Original email for context: What does an HCg’er do about gluten sensitivities…….the melba toast/grissini bread sticks are made with wheat. Is there a substitute / What should I do?
There’s a couple options here. I’m gluten sensitive as well.
Many ladies don’t eat the grissini / melba at all on the diet. They just leave it out. That’s what I did – I never did have that item once on the diet. Many ladies find that starch contributes to cravings on the diet, making it more difficult to stick to. It’s about 40 calories if you leave both out, and that can be replaced by simply adding more P2 vegetables to your meals.
This forum thread has a few ladies expressing this exact same though about the breadstick adding to their “hungry” feeling.
Use a gluten free alternative – honestly, any gluten free cracker or bread item that has no added sugars in the ingredients – 20 calories per serving – is suitable. You get 2 servings a day of that for a total of 40 calories.
The macro info below- so for this, 1 crispbread has 17.5 calories, so eating 1 per serving is just about right.
Schar Gluten Free Breadsticks – These look great and have 18.75 calories per stick – again 1 is perfect for 1 serving. 2 a day total.
Quinn Snacks Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks – 6 sticks = 20 calories (3.33 calories per pretzel stick). So 2 servings of 6 sticks each per day allowed.
You can also check out my thoughts on the idea of using a partial rice-cake as an alternative.