6 Wheat-Free Foods, Lactose-Free Cheese + My First Week Food Allergy Free Update.

Wheat-Free Foods

  1. Trader Joe’s Soft-Baked SnickerDoodles. Soft. Chewy. Cinnamon-y. Good!
  2. Bob’s Red Mill Rice Flour. So far, I’ve only used this for Mac & Cheese roux and blueberry crisps. It’s a bit grainy/gritty, but it works as a (wheat) flour substitute.
  3. Cabot Vermont Sharp Cheddar Cheese. This is the first cheese brand that I’ve ever seen that is both gluten and lactose-free. I don’t have an allergy/intolerance to lactose but, it still feels good to know this. I’ve tried Cabot’s (white) Sharp, NY Extra Sharp, and (I think) Seriously Sharp cheddar cheeses. All are good! Vermont Sharp cheddar is my favorite though. It’s perfect with strawberries, or grapes. Very good!
  4. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar, Caramel with Black Sea Salt. I probably won’t buy this again. Too salty for my taste. I prefer this salted caramel chocolate.
  5. Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal. I’ve yet to use this. I read on the package that it can be used as an egg substitute, so I bought it. What do you use flaxseed meal for, if you’ve used it?
  6. Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice Pasta. It tastes just like rice, until you add some sauce & spices. Then, it tastes just like regular ole pasta. Good!

The first week of this “diet” was quite hard. Emotionally.

coffee addict

Just going grocery shopping, made me want to cry.

We shopped 4 different stores, mainly in search of dinner ideas & alternatives to the meals that we usually have. Breakfast was a cinch! Oatmeal, banana, H2O & coffee. Lunch was also pretty easy. Salads. But dinner…(as our dinners are usually bread/pasta/corn based) it was nearly impossible to find anything that didn’t have some wheat, corn, potato, or eggs in the ingredient list!

We ended up having a lot of rice dishes, and salads, the first few days. Towards the end of the week, I found some nifty ideas. More on that later.

At our regular grocery store (in the aisle where the gluten-free section was about as wide as me), I imagined how tremendously sucky it’d be if shopping there became my life. I truly couldn’t imagine cooking without regular flour. Regular corn. Regular potatoes. Regular eggs. No substitutes. I just…couldn’t.

When we got home, I remembered all that I wasn’t allergic to and began to feel a little better. Cheese, milk, bananas…to name a few. And–Thank Goodness–coffee!

I would’ve called someone to come stick a fork in me, on top of the doctor’s table, if those test results came back talking about I’m allergic to coffee. Merely DONE, you hear me! That’s what I woulda been.

One more week to go! Well–3 more days at the time of this being published.

What’s first on my flour list…A freshly baked, cherry pie!

At first bite, I think I might cry actual tears.

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  1. says

    Wow! Ambitious! I just stopped drinking milk a couple of weeks ago. It actually turned out to be totally fine. I’m a vegetarian so I’m taking it a bit slower with not eating cheese cause that’s pretty much all I have. But I should swap it for lactose free cheese…
    But I can only imagine no gluten is tough! Have you heard of Kris Carr? She does dairy, gluten, meet free food but still has tons of choices. Maybe check out her cookbook for ideas!?
    Good luck!

    • says

      Hi Vanessa! I have heard of her, but didn’t know she was on such a food diet. I will definitely check her out. Thanks, and good luck to you as well! I appreciate you for commenting! :)

  2. Keisa says

    I have so been there!!! My doctor took me off all grains, and yes I said all grains!!!!! I thought I was going to die. I’m a foodie so I was determined to find the stuff I loved. I discovered Pamela’s Gluten free products and I am in Love. It’s taken me a while to embrace eating this way, but I encourage you it will get better :) This is coming from a foodie, Baker and lover of all things Bread!

    • says

      Hi Keisa! Thank you so much for the encouragement! Where there’s a will, there’s certainly a way for us food-lovers, no?! :) I’ve also found a few products that turned out to be pretty okay. Will be updating with that info soon. And, yes the feeling of “dying” were real. LOL Fingers crossed that all goes well, and I can have the stuff I love again. I appreciate you for commenting! :)

  3. says

    Well, yay! How fun to be in such great company on this post :) Thanks for telling your readers about Cabot! Did you know we’re a cooperative owned by 1200 farm families? We are! Good luck with your finding lots of wonderful things to eat/create with your new diet. We’ve seen lots and lots of great recipe sites for gluten-free… (and have some on our site you might like … http://www.cabotcheese.coop/pages/recipes/list-recipes.php?catID=162 )

    Can’t possibly NOT mention how gorgeous the lipstick is on your next (most recent as of right now) post. Love it.

    Happy Sunday!
    Wendy / Cabot Cheese

  4. says

    I can definitely understand having a love for food and then not being able to eat it. If someone told me I was allergic to seafood and fish I would DIE! Oh, and potatoes. I LOVE potatoes and would be so sad if I couldn’t eat them anymore. I do think you’ll find some good recipes and continue to have yummy food on your net diet.

    • says

      “Potato week” is next week for me. I can not wait to pig out on some ‘tater skins & french fries!

      I think that’s all I’m going to eat. LOL