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Gluten-Free Folks Eating Low-Carb / Low-Glycemic
26th-Mar-2008 09:16 am
I just joined this group.... I have recently been diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome, which explains so many physical ailments throughout my life, that I can't even get into it. Without boring any of you with the details, I will say that one of the main problems with MVPS is constant fatigue, which I have been struggling with for many years. In my research, I found out that people with this syndrome are very sensitive to blood sugar levels, and should eat low-carb, high protein foods with a low glycemic index.

Having never dieted in my life, my diet is pretty much all carbs, though I do stay away from sugar. I eat cereal in the morning, usually a sandwich for lunch, and a whole lot of pasta for dinner. My snacks are usually apples or fat-free yogurt. Help! Is there any quick suggestions you all could give a newbie like me? Maybe a good cookbook you could suggest? My biggest struggle is breakfast and snacks, though any help will do.

Also, I don't have a whole lot of time to prepare foods because I work full time, go to school, and am at the gym 4 nights a week. Thank you!!!!
26th-Mar-2008 04:47 pm (UTC) - My two cents... and then some ;)
are you gluten free or just low carb? Either way, here's my solutions.
There are some super foods that you might want to start incorporating into your diet.

lentils, beans, bananas, spinach (pretty much any of the dark leafy veg), salmon, other low fat meats like chicken, turkey, and lean cuts of pork, liver (even chicken liver pate' from the store counts), almonds and/or peanuts. If you're not allergic to milk, yogurt is a good snack food. Also soy is a super food, but I recommend not going overboard with it (for example: two soy shakes made with soy milk and a bowl of tofu in one day) , it can throw off your hormones... (with both my sister and me it caused some serious problems with fibroids).

I highly recommend Larabars. They're gluten free, low fat, all natural made with nuts and fruit.
Breakfasts, fruit smoothies with no added sugar or honey. You can use Splenda (FYI it causes gas) or another no-cal sweetener, but I personally hate those things. If/When you buy juice, make sure it says 100% juice on the package. Check to see if there's any added sugar. Anything that says "cocktail" will have added sugar. Unsweetened soymilk is fantastic for smoothies because it adds a nutty flavour to it.
Or, if you don't want to dirty up the blender... take a large microwavable bowl... scramble an egg or two, toss in some chives or green onion, a little cheese, maybe some thyme or whatever herbs you want. Toss it in the microwave for 45 seconds, stir, then toss it back in until cooked (maybe another 45 secs to a minute depending on how many eggs. I love microwaved eggs because they fluff up. You can eat them right out of the bowl.
Hmm... for snacks: Veggie sticks, nuts, yogurts, fresh fruit.
I pack homemade bentos sometimes when I know I'm going to be out all day. Bento boxes are great for people on the go. Throw some leftovers in them and take them with you. Some even come with their own chopsticks.
26th-Mar-2008 05:01 pm (UTC) - Re: My two cents... and then some ;)
I am not gluten-free, just a low-carb and high protein newbie. Thank you SO much for your suggestions, I really appreciate it!
26th-Mar-2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Breakfast has traditionally been very difficult for me, as well.

You should eat at least 30g of carbs in the morning, simply because your body needs *something* to start on.

My breakfast proteins of choice are eggs and cottage cheese. Not very glamerous, but easy.

My favorite breakfast is to break one or two eggs into a small ramikin and beat with salt and pepper, and microwave (30 seconds, then rest, then 10 seconds, rest, 10 seconds, rest until done- if you do it all at once, it will blow up), toast an english muffin and add a slice of cheese to make a quick breakfast sandwich. Make it a whole wheat english muffin, and you are lowing the GI considerably.

I also love cottage cheese with celery and a slice of toast. Boring, but quick and satisfying.

You can try low-sugar yogurt with mixed nut trail mix added, and I also mix it up with smoothies made from half a banana, a cup of silken tofu and 1/2 cup frozen berries.

I have type 2 diabetes, and if I start my day with any of these breakfasts, my bloodsugar is fantastic for the rest of the day.

Good luck!
12th-Mar-2010 06:09 am (UTC)
I am gluten-free (celiac) and low-carb. I found a TON of recipes at this site:
(that's a low-carb forum so if you're also gluten-free you have to watch some of the recipes because they may not be celiac friendly)

Also, this is a pizza crust recipe we made tonight... for someone who hasn't had pizza since going low-carb, this was delicious! It sounds odd (and I never, ever thought I'd eat pork rinds!) but it was really good. It didn't even taste low-carb or gluten-free. I was really impressed!

> 8 oz pkg of cream cheese
> 4 eggs
> 1 TBS Oregano
> 1 TBS Garlic Powder
> 2 Cups grated Mexican or Italian Cheese
> 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
> 1 cup Pork Rinds (crushed as fine as you can get them)
Preheat oven to 450. Mix softened cream cheese and eggs (one at a time) until mixed well. Then add the cup of crushed pork rinds and parmesean cheese. Mix well. Then add the oregano, garlic powder and cheese. Mix well. Dough will be sticky. I used a regular pizza pan and had to use a spoon to spread it out. Bake for 15 minutes and broil for 2 minutes. Take it out and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then, add your toppings. I added low-carb tomato sauce, mozzerella cheese, bell peppers, onions and garlic. Put back in the oven for about 10 minutes. It was SOOO Good!
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