times, their gluten free crepe is incredible, I’ve always found staff to be very generous with the fillings and the staff was very knowledgeable about working with allergies. They offer both sweet and savoury options but I always order the same, a traditional with Maple syrup and lemon and a coffee and my friend who is a vegetarian ordered a vegetarian crepe. You can see them making them fresh on the spot and have a nose as to what other people are ordering like this girl who ordered a southwest-style crepe, a strawberry/Belgian chocolate yummy creation and a guy who ordered bacon and maple syrup, an odd combo but some people love it! It is all packed in a little pouch you can hold and you can sit in, or outside if there is a table free. If the sun is shining I bring it with me and lay out on the grass in Stephens green.

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To Go

There are lots of great restaurants to choose from in Dublin but I couldn’t choose them all so I just chose the ones I like to go to. Blue in Skerries & The Bloody Stream in Howth and the Ely Bar were my three of my favourite restaurants to go to before I became Gluten Intolerant…so they are next on my list for review, let’s hope they offer a good GF service!

Other restaurants that offer Gluten Free which I have yet to sample their GF offerings include: Fire, DAX Douglas and Kaldi Fallon & Byrne, Carluccio’s, Jaipur Manifesto, Manifestino, Pitt Bro’s, Red Torch, Ginger Roly’s in Ballsbridge, Rustic Stone, The Kitchen, The Port House, Yamamori, The Vintage Kitchen, Corfu Greek Restaurant, Chameleon Restaurant, Brother Hubbard and Nando’s. I’m sure the list will get longer as restaurants are starting to become more allergy aware. Donnybrook Fair is a good place to go for a on the go bite to take out, I particularly like their salmon salad and it’s reasonably priced too! I hope that I have given you guys enough food for thought and I hope you enjoy checking out some of my favourite places!

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New to Gluten-Free

As a newbie going gluten-free was daunting for me, firstly I had to find out what Gluten was.

So what is Gluten?
Gluten is the elastic protein in wheat, rye, and barley that gives bread and cakes its wonderfully doughy texture and helps it to rise. Or to use the accurate terminology Gluten is gliadin and glutenin, the gluten that damages the small intestines of people who have coeliac disease. It makes life uncomfortable with gluten sensitivity. It makes up the genetic structure of semolina, couscous, orzo, spelt, kamut, durum, faro, einkorn and triticale. Although some of these may be familiar, some won’t be it is good practice to ensure when reading the back of packaging to make sure. Spelt and kamut are wheat in its natural form before it has been processed, although it still contains gluten which means that people who are allergic to wheat can eat it, however it is bad news for people who are gluten intolerant or coeliac. Visit the Coeliac Society of Ireland. Barley is tricky, because it hides in places you might not think about, like beer. Or cornflakes. Or malt vinegar.

It is important to be aware that lots of products on the market claim that they are Wheat Free, however this does not mean that they are necessarily gluten free. Gluten is in most baked goods and pastas. At first, you might focus on the foods that you think you can’t eat anymore, like pasta or pizza or bread. But nowadays Its easy to buy great versions of each of those, while most of the larger stores offer free from products and gluten-free alternatives including chocolate, sour cream, Jaffa cakes, caramel shortbread, pancakes, cookies, muffins and Italian bread sticks, they are all yummy, trust me I have tried them all with great enthusiasm. The temptation is to go a bit mad and try eat everything, however these products may be gluten-free but they are not calorie free and in some cases have a greater calorie content than the regular alternative, something to keep in mind when choosing what to eat. Take your time trying out store bought first to get your palate used to the new taste of gluten free products before you venture into baking gluten-free, I have. I am hoping that my future gluten-free baking will make it easier and healthier to eat gluten-free and save some money too as gluten-free products can be a little pricier than the regular alternative.

The first few weeks were the hardest, delving into the unknown. I knew I had to focus on whole naturally gluten-free foods but I had no idea where to start. I began my journey by researching on the internet and reading some really good blogs dedicated to gluten-free living I felt well informed to take a trip to the supermarket not knowing what I would find. I spent a good 3 hours wandering around and read the back of every packet I wished to purchase discovering what I could eat. I also found out that a lot of the things that I ate on a regular basis were naturally gluten-free already. Which gave me some comfort. Fresh seasonal fruit and veggies are naturally gluten-free, which is great for me as I would live on veggies. Fresh Organic grass fed beef is rich in Omega 3. Chicken, eggs and fish are all naturally gluten-free. Be careful when it comes to added broths, seasoning’s and marinades. For starches Potatoes, sweet potatoes and Grains – plain whole grain rice and Italian Arborio rice are all gluten-free. Be careful when buying anything processed, always read the label as sometimes par-cooked, instant or flavoured rice can contain wheat in some form, usually in the seasoning. Quinoa cooks quickly and is a complete protein. Rolls of cooked polenta are a convenient base for family style Italian cooking.

Why not try my Seafood Paella

Forbidden foods containing Gluten to keep in mind are breads, Rolls, Wraps, Stuffing, Pasta, muffins, cakes, biscuits, bagels, doughnuts, croissants, processed cereal, pizza dough, pastries, fried food, beer, crackers, chocolate bars. Any food that has been processed is considered junk food as it is usually laced with added flavours and seasonings which are not gluten free. Always check the label for soups and salad dressings. Knorr Stock cubes and most herbs and spices are a good alternative to put flavour into food, corn flour is also a great alternative to flour when it comes to thickening sauces. Limit the amount of refined sugars and starches, soda, unhealthy saturated trans fats and low nutrient junk food will go a long way toward healing a stressed digestive system and help if you suffer from fatigue. Cutting out the bad stuff may even help you loose a few inches off your tum, it did for me. When in doubt choose whole natural food.

Try to avoid anything with high fructose corn syrup as much as possible. It is a new refined, super sweet corn starch based sweetener which can often be hidden in many products and can cause digestive problems for people with a high propensity to sensitivity, it also raises your set point for “sweet” taste, and it is suspected to be a contributing factor in insulin resistance, higher triglyceride levels and type 2 Diabetes. Sugar alcohol based sweeteners such as sorbitol and mannitol are also problematic as they can cause digestive symptoms remarkably like gluten intolerance, including pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea.

What is Lactose Intolerance?
When it comes to Dairy, some physicians suspect that over fifty percent of coeliacs are also intolerant of or allergic to the proteins in milk, casein and whey, and many others find it difficult to digest the sugar in milk, called lactose. However, there are now Lactose Free alternatives which will not disappoint including milk, cream and cheeses. Some of the dairy free alternatives are crafted from rice, almonds, cashews, pea protein or soy. Always check labels for hidden ingredients as some ‘lactose-free’ cheeses actually contain the milk protein casein. Luckily, many non-dairy milks now say ‘Gluten-Free’ on the package. Call the company when in doubt. Try the new chilled coconut milks in a carton, or almond milk, organic non-GMO soy milk, and hemp milk. If dairy is fine for you, cultured plain organic yoghurt is gluten-free; try it with a dab of honey, all natural 100% fruit jam or pure maple syrup. Flavoured yoghurts could be trouble- especially those with added granola or flavours made with barley. Plain, aged block cheeses are generally safe, you could start with a wedge of good Parmesan and aged cheddar; both are high in calcium and have zero lactose. When you are ready to branch out, fresh goat cheese is delicious; and tangy, and there are many varieties of real cheese that are safe you just need to check the labels for additives, fillers or flavourings. Blue cheese is also gluten-free, if you are a fan. Low Fat versions of dairy products often contain added starches or fillers that may not be gluten-free, as a rule I tend to avoid these products as a lot of them contain artificial sweeteners which I can’t abide, I consider these ‘poison’ for the body, that rules out carbonated diet drinks also.

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Water with a slice of lemon & mint

Lunch time
Lunch time can often cause difficulty when out and about. It is important to prepare in advance. Some idea’s could include sandwiches and rolls made with gluten free bread, wraps made with corn or brown rice tortillas (please check on these, as some brands have tested high in gluten), lettuce wraps, rice paper wraps, and even toasted gluten-free bread make fabulous grilled ham & cheese or tuna, sweetcorn and light mayo.

Why don’t you try my gluten-free turkey burger or have a summer salad

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Summer Salad

There is an array of gluten-free breads available from Tesco, Supervalu and Spar and other independent stores and bakeries with a wide variety of quality and taste. Some are like cardboard, however, I have found some that I actually quite like, my favourites include Tesco Free from brown bread that I toast, Kelkin have a full gluten free range, and Supervalu gluten-free Brown Seeded Buns (which I use in my Turkey burger recipe). Toasting makes almost any gluten-free bread bearable. Baking from home can often be time consuming, however it is something that should be considered and when you’re ready you can try out some of my gluten-free bread recipes when I pluck up the courage.

Breakfast
Breakfast is important for everyone but especially for us gluten-intolerant individuals. It sets us up for the day and helps with the cravings and reaching for those limited options on the go. Natural Oats would be something that I would suggest, cooked in water and some lactose free milk and topped with a sliced banana. At the beginning of your journey however you should note that although Oats don’t contain wheat, it is recommended that they are avoided completely until your gut inflammation has healed, and introduce them back slowly into your diet, once or twice weekly as they are a good source of fibre. Oats have been a controversial topic in the celiac community because some of them have been found to contain gluten due to cross contamination in the harvesting, storing and milling process. A few dedicated farms have begun producing certified gluten free oats. I have found a gluten-free strawberry & vanilla granola which I love made by the lawless family bakery in Athenry, it’s a real treat in the morning when you are in a rush or handy to bring with you to work and have at your desk. Remember also that Cornflakes contain barley and must be avoided as well as most other processed cereals. Why not try my recepie for Poached eggs & pulled pork a delicious alternative to the hangover breakfast but still hits the spot, or a g/f sausage sambo.

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G/F Sausage Sambo

I also love to make variations of Spanish frittata for brunch, and my recipe for Vegetable Frittata is a 6 egg version, when cooked I often split in half and keep the other half in the fridge for the next day, saving me from cooking when I’m on the go and keeps me in good stead for the day ahead in DCU where I am doing my Post Grad in Management Digital Marketing. I often find if I don’t have something substantial, my low blood pressure makes me feel faint, so it is important to prepare in advance if you have a long day ahead. Now, I always have a banana in my bag and a bar of Eat Natural for those times when you just want something to keep you going and it tastes yummy too!

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Coffee

As a coffee lover and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) sufferer I was heartbroken to know that I had to cut down on my beloved coffee. Many coeliac’s need to avoid coffee, especially if heartburn is a symptom, it’s a gastric irritant and a known IBS trigger. You could try organic green or black tea, however I am not a tea lover so I often find hot water with a slice of lemon is an excellent alternative. Drinking hot water and lemon first thing in the morning and last thing at night can help eliminate toxins for the body, it is high in anti-oxidants, vitamin C and a good kick-start your gluten-free lifestyle, not only does it help with providing your body with essential hydration, it can give you clear skin. Natural sodas have a lot less sugar and can be a refreshing alternative when on the go.
Snacking, was actually fun for me, before I used to have to avoid anything that looked yummy, now when I’m at home I snack on organic dark chocolate rice cakes or carrot sticks dipped in organic peanut, almond, cashew butter or home-made hummus. I have also found that Italian bread sticks dipped in a mixture of natural yoghurt, pea and mint or natural yoghurt, split pea, chilli & smoked paprika takes my craving for crisps away.

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Keoghs crisps

I would like to thank Keogh’s for making the most wonderful Irish hand crafted crisps, salt & vinegar flavour would be my weak spot, but we all need to be bold once in a while, don’t we? I am not a fan of dried fruit or almonds however these are good choices to curb the hunger pangs. I do like a mixture of nuts and fruit from time to time, however the bag doesn’t last long as once I pop sometimes I can’t stop, so I try and limit the amount I buy as nuts can be high in calories, however it is also high in protein so go for it if you can stick to a handful of unsalted, natural nuts and dried fruits. I often go nosing in the fridge just cos I just fancy something so I have a slice of lactose free cheese, which tastes remarkably like swiss cheese with its nutty flavour. I also always have a container of fruit in the fridge, just in case, pineapples, grapes, strawberry’s, mango and grapes. Yoplait Yogurts are on my list of Gluten free heaven foods. Popcorn is also Gluten free, handy for those movie nights in.

Fats
When it comes to Fats, I tend to stick to Rapeseed oil for cooking, olive oil for salads, which are low in polyunsaturated fats. A real treat me is gluten-free organic dark chocolate 70%. It is full of antioxidants and tastes soo good, there is always a bar in the fridge. Non-GMO organic corn tortilla chips are also handy for when you have a few people over to visit, they won’t even know the difference. I use them to dip into my Homemade Guacamole.

There is a wide array of safe gluten-free snacks available nowadays from crackers to muffins and everything in between, but it is important to always read labels so that you know what you are putting into your body, the last thing you want to do is ruin all your good work by eating pro-inflammatory processed junk food and takeaways this only messes with your healing process, your body will thank you in the end!

Alcohol
Yes, that’s what your worried about, me too. I love my glass of Merlot, so initially I cut it out completely as I found it only aggravated my symptoms. Bottled red and white wines are often safe however can be high in fermented fruit and yeast, which IBS sufferers may wish to avoid. When in doubt it is best to call the winery and check to see what method they use as a lot of older wineries use antique oak barrels sealed with food grade paste (wheat). You should avoid malted wine coolers. For those allergic to casein, egg proteins, or fish, be aware that modern methods of winemaking often include a fining process that utilises one of these top allergens. Potato vodkas and unflavoured rums, distilled whiskey and tequilas are naturally gluten-free. Cognac is safe; however you should always check for added flavours that may not be gluten-free. There are also gluten-free lagers and bottled hard ciders on the market now as beer contains barley and should be avoided.

If you suspect you might be Gluten Intolerant or a coeliac and before you decide to go Gluten-free, you should visit your physician and request a blood test which can confirm if you are in fact allergic to both dairy proteins (casein and whey). Also look into FODMAPs- hard-to-digest sugars that include lactose, and fructose. Tests can often come back negative, therefore it is important to get a biopsy to confirm coeliac disease.

There will be times when, in spite of all your best efforts, you will be tempted by the odd chocolate croissant like me or you unwillingly get some cross-contamination you will feel the wrath, depending on the person it can take 5 minutes but for me it can take about 20 minutes depending on what I eat, you may have a splitting headache like a bullet through the head, stomach pains a few moments later that make you feel doubled over in pain, then expect to spend the rest of the evening cramping, having to lie down for relief and of course the repeated visits to the bathroom, where you are faced with a struggle or a surprise. Knowing that the next day will probably be filled with fatigue, you might also feel depressed and anxious as a 30 something year old woman who only recently discovered that I am gluten intolerant, it may have been helpful to have been diagnosed earlier.

‘Did you know that 90% of the serotonin produced in our bodies is made in our intestines? If something is wrong in your gut, something is wrong in your mind.’

I vaguely recall when my symptoms first started but it was somewhere in my young teenage years. I do recall quite vividly at the age of 19 being brought to A&E where my belly was so swollen I looked about six months pregnant. I was given morphine and asked where the pain was and then I was sent home. I went to my GP the next day in severe pain, where he diagnosed me with IBS. He gave me two sets of antibiotics for the infection which had spread to other parts of my body. He also gave me anti-spasmodic medication, fibo-gel, peppermint oil tablets and laxatives (containing lactose) which I would not recommend. I thought I was going to die with the pain and it just persisted.

After many years going to consultants and specialists and several bad bouts, resulting in a prolapsed bowel and wonderful rectocele to boot it surprises me that no physician told me that it might even be a consideration, even though I was becoming acutely aware of the foods that were the culprits, i.e. bread and pasta and fatty foods, but all I tried to do was avoid these, however I still had the symptoms. So it is a blessing and a relief to finally know but worrying at the same time that there is not much information out there, hence why I started writing this blog to encourage more people to become aware of the symptoms.

Being gluten-free may be messy and raw and annoying as hell. There might be months, eventually, that you go without thinking about gluten, or you revel in your new baking skills, or you realise what a gift this all is because you feel well for the first time in your life. And then there will be bad days, perhaps because someone has made you feel like you are on a fad diet or someone questions why you are gluten-free, but doesn’t quite get it and is ill informed. There may also be days where all you have left is a carrot some peanut butter and a packet of popcorn left in the house to have for your dinner and you decide to go out for dinner instead but the restaurant uses MSG and doesn’t cater for the gluten intolerance or they arrive to the table with gravy smothering your food that you specifically asked not to be there and you feel like exploding!!

Take a deep breath and don’t despair – go home and eat that carrot, cut it into fingers and dip it in peanut butter it’s yummy and have that popcorn with a movie and chill out, tomorrow is another day!

One day when you wake up in the morning and realise you haven’t had a headache in months and your joints don’t hurt, you stomach isn’t swollen and sore, you are not doubled over with cramps and you go to the bathroom like a normal person you suddenly realise that you have just changed your life for the better. It takes time you just have to stick with it, it will be worth it in the end!

If you need to know more: DR Tom O’Bryan Gluten Expert – Host of The Gluten Summit and faulty member of the Institute of Functional Medicine talks about the The Gluten-Autoimmune Connection here:

and further discussion on the Gluten-Thyroid Connection

I’ve never heard a better explanation of why our bodies are unable to have Gluten!