In this present age of nutritional awareness, many people are using the services of naturopaths and doctors who use a nutritional focus to treat their patients. Naturopaths, especially, are in tune with the fact that a condition that affects millions of Americans today is Celiac Disease. Fortunately this is easily treatable by controlling one’s diet. A gluten free, casein free diet is what is recommended to keep symptom free and feeling healthy. Eating this way is sometimes challenging and definitely requires thought and perseverance, but, of course, the benefits are well worth the effort.
What if you are a vegetarian on a vegan diet and you need to eat a gluten free casein free diet? As a vegan you are probably already eating a casein free diet. Milk and dairy products contain casein which is something many people are allergic to or have trouble digesting. But for vegans, eating gluten free can be particularly challenging, and will require a certain amount of research, and possibly the help of a dietician to ensure that your dietary intake is adequate. Your sources of protein will be the most challenging aspect of your diet to consider. You should include some protein with every meal. For that, include nuts, seeds, beans, and lentils. Combining these with certain vegetables can also enhance the body’s ability to absorb the available protein.
The most important things for the celiac on a vegan diet to exclude from their table are wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Some say that oats are permissible, but others say it is often processed on the same machinery with the other grains, contaminating it for those who need to avoid gluten.
The foods that you will be able to enjoy on a gluten free vegan diet are all fruits and vegetables, all nuts and seeds, peas, beans, and lentils. If you are buying items that are premade such as baked beans, be sure to check the label carefully to make sure there is no added wheat flour or other forms of hidden gluten. Watch your condiments, too, because many soy sauces and some seasoning mixes contain gluten. It will be important to become a gluten detective.
Look at your new situation as a fascinating challenge. You will become your own best dietician through research and experimentation. Find others in your situation to compare notes with, and enjoy your new feeling of well being living gluten free.