Wheat Intolerance is More Common Than You Think

I often hear people complain about tummy aches and bloating. They tell me that whatever they do, by the end of the day their tummy seems swollen and sticks out. The most obvious reason for this, although not many people tend to consider this, is a wheat intolerance. Unfortunately wheat intolerance is difficult to diagnose and comes with other symptoms such as fatigue and headache and often people find the thought of cutting out wheat just a huge task. Of course it is important to eliminate more serious digestive problems and food allergies, but on the whole wheat intolerance seems to be quite a common problem (reasons for which are unclear).

wheat intoleranceIf you think that you may be struggling with this then really try and cut out wheat of your diet to assess if you feel better. We tend to rely on bread and pastas in our busy lives for a quick lunch or dinner, but even people without a wheat intolerance say they feel so much better cutting down on or even cutting out those foods. My common rule of thumb for healthy eating is “eat what grows on the planet” instead of man made foods. Especially if you are trying to keep an eye on your diet, this is a good strategy. So try and eat more (brown) rice, new potatoes and perhaps substitute bread for rye bread and avoid eating these foods late in the evening. In the morning start the day with porridge or scrambled egg. Lastly, make sure you take care of your portion sizes. There is a delay in your tummy being “full” and that message being translated in the brain, so make sure you don’t overeat.

Something Different for Variety in Your Diet: Try Stuffed Peppers

Simple, sunny, stunning recipes

red and orange peppers

It is so easy to fall into the same patterns, buy the same things at the supermarket and cook similar meals each week, with only a tiny change here and there. Even if you find yourself getting utterly bored with what you are eating, finding new recipes is all too often a hassle and coming out of your ordinary routine takes initially always more time.  Join me this summer is trying out simple, sunny, stunning recipes that are also healthy options. Try something different for variety in your diet.

The recipe below can be a lovely summer main meal or eaten alongside BBQ meat or fish.

summer peppers

 

Stuffed peppers

Ingredients:
4 red, orange or yellow peppers, halved lengthways, deseeded and retaining stalk
1 red onion, peeled and diced
300g feta cheese, crumbled/cubed into 5mm-1cm pieces
150g cherry tomatoes, quartered
25g capers, drained and chopped (optional)
75g fresh, white breadcrumbs
3 tbsp of chopped mint
40ml olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper
Pinch of sugar

In a large bowl mix together the feta, onions, tomatoes, capers (if using) and mint and season with salt and pepper and a pinch of sugar. Divide this mixture between the pepper halves. Top this with the breadcrumbs and drizzle with olive oil.

Place in a pre-heated oven and bake for 45-55min or until the peppers are soft and the topping is crunchy and golden.

feta stuffing

oven ready peppers

Enjoy!

 









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