Eating Gluten Free and Deprivation 

Some people fear that word. Deprivation. The feeling of missing out, being deprived of something desirable. But those are just feelings and emotions attached to a food item. When you change your health through the foods you eat and become your healthiest you, feeling deprived of a piece of bread or pasta seems trivial.

About two weeks ago I developed a rash after eating pizza at a very nice restaurant. I haven’t had gluten in several months. After eliminating gluten from my diet, many different problems I was having cleared up. Ah, but this was one of those meals where I said “I’ll just go ahead and have some pizza. It will be fine!” Maybe I didn’t want to be “deprived.”

Throughout the next week I progressively broke out in a red rash with tiny blisters on my forearms, knees, and lastly on my back. It was on both sides of my body in the exact same spots.

Granted, this wasn’t going to kill me. But the itching has not been pleasant. So on my next restaurant visit I will not be detoured by the delicious aroma of gluten-y pizza. I would much rather be deprived of this itchy rash known as Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH).

Here is a typical and easy dinner for us. All gluten-free and all delicious! I say this all the time, it does not need to be complicated to be delicious. If you start with real food and use a few simple ingredients…that’s all it takes to keep it healthy and delicious.

Check out these easy and delicious Gluten Free recipes for a simple weeknight dinner!


BBQ Chicken Thighs

  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Himalayan salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup Gluten free BBQ sauce (I used Stubbs Hickory Bourbon)
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple cut into chunks (doesn’t matter on the size)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Toss chicken thighs with EVOO and Salt and Pepper
  3. Place on a baking sheet with a wire rack to keep chicken elevated. Place pineapple on rack too.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Take baking sheet out. Turn on broiler. Coat chicken with BBQ sauce and return to oven under broiler. Broil for 3 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and flip the chicken over. Add more BBQ sauce. Broil for another 3-5 minutes until the chicken begins to crisp around the edges.
  7. Remove and consume!

*Place a piece of foul under your wire rack to catch the BBQ drippings to ease cleanup later

Roasted Mixed Potatoes 

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 5 red bliss potatoes
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Himalayan Salt and fresh cracked pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees place baking sheet in the oven to heat it up.
  2. Cut the potatoes(I’ll assume you already washed them) into 1/4″ slices
  3. Toss with EVOO and salt and pepper
  4. Take out the hot baking sheet and pour the potatoes on mans spread them out evenly.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.

**Roast these while you roast your chicken thighs

Steamed Broccoli

  • 1 head of broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed butter, melted
  • Himalayan salt and fresh cracked pepper
  1. Steam the broccoli in a basket steamer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Toss with melted butter, salt and pepper.

This is so super simple! Having healthy fats is so important. Did you know your body needs healthy fats to make hormones? If you struggle with hormone imbalance and have been on a low-fat diet or you regularly consume all low or non-fat food items, take a minute to read my article on Why I Eat Fat!

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