My Gluten Free Log

Gluten!

Can’t tolerate the nasty stuff? Me too. Gluten does some very unpleasant, not to say the least inconvenient, things to my system. Apparently (after tests proved negative) not because of Coeliac Disease but NCGS, Non-Coeliac gluten sensitivity. In my case one more step in a very tortuous saga following major bowel disease. You could read the whole sordid details here if you have the inclination but its not pretty, Gluten is my Sworn Enema

In terms of management a gluten free diet is, on the surface, straightforward, but in reality fraught with pitfalls for the unwary. Must sufferers discover quite quickly that they can expect an occasional setback in the form of a sudden rush to the loo after consumpting of contaminated comestibles, often within 30 minutes and even from the tiniest amounts. This is followed by perhaps a day or two more of a similar level of in-convenience (hyphen intended!) every few hours and the inevitable post trauma analysis. To minimise these events I started this log as a ready reference on shopping trips recording all those foods that I trusted to be gluten free or at least constituting a low risk according to experience.  These are not so-called “Free From” products. I take those for granted. But there are many branded products out there which are GF but which are not advertised as such (presumably therefore not guaranteed) or where their GF status is on the packaging but not prominently so. In addition “Free From” foods are generally just an excuse to over-price products and milk us gluten avoiders of our hard earned cash. Avoiding this “Free From” premium (or extortion as I like to think of it) is one of my main motives.

This list might be useful to any fellow gluten avoiders but please be careful. Our individual reactions vary from mild to extreme therefore our individual attitude to risk must be assessed accordingly. Always read the packet before trying something new, recipes vary.

I am not listing the obvious. If you are not aware that apples and Brussels sprouts are naturally gluten free then I advise you to research the facts regarding your condition a lot more assiduously than you have so far. Most natural foods except wheat, barley and rye are in fact gluten free until they are processed in some way and this log will therefore predominantly feature processed foods. It should be obvious that if you consume mostly natural home cooked foods made from fresh, unprocessed ingredients then you should have few problems eliminating gluten from your life. You will in the process change your life for the better, for the much, much better.

I have my likes and dislikes so if anyone has anything to suggest which is not here please let me know. I will always try it out first before adding it and remember I have made this list as an aide memoire for my own shopping, there is no intention on my part to make it a comprehensive resource for others but if it helps any one other person I would be pleased.

Finally I will add other information and links that are worth recording regarding advice, diets, foods, recipes, restaurant experience and the latest research as time permits.

Unmarked but treated as Gluten Free

Soups

M&S – Tarka Dal Soup
Heinz – Big Soup Steak and Vegetable, standard and Mighty
Heinz – Cream of Tomato
Tesco, Healthy Living – Three Bean and Vegetable
Tesco – Tuscan Bean Soup
Tesco – Lentil and Bacon Soup

Processed Meats

M&S – 12 British Outdoor Bred Pork Chipolatas
Wilson’s of Swindon – all their sausages to order, high meat sausage as standard and own made potted brawn Wilson’s Web Site

Frozen

Birdseye, Potato Waffles, Original
Tesco Hash Browns

Quick Dishes/Ready meals

Tesco Takeaway – Butter Chicken
Tesco Takeaway – Lamb Rogan Josh
Tesco Takeaway – Pilau Rice
Tesco – Jalfrezi
Tesco – Vindaloo and Pilau Rice
M&S – Shepherds Pie

Cooking Ingredients

Bisto – Best, Beef Gravy Granules (In the jar)
Tesco – Stock cubes premium, vegetable
Tesco – Stock cubes everyday value, vegetable
Tesco – Stock cubes premium, beef
Virini – Gram Flour
Allison – Easy Bake Dried Yeast
Belbake – Easy Bake Dried Yeast
Tesco – Healthy Living, Thai Chilli Dressing
Dolmio – Lasagne White Sauce, Cheesy

Biscuits, cakes, snacks, cereals

Tesco – Rough Scottish oatcakes
Nairns – Organic super seeded oatcakes
Nairns – Cheese oatcakes
Flahavans – Irish Organic porridge oats
Cofresh – Sev Mamra Indian snack

Marked Gluten Free (perhaps discretely)

 Processed Meats

Tesco – Finest 12 Beef Meatballs
Tesco – Finest pork sausagemeat
Tesco – Finest Outdoor Bred pork
Tesco – Finest Chipolatas Sausages wrapped with bacon
Coop ‘Irresistible’- Outdoor Bred, Cumberland Sausages
Coop ‘Irresistible’- Outdoor Bred, Sweet Chilli Sausages

Frozen Food

Aunt Bessie – Crinkle Cut Chips
McCain – Skin On Rustic Chips

Biscuits, cakes, snacks, cereals

Kallo – Corn Cakes, lightly salted
Kallo – Corn Cakes, with chia seeds

Quick Dishes/Ready meals

Ashoka – Delhi Dal Makhani
Ashoka – Punjabi Coley
Ashoka – Bombay Biryani

Cooking Ingredients

Knorr – The RICH beef cube
Kikkoman – Tamari Soy Sauce

Other Resources

Links

Wilsons Butchers Swindon, for their own made Gluten Free Haggis, Faggots, Sausages and Brawn
Web Site

Restaurants I have tried which make good provision for gluten avoiders

National

Marstons Pub
JD Wetherspoons

Local
The White Hart, Wroughton, Wilts (They claim Coeliac Society certified)

Other (Not necessarily tried) useful links

GF Approved Restaurant Chains
Living and Travelling GF

Work Arounds

Gluten Free Oat Muesli – DIY

3oogm Tesco Four Seed Mix
300gm Island Mix
300gm Trail Mix
200gm Sultanas
500gm x 2 Quaker GF Whole oats
450gm x 2 Nairns Scotch Porridge oats
Approx. cost £4.5/Kg which is significantly less (33%) than GF grain/seed/fruit/nut muesli.
This quantity, at one serving per day, lasts me two calendar months and is very filling.

Or

Flahavans Organic Irish Porridge Oats
Trail Mix
Roasted Seed mix
Cranberry, raisin and sultana mix