Showing posts from March, 2011

Jo-Sef Simply Delicious Chocolate O's - Gluten Free and Dairy Free Cookies

You would not believe how happy I was to see gluten-free, dairy free chocolate cookies in a local store. This is the first time I ever had chocolate cookies since I've been gluten free and dairy free. I bought the cookies from a new organic store, Nature's Discount Nutrition Center in Ellersie Plaza. I almost went crazy when I went in there. I wanted to buy every box of gluten free cereal but I had to force myself to stop. They had many flavours. I was so happy to see something else other than oats. I prefer variety, I don't want to be eating the same thing for too long.

The cookies I bought were Jo-Sefs Sandwich Chocolate O's. The cookies were great. They almost tasted like Oreo cookies.
 Also, on the box Jo-Sef stated that the cookies are "Nut Free, Lactose/Dairy Free, Casein Free and Vegan"
The price was TT$39.99

Gluten Free Oats

I started ordering Gluten Free Oats a few months after I went on a gluten free diet. I love Oats and when I found out there was gluten in oats, I got a little depressed. After reading the labels on all of the cereals in the supermarkets and realizing that all of them had gluten, I thought that I would never be able to eat cereal or oats every again. At the beginning, I was confused as to why Oats would have gluten. Gluten is a "protein found in wheat and related species, including barley and rye"(Wikipedia). After reading that line you would think that oats suppose to be gluten free but sadly, it isn't. The reason why oats have gluten is from contamination.  According to Diana Gitiq Ph.D., she stated that
"pure oats are safe for most, but not all, people with celiac. Since oats can easily be contaminated with wheat during harvest, storage, or other stages of processing, it has been stressed that the oats be certified as pure." I found some gluten free oats and …


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Beach and Other Stuff

Last week Thursday, I went to the beach with my co-workers. We went to Maracas Bay. It is a tradition in Trinidad and Tobago that if you go to Maracas Bay, you have to eat a “shark-and-bake” or “bake-and-shark” (two different ways of asking for the same thing). “Bake-and-shark” obviously has gluten. The bake is made out of regular flour and the fish is fried in a batter. The beach-trip was also the first time I ever went to the beach since being gluten-free and dairy-free. I had to do extra planning for food. I carried rice and vegetables. I heated it up in the microwave before we left and placed it in an insulation bag to keep it hot. I also walked with plantain chips and peanuts-and-raisins snack. I had a fun time, the water was really really cold.
When it was time to eat, everyone else ate “shark-and-bake”. They are used to my diet so they don’t bother to ask me if I want any, which is nice. It is annoying when you have to keep explaining that you can’t eat certain foods. You would …