Many people suffer from food allergies or sensitivities these days. But creating a healthy dairy free and gluten free meal plan doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be easy and affordable! This simple dairy free and gluten free meal plan is full recipes and ideas that will provide nourishment and ease for you and/or your whole family.
Hello July 15th! Hello gluten free meal plan day! Hello FRIDAY! Yes, the time has to get your weekend meal prep check list out. Do you have one? Confession, I don’t but I don’t like to get ideas and then make a semi plan of action. Ya know?
Anyway, let’s discuss this month’s gluten free meal plan. I might get a little nerdy. Just sayin..
This month’s gluten free meal plan is also dairy free and here’s why.
You see, when someone feels the need to try out a gluten free diet, whether it be because of a sensitivity or autoimmune disease protocol, there is usually another “culprit” to go along with it. What do I mean by this? I mean if you are unable to digest or tolerate gluten, then you might also be sensitive to dairy, soy, nuts, eggs, or yeast. These are some of the common food allergies and intolerances we have around today.
I know what you are thinking. “What? I am confused. Am I intolerant to ALL those foods as well?” My answer –> maybe, maybe not.
Important note –>What’s the difference between a food ALLERGY vs INTOLERANCE vs Sensitivity? You need to know these, for sure!
Food sensitivities or intolerances involve a different set of immune system antibodies called IgG antibodies. Symptoms are less intense and typically do not appear immediately, but rather within 12–48 hours, after eating
Symptoms like headache, sinus congestion, heartburn, digestive issues, anxiety, and so much more.
But… if your immune system and gut lining are poor, OR you have SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth), leaky gut, etc. Then you might need to start testing out which foods (along with gluten) are giving you problems. That is until your gut is HEALED or your body seems to react fine with it. This is where the trial and error comes into play. I do not recommend eliminating ALL common food sensitives at once works; that’s my personal opinion. Because if you do, then once you start adding foods back in you really can’t really tell which food really caused the intolerance in the first place. Try taking out one or two at a time, then adding them back after a couple weeks. Take notes on how you feel each day, what you’re eating, and so on.
Gluten and dairy are BIG food sensitivities/allergies. Research has found that many who cannot digest the protein in gluten (specifically celiacs) also have difficulties digesting lactose/casein (source). But then again, it just depends on the person, their gut health, their ethnicity, etc. So many factors here ya’ll!
For instance, when I first started a gluten free diet (in 2008), I also went off dairy for 9 months. After I knew my gut health was in better shape, I started adding in more low lactose hard cheeses, creams, or cultured dairy (like tangy yogurt kefir). Just a little. I found I was able to tolerate them just fine. Wine and cheese please! Haha.
That being said, if I (we) don’t take care of that gut health, stress too much (physically and mentally), or don’t really nourish our bodies, then that same relapse of a good sensitivity could happen.
Which is why i think having a Dairy Free and Gluten Free meal plan comes in handy.
Does that make sense? Bottom line, YOU have to figure out what works for you. Focus on REAL food, less stress, nourishment, and movement. You’ll figure out what foods make you thrive and which don’t.
Okay, let’s begin.
Hope you found this month’s gluten free meal plan and recipe ideas helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions. Everyone’s bodies work differently, so take that in mind. All in all, you can’t go wrong with REAL FOOD!
- frozen fruit and vegetables (grapes, cherries, edamame beans)
- onion/leeks/carrots/tomatoes/bell peppers/tomatoes/
- mango/lemon/lime /bananas
- sweet potato
- greens and collard wraps for salads and fixins
- garlic/basil/fresh cilantro/parsley
- pine nuts
- canned green chiles
- turmeric/red pepper, dried oregano
- Matcha Powder
- Peanut flour
- gluten free oats
- Sprouted Corn tortillas (optional for tacos)
- jasmine or Basmati rice
- vegan dark chocolate
- Sprouted pea protein or rice protein
- Roasted chicken or organic chicken breast
- wild caught shrimp
- Organic Pork Chops
STAPLES PANTRY ITEMS WILL NEED FOR THIS MEAL PLAN AND MORE!
- Coconut flakes or shredded (unsweetened)
- canned sweet potato/pumpkin/or squash
- Chia seed
- honey or maple syrup (you can use xylitol syrup if you are wanting no sugar)
- coconut milk/cream
- Olive Oil/Coconut Oil (cold pressed)
- Rice Vinegar and or Apple Cider Vinegar
- canned organic tomatoes
- Spices/dried herbs
- Sea salt/Pepper
- Coconut Flour/Almond Meal
Please see my SHOP page for MANY of my favorite pantry staples and other kitchen tools to use.
Have you tried an elimination diet before? Are you dairy free? Chime in!
Food for thought –> I love this Article Written by Chris Kresser. He discuses whether dairy products are health-promoting or disease-causing. A great read!
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