Gluten-Free Life

If there is anyone out there who has perfect digestion and never suffers from stomach aches, we’d like to hear from you. Indigestion, stomach aches, and that “uneasy” feeling you get in your abdomen affect us all once in a while. Gastrointestinal discomfort does, however, affect some people more than others. Celiac disease is a relatively “new” diagnosis, and it affects 1 in 1,750 to 1 in 105 people in the United States alone. This disorder is caused by a reaction to the gluten protein found in wheat. Celiac disease causes inflammation of the bowel, resulting in all kinds of unfortunate symptoms such as fatigue, anemia, indigestion, bloating, diarrhea, and more. This condition can be very mild for some (only slight discomfort after eating wheat) to quite severe, potentially resulting in drastic weight loss (the undesirable kind!).

It seems wheat is an essential ingredient of the carbohydrate-based foods we all know and love. What is there to eat if you can’t enjoy bread, pasta, cakes, cookies, pastries and all the other wheat-containing foods that have become staples in the North American diet? Fortunately for those with celiac disease, there are all kinds of options and innovations to this no-bread restriction. Gluten-free products are now available at groceries and specialty stores all across North America. For example, the café and foodstore VicMarket (part of Victoria Park health club in Montreal) offers various delicious gluten-free staples.

Zucchini bread, contains no wheat flour!

Vic Market sells wheat-free products by Queen Street Bakery that are an easy transition away from the food that may be causing your stomach problems. One such product is their bread, made from potato starch, tapioca starch, and whole bean flour. Toasted, and prepared with a little bit of butter and jam, this “bread” substitute tastes the same as any other whole-grain bread. For your sweet tooth, this company also offers banana loafs, almond cookies, and granola, all gluten-free of course. Celiac disease doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying cookies, either. Vic Market provides a selection of treats by Mary’s Organic Brand, that do not contain wheat.

Creamy dark chocolate sorbet: dairy free, vegan, gluten-free

If you think your troubled tummy may be a result of celiac, try these wheat-substitutes for a few weeks. You have nothing to lose, certainly not good taste! Check out Vic Market for gluten-free products as well as other organic, healthy food choices:
Vic Market
378 Victoria Ave.
Westmount H3Z 2N4

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