Gluten-free goodness: Div’s typical meals

By Div


Being gluten-free is bloody difficult!

When I am home, with my gluten-free groceries, meals are easy. I’ve bought gluten-free pasta (some brands made with rice, others with quinoa), attempted and devoured pizza with a cauliflower crust, and just eat more veggies to fill up.

Restaurants, however, are a NIGHTMARE! I am generally fine at Korean restaurants – luckily none of my favourite Korean foods have noodles or anything. Western restaurants, on the other hand…sandwiches, bagels, cakes, brownies, pasta, pizza, burgers, anything deep-fried – basically, all the food I would have eaten without batting an eye just a few months ago – are completely off-limits. As well as taking three times as long to make a decision from the menu, I also have to ask repeatedly if there are any wheat products in my meals.

While in Cambodia (keep an eye out for details about my trip!) I really struggled. Pizza EVERYWHERE! I got tired of Cambodian food after about three days (getting a spot of food poisoning put me off it really fast) and after that, all I wanted was something naughty. I almost gave in once, but Adam talked some sense into my suddenly gluten-craving brain. So, fried rice it was. Every day. I absolutely loved my summer holiday, but damn, I missed my kitchen desperately!


For those who are considering going gluten-free, I’ve decided to include a rough plan of what I eat during the week. Being gluten-free is a restriction, but I by no means sacrifice the yum-factor of my meals!


Monday:     

Breakfast: Smoothie: strawberry, banana, blueberry, flaxseed meal and honey. Coffee

Lunch: Soybean soup and rice (school meal)

Snacks: Pecan nuts, almonds and cashew nuts

Dinner: Chicken breasts seasoned with paprika, mixed herbs, chicken seasoning, chilli flakes and lemon juice. Steamed yellow peppers. Carrots with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Two slices of cheddar cheese. A mixture of mayo and hot sauce.

Treats: Two Lindt balls

Things that help thyroid issues: Apple cider vinegar in water. Supplements.

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Dinner

Tuesday:  

Breakfast: Smoothie: Banana, strawberry, blueberry, flaxseed meal, honey

Lunch: Meat and little eggs in soy sauce, spicy beansprouts, fish soup, rice (school meal)

Snacks: Pecan nuts, almonds and cashew nuts

Dinner: Leftovers from yesterday

Treats: Way Of Gray’s homemade raw chocolate (you can find the recipe here). Her recipe is super quick and easy. I use honey instead of maple syrup.

Things that help thyroid issues: Apple cider vinegar in water. One dessert spoon of coconut oil. Supplements.

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Breakfast

Wednesday:

Breakfast: Smoothie: strawberry, banana, blueberry. Coffee.

Lunch: some kind of bibimbap, weird soup, mango juice (school meal). The main part of this meal was a slice of pizza, which I could not eat.

Snacks: Almonds, cashew nuts, pecan nuts

Dinner: Lentil curry and rice.

Treats: Two mini Reese’s peanut butter cups

Things that help thyroid issues: Supplements.

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Dinner

Thursday:

Breakfast: Chicken breasts and carrots. Coffee.

Lunch: Kimchi and rice, spicy soup (school meal). The main part of this meal was something battered, so I could not eat it.

Snacks: Almonds, cashew nuts, pecan nuts

Dinner: Lentil curry and rice

Treats: Microwave popcorn

Things that help thyroid issues: Apple cider vinegar in water. One dessert spoon of coconut oil. Supplements.

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Snacks

Friday:

Breakfast: Smoothie: strawberry, banana, blueberry.

Lunch: Kimchi and rice (school meal). The main part of this meal, including the soup, contained gluten so I could not eat it.

Snacks: Almonds, cashew nuts, pecan nuts

Dinner: Chicken Adobo (recipe from Kristine Andersen)

Treats: microwave popcorn

Things that help thyroid issues: Apple cider vinegar in water. Supplements.

Dinner
Dinner

Saturday:

Breakfast: Chicken Adobo, coffee, beef bone broth.

Lunch: Tuna kimbap

Snacks: Pineapple

Dinner: Korean barbeque, soybean soup.

Treats: Alcohol

Things that help thyroid issues: Apple cider vinegar in water. Supplements.

Breakfast
Breakfast

Sunday:

Brunch: Gamjatang, coffee.

Dinner: Chicken curry and turmeric rice

Treats: Two mini Reese’s peanut butter cups

Things that help thyroid issues: Apple cider vinegar in water. Supplements.

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Dinner

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  1. The struggle is real, every time I go on vacation its a nightmare. I like research the place and try to find as many gluten free options as I can. I tried gluten free chicken sandwich at red robin…the bun was good but it smelled like a foot!!

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  2. Homemade Vietnamese rice paper wraps has become one of my favourite go-to meals. That, good steak and vegetable dish, and almost anything cooked overnight in my trusty slow cooker. Oh, and bacon! I’m convinced if people saw the way I eat they would be jealous of all the deliciousness 😉 but I really do miss my kitchen when traveling. I love my school’s food but I find that more often than not it leaves me with one or a bunch of wheat and or gluten exposure symptoms. I’ve found that anything cooked or soaked in soy sauce, in particular, puts me out for a while. As far as I know, it’s made with fermented soybean paste and a grain – usually wheat (along with a few other things).

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  3. Thank you for posting this article and meals…very helpful. I too have Hashimoto’s and have begun G-Free diet several times but then I have a cheat maybe once a week. It is very difficult with kids who eat the same 10 things to make 2-3 separate meals for each supper etc. I finding it to be very expensive to create meal plans or to eat out, the whole process of going g-free is so overwhelming.

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