Friday, June 4, 2010


If you are following a gluten-free diet because of celiac disease or gluten-intolerance, you may have noticed that, despite publicity to the contrary, a gluten-free diet is no free pass to weight loss. In fact, many who begin the diet experience just the opposite. In a search for tasty replacements for the now forbidden wheat flour, more carbs than ever are often consumed. Sometimes gluten-free sweets (illogical, but by no means rare) become substitutes for the simple breadstuffs that are no longer allowed. If you've put on some pounds during your transition from gluten-eating to gluten-free, you are not alone. There are forums and online groups for members of Weight Watchers or NutriSystem who must eat only gluten-free foods. Even if you're not in the mood to join a formal weight loss group, there are many steps you can take on your own to be better prepared for the upcoming summer swimsuit season. Start by adding more salads to your meals.

Raw vegetables can be a useful core of any effective diet, partly because of their high water and fiber content, but mention that fact to a potential dieter and you'll hear complaints that they've eaten all the rabbit food they intend to in one lifetime. First, take the time to make the salads as visually enticing as they can be. Those heart and four-leaf clover cutouts in the salads pictured above? Simple cookie cutters were used to dress up those color-coordinated vegetable melanges.

Start using trips to your local farmers market as opportunities to find unusual varieties of vegetables you know or vegetables you've never tasted before. For example, place one of these purple peppers in front of the"rabbit food"  whiners and they might sing a different tune.   

Here's another way to add new colors to your salads. These are interesting cucumbers. There is nothing wrong with them.They are not unripe. They are an unusual strain which remains this pale yellow color. Lemon cukes. Fascinating.

Apart from their lovely marbled exterior, these tomatoes hold a secret--they're hollow, bred for stuffing. What will they think of next?


WendyGK said...

Amen to your 'no free pass' on the gf diet comment. These pics are gorgeous.

G.F.Veg said...

hi wendy,
glad you like my photos. i'm doing weight watchers right now so i KNOW being strictly gluten-free isn't the total answer. wish it were....sigh.....think of all the great bread and cake there'd be to eat (and i really do believe there's great stuff to buy and make that's gluten free!)
thanks so much for writing!

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