New Year – New Challenges

Hey Guys,

It has been a while since I have written a blog post [hides face with hands]. I suppose life has just got in the way! I brought my first home last year which needed (a lot of) work and that kept me busy for a while. I have been taking photographs constantly of potential posts but then I just don’t get round to it! Terrible I know and to add to being a busy bee I am also expecting my first child! – so please bare with me. I have a feeling I will have quite a bit to blog about soon.

Off the top of my head there are two things I would like to share with you. Firstly, I finally managed to get a gluten free wrap from Costa Coffee – score! Although this was at Christmas so they only had turkey and cranberry which is a bit of a bummer… oh and it cost about a zillion pound, but you can’t really complain when you’re out shopping and can just grab a quick snack for once. It felt like a huge triumph!

I would also like to share with you another triumph I had when out shopping. I was at Dunelm-mill just after Christmas (grabbing some bargains) with the mother when she decided she needed to grab some food from the café. I gave her the usual ‘are you serious’ look of death – which usually means I am starving and if she eats in front of me things are going to get very ugly! To my surprise when we asked at the till if there was anything gluten free, they actually knew what gluten free was! and better still could read out of a book what they were cooking today that was gluten free. Well I was a tad shocked. They had a egg cob, soups of the day and the usual jacket potatoes, biscuits and even…..cake! Actual free cake – not these little cherry bakewell’s that you can buy in your local supermarket. and by-George it was bloomin’ gorgeous. Along with the cake I also had a jacket potato which was presented beautifully – its hard to believe this was just a little café within a retail store! I would recommend you check them out if you have one near you.

So… as I am now expecting, I am faced with new challenges with Coeliac Disease. I have had to step it up a notch on the vitamins and calcium, my back pain has become so intense and I just want to eat any food in sight – which of course, I can’t do. Due to Coeliac Disease not allowing me to absorb all the nutrients I need; I will be having a few extra scans to keep an eye on baby’s growth – but I am confident that everything is good 🙂 I will keep you posted on updates with Coeliac Disease during pregnancy!

UDI’S Super-New Products

Exciting news! There are even more products coming to our shelves very soon thanks to UDI’s!

I am oober excited to share with you a few of these products.

The coming soon products in which I have tested with my very professional taste buds are…
GF Milk Chocolate Wafers
GF Blueberry Muffins
GF seeded Bagels

I had my tasting hat on and stuck in immediately!

First up to try had to be the chocolate wafers – who doesn’t want to try chocolate wafers?

Wafers

I have to say that these were absolutely delicious. Wafers can sometimes be a little dry… but not these ones. I feel they had the right consistency of chocolate and wafer. They were that nice that I accidentally ate them all in one sitting :O (and I could have eaten more)

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When are these coming out??? I neeeeeed more

So after trying the wafers I decided to try the muffins (you may get the impression that I prefer sweet to savour – and you would be right). Now, this may surprise you but I have never tried a blueberry muffin. I have only ever eaten chocolate or choc chic muffins. The reason being, I’m not a fan of fruit in my cakes – FACT.

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By the way I would like to point out that I did not eat the whole box of wafers and then the muffins straight away. It was at least the next day 🙂
So, I was in a predicament. I had eaten my very healthy dinner and had nothing to snack on afterwards 😦 boohoo for me. I needed something sweet and spotted the blueberry muffins and thought “what the heck!” If I really don’t like the blueberry’s I will just pick them out.

So I opened the packet and stared in amazement at this ball of fluffy sweetness… OK so I didn’t do that. I pretty much just shoved it in my face… and then chewed.

I was actually amazed that I really enjoyed it. The cake was fluffy and light yet full of flavour and the blueberry’s were not overpowering whilst still tastey. I am rather stubborn when it comes to food. If I don’t think I will like it I will never try it. In this case I am glad I proved myself wrong and it’s even more surprising that I would actually buy these over chocolate muffins! Well done UDI’s you have converted me!

The final product I tried was the seeded bagels.

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It was probably a bad time to try these as I was due to go shopping and had nothing to eat with the bagels other than butter. So I decided to toast them and smother them in butter.

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Unfortunately, I have to say that these are not to my taste – mainly because there was no flavour to them and seemed rather dry. This is probably my fault due to the lack of an interesting topper. Whilst eating them I did think to myself that they would taste rather nice with some lovely jam. I much prefer their cinnamon bagels but saying that. Everyone’s taste is completely different and I am sure there will be many people out there who will enjoy them – I know my mother does!

http://udisglutenfree.co.uk/

Vote for Coeliac UK!!

As one of 100 nominated charities in the BACS Direct Debit Campaign, The Big Break 2014, Coeliac UK are in with a chance of winning a £2,000 charity donation.

They need our help so get your voting fingers out! All you have to do is follow this link and vote… simples!

If you have read my pages and my back story you will know how much good Coeliac UK has done and will do in future for people with Coeliac Disease. They need all the support they can get to create awareness and help suffers!

So please please please vote and tell all your friends and family!

Starbucks Gluten Free Veggie Wrap

After a succesful launch into selected shops this year, Starbucks have announced that they will now be placing their gluten free veggie good houmous wrap into 750 of their stores.

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As I posted yesterday about the Costa wrap – this is yet another big Coeliac deal! The big companies are now hearing us – and why shouldn’t they? The number of people on a gluten free diet in the UK is growing rapidly. We are a growing market and every company should be seeing the potential in catering to our needs.

After hearing about Starbucks new launch, I had a look at their menu and was surprised to find many gluten free items – including cake!. It’s always great to make little discoveries like this but I am rather annoyed that it has taken this long for me to find it! I have made a list below of all the food at Starbucks which is made with gluten free ingredients – Enjoy x

 

Loaf Cake Chocolate Hazelnut – Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Fruit SaladWheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Fairtrade BananaWheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Condiment Very Berry CompoteWheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Condiment Maple and Honey SauceWheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Holy Guacomole SaladWheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Roasted Almonds – Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Nut Mix – Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Fairtrade Dark Chocolate Bar –Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Belgian Chocolate Brownie Gluten Free FairtradeWheat Free, Gluten Free

Creamy Natural YogurtWheat Free, Gluten Free

Ploughmans Gluten Free RollWheat Free, Gluten Free

Feta Compli Salad –  Wheat Free, Gluten Free

Fruit & Nut Bar: Cranberry, Pumpkin seed & BlueberryWheat Free, Gluten Free

Starbucks Gold Coinswheat Free, Gluten Free

Granola Bar – Gluten Free

 

 

Gluten Free Wrap at Costa Coffee

In the run up to Awareness Week, Costa Coffee announced the launch of their brand new Gluten Free wrap! Wow! Finally somewhere we can actually pop into for a quick bite whilst out shopping! (not that I shop a lot..cough cough).

Chicken and Basil Wrap

The chicken and basil wrap has been accredited by Coeliac UK and is also dairy free. Some people might be thinking – so what? It’s just one wrap. But to us Coeliac’s it’s not just a wrap. This is the start of a gluten free revolution… or in other words, gluten free fast food. We, like everyone else deserve to go into a coffee shop, resturaunt or store and be able to eat something. This one wrap is something (and it looks really yummy).

Costa are also in the process of creating some gluten free treats to roll out in their stores. The classic cherry bakewell and chocolate brownies. I am looking forward to my next trip to costa and can not wait to try the wrap!

This is exactlty what we want Awareness Week to achieve – Gluten Free Guarentee.

 

Coeliac Awareness Week! – Gluten-free guarantee

Coeliac UK Awareness WeekToday marks the beginning of Coeliac Awareness Week!

This year’s Awareness Week focuses on the availability of gluten-free food in stores and takes place from 12-18 May. This is really important as we need to be able to buy gluten free food where-ever we shop! So let’s make everyone aware of Coeliac Disease and make it happen!

Here’s some information from Coeliac UK

What’s it about?

We know that when it comes to food shopping, many of you encounter difficulties when searching for gluten-free staple items such as bread, crackers, cereal and rolls and you often have to visit more than one supermarket to finish your shopping which can be frustrating and time consuming.

Availability of gluten-free food is high on our agenda – and yours. Supermarkets are offering more and more products which are suitable for your diet, but we’re asking them to go a step further and sign up to our Gluten-free Guarantee which means having eight core gluten-free items available in their stores so that you can manage your condition more easily.

What will the supermarkets be signing up to?

Our Members, together with the advice of healthcare professionals, have told us about the key items they need to maintain a gluten-free diet. From this, we created a core basket of gluten-free food that we want the supermarkets to guarantee to be in store. This basket is made up from:
•fresh white bread
•fresh brown bread
•bread rolls
•breakfast cereals
•pasta
•flour
•crackers
•cereal bars.

We need you

Order your pack for ideas so you can help us make this initiative a success. Many of us asking about gluten-free food demonstrates demand and will help us as we talk to the retailers. You can help to support our Awareness Week when you’re next shopping for food by:
•letting your supermarket know about the demand for gluten-free food using the materials in your Awareness Week pack
•asking your local dietitian to support you by running one of our Store Tours
•use our supermarket card to tell us what’s available in your local supermarket
•holding an information stand in your local supermarket and give out our leaflets and symptom cards.

There are also other ways in which you can support our Awareness Week:
•take on the challenge of one of our Awareness Week walks with HF Holidays to fundraise and have fun at the same time.
•keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages and spread the word by retweeting our statuses and sharing our photos to help us reach more people

If you are running or attending an event this week then let Coeliac UK know at https://www.coeliac.org.uk/forms/awareness-week-2014-event-registration-form/

Poisoned by Gluten!

I have been poisoned with Gluten!!! How? you might ask… I DON’T KNOW 😦

I woke up at 1:30am in agony and recognised the pain straight away. As I have not been in his much pain for so long I think it is even worse than it has ever been! I remembered what I needed to do to help ease the pain… Take some strong pain killers and roll into a ball with my knees into my chest.

And now, at 8:50am I am still in pain! I am having painkillers every four hours to ease it but I am so angry and annoyed! I am so careful to make sure everything I eat is Gluten Free and free from contamination. I am now using my investigation skills to find out who has poisoned me – first stop the work canteen!

I don’t think people realise the importance of Coeliac’s not eating gluten. It is extremely painful! I am actually lucky that the pains started so early in the morning which has given me the chance to have painkillers and get myself into work – otherwise I would not have been able to walk and would have lost a days pay!

OK my rant is over now!

Remember – Check your food like a hawk!