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hi all,<br>
my sister's been diagnosed w/ celiac disease <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> and i know there are a lot of folks on here eating wheat/gluten -free diets... any suggestions of good resources for healthy traditional eating-- esp. any recipes? (for bready type things) she was looking online and kept coming across potato flakes and xanthan gum which don't seem too wholesome, right?<br>
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There are some gluten free threads out there, you can probably search for them.<br><br>
Trying to eat TF style GF food has been an adventure. Many GF cookbooks out there are also dairy free and egg free (just hitting all the allergens I guess) so you find a lot of recipes calling for milk and egg substitutes. But if you search thorugh you'll always find a few.<br><br>
I ended up getting guar and xanthan gums because baking GF without them is supposed to be near impossible. You only use small amounts. I haven't actually baked anything yet, just made pancakes and waffles and such so I don' thave a lot of experience. But my main flour mix has brown rice flour, tapioca flour and potato starch and small amount of guar gum. I don't remeber the ratios off the top of my head but it's out there on every GF blog.<br><br>
In the end, to keep TF, I bake very little and we have pancakes and waffles occasionally. I'm dying for a slice of bread but haven't gone down that path. Someone here gave me a recipe for a <a href="http://everythingfreeeating.blogspot.com/2007/03/were-breatharians.html" target="_blank">GF sourdough</a> that I haven't tried yet but probably will. Need good experiences! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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thanks quietserena! that's helpful. what *is* guar gum (or xanthan gum) anyhow? i mean, i don't even know if it's something to think about limiting or not... and what's your sense about the other gf flours? what are the ratios in your flour mix? thanks again....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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All that i know is that guar gum is the fiber from a bean but I don't know which one or how it's extracted.<br><br>
Another starch to consider is arrowroot powder which is actually a whole food. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Spendy though.
 

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I have found it much easier to be gf by skipping the substitutes all together. I find that I am happier just not eating bread, pasta, etc than eating some that isn't quite right. We just eat meat, eggs, dairy, fruits and veggies. After about a month or two, I don't really miss the bad stuff. I am feeling great, even though I don't really have any gluten issues. The substitutes seem like so much work and then they don't really seem all that good.<br>
Just my .02, though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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mmm..... I would suggest she get off of grains completely for about 6 months. She can find the SCDiet recipes online and follow the guidelines for it, it is a gut healing diet. If she needs yummy stuff tell her to spend her money on almond flour and get used to the texture. It is sooooo good.
 

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For inspiration, you can't beat the gluten free girl (<a href="http://www.glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com" target="_blank">www.glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com</a>). Her book is great too, especially for someone newly diagnosed.
 

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thanks so much everyone. i'll pass on the info to her. it's inspiring! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 
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