The Gluten Free Lifestyle--Baking With Flours Free of Gluten
After a Few Months
The gluten free lifestyle will become second nature after some
months. You will find yourself feeling better, and perhaps
more willing and interested in trying new recipes.
If you enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, you can invent new
versions of dishes you like that are free of gluten, using
rice or corn flour. Baking will be very different with these
gluten free flours though. You really will need some recipes
that work for baked goods. I have some of my favorites on
the site in the recipe section.
Gluten free baking mixes are available or you can make your own
mixes out of the flours that you prefer to use. Start with
blends that have been tried and tested. Baking with these
flours will be a very different experience.
There are blends that use mostly rice flours and starches.
Others use sorghum, quinoa, amaranth, millet, teff or bean
flours. While the flours other than rice are generally
more nutritious, they are also harder to digest. I would
recommend starting with the rice flour blends. You can
get a little more nutrition in there by using 25% brown
rice flour for the rice flour portion. More than that will
make it heavy and harder to rise. Keep your brown rice
flour in the refrigerator so it doesn't go rancid.
Once you have some success baking with the rice flours, try
putting in a little of one of the others instead of brown rice.
Experiment with differnt flavors and combinations until you
find what you like best. For some things I like to use
sorghum and chickpea flour. For others that need to be
light, I use the rice flours. Bean flours may produce
some intestinal discomfort until you have healed at least
6 months, so wait a while to use them.
How Long to Heal?
When you do get "glutened" accidentally you will probably need
to go back on the bland diet with soup and stew for a few days
or weeks. Once your body recovers you can eat the heavier
Generally, children heal the fastest, and may feel much better
in 3-10 months. Young adults may take about 12-14 months to
feel better. Older adults will need two years or more to heal.
The sooner you start your gluten free lifestyle, the sooner that
day of being healed and feeling well will arrive. The stricter
you are with the diet, the more quickly you will improve.
I hope this information will help you to make a good start.
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