There are good things in life, and then there are GREAT things that follow. We think that Coles has a great thing going on as they team up with Coeliac Australia. Here at IngrediEAT, we believe that everybody should be treated the same, food allergy or no food allergy, which is why we completely support Cole’s member discount card.
Every month, Coles will post up discounts on certain gluten-free products. Registration takes less than a minute and every month the offers shall change so you will never get bored of the gluten-free goodness Coles has to offer!
To claim your card, click here http://www.coeliac.org.au/resources/coles.html.
Once you have been diagnosed with Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance, it’s fairly easy to create a plan of action (especially with blogs like ingrediEAT helping you along the way!) Often, the tricky part is actually realising that the reaction you are having to wheat is not normal. In severe cases, the presence of an allergy may be quite obvious but when symptoms are more subtle and varied it can be difficult to identify the issue. Here is a list of symptoms commonly associated with Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance:
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption e.g. low iron levels
- Gastro-intestinal problems (bloating, pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea)
- Fat in the stools (due to poor digestion)
- Aching joints
- Head aches
- Irritability and behavioural changes
- Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
- Cramps, tingling and numbness
- Decline in dental health
If you have encountered any of these issues, it may be worth paying a visit to your GP for a checkup! Once the doc gets to the bottom of it, you’ll be able to carry on with life- symptom free, stress free and hassle free. Keep your eyes peeled for our next post on spotting lactose allergies.
Apart from being careful about every morsel that enters your mouth, figuring out exactly what to eat is the most difficult thing about being diagonsed with coeliac disease or a lactose allergy. Here at ingrediEAT, we believe food and drink are some of life’s greatest pleasures and should certainly never become a chore. And that, our lovely ingredieaters, is why we have devised a list of simple swaps you can make to more easily intergrate your allergies into your lifestyle.
Can’t drink milk? Try Almond Breeze almond milk or So Good soy milk.
Can’t eat bread? Try Lichenstein’s gluten free bread.
Can’t eat yoghurt? Try Soy Life yoghurt in vanilla creme, blueberry, boysenberry or apricot and mango.
Can’t eat pasta? Try Buontempo gluten free pasta.
Can’t eat icecream? Try Coyo coconut milk icecream.
Can’t eat cheese? Try Toffuti lactose free cheese.
Can’t eat wraps? Try Freedom Food Wraps.
Can’t eat cereal? Try Freedom Foods Ancient Grain Flakes .
There we have it! A range of gluten free and dairy free products you can add to your grocery list next time you hit the shops. And remember, there’s no need to suffer when you can simply swap.