Gluten Sensitivity Vs. Celiac Disease Vs. Gluten Intolerance

SUPER dry video, but informative and a decent argument.

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Gluten-Free Possibilities.

So, there is a distinct possibility that I have celiac disease.  The day I stopped mentioning it to myself and actually started LISTENING to my nagging self about this, I got tested.  Then I proceeded to eat six bagels over the next two days out of some weird mix of denial, rage and desperation.  Seriously, I LOVE bagels.  I love BREAD products.  I MAKE my own bread when I’m not trying to filter it out of my life.

While still in an angry rage, I find myself frantically searching the web, and ingredient labels to see if my favorite foods and snacks have gluten.

Jury says: Pretty much all of them but fresh vegetables.

I even went to the Clif Bar website and found this super-handy-yet-disheartening page that you can use to filter your “needs”.  I’m going to have to eat a box of Clif Bars and a box of Builder bars now….. before I get these results back.  Challenge accepted.

Also, props to Wiki-How for this awesome page that contains reference sheets for gluten-free foods, gluten containing foods AND (the best one) gluten SUBSTITUTIONS!

Now for a few non-comprehensive lists:

Things I’m excited to report as Gluten-Free:

  • Everything at the Gluten Free Mall
  • Wine
  • “spirits” made from wheat, barley, rye etc are considered safe because of the distillation process.
  • Daiya “cheese”
  • Produce!  I guess I’ll be cooking more.
  • Oatmeal (there are various arguments about this having a similar amino profile, but the most compelling one is that it’s processed in the same plant as wheat.  I’m sure there is oatmeal out there that is not.)
  • Rice
  • Quinoa (SO glad I already have an addition to this.)
  • Corn flour: Tortilla chips and corn tortillas (this will help)
  • Beans
  • GF Tempeh (otherwise I’d need a new blog name, right?)
  • Baking soda
  • Nuts
  • Hummus
  • Nut Butters
  • Earth Balance (Vegan Margarine)
  • Tofutti Better than cream cheese and better than sour cream  (While Tofutti does not make the “Gluten Free” claim, they do not add gluten to these products
  • Tofutti Fudgecicles and “Marry Me” bars (what’s with the name?)
  • Tofu
  • Almond Milk

Foods that contain gluten:

  • Clif Bars and Clif Builder Bars
  • Bagels
  • Soy Sauce
  • BEER (Though I have recently seen some GF versions.
  • Most vegan mock meats (Seitan)
  • Obviously wheat products… Bread, flour torillas…
  • Seasoning Blends

 

How to Date a Vegan: Part 1

I’m surprised this hasn’t come up yet.  From the outside, I’m sure veganism is some sort of insurmountable hurdle in a new relationship.

Shit.  I can’t just take her to McDonalds.  What now?

Suggestion #1: Ask them.

So, undoubtedly, your prospective mate probably knows how to feed (him/her)self fairly well.

However, it’s always nice to take initiative when asking someone out.  So you’re not all:
“Let’s go out!”
“Okay!”
“Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know, I live 8 hours away.”
“So….. McDonalds?  I mean, they have an array of iceberg lettuce-based salads for you to choose from.  Some even come in a convenient shaker cup!”

As delicious and nutritious as iceburg lettuce may be, I’m not a salad girl.  I think I have some sort of vendetta against it because that’s what people think I eat.

Suggestion #2: Don’t ask them.

Even if the food is terrible, the initiative you take to choose a restaurant that your prospective plus one can eat and enjoy an actual meal at goes approximately 758.926 million times farther than just asking them where to go.  So, unless they insist on a location, your choice of venue may be some sort of secret test that his/her crazy friends have cooked up to set you up for success or failure.  “If you end up eating french fries, you aren’t allowed to talk to him anymore.”  Good thing they don’t serve fries at Indian restaurants.

Suggestion #3: Know your vegan.

I read an article a few months ago that I almost found funny.  It was about different types of vegans.  There are many.  Admittedly, it was a stupid article with good intentions.

I’m not going to apologize if you’re insulted.  Most people are a mix of these extremes.  If you’re insulted, I will apologize for hitting too close to home.

The Ethical Vegan:

I attempted to date an ethical vegan once.  Our views were so different, he may as well have stuck himself with an olive oil iv and slathered himself with earth balance, cinnamon and sugar while drinking coconut milk.  Translation: Ethical vegans can eat whatever they want, as long as it’s in the realm of not hurting our furry/scaley/skin-laden/eye-looking/mother-having friends.

Tip: These vegans likely will not be happy if you eat meat in front of them.  Be prepared.  Be honest with yourself.  Is that something you can do?  Maybe they won’t mind.  Ask.

The Vegan Tourist:

“I’m vegan, except for (something with cheese or chicken or whatever non-vegan food item).”
“Oh, I’ll eat (said food item) sometimes, because I’m a good wife.”
“I’m not THAT extreme.”

I’m sorry.  If eating macaroni and cheese is going to save your marriage maybe you need to look into some sort of counseling.  Don’t use other people to justify your want/need to eat that food, go right ahead.  Just admit that it’s because you want it, not because your husband insists on you eating an occasional dairy product.

Tip: These people are probably okay with whatever you eat.

Vegan Evangelist:

If you’re not vegan or ready to go vegan, just walk away now.  If you ARE vegan but not a crazy preachy person, this may not work either.  Often, these people aren’t happy with you being vegan, you have to BELIEVE in what they do, otherwise you might as well be eating 7 steaks a day.

If this is you, lighten up.  If someone is helping your cause, do you really care what their reasoning is?

Tip: Unless you go vegan 3 years before dating these people, you will have too many dead carcasses in your skin cells to risk you even breathing on them.

The Vegan Purist (see: Vegan Police):

Will burst into flames if they think non-vegan thoughts.  Will judge every vegan/non-vegan decision you make.  They don’t usually carry guns, though.  That’s a plus.

Tip: They will try to change you.

The Health-Minded Vegan:

These people don’t want to die some sort of preventable premature death due to any of an array of diseases of affluence.  Probably don’t use a crap load of oil.  Probably don’t sustain themselves on processed food.

Tip: Don’t be overweight.  Don’t eat horribly.  Don’t talk about how amazing bacon is, even if it’s freaking delicious.  People tend to be the caliber of person they are looking for, on all fronts.

The Bodybuilding Vegan:

Badass.  Out to prove you wrong.  Ask them how they get their protein if you want a huge eye-roll followed by an over-used lecture on amino acids.

Tip: Seriously, don’t ask about the protein.  These people can take you out.

The Dating a Vegan:

The person who went vegan simply because they’re dating one.  This can be for any reason from “Hey look, my new weight loss plan!” to “Man, she’s right.” to “At least I don’t have to cook.”

Tip: Why are you trying to date someone who is already taken?  Seriously, man.  Find your own.

Put-In-Bay vegan: Big Man’s Burrito Stand

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Funny that I finally get to this after my last day working on the island for the year.

Sticking with the burrito theme I seem to have going, it’s really only appropriate to feature the dear Mr. Ryan Stoiber’s burrito stand that is keenly hidden behind Frosty non-vegan pizza/bar, in the “The Backyard”.

After using my awesome interrogation techniques I’m confident that this place can feed me.  Denis (from Bulgaria) talked to me for probably 45 minutes toward the beginning of summer about every single ingredient.  I trust him.  Mainly because he kept talking about how, as a Muslim, cross contamination really pisses him off.

After this, he made me a burrito with every ingredient that I could possibly have.  This may not have been the best representation of what a more selective palette may achieve, taste-wise, but who cares?

I lost my ingredient list.

No I didn’t.  I actually threw it away after I moved out of housing.  So by “lost” I really mean “if you can figure Chipotle out, you got this, man.”

So…. Salsas, guac, black beans, rice….. that sort of thing.  They do tacos, nachos, burritos.  I bet they’d throw the ingredients at you, if you asked nicely.  I bet they’d enjoy it more if you didn’t ask so nicely.  I digress.

Have at it kids.

Whole Wheat Agave Coco Bread

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I’m the type of person that really (I mean really) likes knowing what’s in her food.  So a few years ago I started making my own bread.  I’m not going to lie to you here, I’m a huge cheater when it comes to bread-making.  I use a bread machine that my dad bought sometime during my childhood.  This thing is no spring chicken, but it gets the job done!  If only everything in life were so easy.

After reading a book about bread (yes, I am THAT cool) I tweaked a recipe I was already using to the point that it is nearly unrecognizable as the same thing.  I also added coco.  With so much information all over the place about how amazing coco (not the delicious sugar and fat laden chocolate bars everyone is looking for an excuse to eat) is for you, and how it’s a great antioxidant I decided to just add it to something I already eat on a daily basis.  It only adds a subtle flavor, don’t be thinking you’re going to get a brownie for breakfast here.

Every morning I start out with toast with natural peanut butter and jelly.  It’s a great high-protein start to my day!  I also like eating most of my fats earlier, because I’m going to be up and moving all day, rather than later, when it’ll be sitting in my gut all night.  It doesn’t always work that way, but I try.

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Vegan eats in Sandusky, Ohio: Jo Wok

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Jo Wok, a Thai restaurant in Sandusky that is open year-round, is located in the plaza next to Sandusky High School.  It’s next to a video rental place and a TSC.

419.621.0040
709 West Perkins Avenue # 8  Sandusky, OH 44870

The people working at Jo Wok are incredibly sweet, though the last few times I went in there it took me a little while to explain what vegan meant.  They had vegetarian down 100%, but vegan was a little iffy.  So, while I was eating my massaman curry I decided to write it down for them.  After a short explanation, the lady working seemed very excited and immediately taped it to the wall beside the register!  Jo Wok is now vegan-friendly!

Every time I’ve been there I have ordered the “Yum Apple”, seaweed salad and massaman curry.

“Yum Apple” is comprised of green apples, sliced into matchsticks then covered with a few peanuts, coconut shavings, cilantro and a spicy chile-sauce.  Make sure you specify that you don’t want fish sauce, as I believe a regular order contains.

The seaweed salad is presented on a bed of cucumber and a few carrot shavings.

The massaman curry is pictured below.  It has great flavor, but is more of a cheat meal for me.  They fry the tofu.  I haven’t asked for it non-fried yet, primarily because I always forget, but if you like it that way, it’s done very well.

A friend of mine ordered Pad Thai, vegan.  It was just noodles, so I would specify that you want vegetable pad thai.

Again, they are very sweet people and very accommodating, as long as they understand what you’re saying.  But, they have a guide now!

When ordering Thai food:

  • No Fish Sauce
  • No Meat
  • No Seafood
  • No Cream Cheese (she suggested crab rangoon with no crab)
  • No eggs
  • No dairy
  • No butter
  • No cream
  • No chicken broth

I specify each of these things.  Yes, I know it seems redundant, but a lot of times people (even fluent English-speaking-people) don’t make the connection between chicken and chicken broth.

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Maple Tempeh

Tempeh.

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Maybe now some of you who are not familiar with this protein-rich food will make more sense of the fact that I spelled “tempest” incorrectly.  Get it?  Okay.  Cool.

Temeph sounds, like most other fermented things when you try to explain what it is, kind of gross.  It’s soy (or other grains) that has been cultured, much like yogurt.

To be honest, it took me a while to like tempeh.  It has a bitterness that I wasn’t a huge fan of.  However, I’ve found if you use a bit of salt directly on the temeh, it helps a ton.

“Where do I find this tempeh?”, you ask?  They usually have it in the refrigerated section at Kroger (around here), and at any health food store.

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Tempehst Revival

Tempehst has a new look, a logo and is being repurposed!  Since there is so much more to life than food (weird, I know), and the whole food blog thing has been so neglected, we will be posting anything that may be of interest.  Anything from recipes to product or restaurant reviews to music to exercise (stuff?) to events to interviews to spotlights!  (Pretty much anything I want.  This sort of thing kind of works that way anyway, really.)

So prepare yourself.

Also, if you would like to guest blog, please contact me!

Black Bean and Yam Burritos

These got rave reviews.  Apparently they are a “life-changing event”. 😀  I enjoy this.

This post was initially made for Facebook, so it is much less precise, but now is your chance to be adventurous.  Have at it with reckless abandon

Sorry about the lack of image.  AND for the ridiculous amount of burritos and tacos.  This will all change soon, I assure you. Continue reading