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I've just discovered that I am wheat intolerant and I'm having trouble grocery shopping!

Is anyone else in the same position? Everything I'm used to eating seems to have wheat (or a derivative) in it.  I need to take packed lunches to work at the moment and this is proving to be a major headache.

Any ideas, anyone?

Aly

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Is it only wheat you are intolerant of, or are there any of the other grains, like barley, rye, etc?

I didn't eat any wheat for a couple of years once, as I was supposed to be intolerant too. I did use to make some "breads" and "cakes" that were gluten-free.

I used rice cakes quite a lot, for pretend sandwiches. I ate millet, buckwheat, potatoes, used maize flour, chick pea flour. There are quite a lot of Indian recipes which don't need wheat. You can make some sort of pie-crust with things like soya flour/chickpea flour/maize flour etc...

It sounds like a trip to the Bio Coop near you might help., as they have gluten-free products (quite expensive and sometimes quite plastic), as a wheatless diet will be the same as for a coeliac person.  Unfortunately, wheat is present in many products otherwise, you have to be careful of the hidden one too, like in some soya sauces, etc... it means spending a lot of time reading labels, but rice cakes is a definite staple, and most supermarkets have them, not just Bio Coops.

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I am wheat and lactose intolerant. Buckwheat (sarrasin) is not wheat and I use it a lot.

A chain which can be found all over France is La Vie Saine they sell all you would need including pizza bases and prepared food. They also have leaflets which give plenty of advice. I have found many supermarkets now sell gluten free items but you do have to search for them.

La Vie Saine also sell cookery books which give you many recipes that will give you a diverse diet.

 

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I thought that Bio Coops might appeal more to Charlotte3, given that they are run along co-operative lines, i.e. non-profit making. La Vie Claire chain has a lot of products also, but it is a commercial venture. With the bio-coops you support your local productors, and you are member of the Association, not a mere customer. I think that they are quite numerous in France, but you would have to find out (if you don't already know) where your nearest one is.
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  • 2 weeks later...

Thanks Guys,

You've given me lots of ideas.  I've tried corn crackers, but I forgot that corn tends to come out in much the same condition as it goes in, if you follow me!

I got some rice cakes and they really aren't too bad so long as there's lots of flavoursome topping on them!

I'm going to try the sarrazin flour for potato bread which is a great favourite in our house anyway and yes, I had forgotten about chickpea flour ( I normally only use it for pakoras).

I'm currently having difficulty finding info on Bio Co-ops but will keep looking.

Thanks for all your help,

Aly

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There is also quinoa. And chestnut flour. Some people with a gluten intolerance can eat oats too, but not everyone. With corn, you don't have to have just the raw material, you can have polenta, or maize flour.

Good luck locating a bio-coop.

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All O blood group people are wheat intolerant. It manifests itself in different ways - some people just bloat, others have IBS and bloat, others develop cancer. If anyone here is suffering from IBS check your blood group and cut out the wheat and dairy (plus lots of other things) if you are O--type.

This worked for me and I klnow many people who have also benefitted. Actually, in my opinion, wheat can be a dangerous substance and has a lot to answer for!!!!!!!

 

PS I know a lot of you won't agree with me - b ut that is up to you. I know this is correct.

 

 

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This comes from a book about 'blood type diet' called 'Eat Right For Your Type' by Peter J. D’Adamo.

Trouble is, like a lot of these pseudo science books it doesn't reference scientific papers to back up its claims.  You can read an interesting review HERE  

Since type O is by far the most common blood type it seems strange that wheat is one of the major (if not THE major) cereal crop in the western world.

I'm type A+ and I have the Lactase gene and the alcohol gene so I can eat and drink pretty much what I like.

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Wow, this is amazing!

I'm type O positive, I briefly suffered IBS shortly after my children were born, although the doctor put it down to my very stressful lifestyle. ( Hugely stressful job and two babies under 1 year old).  I have beaten cancer once when I was 17, and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism shortly after. I have now, 30 years later, a tumour in my throat (beside the thyroid gland) which so far is benign but is monitored constantly. I was told by my specialist all those years ago that the chances were that cancer would kill me eventually, so I'm really on borrowed time I suppose!

Interestingly, my daughter was wheat intolerant (and also hyperactive) as a toddler, although this developed into infantile athsma which eventually disappeared about age 7. She was also lactose intolerant when born and suffered almost two years of excema(?sp), horrific nappy rash and colic before anyone would listen to me. Eventually goats milk did the trick, but the recommended soya milk did not.

I'm not saying this book is correct or not, but you have to admit there are a lot of coincidences in my personal experience.  Sometimes you just know by instinct that something is right for you. When I had the problems with my daughter my health visitor told me ALWAYS to listen to what you own instincts because that was the way that mother nature communicated with you She said it is an ancient instinct that modern man has largely blocked out, like telepathy etc, but that's a whole other topic!

It's just really interesting, don't you think?  (If something cannot be scientifically proven, does it mean it's not true?  Bit like what my surgeon said about cancer.)

Aly

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I think sometimes we have to think out of the box. It is true that this diet idea comes from Dr Peter d'Adamo and his father before him. Scientific research does not necessarily provide the answers that real life experience provides. So I speak from 10 years experienmce. Let me explain.

I am 58 and quite fit, I cycle 200 miles a week and am competitive in cycle races. 10 years ago I could not walk up the stairs due to ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I was exhausted all the time and very very weak. I went all over the world for a cure and eventually found a homeopath in Denver who was a trained medic and pharmacist who had swithed to alternative type treatments because he had no faith in the medical profession of which he had been a part for many years. He does two things: Firstly live blood analysis. This magnifies your blood x thousands of times and you can see by the cell structures and the things floating about in your blood the various parasites and so on. He prescribed a change of diet (as well as some mineral supplements) and as I am an O blood type it was the wheat free, cow's dairy free diet with an emphasis on heavy red meats (I had been a vegetarian for many years). To cut a long story short, I eventually followed the diet and once I was on it it took three months before I was back training on the bike and 4 months before I started low-level racing again at club level. Since then I have ridden time trials much faster than I did when I was a youngster.

A by-product of this experience is that I had had IBS for some 15 years. Nutritionists tried to deal with it by getting me to eat more oats and grains - this only made it worse. So they came to the conclusion (false) that the IBS was caused by stress and that whatever they did would not help. The IBS went in 3 days after I started this diet. And I haven't looked back since.

I am a former chairman of a national ME charity and some people I met through that followed the same treatment successfully.

I have had many years experience of this diet and I could say many more things here. There is no point in arguing against people who point to articles on the internet which decry this nutritional approach, or to argue against those who call it a fad american diet and all the rest of it.

It makes sense. It works and it puts most nutritionists to shame. Scientific research has led us as a human race up many garden paths so lets just say that in this case human experience is a far more valuable basis on which to proceed.  So I will happily repeat: All O blood people are wheat intolerant. All A group people should be vegetarians and O group people should eat lots of red meat. All blood groups should avoid pork like the plague ................ just buy the books and you too can change your life. (PS I am not sponsored to say this!!!!!!!)

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ianf,

 Talk to me about pork... we tend to eat lots of it because it's cheap.  Interestingly, my brother had a pigs heart valve implanted to replace his faulty one because pigs are the nearest genetic matches to us humans... is this anything to do wih it?

If things are getting too negative please pm me,

Aly

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