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Menu Plan (Gluten & Corn Free) – Week of March 25, 2013

Monday Mr Bento

Monday Mr Bento (Photo credit: lynn.gardner)

I’ve recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune issue in regards to my thyroid.

I am very fortunate in (finally!) having an excellent doctor; she suggested that it was certain grains that were likely the culprits in this issue and recommended that I cut out both gluten and corn.

The gluten I was already doing for the most part, but I confess I had no idea about the corn. Cutting out grains has been quite the journey – one I’ve both succeeded with and failed in at various times in the past few years – and recently seeing success with cutting just gluten, I had in fact been replacing it with a lot of corn (organic of course, but corn nonetheless).

But while I was a bit sad to hear her say it, I knew she was right. And as much as I have faith in knowing my own body and understanding in myself what works well for it and what doesn’t, it does hold weight to have a good doctor confirm what you know you should be doing.

So for 3 weeks now I’ve eaten no gluten or corn. It has involved a lot more menu planning and cooking at home, being much more choosy when we do eat out, and learning to fine tune and figure out other foods that aggravate my thyroid (soy. vegetable oils. possibly others – mainly processed foods seem to be a problem).

Several people upon hearing no gluten or corn have asked me the question – what CAN you eat?

Well here’s our menu plan for this week – see for yourself!

Monday

  • Breakfast: Apple & Nut Butter
  • Lunch: Sole filet & Baked Potato
  • Dinner: Steamed Garlic Mussels, Broccoli & Rice

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: Boiled Eggs
  • Lunch: Ham Roll Ups, Cottage Cheese & Bubbie’s Pickles
  • Dinner: Salmon & Steamed Vegetables

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Apple & Nut Butter
  • Lunch: Ham Roll Ups, Yogurt & Bubbie’s Pickles
  • Dinner: Tuna Steaks & Veggie Rice

Thursday

Friday

  • Brunch: Scrambled Eggs w/Avocado, Sour Cream, Cheese & Salsa in Cauliflower Wraps
  • Dinner: Roast Chicken & Roasted Root Vegetables

Saturday

  • Breakfast: Perfect Grain / Dairy Free Pancakes (these are seriously amazeballs – try them!)
  • Lunch: Avocado Chicken Salad w/Kale Chips
  • Dinner: Grass Fed Steaks & raw Veggies w/homemade dill dip

Sunday

  • Breakfast: Avocado Chicken Salad w/Boiled Eggs
  • Lunch: Salad, Tomato & Bocconcini, Fresh Peas
  • Dinner: Snapper filets & Acorn Squash

Snacks: Yogurt, Nuts, Cheese, Dried Fruits, Veggies, boiled Eggs, Pickles, Olives, Milk, Chocolate.

So yeah…that’s the kind of thing we’ve been eating. Looks like deprivation, I know. ;)

Do you have any dietary restrictions? What are some of your favourite meals that accommodate them without making you feel, well, restricted?

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3 Responses to “Menu Plan (Gluten & Corn Free) – Week of March 25, 2013”

  • Elaine says:

    I am sugar & potato intolerant & my 14 mth old daughter is dairy/gluten & sugar intolerant. It does make GF a little challenging, but we are coping well I think. It does mean a lot more home cooking & dishes. I have an amazing vegan cookbook (la dolce vegan) that has been helping us make sweet treats so that we can still satisfy my sweet tooth! Have you tried quinoa amaranth chia or GF oats? All excellent GF grains. Also Namaste foods makes many flours & mixes (love their panckese!) that are GF as well as free of corn potato soy etc… Good luck on your journey!

  • Jennifer says:

    I have to try those pancakes. Thanks for the tip!
    Jennifer recently posted..the raspberry crotch protector

  • DawnV says:

    Kelly, you are doing such a great job at this new adventure. Kudos to you for tackling it with tenacity. It doesn’t look like deprivation, it looks like super-healthy living. :) Others won’t get that for a while, but are you continue to feel better and better you will find it has been so worth the tough journey… and think of how healthy Bean will be too! :) Well done!!
    DawnV recently posted..A New Year of Magical Discovery

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