With the Holidays in full swing it is hard to avoid the casual indulgence of a cookie (or 5) here and there. But, if your like me, you are not only challenged by the inner struggle to maintain your waistline but also the struggle to avoid Gluten riddled sweets and treats.
Although I am not celiac, I react very strongly to Gluten. For those of you that do not know, Gluten is a protein found in Barley, Wheat, Rye, Kamut, Spelt, and Oats (that are contaminated during processing).
Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together, giving your bread that elasticity and chewiness.
It has a similiar effect on the villi and microvilli in our digestive system that are meant to stand strong and filter and absorb nutrients from the food we eat. Gluten acts like a glue, preventing these tiny, finger-like projections from doing their job. Over time, certain symptoms can lead to disorders such as leaky-gut and celiac disease.
Personally, my body reacts to gluten, almost instantly, by making my hands and fingers swell (seriously, my rings won’t fit), my skin turn dry, red and scaly, inducing a heavy brain fog and making me instantly yearn for a siesta, and making my digestion sluggish.
It has been a blessing and a curse this year to have to avoid gluten in all its devilishly sneaky and hidden forms. Learning to navigate the company potluck or a friends cookie exchange at this time of year has been a learning curve…but a good one.
Food sensitivities can last in your system for a few hours or even for a few days.
To be honest, they may not even rear their ugly little head for a 2-3 days either! This makes it really hard to figure out what caused a reaction in the first place sometimes, so it is best to just avoid it!
Gluten seems to be hidden inside every convenience food out there!
That being said, I also need to satisfy my sweet tooth and have a little fun this Christmas season so last night I buckled down and did what I do best – get creative in the kitchen!
Here is a recipe I just created for delicious…
GF Spiced Holiday Ginger Cookies.
They bake in under 12 minutes and are ridiculously chewy and soft thanks to the cream of tarter. With these little Betties I won’t feel left out this year when the rest of the family is dunking cookies in milk by the fire waiting for Santa to drop gifts down the fireplace…because I’ll have my own sweet indulgence to enjoy with my almond milk!
Yield: approx. 24 soft and delicious GF cookies
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