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  • 80/20 & staying gluten free even when cheating.

    I'm thinking of my 80/20 rule and am pretty great sticking to it. Every once and a while though, I will let my hair down (I realised to myself the other day that there's no such thing as the paleo police, a pretty big revelation for me).

    The thing is, I want to remain gluten free. The slightest bit of gluten and I feel.. off. I will eat anything else for my 20, except for the aforemented ingredient.

    Do you guys have any creative ideas for treats without gluten? I don't mind as long as it has no gluten.

    Thanks guys.
    "Strong, healthy, happy and free. Our default state, if we trust and respect nature." - Erwan Le Corre

  • #2
    Just look for any treats at the store that say "Gluten free". There are some pretty tasty looking things at my store! I tend to use up most of my 20% on lack of sleep, beer, not getting all organic/grass fed, and not sprinting nearly enough. I don't have much room for treats left after that, lol.


    • #3
      What do you like? Sugary? Salty? It's hard to suggest a treat when everyone's idea of a treat is different. I just munch on chocolate, nuts, coconut, or dried fruits if I want a treat, and they're naturally gluten-free. You can also bake with coconut or rice flour, since they're gluten free
      F 28/5'4/100 lbs

      "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."


      • #4
        Thanks guys. Yeah, I would eat anything as a treat. One time it might be tapioca starch, another might be smoothies. Just don't like how gluten works with me (not too well).
        "Strong, healthy, happy and free. Our default state, if we trust and respect nature." - Erwan Le Corre


        • #5
          To be honest, the gluten-free crap at the store look no better than packaged foods and ate probably processed so that they taste like cardboard. Rice flour is pretty amazing for baking, you will get a nice bouncy cake, with a little bit more chew than standard wheat flour. I bake with both (my dad and sister do not eat gf) and for the most part, rice flour is a good substitute for anything you can bake. Freshly baked goods are so much superior to the stuff in packaging.
          F 28/5'4/100 lbs

          "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."


          • #6
            I'd stay away from the store bought processed, gluten free stuff (simply because you're right, it is like cardboard). The rice flour is a good suggestion, thank you
            "Strong, healthy, happy and free. Our default state, if we trust and respect nature." - Erwan Le Corre


            • #7
              Gluten tears me up pretty badly (gut issues, rashes, etc.) so I try to make my treats gluten free. Pizza is one of my biggest weaknesses, I find that I'm much better staying on track if I can have a gluten-free pizza every now and then. Sure, there's meatzza and other Primal pizza crust recipes, but they're a lot of work and usually if I'm in the mood for pizza, I'm not in the mood for a lot of work. I'm lucky to have a great local pizzeria with a locally made GF crust (and even local/organic/grass-fed toppings) but Domino's GF pizza isn't half bad either. You can also pick up frozen GF pizzas (or even just crusts) at some grocery stores.

              I also keep GF stuff around for my daughter (bread, waffles, mac&cheese) even though our main meals are Primal. She's not gluten intolerant that I can tell, but I still don't like the idea of feeding her gluten. By only having gluten-free treats in the house, if the craving strikes, I have something that's not going to make me ill--it might mess with my blood sugar, but I'm so glad to be off the sugar rollercoaster that I usually don't have a problem with moderation. We've had a pack of gluten-free Oreo style cookies (Glutino) around for over a month, whereas in a past life it would have only lasted a few days at best.


              • #8
                My treats: Fruit, Chocolate, Nuts, Cream

                Usually combined in some way.
                Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                Griff's cholesterol primer
                5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                bloodorchid is always right


                • #9
                  The store bought gluten free desserts are DEATHLY. I too am 100% Gluten Free and I decided to give the cupcakes and such from Whole Foods a whirl. It resulted in major toilet time and frankly, they just were not that good. :P Full of chemicalized bullshit.

                  So, I offer alternatives:

                  Berries with heavy cream and honey
                  Chocolate vodka infused chocolate covered strawberries (a special romantic occasion treat)
                  Gluten free HOME baking - I adore this site for it: Gluten-Free : Multiply Delicious- The Food

                  I made the Banana Spice Coffee Cake and it went over well with my family, even though they are gluten AND refined sugar eaters.

                  I would recommend adding raisins to it though, I think I will next time. =)

                  REAL Ice Cream - Hagen Daaz, Talenti Gelato - not for all the time, but every now and then. Make sure you read the ingredients, some have gluten, some do not.


                  • #10
                    I love this community. It's so different, very friendly and encouraging. One of the better paleo ones!

                    I love the suggestions too I like the idea of real hagen daaz, etc. but looking to see which has no gluten. Great idea!
                    "Strong, healthy, happy and free. Our default state, if we trust and respect nature." - Erwan Le Corre


                    • #11
                      The chocolate and strawberry are both gluten free, the strawberry one is particularly good. And they sell them in these tiny cups of a single serving that really do the trick for me if I need something sweet and creamy.


                      • #12
                        One of my favorites is full fat plain yogurt with an apple, stevia, cinnamon and vanilla in it. So it's gluten free and still relatively low carb... and sinful tasting.

                        Also almond butter with berries is good.


                        • #13
                          I find that the longer I am primal, the more my definition of treat becomes actually "healthy". My treat today was an apple with almond butter for breakfast as I am tired of eggs. Dates have been big lately as well. My taste buds have really changed though
                          so fruit tastes very sweet and treat like- a year ago that was not the case.
                          I will always have a fondness for ice cream though, but want to make that very occasional. The single serving Haagen Daz are perfect but always double check for HFCS in some varieties.

                          It's weird to be at a point where junk food sucks. The last pizza was meh, the last cupcake was meh, the last fries tasted off. I never thought I'd be the person to be yuck doughnut, YUM apple with almond butter. I never did the gluten free fake stuff (baking snob)

                          Check out my blog. Hope to share lots of great recipes and ideas!


                          • #14
                            Get yourself a 5-lb bag of gluten free all-purpose flour from NutsOnline, now | Premium Bulk & Wholesale Nuts, Dried Fruits & Gift Baskets

                            It's way cheaper than you'll find in stores, and very versatile. Also look into tapioca flour.
                            “The whole concept of a macronutrient, like that of a calorie, is determining our language game in such a way that the conversation is not making sense." - Dr. Kurt Harris


                            • #15
                              Honey Crisp apples are in season.

                              Enough said!

                              Is that a cheat.
                              Not really... but it's Sofa KING goooooood!
                              “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                              ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                              And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.