My Salute to Gluten & Sugar Free Dieters


It has been a difficult week for me diet-wise.  I am sure many people can relate.  My first week of wheat, corn, tomato, sugar (and of course dairy) free living was spotless.  I cooked every meal in, ate tons of vegetables, kept my sugar to less than 10g per day easily, and my energy sky-rocketed.  Then came my urge to eat out…

I love eating out.  I have been good for the most part, no Italian, sandwiches, or obvious bread and tomato foods.  I even sat, meal-less, watching my husband eat a monsterous burger one night and a heaping plate of pasta marinara another.  At first, I ate only sushi.  Harmless enough, just a touch of accidental wheat in the smidgen of soy sauce I used.  But then, came the Thai food, and the Chinese food, and …. well you get the picture.  Though I am pretty sure I have skated the tomato issue, it is very probable that some hidden wheat, corn, and way too much sugar have snuck into the sauces I have been consuming.

And yes, my energy has paid the price.  I am beginning to understand the sugar-spike issue.

My husband has been more than patient, but really can't stand it much.  Dinners out two or three nights a week have always been the norm for us.  Unfortunately, there really isn't a restaurant that I can find with reliable entrees that won't have some hidden sauce.  I will likely be lucky.  Beyond the dairy, it is probable that I will be able to rotate the wheat and corn into my diet, as they are mild allergies. 

To all of you strict gluten-free and sugar-free dieters out there, I salute you!  Yes, I even broke down and made some gf muffins this week with sugar.  Yikes!  For someone who has so much will-power with dairy, I sure become weak in the knees around anything sweet.

I aim to get back on track immediately.  There are a few Gluten and Dairy Free cookbooks on their way for our review as well.  They can't arrive soon enough, I can surely use some inspiration.  Tomorrow's line-up includes a special homemade shrimp fried rice for dinner and perhaps a big salad for lunch.  Wish me luck!

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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