Hey all, I'm new to the community.
I'm Alicia. I'm 24 years old and I live in Orange, California. I have suffered from bad respiratory allergies since I was about 16 years old. I've never actually been diagnosed and I don't know what causes my allergies but beer and sometimes wine definitely inflame them. I suffer from sneezing, runny nose/stuffy nose, post nasal drip, wheezing, tightness in my chest, coughing and an itchy chin (when coughing). Anyway...
My older sister Ana and I decided to give a gluten-free diet a try. Ana's sister in law has been GF for over 6 months and before that she suffered hair loss.. now Ana says her hair is growing back thick and beautiful. Both Ana and I have had problems with our hair thinning out.. especially in the back. She thinks it's because of gluten but I've always thought it was from being on the pill. I'm not on it anymore and haven't been for about four months but my hair is still somewhat thin in the back. Anyway, Ana has convinced me to try to go GF with her to see if the hair improves as well as my respiratory issues. I'm always wheezy...especially at night. It's really hard for me to cardiovascular exercise like running ... especially outside. The thing is, my wheezing and tightness and coughing could be due to a number of food allergies. I really just need to see an allergist.
But anyway, back to GF. It hasn't been too hard. I've cooked some things so far that were just as tasty as the original version.
Here's a mac and cheese I made with brown rice rotini pasta.
I've also made fish tacos with beans and rice and corn tortillas, a delicious cauliflower and tofu curry, and chicken and dumplings! For the dumplings I broke down and bought Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose flour which is pretty good... but it does contain garbanzo bean flour. I don't mind it but it does remind me of eating a falafel whenever I taste it. So maybe I will have to buy a flour without the garbanzo next time.
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