Gluten-Intolerance and the Vegan diet

I have always wanted to go Vegan, but what has usually stopped me is the fact that I am allergic to peanuts, gluten, and soy. Would the vegan lifestyle still work for me or should I just give it up altogether?

All the best,
Mandu
Washington

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Hi Mandu - I would love to hear from others out there who are vegan and gluten-intolerant. Any takers?

This is a bit out of my expertise, and I hesitate to answer the question myself just yet. If there is enough of a need I will research the topic.

Thanks for your patience, Mandu. Let's see what sort of response we get.

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Jan 09, 2010
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Gluten-free vegan
by: Kat

Yes, definitely more challenging, but getting easier thankfully as new products come on the market. Lucky I can have soy, but there are soy & nut free products also. Whole foods carries a burger in the frozen section that is rice-based, soy & gluten free & tastes good, forgot the brand name but it is in a blue box of 4 patties. Rice, corn & quinoa pastas solve the Italian cravings as do the rice & hemp milk replacers. I also found a great baking mix by 1-2-3 gluten free that is soy/nut/dairy/gluten free, directions inside box to use garbanzo beans instead of eggs. Also try the frozen rice pizza crusts (thin & crispy), brown rice tortillas make great veggie wraps & to replace my pastry cravings I buy a package of Mochi & bake that up (they also have a pizza flavor) all 3 products are at Whole Foods. As you take time to read ingredients, you will find more products to try. Also google glutenfree vegan & you will find websites & recipes to help you

Jan 10, 2010
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Nutritional needs met?
by: Sassy

Excellent! Thanks, Kat, for sharing your expertise with us.

This is such a huge topic these days. So many people suddenly seem to be gluten-intolerant. Why is anybody's guess.

While it may be easy to find foods that match your requirements, Mandu, what would be most important to me is whether or not you could THRIVE on a diet such as this. I am willing to bet the answer is yes.

But still, I wonder if there are any dieticians/nutritionists out there with an expertise in vegan gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free who can offer some words of wisdom with regards to meeting your nutrient needs?

Jan 11, 2010
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Thanks Kat & Sassy!
by: Mandu

I have hope again, in regards to possibly going semi vegan/FT Vegetarian again. I just became overwhelmed with all of my intolerances to certain foods, that the idea of being a vegan seemed so far fetched. So thanks again and I look forward to any more suggestions you or other commentators may have...thanks for the hope and the possible journey of veganism/vegetarianism.

Jan 11, 2010
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This should help...
by: Sassy

Hi Mandu -- Just came across this. I think it is exactly the type of information you are looking for:

Vegan Gluten-Free Diet

Hugs to you,
Sassy

Feb 09, 2010
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Gluten challenges
by: Tanurr



I too am gluten intolerant. I would like to find sources for recipes to deal with this and also advice on proper nutrition for GI folks.

Feb 10, 2010
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Recipe links and Gluten Free Vegan Book
by: Kat

There is a blog with recipes http://glutenfreevegan.wordpress.com/
And numerous websites including:
http://www.vegiac.com/forums/gluten-free-vegan-recipes/
There is also a book The Gluten Free Vegan by Susan O'Brien. You can preview it and see some recipes at http://books.google.com then search gluten free.

For a little info on substitutions for gluten-ingredients try http://www.vegfamily.com/health/gluten-free-vegan-diet.htm

A web search will show you many more options. If you are lucky enough to visit LA there are numerous vegan restaurants and the ones I've tried so far do have some Gluten free choices.

Feb 10, 2010
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Gluten Intolerance & the Vegan Diet
by: Mandu

Thank You Kat,
I am slowly making those changes in regards to my gluten intolerance and thank you all for your help and information.

Feb 22, 2010
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from an allergy-sufferer
by: sXe vegan

I used to think like you when my allergies were very new. 7 years ago, I had to cut out gluten, nuts, sugar, sweeteners, sulphur dioxide and other chemicals among other things. I was finding it so hard to stop dairy which I had previously almost quit. In addition, I could not digest beans (except soy), raw veggies and refined stuff like white rice. My diet consists of soy and the few options available to me in a 3rd world country. I can't find take out that is healthy and since I lack discipline, I just stay close to work so I can come home for a warm lunch. I have narrowed my diet further to organic only, I only eat seasonal and mostly local - apart from being more ethical, it is much more satisfying. It's not inconvenient or depressing, what would be is if more animals were exploited, raped and killed for my sake or "convenience".

I try eat half-cooked because I can't eat raw, I also may eat more varied than my vegan and non-vegan friends even though I rarely stray from 20-minute meals.

By the way, there is a treatment called the NAET which allegedly treats allergies, it's not available locally so I haven't tried it.

Feb 06, 2012
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75 and just found I am GI
by: Mary

I am so happy to find this web sight as I have just learned I am gluten intolerent and will enjoy this sight I"m sure.Thank you

Jan 15, 2013
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It's possible!!
by: Wendy

I'm allergic to both gluten and soy while being vegan... If you eat a lot of fresh, non-processed foods, it's easy!! I eat a lot of quinoa, brown rice, all veggies, and beans... I usually do a green smoothie for breakfast, and soup or something simple for dinner... Lunch is my main meal... Some of my go to's: sautéed vegetables with quinoa and black beans or almonds, vegan burrito(tomato rice with black beans and mushrooms wrapped in a brown rice or spinach tortilla), brownies rice pasta sautéed with broccoli rabe and garlic and oil (yum!!), etc etc.... I have so many more... Feel free to email me wenissan(at)gmail(dot)com... Good luck!!

Jun 04, 2013
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Vegan, gluten free and allergic - nutrition
by: Patty

I am also vegan gluten free with many intolerances. I have found that I mostly eat whole foods especially since I can't eat anything that has corn or corn derivatives in it so anything processed is out. If you look at the SAD (Standard American Diet) there really isn't much nutrition in it. Eating a whole food, plant based diet is full of nutrition. I have also found that I am more aware of what I am eating so I am choosing better foods. Other people have given many good resources and with a little planning, this sort of diet is pretty easy. It is wonderful to eat organic strawberries and pineapple for breakfast and feel good about it.

Jun 04, 2013
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Looking for new recipes
by: Anonymous

I'm also vegan and recently found out that I'm also gluten intolerant. So, the experimenting in the kitchen begins again, especially with bread!

Jun 04, 2013
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gluten intolerant and other food allergies
by: Mandu

Thanks for all of the great comments in regards to being Gluten intolerant and going vegan. Besides this awesome website/blog "Vegan Coach". Do any of you have any suggestions where there are blogs that specialize in gluten intolerance and being a vegan?

Thank in advance,
Mandu in Washington;)

Oct 16, 2013
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absolutely, you can do this gluten free
by: julieb

I've been gluten free for over 15 years,and am also allergic to soy, and dairy, and corn, and avocados, and pineapple.....I know it's a big list. Honestly there are so many products out there to choose from that it's getting easier and easier. It wasn't easy 15 years ago. I just "graduated" to a vegan diet in the last 6 months, and it has been a challenge, but a healthy and happy challenge. You can do it!

Feb 06, 2015
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Celiac and Vegan here!
by: Shaylyn

I was excited to see this topic come up!

I was diagnosed with Celiac a few years ago and recently transitioned from vegetarian to vegan (much to the horror of my family and friends- anyone else tired of the "So... what do you eat?" question? =P). Here are some tips:

-Don't fear gluten free pasta! Ronzoni makes fabulous gluten free pasta.

-Beyond Meat has gluten free meat substitutes and Amy's has gluten free vegan frozen meals that are fabulous to have on hand for those busy days where you forgot to plan ahead (shh, we won't tell!)

-Tater tots are gluten free... just sayin =)

-Rice, quinoa, potatoes- oh my! These are my go-to starchy bases for quick dishes. Just add some beans or tofu and saute some veggies for the side or to mix in

-King Arthur Flour has many, many gluten free baking mixes. My favourite is the muffin mix- I just add different spices and fruit to make a variety of muffins. They also have plain gluten free flour for the more adventurous baker

-WATCH OUT for malt flavouring, vinegar, seitan, soy sauce, and plain old gluten listed on pre-made meals and fake meats

-The gluten free market is growing rapidly! Constantly check your grocery store's gluten free isle for exciting new gluten free and possibly vegan products

-Veggie sushi is usually gluten free and vegan, but soy sauce usually ISN'T. So as long as you don't dip, sushi is a great eating out vegan gluten free option!

-Google gluten free vegan recipes and blogs! You'll be shocked at how many you find. We aren't as rare as you'd think!

Don't lose heart =) It's possible to be vegan and gluten free!

Feb 12, 2015
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Thanks!
by: Sassy

Sassy here, just popping in to thank you all so much for adding to this article with your amazing helpful feedback and suggestions! I know so many people will find it helpful.

Enjoy your day!    :)

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