Your monthly gluten free essentials

We get lots of calls from people who are newly diagnosed who feel a bit daunted by changing their whole diet and trying to understand what is ‘gluten-free’. I do think when you are first diagnosed with the coeliac condition, you can feel a little bit overwhelmed! Whilst with a lot of medical conditions, there is a tablet to hopefully “put things right”, with coeliac disease, there is no tablet or ‘quick fix’, the only treatment is a gluten free diet for life. For many people, the thought of sticking to a gluten free diet fully with no deviation can be quite daunting.  Suddenly you have to think about everything that you eat!

BUT the key thing is not to panic! There is so much support and advice out there! Coeliac UK (the charity that support people with the coeliac condition) are a fantastic source of information. Their Food & Drink Directory is inspirational. I love having a browse through, especially the confectionary section to see all the goodies that I am still able to enjoy!

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The Juvela Team are always happy to try and offer support or to point you in the right direction so make sure you make use of their Freephone line – 0800 783 1992!

Ideally after diagnosis you should be seen by a dietitian, who can help advise you on managing your gluten free diet. If you have not been referred we suggest that you contact your GP and request to see a dietitian.

When you first start following a gluten free diet many people are not aware that so many foods that they have previously enjoyed are still “safe” for them to eat! Many people immediately think they are confined to only eat the gluten free products from the “free from” section. This is where I hope I can offer some advice as I think it is sometimes a matter of confidence and reassurance! The majority of the food in my basket will not be labelled ‘free from’ but by using Coeliac UK’s Food & Drink Directory and checking labels (allergens are so much better listed now!) I’ve learnt that I can still have a lot of choice. It’s completely worth spending the time to check a product is suitable to allow you as much variety as possible within your diet.

Although I do sometimes pop down the ‘free from’ aisle to see what’s new and pick up the occasional treat (such as gluten free biscuits and beer)! I am aware of the higher cost of many of these products, so personally I spend that bit more time checking ingredients of foods that aren’t labelled as ‘gluten-free’ and alongside getting my monthly staple prescription products such as bread, rolls, flour mix and cereal from the pharmacy, I find I can manage not only my gluten free diet, but also our shopping budget too!

In my basket pictured below I have popped a few things I would typically pick up within my supermarket shop… highlighting products that are naturally gluten free and allowing me to keep my shopping bill within budget!

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The staple gluten free products I obtain on prescription slot perfectly into my diet. Offering the guarantee, no matter what, I can always have great tasting gluten free products I can rely on within my diet. A simple box of Juvela gluten free mix can conjure up thousands of different recipes by simply adding the required ingredients and as mentioned in last month’s post I love my gluten free bread!

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Happy, healthy eating on your gluten free diet!

Liz x

33 Responses to “Your monthly gluten free essentials”

  1. elizabeth moore

    do you have a list of foods that do not say gluten free that i can use thank-you

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hello Elizabeth, The good news is this “list” is endless, however it is a case of checking ingredients and ensuring no “may contain” warnings on the pack…only use if 100% sure gluten free. However I would recommend that you sign up with Coeliac UK as they will send out the 2016 gluten free foods and drink directory which lists thousands of products that are both specialist and naturally gluten free from source, this makes things a lot easier. Thanks, Liz.

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      • Peter Edwards

        I never look for a good list of Gluten Free products, as with any company production can change and so can the produce. To keep things simple, read labels as one month something maybe ok to eat the next it could be a no go area.

        All meats that are not breaded are fine unless it has a cross-grain logo on the packaging or states that it is Gluten Free. Vegetables, Yoghurt are also safe. Only thing to look for with yoghurt is to make sure that there are no grains added, due to the many can contain cereals.

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        • Juvela Admin

          Hi Peter, Great point about label checking as you can guarantee the information is bang up to date!! I would just add about processed meats such as sausage and burgers do need to be checked too, as although there are now tons of gluten free options available unfortunately on so many occasions they will contain gluten. Best wishes, Lizzy.

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  2. Valerie

    What do you recommend for people who are no longer able to get their basic staple food on prescription? As far as I keep reading it will soon be the whole country.

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hi Valerie, really hope that gluten free restrictions does not spread, the support given by providing a limited number of basic gluten free products on prescription is Vital to an individual managing the Coeliac condition. I have attached this link as it gives you a bit of general information and things to do should you face restrictions https://www.juvela.co.uk/news/prescription-restrictions-update-2/ My personal concern is the gluten free diet is adhered to no matter what, unfortunately not everyone has the same financial situation or the same knowledge of the diet and that is why its so important that medical expertise and support is given. Should you face restrictions and you are concerned speak to your GP and Dietician. Please feel free to call me on our support line 0800 783 1992 to talk through any concerns. Best wishes,Liz

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  3. Carolyn Spouge

    I have been a coeliac for many years now and I enjoy reading your blog but wonder if you should update the advice given now that so many of us are unable to obtain any gluten free items on prescription. I only had bread and the odd box of flour on prescription and feel very angry that this has been withdrawn. I have written numerous letters to the CCG and other recommended organisations but know that we will never have this reinstated. I loved the Juvela mix which I used for making my bread rolls and the occasional cake but sadly have had to change over to Doves Farm due to the cost. I probably will no longer make any bread rolls as fear they will be much heavier than those made with the Juvela flour.

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hello Carolyn, As a coeliac I totally understand how disappointing and worrying it is for people who are now unable to have basic gluten free products prescribed. Although not detracting from people that can no longer have products prescribed, it is reassuring that the majority of CCGs still recognise, that offering a limited number of gluten free products to a person managing the coeliac condition really does play a vital role.
      Its lovely to hear that you enjoy my blog and I will try to ensure that the information I provide helps coeliac’s get the most out of their gluten free diet whatever their circumstance. Thanks, Liz.

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  4. Taffeta Davies

    The biggest complaint amongst everyone I have talked to is the bread! It usually doesn’t even come out of the package without falling apart and it just doesn’t taste nice and have tried every company out there, gave up on juvela early on as you could never seem to get a slice to keep the crust on in the package let alone in a sandwich! I have found a fair bit of food not in the free from aisle that is safe to eat, there is a lovely cabonara pasta sauce (not free from) but the pasta (free from) is vile, a lot of the biscuits are dusty tasting, there is the odd cake that’s ok but it is easier to buy chocolate for a treat as I know it’s going to taste nice. Been doing this for years and it is getting easier but nice bread would be amazing.

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hi Taffeta, Personally I’m a fan of Juvela gluten free fresh white loaves….if you would like to give me a call on our free phone number 0800 783 1992 I can check out which breads you have tried and try and help out with a few suggestions. Thanks, Liz.

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  5. jean armstrong

    I have been a coeliac for around 7 years now.I just get my prescription allowance in the juvela white mix,I make pies,crumbles,scones,batter for food,sponge muffins filled with jam and cream to mention a few.My whole family love everything I make.In fact my daughter,s fiancé took some of my cakes into his workplace for his mates.They all loved them even though only 1 of them is coeliac.They asked could I make a regular order for 24 every week !!!.Unfortunately I can,t use all my prescription white mix for that but it was good to know that they were enjoyed !!!.

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hi Jean, yes Juvela gluten free mix is Amazing, it never ceases to amaze me what fabulous things can be made from this product!! However you are quite right to keep your prescription products to yourself….. “Happy Baking”. Liz

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  6. Jeanette cheadle

    Loved the recipe for pancakes tonight. Thank you for the shopping tips. Very much appreciated x

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  7. scott

    I see you said about getting stuff from the pharmacy we live in the Buckinghamshire area and our doctor’s surgey have cut my sons prescription down to just 8 points so he cant get that much stuff now

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hello Scott, Really sorry to hear that the units your son has been receiving on prescription has been reduced. You are able to purchase additional products from any pharmacy. Please have a chat with the pharmacist first to check the price before committing to an order. Liz

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  8. Janice Horner

    Hi Liz,

    I really like your blog.

    I have been coeliac for around 10 years as well. My symptoms started years before, and I now realise why I had a noisy tummy, plus other things. The condition was diagnosed when I was having blood tests for another problem, then finally an endoscopy (a camera through the mouth into the intestine where the villi lives), mine was as flat as a pancake!

    I too look for items that are not in the free from range because they are very expensive. I found some types of baxters soups at 59p a can from my local home bargains very handy on cold days for lunch and something different to a sandwich. If I want a ready meal for the micro (around once a month) Aldi’s Chicken Korma at £1.49 is very good value, and their particular product tastes better than several of the other high street supermarkets who were charge twice as much.

    I still work for five hours per day and do not have a lot of time to make cakes etc but I do for special occasions. I love the Yorkshire puddings I make from the white mix and sweet crumbles which only takes a few mins, not forgetting the sage and onion stuffing for Sunday lunch!

    I registered with Coeliac UK when I was first diagnosed, they have so much information about the disease. But I also find Juvela a knowledgeable platform.

    Thanks for the tips definitely going to do the pancakes!

    Jan

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hi Jan, Thanks you so much for such a lovely and really positive post…fabulous to hear that you embrace the diet and still get so much pleasure out of food. (Gluten free of course!!) Liz

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    • Juvela Admin

      Thanks for your feedback…great to hear that the blog is of help to you!! Please do let me know if there is a particular subject you would like me to cover. Liz

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  9. Margaret

    I’m sometimes confused about wholegrain mustard and whether it is gluten free or not as I like to mix honey and mustard to coat chicken breasts or gammon joints.

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hi Margaret, Yes mustard can be a confusing one….there are lots that will be suitable however just check out the ingredients to ensure 100% safe. I have also just had a quick glance in CUK food and drink directory 2016 and on page 287 there is a Tesco finest wholegrain mustard listed so that would be a great one to team up with your honey!! Liz

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    • Juvela Admin

      Yes, Great news original Heinz tomato sauce and Salad cream are both gluten free. Liz

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  10. Mary Comerford

    Hi,
    According to Heinz themselves they will not stand over their tomatoe sauce is gF as the cross contamination is a high risk, can you please confirm how you have included here?

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hi Mary, thanks so much for your enquiry and quite right to check….If a food is not naturally gluten free, I would read the labels to ensure no gluten containing ingredients and also make sure there is also not a “may contain or produced in an area” advise on the container. All food manufactures should provide this information (I have verified this with Coeliac UK and this is also the advise they would give).If I was in doubt I would not use until I was 100% sure. On this occasion I can also advise you that both Heinz Salad cream and Heinz tomato ketchup are listed in Coeliac UK 2016 food and drink directory, page 209. Liz

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  11. Juvela Admin

    Hi Ethel, It can be difficult when you have more than one dietary requirement to manage….however great news there are lots of natural gluten free products like fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish and dairy that will be low in sugar too. We are mindful when producing our products that we keep the sugar content as low as possible. I would recommend that you book in to see your Dietician as they will be able to offer you a huge amount of support. All the best, Liz.

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  12. Jacquie

    Hello, whilst searching the web for answers I came across this wonderful blog. I really need some help, I am struggling to eat anything. I should give you a little back ground and where I am today.. My symptoms have been going on for well over one year now. Sickness, stomach cramps, bloating and rushing to the toilet. I saw a dietician as I am not managing to eat much at all, very small amounts of food…I am at the point now where I don’t want to eat as I know I will be sick. The dietician tried me on protein shakes and jellies nothing helped so they said they could not help, I waited months to see a gastorologist and they agreed to do a blood test for coeliac disease. The doctor was not helpful at all and was more concerned over how much I weigh than anything else. I have always been able to eat everything….until this all started! I am anaemic and low on a lot of essential vitamins including folate. The doctor said I should eat a 100% gluten free diet, as well as dairy/lactose free as dairy based products were making me ill. I don’t eat meat, fish, eggs or onions. It’s all well and good the gastrologist saying do this…it’s expensive! I am on a very low income and am bed bound. I really need some help as I am struggling to cope, feeling very depressed and so ill…I just want to be able to eat food. I have issues with smell and texture so one day something is ok maybe to eat then the next day I cannot stand it… I hope someone can help me or point me in the right direction. Thank you.

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    • Juvela Admin

      Hi Jacqui, we’re sorry to hear you’re having trouble getting a diagnosis for your symptoms, we aren’t medically trained so can’t really offer specific dietary advice or confirm what the problem might be. However if you are going down the testing process for coeliac disease (blood test followed by an endoscopy) then you would need to be including gluten in your diet before being tested to get an accurate result. If we can help any further or you would like to talk to one of our team then please call us on 0800 783 1992. Many thanks, The Juvela Team

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