I have celiac disease (which means strict adherence to a gluten-free diet) and have been a vegetarian for the past eight months or so. Though I have found good ways to balance my meals and find alternative proteins, it's sometimes a struggle to feel full when I can't eat pastas or bread in a restaurant like a typical veggie! What suggestions do you have for a wheat'n'meat free girl who has eaten her weight in beans? (and barley, rye, spelt, etc.!) Thanks for your help! Hungrily yours, Jasmin

A gluten free diet can be tricky to manage. One has to become very aware of off limit foods and become very savvy about reading labels. It sounds like you have a good idea of what foods will fit in your gluten free lifestyle. The tricky part now becomes making sure you are getting all of the necessary nutrients…while still being satisfied after a meal. It is easy to get into a rut when you have a limited diet so I would begin by getting your own “gluten free vegetarian cookbook” and investigating a variety of menu items to try. There are a lot of choices out there including spinach and tomato quiche, quinoa stuffed bell peppers, corn tortillas filled with refried beans and scrambled eggs, black bean chili, soy smoothies, and cornmeal pancakes. Once you have a good home base established, now it is time to do your homework. Many new and up and coming restaurants have established “gluten free” selections. Become familiar with local eateries and review the menus online. Focus on beginning your meal with a big garden salad and end your meal with a fruit based (allowed) dessert. That way you are sure to get plenty of fiber to help you feel satisfied. Now focus on allowable protein filled foods (eggs, allowable whole grains, beans, peanut butter, nuts, and dairy). Many times restaurants are willing to add/subtract ingredients in various dishes with request. Getting to know your local fare and eateries will hopefully allow you the most variety possible!

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