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Okay people, I'm coming to you for help. :-) I have gluten intolerance (thankfully not celiac!) and ADHD. I'm on stimulants (adderall) for the ADHD. My eating habits are so out of whack I don't know where to begin. My carpool and I generally leave at 6:30-7:00 am in the morning and I'm not usually awake yet. I usually skip breakfast even though I want to eat it, because I've dragged myself out of bed at 6:29. By the time 12:00 approaches I'm hungry and have forgotten to pack lunch so that means buying it somewhere.

What I'd really like to do is eat six small meals throughout the day, however, because of my gluten allergy, I am really struggling with things to pack. Can you please give me ideas of what I could take that would be affordable, nutritious, and would help keep me going? Thanks so much!

** I'm also allergic to caffeine and most chocolate. I can have reccees cups, chocolate frosting, chocolate pudding, and... yeah.**

thanks in advance,


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There are lots of gluten free recipes to be found on the web - if you can bake or have someone to help you bake? Make up some gluten free muffin batches and freeze them, grab them out as you need them. Great for breakfast on the go.

The best trick to save time in the morning is prepare the night before, get everything ready on the bench or the fridge and all you have to do is grab it on the way out the door. Rice crackers, veggie sticks, cheese, water.

Hope this helps :)

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Thanks. I have been tested for celiac, and have been found not celiac (I feel like I'm saying not guilty). Even if I'm not gluten intolerant offically, I have to eat that way -- the reaction occurs everytime I eat wheat. Thanks for the gluten free recipie ideas, I will have to try those out. We're shopping at the store tonight, so good times. :D

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Here are some other ideas for breakfasts and lunches:

1) Hard-boil some eggs and keep them in the fridge. It's a good source of protein and portable.

2) Keep a package of corn tortillas in the fridge. They can be your "bread" for any number of fillings. You can take a couple to work, and there are many things you could roll up in them: sliced turkey breast, refried beans, chopped avocado, chopped tomatoes, eggs scrambled with some cheese and hot sauce, etc.

3) On Sunday night, spend half an hour in the kitchen and do some prep work. Cut up carrots, celery, peppers, and any other raw veggies you like, and put them in tightly sealed bags. During the week, you can grab a handful for your lunch bag, put them in a baggie and off you go.

4) If you like yogurt, that's a portable source of protein and you can mix it with fresh fruit like berries, sliced peaches, chopped apples, etc.

5) Buy rice crackers---there are lots of good ones in the stores. If you packed a handful of them in a baggie, sliced up some cheese, and dipped into your stock of sliced veggies, that's a good small meal for either breakfast or lunch.

6) Buy some plastic containers and a small insulated bag or cooler. This will make it easier for you to transport perishable foods.

7) Keep nuts and dried fruits on hand. A few almonds or walnuts with a handful of raisins is a very filling snack, and nutritious.

8) Check recipes on line for quinoa, lentils, black beans, and other high-protein seeds and legumes. If you made a container of a quinoa salad on Sunday, you could dish out a cup of it in no time---great protein and not expensive. In cold weather, you could make a pot of a lentil soup or bean soup, and do the same thing---eat a cup of it for lunch every day.

9) Visit the supermarket and really look closely at the aisle with the gluten-free foods. You will find pasta made of rice, pancake mix, muffin mix, crackers and cookies---there are all sorts of foods available. If your supermarket doesn't carry a good selection, go to the health food store.

I hope that helps!

Oh, and you might start doing what we used to do when I was a child. My mother taught us to put our lunches together the night before a school day, so it was in the fridge and all ready to go into our lunch boxes as we dashed out the door to the bus. Maybe you need to get your food together the night before.


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