We’re not doctors, but some of us here have lived with allergies, food intolerances and Coeliac disease for many years. So we know what it’s like living gluten free for life. And it’s far from doom and gloom.
From our top body and diet tips, to our own personal stories, here’s our take on gluten free lifestyles.
If you recently decided to switch to a gluten free diet and share a home with gluten-eaters, ensuring your kitchen is safe for preparing gluten free food may seem quite daunting. Luckily, we’ve created our top 5 tips to reduce cross-contamination and help you prepare your home for a gluten free diet!
TOP TIP 1: Use colourful labels
Brighten up your cupboards with colourful labels or post it notes to mark gluten free foods – the whole family will know not to dip their crummy knife into your gluten free jam! Or, consider purchasing condiments in squeeze bottles, eliminating the need for utensils.
TOP TIP 2: Separate areas for storage and preperation
If possible, allocate a cupboard or section of the kitchen where you store and prepare gluten-free products. It’s best to keep these foods separated from gluten containing foods at all times so there’s no chance of mixing them up or using them by mistake.
TOP TIP 3: Store gluten free foods on the top shelf
Separate fridges would be ideal for reducing cross contamination but it’s not exactly practical. We suggest placing gluten free foods on the top shelf to reduce the risk of gluten dropping onto gluten free foods.
TOP TIP 4: Use separate equipment
A thorough washing of most kitchen equipment is usually enough to remove any gluten, so you’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t need to go out and buy a whole new set of pots and pans. However, there are a few pieces of equipment that you may need to re-purchase. It’s advisable to use a different toaster only to be used for gluten free breads, decorate it with a large colourful label so nobody should ever use it! Alternatively, invest in toaster bags suitable for toasting gluten free bread in the same toaster as gluten containing bread.
Other equipment where it’s best to avoid sharing include wooden spoons, colanders, plastic utensils, chopping boards, and other baking equipment (rolling pins, sieves and baking tins), all which can harbour tiny amounts of gluten, no matter how hard you scrub!
TOP TIP 5: Clean, clean and… clean!
The main way to reduce cross contamination is to keep cleaning! Always wipe down surfaces that have had contact with gluten. When washing up, clean gluten free dishes before others. Food residues can often cling to sponges or cloths, so if using the same sponge make sure to rinse it often, or if you’re a bit more cautious choose to use a separate sponge.
We hope you feel a little more confident in embarking on your gluten free journey. If you have any more top tips we would love to hear them! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Baking with your child is a fantastic way to teach them about a gluten free diet, and have some fun at the same time! From cupcakes to pizzas, we’ve got kid-approved gluten free recipes covered, and including some that are brand new for 2017!
Are you on Instagram? The social media platform has taken off in a big way. Some 600 million people worldwide are members of the mobile photo sharing app, posting cute, funny and inspiring pics and videos daily.
Anything but boring, Instagram can be a major source of information and discovering new people to follow is part of the fun. It’s a haven for foodies, with photos of what everyone is eating circulating the globe every second. Who doesn’t love to share what they’ve dined on, where they’ve had a great meal, which recipe they’ve used, and of course, how show-stopping their dish looked?
So, when it comes to gluten free, who should you be following? Us, of course, @deliciousalchemy, but also the many fabulous gluten free bloggers and influencers that take a lot of care to curate Instagram feeds that are made to make your mouth water. Here’s a few of our favourites: Read more >
We know, only too well, how tricky it can be to live gluten free. Ensuring you have plenty of delicious free from products at home is doable, but it is a little tougher eating out and if you’re thinking of heading to a festival this summer, you might have a few concerns!
Festivals are the holy grail for pleasure-seekers to unwind and have some fun. However if you, or anyone in your family or festival group, can’t eat gluten, you might be wondering if there will be food available that you can enjoy. There most likely will be, but it’s always better to be prepared.
Follow our festival tips, and you’ll be organised and ready for any situation.
Blogger and passionate runner Beth Heddle knows a thing or two about staying fit on a gluten free diet. To help us celebrate Coeliac Awareness Week, she’s put together some brilliant tips on how to balance your diet with fitness or training…
Beth Heddle on Staying Fit while Gluten Free
As a coeliac, there aren’t really any reasons why you shouldn’t be able to exercise like anyone else. Coeliacs do however often suffer from a weakened immune system which increases your susceptibility to catching viruses and generally feeing unwell. A few ways I love to keep fit include jogging, walking, spinning classes and cycling outdoors. They’re all relatively cheap and don’t require much expertise – especially as a student these are appealing methods of exercise.
One thing I struggle with being a coeliac is the small range of ‘healthy’ snack bars available for coeliacs. After exercise I often have to drive home or go on somewhere else and therefore having a snack bar would be so convenient. There are a few that I have come across that have a great protein and carbohydrate ratio post-workout but you can so simply make your own! A simple mix of mashed dates, oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and honey baked for 10 minutes or so work perfectly!
Beth is an award-winning blogger who has a passion for running, fitness, food and travel. When she’s not baking up a storm or pounding the pavements, she’s a student at the University of Birmingham. Make sure you check out Beth’s blog here, and follow her on Instagram for some serious fitness/foodie #goals!
Coeliac Awareness Week
This week, 8-14 May, is Coeliac Awareness Week. This annual week-long event is run by the fantastic charity Coeliac UK, and this year focuses on eating out and eating on the go. Find out more here and join the #glutenfreevolution! We’re celebrating with a new blog or recipe every day.
For Day 2 of our Coeliac Awareness Week celebrations, we’re showing you just how easy it is to make delicious dairy free milk alternatives at home, that also don’t contain gluten, nuts, or any other major allergen.
More and more of us are choosing dairy free milks, and they are now easier than ever to find in your local supermarket – but they’re not always cheap. Here’s how you can make your own in minutes for less than 90p a litre.
Rice milk has a deliciously subtle nutty flavour and is perfect on cereal. We love using Delicious Alchemy Rice Flakes in this recipe as there is no previous soaking or cooking necessary – you’re ready to go in seconds. Add a touch of vanilla extract for a sophisticated taste.
Oat milk has a stronger, oaty taste and is also delicious with the addition of vanilla or cinnamon.
Summer is finally on the horizon, and that means many of us will soon be heading abroad. If you’re travelling, whether it’s for work or play, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is gluten making its way into your food. We’ve put together some of our favourite tips on how to travel gluten free, so you can get on with the more important things.