We wanted to find out what a daily diet looks like for someone with gluten intolerance, so we teamed up with Passand Hammami, the brains behind Sea Salt Bakery, Egypt’s leading gluten, lactose and sugar-free bread and snack creator! She promises us, “It’s not as boring as you think without gluten, dairy and sugar. I know it sounds awful, but it’s SO not.”
8am: Get out of bed! I’m obliged to take a medication for my thyroid so that keeps me going for another hour of fasting. I take advantage of this hour to do coconut oil pulling: One tablespoon of coconut oil, swish swash & gargle on it for as long as 10-15 minutes. Whatever you do, don’t swallow!
9am: I drink a glass of warm lemon water with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of raw honey. If I’m planning to workout early, this would be the best time for me to go for a run, do yoga, Pilates or join a dance class. Sometimes I have a small banana and a cup of black coffee an half hour before my workout, depending on my energy levels. Bananas & coffee are a great pre-workout combo.
9:30am (or after workout): Breakfast! Eggs (either boiled or scrambled with veggies as an omelet), plus any side of veggies I have in the fridge, like spinach, tomatoes, asparagus or mushrooms. I add it all in a pan and cook with a teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil, season with herbs and sea salt, plus 2 slices of gluten free flat bread that I bake for myself (recipe below). I’ll treat myself to some mashed avocado on my gluten free toast once or twice a week as well. Avocados are high in calories, but are one of the healthiest foods you could ever eat. For real.
1:30pm: A snack at this time is fruit. Seasonal fruits are the best choice, so strawberries are great right now. Or, if I’m craving chocolate I’ll have two squares of 80% Lindt Dark Chocolate and some raw almonds (Magnesium intake! It helps a lot with PMS).
3:30pm: Lunch is a salad with lots of greens, and of course a source of protein. Sometimes it would be tuna, chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, or even boiled eggs if I didn’t have eggs for breakfast. Use lemons and herbs to season the salad, of course.
7pm: Dinner is the “main” meal I have since I don’t eat this meal alone! A favorite of ours is roasted chicken and sweet potatoes in the oven – so simple, tasty and filling! Another would be grilled salmon steak with some brown basmati rice and grilled, seasonal veggies. Sometimes if we’re really in for a treat, a quinoa or brown rice pasta with mussels, beef strips and a garlic based sauce.
I always aim to stop eating 3-4 hours before bedtime to give my stomach a break, and allow the food to digest well. A major plus to this is your waste gets flushed out so much quicker the next morning.
Herbal teas are also something I enjoy, especially ginger and cinnamon, mint or chamomile before bedtime.
Gluten Free Flat Bread
1 cup Rice Flour
1/4 cup Potato Flour
3/4 cup water
Directions: Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Feel free to add any herbs or seasoning you like, like sea salt. Add the water and mix. Knead the dough for 4-5 minutes until it forms a ball shape in your hand. Divide into 4 equal parts with a knife. Place each part between two sheets of plastic wrap and start rolling out like a flat tortilla round bread. Roll out all 4 pieces.
Heat a flat iron pan on medium heat and cook each piece of dough for 2 minutes on the first side, then 1 minute on the second side. This bread can be used in so many ways, and goes really well with breakfast.