Well, the results are in, and just as our Naturopathic Doctor suspected, Jonathan’s allergy test showed a high reaction to gluten, wheat, rye and spelt. We weren’t overly surprised considering Jonathan has felt A LOT better since we started our gluten-free diet.

We were waiting to see the results because he was still having some minor tummy issues so we thought we’d probably see something else…..and we did. Citrus fruits showed high reactivity as well – more than the wheat and gluten! Total surprise! He doesn’t drink a lot of orange juice but little mandarins are a favourite around our house for dessert. Sugar cane and almond had low reactions as well. Darn! We drink a lot of almond milk!

I use “we” a lot because it’s not just about Jonathan changing his diet. We have decided as a family to give up gluten and now citrus. We felt it would be unfair (and definitely hard to explain to a three year-old!) to eat or drink certain food and beverages in front of him. As well, do I really want to be making our breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks/baked goods and then have to make something alternative for him? No way!

It’s now been over a month since we took gluten out of our diet and I have to say, it hasn’t been super difficult. My Naturopath gave me a lot of recipes to start with and the internet has been a great place to find recipes. I’ve also experimented with gluten-free flours in my favourite recipes that currently call for all-purpose and whole wheat flours.

Here’s a look at some of the food I’ve been making (poor photography, but you get the idea!):

Stampede BBQ Lentil Sandwich (on homemade GF bread of course!)

Sweet Potato, Corn and Black Bean Hash

Pizza with GF crust

Rice Krispie GF Energy Bars