Being diagnosed with Celiac Disease is hard to hear just by itself. That means you’re allergic to wheat/gluten (which seemingly is in EVERYTHING!) No more normal $1.29 loaf of bread or box of .99 cent box of spaghetti noodles.
It now means $6 for a loaf of dense “bread” that’s half the size of a normal loaf which tastes a little better if toasted and slathered in butter. It now means you can’t just run to your favorite fast-food restaurant and get a nice juicy burger and fries. Now, you must check EVERY ingredient. On top of that, try asking for a Gluten/Wheat free menu at a sit down restaurant, the looks you get from the servers…nightmare!
Okay, so mix that with being a hungry, food craving, wants-to-eat-everything NOW pregnant girl. That doesn’t work too well and your significant other may not be enjoying it either. Whether you have learned to live with the Gluten Free diet for years or for a few months, it’s hard. Hopefully at home you’ll get a lot of support when dealing with this lifestyle. There may be a lot of tears and breakdowns in the grocery store, it’s okay, you are not the only one who has done that.
So if you’re just starting out with Celiac Disease and trying to find the right foods to eat while pregnant, here’s some help.
You will have to curb some of those cravings, some way, somehow. Instead of splurging your calories for the day on one single item, try these easy, simple ideas. (Don’t get me wrong, you have to eat the good sugary stuff once in awile too!)
Anything fresh is usually okay to eat. But please do not rely on that when purchasing food items. Just because you may think there is nothing added to something, there could be…and that is probably the hardest, most frustrating part. Check with your local grocery store when it comes to produce meats as well, sometimes seasonings or other ingredients are added that contain wheat. Luckily, this food allergy is becoming more well-known now that we are starting to see “Gluten Free” or “This Product Contains…..”, but unfortunately we cannot rely on that alone. You still need to read through the ingredients to make sure it safe to consume.
Stick to the basics, fruits, vegetables and meats. If you’re like a lot of women who crave juicy things, here’s where the fruit will help. Try pineapple, berries, watermelon, oranges, etc. Cut up a bunch of bite-size pieces of your favorite fruits and keep them in a container. This is so convenient where you can just keep in the fridge at home or even at work and pop them in. Same with veggies, keep carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and celery in a container. When you’re craving something crunchy, grab this instead of a bag of chips.
You’re going to need your iron levels up, so eat lots of leafy green salads. Cook up a chicken breast, hard boil and egg, add some cheese to a big salad and you have a great meal. Don’t forget, most croutons that we could normally quick pick up at the grocery store are not safe to eat.
There is some pretty good GF pizza doughs out there for those that want italian. Throw on your favorite toppings and you have your very own beautiful masterpiece of yummy goodness.
For those that just want to eat junk food – there are still options that are safe to eat. Once again, check the labels, but there are a variety of potato chips and tortilla chips that are okay to eat. Ice cream is another one that you’ll need to check on. Other items that some pregnant women crave that may be safe; peanut butter, chocolate, and caramels YUM!
It will get better, hopefully the cravings subside, but it is hard to resist sometimes!!!