We dropped corn from our diets two weeks ago and even my husband cannot deny the change in our son (this is big). This week, we also dropped gluten from our diets, which felt like an insurmountable task. Finding gluten-free products these days has actually gotten much easier. However, they often add corn to gluten-free products. My husband wanted to know what we would eat. Well, I have some tips for eating gluten and corn free (at the same time) right here!
7 Tips for Going Gluten and Corn Free Like a Boss
- Find a good flour substitute. Bob’s Red Mill has good flour mixes that do not include gluten (wheat) or corn in them. Coconut flour, rice, and almond flour combinations work fine. I like the coconut flour, especially for baking.
- For cooking oil, you still get to use olive oil or canola oil for cooking, but stay away from corn oil. Coconut oil can replace butter in some cooking recipes for cooking, is lower in saturated fat, and can increase HDL.
- Stay away from processed foods. You’re welcome to search the middle aisles for gluten-free, corn-free foods, but you’ll spend a long time reading labels. Spend your time, instead, on whole foods. I’ve decided to go with the Clean Eating movement and I only need to modify the recipes a little to eliminate corn or wheat grains.
- Plan your meals ahead. All of them. If you don’t plan ahead, you’re planning to fail at this whole thing. You do not want to get hungry and not know what you’re going to eat. I sat down and planned two weeks of meals out, snacks, lunches, and breakfasts included.
- Plan for social events. Birthday party? That means cake and ice cream, which will likely contain corn syrup and gluten. Do you want an angry kid who can’t have the sugar the rest of the kids get to consume? Have an alternative ready (a really good one). We already have some winners that I will share in a later post.
- If you must go to a restaurant, research it ahead of time and ask questions about their cooking if you don’t find the information they need. What kind of oil do they use? Do they have a gluten-free menu (example: Outback)? Do they use corn starch or corn syrup in their cooking? You can find most menus online with ingredients listed. Plan ahead!
- Tell anyone else that might feed your kids and accidentally sabotage their diet and explain what it means. My son ran amuck for a day and a half after consuming some food he didn’t need about to a week into this thing and that’s how we knew we had done the right thing–because prior to that, we had seen a completely different kid emerge. Since then, without corn or gluten, he has done great!
Anyone who’s ever tried going gluten-free knows it takes a lot of planning, so if you try eliminating more than just gluten from your diet, you know it takes a lot more planning. Hopefully these suggestions will help anyone going through the same thing we’re going through. I plan to build a database of loved recipes, especially the good-for-you goodies, that we gather over time. I’m finding that not only am I helping my son by doing this, but I’m beginning to feel better myself and, for the first time in months, I’m finally able to shed the extra pounds I’ve been holding on to even though I’m eating more than I did before. As long as this diet works for our family, it’s worth it for us. I just hope to share what we’re learning with others as we go through this journey together.
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How do you plan meals for your family?