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Why The Healthy Gluten Free Life Cookbook?

Seven years ago we discovered that I had to start eating a gluten free diet and I can tell you that Living a healthy gluten free life can seem a bit of a challenge at first. Most of us are used to living lifestyles where gluten is an ever present ingredient in our diets and removing gluten can be both tricky and challenging.

Earlier this year we came across the book The Healthy Gluten Free Life Cookbook by Tammy Credicott and I quickly bought it for my partner. “Bought it for your partner?” I hear you ask. Well yes! I need to let you into a little secret. I very rarely cook, in fact I think it would be true to say that rarely means more or less never – much to the relief of my partner it has to be said.

Okay I can hear your next question. “What qualifies you to do a review of a Cookbook then?” Well, as someone who loves to eat I think I can safely say that I am very well placed to review a book which results in delicious meals being put in front of me? Don’t worry I do lots of other things around the home :-)

Okay, now that’s clear let’s take a look at The Healthy Gluten Free Life Cookbook by Tammy who has set out, to remove the guess work and fumbling from our efforts to eat healthy and clean and let’s see if she’s succeeded.

A Real Need for the Healthy Gluten Free Life Cookbook

One thing that I am very clear about is that there’s a real need for Credicott’s cookbook. Not only are there people like me who have to eat gluten free but removing gluten from your diet can have a very positive effect on a great many people’s lives. We’re talking about reclaiming an explosive amount of energy, clearing up skin and hair issues and even increasing focus and mental clarity! With nearly 75% of people suffering from some level of gluten allergy having a cookbook that takes the trouble out of eating gluten free is a must.

The Healthy Gluten Free Life Cookbook delivers 200 (yes, 200!) recipes free of all the the usual gluten culprits. All the meals are covered – breakfast, lunch and dinner. As a bonus even healthy gluten free dessert recipes are featured that have certainly delighted me!

The best part, none are hard or complicated to execute at all in fact my other half has even suggested that I might want to try creating some of them. Credicott clearly wanted this cookbook to be easy to use and on the basis that it is being suggested I try making some of the recipes I think we can safely say she has succeeded with flying colors!

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The Healthy Gluten Free Recipes Rock!

Now we’ve established this cookbook is packed with recipes that are very easy to execute, but perhaps the biggest question remains – how good do they taste? After trying a few there’s no doubt at all Credicott is no stranger to the kitchen. They are incredibly tasty and it’s actually a bit hard to believe that eating healthy can feel so indulgent. The Healthy Gluten Free Life Cookbook will leave you wondering why you ever eat gluten in the first place… the recipes are just that good!

The recipes are organized intelligently, easy to follow and as a bonus the photos are all top notch. Really, a great many other cookbooks could learn a huge amount from Credicott’s effort here. A perfect execution.

Is It Worth the Price?

For someone like me who has to eat gluten free then an easy to use gluten free cookbook with delicious meals, which is exactly what The Healthy Gluten Free Life Cookbook is, can’t be undervalued. With that in mind Credicott could be asking for much, much more for this book.

The obviously high production value and over 430 pages make it a bargain, especially when you factor in Amazon’s discounts and shipping deals. When you consider this may be the only gluten free lifestyle cookbook you ever need, what more could you ask for where price is concerned?

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The Healthy Gluten Free Life Cookbook In The UK

If like me you are based in the UK then you may be wondering whether the Healthy Gluten Free Life is suitable for you and whether it’s available over here!

Well the very fact that I have written this detailed review of this great Gluten Free Cookbook answers the first question I think!

So where can you get a copy? Click on this link to grab your copy now: Healthy Gluten Free Life In The UK

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What Can You Eat On A Gluten Free Diet?

The question of what can you eat on a gluten free diet is probably the most important one to consider. Below I have pulled together some ideas of what you can eat but please be aware that things do change, as we have found over the last seven years, so do keep checking!

For those who have taken on a gluten free diet, keep in mind that there are still plenty of foods readily available for your consumption at your nearest store or market. But before you can start your gluten free diet, it’s imperative to know what foods you are and are not allowed to eat. Here is a list of foods that DO NOT contain gluten.

  • The following are allowed: Milk, butter, margarine, real cheese, plain yogurt and vegetable oils including canola. Plain fruits, vegetables, (fresh, frozen and canned), meat, seafood, eggs, nuts, beans and legumes and flours made from them.
  • Foods containing the following ingredients: Annatto, glucose syrup, lecithin, maltodextrin (even when it is made from wheat), oat gum, plain spices, silicon dioxide, starch, food starch and vinegar (only malt vinegar might contain gluten). Also citric, lactic and malic acids as well as sucrose, dextrose and lactose; and these baking products: arrowroot, cornstarch, guar and xanthan gums, tapioca four or starch, potato starch flour and potato starch, vanilla.
  • Rice in all forms (white, brown, basmati and enriched rice). Also amaranth, buckwheat (kasha), Montina, millet, quinoa, teff, sorghum and soy. Foods made from grains (and grain-like plants: Corn in all forms (corn flour, corn meal, grits,etc.).
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Distilled alcoholic beverages because distillation effectively removes gluten from wheat. But is is worth checking oout this about Whiskey.
  • Mono and diglycerides which are gluten free fats.
  • Spices

The following foods DO contain gluten and should be avoided.

  • Wheat in any form including spelt, kamut, triticale (a combination of wheat and rye), durum, einkorn, farina, semolina, cake flour, matzo (or matzah) and couscous.
  • Ingredients that have “wheat” in the name, such as: wheat starch, modified wheat starch, hydrolyzed wheat protein and pregelatinized wheat protein. Buckwheat, which is gluten free, is an exception.
  • Barley and malt, which is usually made from barley, malt syrup, malt extract, malt flavoring and malt vinegar.
  • Licorice, imitation crab meat, beer, most is fermented from barley. (Specialty gluten-free beer is available from several companies.)
  • Breaded or floured meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Also meat, poultry and vegetables when they have a sauce or marinade that contains gluten, such as soy and teriyaki sauces.
  • Rye

The following MAY or MAY NOT contain gluten, so be wary of what their ingredients or labels state before consuming.

  • Pharmaceuticals are usually gluten free unless stated otherwise; always ask the pharmacists for further details and ingredients for medicines you are uncertain about.
  • Oats, make sure it’s the GF (gluten free) type.
  • Dextrin, sometimes made from wheat.
  • Processed cheese may contain gluten, so stick to real cheese which is gluten free.
  • Flavorings, can contain wheat or barley, also known as “malt”.
  • Modified food starch is gluten free unless listed as “modified wheat starch”.
  • Soy Sauce is sometimes fermented from wheat.
  • Seasonings and seasoning mixes can sometimes contain wheat, check the label.

If you’re ever unsure about a particular food item or product, always read the label or ask a knowledgeable person about it. Once you familiarize yourself with what is and is not allowed, it will become second nature and you no longer have to constantly worry whether what you’re consuming is gluten free or not.

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What’s Involved In Starting To Live Gluten Free?

You should always look at the ingredients of a produce or an item before purchasing or consuming. Some meats, fish, and poultry may contain gluten if breaded or marinated in certain flours and sauces.

This may make dining out a bit tricky, but nowadays some restaurants have specialty menus that are gluten free. Don’t ever shy away from asking whether a food item has gluten in it or made from ingredients containing gluten. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Some people who may not be aware of the condition will appreciate the useful information and will become more knowledgeable of the fact.

There are many resources and books available about living gluten free. You don’t have to worry about eating the same boring old food day in and day out. There are a variety of foods and recipes that do not contain gluten and are still very delicious. Although you may be missing out on a few select dishes or breads, it’s not the end of the world and sometimes there are better alternatives.

Lastly, know that you are not alone. Support groups and communities who live gluten free are readily available to help and assist you with the restrictive diet. Recently the rate of people being diagnosed with celiac disease is steadily increasing every year. This is not to say that the disease is developing more often but rather the doctors are getting more and more knowledgeable about the disease that they can easily recognize it now, compared to previous years.

Living gluten free doesn’t make you anymore strange than someone who has a peanut allergy. Some people stay away from peanuts, or eggs, or dairy because they are allergic and the consequences can be fatal. People who have been diagnosed with celiac disease stay away from gluten because their small intestines cannot tolerate it and it too can have devastating effects on their body. The concept between the two is similar, but just with different types of food.

Not being able to consume gluten will not limit life experiences. Instead, those who have taken on a gluten free lifestyle should pursue the new diet with enthusiasm and a conquering spirit. Start feeling good about living gluten free, after all your life depends on it.

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