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Toufayan Gluten Free Wraps, Original Flavor

Toufayan Gluten Free Wraps, Original Flavor

Before going gluten free quesadillas were a fairly routine meal at my home, and since gluten forms the fiber that holds thin doughs together I knew both tortillas and thin crust pizzas were going to be tough to replace. I’ve tried every gluten free tortilla/wrap I could find and Toufayan is by far the best. The best thing I could say about the others is they’re OK. Some had a hard odd texture, others were to thick, while others just crumble and fall apart. Toufayan tortillas are very thin, they are also very flexible, I’m not sure what’s holding them together. So far I’ve only used them in a quesadilla but I’m sure they would hold up perfectly well as a wrap. In fact in the past I’ve had no desire to try the other brands as a wrap, but can’t wait to make a wrap with these. On its own the original wrap has very little flavor, which is fine since the spicy fillings have more than enough. If I was using them as a wrap I would try one of the other two favors, Garden Vegetable or Savory Tomato. The texture of these tortillas is spot on, in fact if I was given them at a restaurant before I went gluten free I never would have noticed. So far I have only found these tortillas at Fairway Market, but the Toufayan website says they are available at most supermarkets. These tortillas come fresh not frozen, but I froze them without any noticeable change. Which is good because the next time I get to Fairway I’m going to buy a few...

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Why Go Wheat Free?

It is true that the greatest journeys begin with a single step, and if you suffer from gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity that first step could lead you to a healthier, happier more productive life. But for many people with wheat sensitivity the journey actually starts years before that first step. Wheat allergies or more precisely gluten allergies have a very wide variety of symptoms, so wide in fact that until recently many in medical professionals never saw the connection between them. As a matter of fact “Gluten Free” seems to be hot topic right now because many doctors are just now beginning to believe wheat and gluten may be the cause of so many of these aliments.   Food allergies affect everyone differently. I’ve owned a wine shop for about twenty years, and I’ve been asked hundreds of times “why does red wine do this to me” or “why does this happen when I drink white wine”. Years ago I set out to create a brochure for my customers explaining all the troublesome stimuli in wine and what each of these triggers do to the body. What I found was that everyone’s body reacts differently to these triggers. Therefore the only simple explanation was everyone’s body reacts differently to the same sip of wine.   So Where Did My Journey Begin? I’m 47 years old and finally excepting that I may have an allergy to wheat, but I can look back now and see the signs were there for more than a decade, symptoms that I would always explain away. My sore/stiff back was due to a car accident 25 years earlier. The dermatitis on my back and scalp was due to fabric softener (scalp?).  Knees that I could barely bend had to be due to a skiing accident in high school. There were many other signs as well, but I always came up with other explanations, after all it couldn’t be the bread. Why are so many people showing signs of wheat sensitivity? Working in my wine shop I would always get questions about wheat and gluten in alcoholic drinks. Twenty years ago if we had one customer a year coming in for a gluten free product that was a lot. Then about ten years ago I noticed more and more customers coming into the store looking for certain vodkas made without wheat, and asking about gluten...

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Wheat Free Diet-Day 16-21 of the 30 day Wheat Free Diet

Wheat Free Diet-Day 16-21 of the 30 day Wheat Free Diet

Wheat Free Diet-Day 15-21, the Whole Week in One Post Week three of my diet was truly a continuation of week two. This week was a standard week of going to work, with a few days of in between. Each day brought slight relief to my wheat sensitivity symptoms. I could easily create seven daily posts talking about the slight changes I’ve noticed in my body, and filled each with fluff, but this blog is to help others who are considering going wheat free, so I don’t want to waste your time or mine. I am Seeing Improvements in all My Wheat Sensitivity Symptoms. Just because I’m not writing individual posts about the daily improvements I’m feeling doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been any, in fact by the end of the week I am the more optimistic about the diet than I have been so far. I’ll tell you all about them in the next post, the third week recap. Falling into a gluten free routine This week was just another average work week. Go to work, come home, pack a bag for tomorrow, wake up and repeat. On my days off I make enough food for my next few days at work. Although I have to make sure I plan my meals for each day, a life without wheat is just like my normal old life. I definitely recommend creating a meal planner before starting this diet. I will be creating one and I will create a post explaining how I did it. Cravings and Longing The cravings have lessened, I’m not sure if this is because of a physical change in my body or that my brain realized that I wasn’t going to give in and feed it a big Carlo’s lobster tail. Although the cravings are going away I still find myself longing for foods. Thinking of a great brick oven pizza or some other fantastic dish loaded with gluten leaves me with a sad feeling like I’ve lost something. I wonder if this will ever go away completely. Next Week Brings Another First This week was all about routine, a week with no “firsts”. But next week brings something new; I’m going on a short vacation, it’s only for three days but it’s been on my mind for...

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Day 15 of Wheat Free Diet, Week Two Recap

Day 15 of Wheat Free Diet, Week Two Recap

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 15 Two weeks in and I’m half way home. The second week was easier, with much less anxiety. Over the first seven days I had gone through almost every possible situation that can come up during a normal week. So week two felt more like falling into a new routine, now I just have to streamline the routine. By the end of week one I felt very down. I felt that the improvements I was feeling in my body might not be worth the effort that it took to live without wheat or gluten, but after seven days of very slight improvement I feel the opposite. I would say I am leaning more towards staying on the diet after the thirty days. So again I ask myself, is it worth it? Yeah I’m beginning to think so; it is a lot of work, planning everything you need to eat throughout the day, each and every day, then preparing it, which takes time. Before my wheat free diet I used to prepare many of my meals to bring to work, but I would always skip many meals knowing I would grab a slice of pizza or a burger. The Full List of Wheat Intolerance Symptoms Once again I’m going to go back to the original list I created and report all the changes that have taken place in week two. Achilles/Calf’s – This week saw just about the same improvement as I saw in the first week. The morning stiffness goes away a little quicker and over all the pain stays away most of the day. Even after seven days this improvement is very subtle; and my right calf with the pulled Achilles still hurts most of the time. Knees – Again they feel about the same as they did when I started my diet, since they felt pretty good at the start of the diet I’m happy that they haven’t reverted to the way they’ve felt in the past. Also the sharp I felt under my knee has gone away. Digestive Tract – The one change I’ve noticed is a lessening of bowl movements, I thought the diet was making me constipated, but I have none of the associated discomforts. So I believe it’s just putting less garbage into your body means less garbage exits. Back/Spine – There has been a very slight...

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Day 14 of 30,Wheat Free Diet – Another Dinner with Friends

Day 14 of 30,Wheat Free Diet – Another Dinner with Friends

Another Saturday and another barbecue, but this time I have no worries. Tonight were heading over to a friend’s house for dinner just like last week, but this time I’m not concerned about my wheat free diet or worried I won’t find enough gluten free foods.  For one thing it’s a barbecue so I’m safe with grilled chicken and steaks. My wife and I are bringing a sweet potato side dish and a black bean salad so I know I’ll have plenty to eat, and more importantly I won’t have an empty plate that I have to explain.   Picking at Snacks One of my Favorite Things to Do I’ve noticed that snacking at parties is easier than I thought it would be.  Fresh vegetables plates are no problem if I skip the dip, and cheese without the crackers. Or if we bring the veggies and cheese plate I can make sure they’re wheat free. Most potato chips are fine, in fact I don’t think I’ve found any with wheat yet, but I still check to be sure. Oh No! My friends Know I’m gluten Free, No Big Deal You would think someone voted Most Talkative and Class Clown would have no problem being the focus of a conversation, but I do. Perhaps I like poking fun at others miseries rather than talking about my own, strange for a guy with a wheat free website talking about his journey to millions of people on the internet. At some point the evening’s conversation turns to me and my gluten free diet. It seems most knew I was trying it and knew it was because my body ached so badly. So there was no fad diet talk, no one mentioned Miley Cyrus, just questions about the symptoms, and if I felt any different. Everyone wanted to know what has gluten in it, and if any of the gluten free foods taste good. It seems as if a large number of people I talk to about my diet have heard about the effects wheat can have on the body and they have lots of questions, as if they have been considering weather gluten is affecting their own lives. After all it took me close to a year of asking questions before I started this diet. It was also nice that they found out about my gluten free website and didn’t think it was...

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