My Husband has had so many gut problems over the past few years. We are now trying out a totally free from diet. AND IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING!!!! YAHOO!! ♥
So, I thought I would blog about it, it means I can write about it. And maybe it will help someone else or any readers out there may be able to give us some advice. I’m still learning, but bit by bit we are getting the hang of it.
The symptoms he has had are severe bloating, stomach pains, sickness and nausea and many toileting problems. We started off trying, just the gluten free – didn’t work. Then the lactose free – didn’t work. Now, its totally gluten and lacto free. The diet is very strict and quite basic, but we have found some tasty and healthy things for meals and some treats.
Here is some of the tasty ‘free from’ stuff that we have found, so he can still eat cheese and have milk it is just lactose free. It actually tastes ok, we were both surprised.
The majority of meals that we make use ingredients that are from the ground, fresh veg, fruit and meat and fish. No additives, no extra flavourings. Its very healthy. We have kept a food diary so we can see all the things that my Husband has eaten and drank and how he feels after it. It is a long process and we still have a long way to go, but its progress!
We were recommended to read about FODMAP, I still have a lot of research to do with this, but its a whole load of food groups that intolerant people may and may not be able to digest easily. If anyone has any advice that they would like to share with us, I would be very happy to hear from you.
So, I will tell you todays diet.
Breakfast – gluten free bread toasted with lacto free butter and gluten free jam.
Lunch – Eggs, gluten free sausages and Heinz baked beans. (only Heinz is GF).
Dinner – Chicken Salad, (lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, rape seed oil as dressing).
Desert – My home made chocolate cake! Yum.
I am very proud of this, as I used all gluten and dairy free products, and it tasted delicious. It was very light and airy, I will certainly be making this again.
If anyone has any helpful tips for me, or wants to ask me any questions about this special diet, I would love to hear from you.
Gluten-free chocolate cake recipe (from http://www.coeliac.org.uk)
- 100g gluten-free self raising flour
- 45g cocoa powder
- 110g caster sugar
- 110g cooking margarine or butter (lactose free)
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon vanilla essence or extract (I omitted this as I wasn’t sure).
For the icing:
- 280g icing sugar
- 140g butter (lactose free)
- 75g chocolate (milk or dark), melted (lactose free)
- 1-2 tbsp milk or water (lactose free)
- Preheat the oven to 180°c
- Melt the butter or cooking margarine until soft – but not runny – in a large mixing bowl
- Mix in the caster sugar
- Add the flour, cocoa powder and eggs, mixing well, then add the vanilla essence
- Pour the mixture evenly into two greased and lined cake tins
- Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the cakes have risen and are lightly golden. To test if they are ready, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake – if it comes out clean, the cake is ready
- Cool completely
- To make the icing, beat together the icing sugar, cocoa powder and butter, slowly stirring in two or three teaspoons of boiling water or milk. Be careful not to make the icing too runny
- Spread the chocolate icing over the top of one of the cakes, then carefully place the other cake on top. Cover the top with more icing, then serve.
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