Going Gluten Free as a Family Trial and Freezer Cooking Gluten Free, Dairy Free Style

GlutenFreeDairyFreeFreezerCookingI am off gluten and all of the associated grains, I am quite certain, forever.  I have an intolerance to most grains containing gluten as well as gluten itself and a very strong yeast intolerance.

I understand that I will probably never have a traditional slice of bread again (as much as I love it).

My husband and I had no plans to change the rest of the family’s diet, in part because we don’t know if we should believe all the hype about how bad wheat and gluten is for people.

However, two of our kids have sensory processing issues, and I recently ran across two articles that talked about children with some behavioral issues who improved greatly when they went off gluten.

For the most part, our kids are doing alright now and have no where near the issues the kids in the articles had, but two of ours tend to get very wound up at times.

After reading the articles, my husband and I decided we would take gluten completely out of everyone’s diet for 6 weeks.  Then, we will reintroduce gluten for a month and see if we notice any difference.  If we don’t, we’ll keep gluten and wheat in everybody else’s diet.  If we do notice a difference, we will take it out for 6 more weeks and make a decision then.

If you are interested, the two articles I read are The Gluten Made Her Do It:  How Going Gluten Free Saved My Daughter’s Mental Health and Is Sensory Processing Disorder the New Black?

Going Gluten Free on the Cheap

Since we don’t know if gluten truly is a problem yet, I don’t want to buy expensive substitute foods and all the many gluten free flours you can cook with as well things like xantham gum.  Instead, we want to keep this simple.

I recently bought coconut flour and shredded coconut from Tropical Traditions, so we decided we would make due with what we have.  Any gluten free baking I do will be with coconut flour and then I will feed the family meals that are naturally gluten free.  If we find out that going gluten free makes a difference, then we will buy more after the initial test period.

A Gluten Free, Dairy Free Freezer Cooking Session

100_3967We don’t eat many boxed cereals, but we do rely heavily on grains for breakfast.  Our kids typically eat some type of homemade baked good–muffin, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, muesli–and fruit and either eggs or bacon for breakfast.

My husband is on the breakfast shift, and without the homemade baked goods, he felt a little lost.  The second day he served rice as one of the meal components, my daughter started crying that she didn’t like rice for breakfast.

So, this weekend we played tag team and got some freezer cooking down so next week is smoother.  Here is what we made:

I’ll keep you posted on how our gluten free journey goes.

Have you or your children gone gluten free before?  Did you notice a difference in behavior?


  1. I just ordered my coconut flour and coconut cream! Thanks for sharing. I used your link. My goal for the new year was to go Paleo. I have wanted to do it forever! I started a few weeks early. I feel great! Even the kids and hubby are about 80% already (monkey see monkey do!)

    • Please keep me updated on how your switch to Paleo goes, and thank you for using my link. I used someone else’s link for my first order and got the coconut oil book and found the recipes very useful. Hope you like everything. Make sure to subscribe to their e-mail notifications because they frequently run sales which help cut costs.

  2. I need to do more research, but I don’t think we eat a huge amount of gluten. Do you have to go 100% free? It just seems difficult. Does rice have a lot of gluten?

  3. I highly recommend Paleo pancakes: 1 banana, 1 egg, and a scoop of nut butter. (whichever you prefer, I use almond)

    The only problem is they burn easily, so you have to really watch them. I make two batches on the weekend, then refrigerate them and eat them throughout the week. Perfect for snacks too, and super yummy!

  4. Our family went off gluten last year for about 4 months and I didn’t notice a difference with my 3 kids. We still don’t consume very large amounts of it, but it was worth avoiding completely for our family.

    • That is what I am thinking. I don’t know that gluten is actually a problem, but it is worth trying just so we know.

  5. I wanted to recommend the blog: spunky coconut. Great information and recipes (gluten and casein free). She also had three cookbooks out. I’ve checked out 2 of them from the library and they’re fantastic.

  6. Having had a child with some sensory issues as well, I tried to have the family go gluten free. It is sooooo difficult and I think we gave up in about 3 days. I do see more and more grocery stores and restaurants offering gluten free products, which is really great. I wish you well, I’d love to hear the progress of your children.

    • I agree. I didn’t realize how much we relied on things like muffins and breads to round out meals. Creating substitutes is difficult!

  7. My son’s been gluten free for almost 5 yrs. (he’s 14) He prefers the way he feels with out it and is much less reactive to his environment. So some sensory soothing benefits, as well as auto-immune systems relieved.
    I’ve got a strong yeast allergy. And have been off yeast for almost 2 years. So I’m intrigued with your blog.

    I want to recommend one product and one blog:
    http://www.chebe.com/ is a GF yeast free bread. Apparantly it’s a traditional Brazilian bread. It is sold as a mix. I usually use dairy in ours but it is optional. And the bread is FABULOUS, crunchy crust & chewy middle. Definitely worth it.

    http://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/ is a family-crockpot blog with a few years worth of daily recipes her kids eat. She is GF, so her recipes are too but cooking for the fam, she uses naturally GF items not specialty products.

    Good luck.

    • Thanks. I’ll be sure to check out these sites. Glad to hear your son is doing better; I think for both of our kids with sensory issues, going gluten free is better for them.

  8. Karen, WA state says:

    We have been GFCF for 5 years now. I have not found many replacements homemade that we both liked and that I have the time to make. We have made do with Daiya for cheese subs and Udi’s bread for the most part, but we rarely eat breads. We also use Tinkiyada noodles. My son is going to camp so I am looking for easy things to put in his lunchbox that will stay good in the heat. Also he will be going to school for the first time in his life next fall. I will suddenly need to have lunches available every day. Since he has been homeschooled until now, it was not a problem to be GFCF. When we have gone out and needed a “fast food” lunch, we would stop at the local safeway deli and get some GF ham slices and fruit & chips for lunch. Looking for new possibilities, and thinking we may end up bento-ing as much as possible, so looking for small things I can make multiples of and freeze.

    • Have you found any good lunch recipes? I’ve found Pinterest to be very helpful with GF ideas that can also work well for lunch.

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