Diet recommended by the Polish Food and Nutrition Institute
LightBox Gluten&Lactose Free diet
- for those suffering from coeliac disease, gluten allergy or hypersensitivity and lactose intolerance
- a specialized, safe diet – excluding all products containing proteins from cereals: wheat, rye, triticale, barley and oats; with lactose-free milk and dairy products
- including a wide range of quality foods:
- naturally gluten-free replacements for traditional cereals with exceptionally high nutritional benefits: amaranth, buckwheat and millet, as well as quinoa, maize and various types of rice
- vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds
- a choice of poultry (chicken, turkey, duck), red meat (beef, veal, lamb) and fish (e.g. salmon, tuna, halibut)
- lactose-free dairy products and eggs
- safe products, trained staff, controlled meal preparation conditions
- counted for calories and around 80 macro-/micronutrients
- 1000, 1200, 1500, 2000 or 2500 kcal
- 5 or 4 meals a day (no breakfast – After Ten, no evening meal – Office)
- including or not including weekends
Coeliac disease, allergy and hypersensitivity to gluten are the three intolerance conditions where a gluten-free diet is a basic recommendation. Coeliac disease often goes together with an intolerance of lactose (milk sugar) which, however, can also be the effect of damaged small intestine villi, caused by other medical conditions. A direct cause of lactose intolerance is a deficiency of lactase – an enzyme essential in the digestion of milk sugar. If the sugar is not broken down, it remains in the intestine, resulting in symptoms such as stomach cramps and pain, bloating, feeling sick and diarrhoea.
The LightBox Gluten&Lactose Free diet is designed mainly for people with a diagnosed coeliac disease in its second stage (in the first stage, an easily digestible diet should be followed) or hypersensitivity to gluten, and for those with lactose intolerance. Preparing and following a gluten&lactose-free diet on one’s own is difficult because prolamins, the proteins commonly known as gluten, as well as milk sugar are found not only in common cereal products like bread or pasta, or dairy products like milk and cheese, but also in a number of less obvious foods, including processed meat, food concentrates, mayonnaise, mustard, herbal seasonings or dried fruits.
Coming next week on our Gluten&Lactose Free Menu:
Lamb meatballs in own juice, steamed vegetables, buckwheat groats
Greek moussaka, lettuce with capers and walnuts
Oyster mushroom tripe soup
Souvlaki (Greek dish), steamed vegetables, buckwheat groats
Tuna steak in lemon sauce, steamed vegetables with champignons, rice noodles with black sesame
Chia cheesecake with peach
Spicy turkey with peaches, steamed vegetables, red rice
Tortellini with mozzarella, basil, pesto and baby tomatoes
Imam (Greek aubergine dish)
Chicken in almond sauce, black rice, carrots and peas
Millet porridge with coconut milk, fruit & nuts, baked apple
Panna cotta with fruit mousse
Selecting gluten-free and lactose-free products in order to compose your diet properly requires that you carefully read the information on food labels and know the names and origin of some ingredients, such as e.g. modified starch. Moreover, you need to remember that naturally gluten-free buckwheat, millet or maize products may be contaminated with gluten, so it is essential to pay attention if they are clearly marked as gluten-free, or – a safer alternative – if they carry the licensed Crossed Grain symbol.
An extra challenge is balancing your diet so that it addresses your requirements for energy and all essential nutrients, including group B vitamins, deficient in gluten-free products, and minerals such as iron, magnesium, selenium and manganese; as well as to prevent deficiencies of protein, calcium, vitamin D and zinc, and not to make worse the deficiency of vitamins B2, B12, D3 and magnesium by eliminating dairy products.
The LightBox Gluten&Lactose Free diet offers properly balanced, varied sets of gluten-free and lactose-free meals containing natural gluten-free replacements for traditional cereals with exceptionally high nutritional benefits: amaranth, buckwheat and millet products, rice, maize, quinoa flakes, lactose-free milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, butter, as well as seeds, nuts and gluten-free dried fruits, vegetables, and many other valuable products with high nutritional benefits. LightBox Gluten&Lactose Free diet is low in cholesterol, sodium and simple sugars, high in fibre, with the right proportions of energy from proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is also low in saturated fatty acids and high in polyunsaturated ones, including omega-6 and omega-3. At the same time, our dietitians ensured that your daily energy intake is properly distributed among meals during the day. Therefore, following the LightBox Gluten&Lactose Free diet is beneficial for your health also when you are on a weight-loss plan.
To prepare gluten-free meals in our LightBox Gluten&Lactose Free diet, we use products with labels that guarantee their safety, listed as gluten-free products by the Polish Society for People with Coeliac Disease and on Gluten Free Diet. They are sourced from reliable gluten-free food manufacturers, such as Margita, Schar, Saluteo, Schnitzer, Bezgluten, Sam Mills, EcoProduct, Strawa and Dary Natury. Likewise, when selecting lactose-free products we focus on quality, including their taste and nutritional values, going for those coming from reputable producers such as Mlekovita, Łowicz, Mlekpol, Temar or Arla Foods.
LightBox is a participant of the “Gluten-Free Menu” program created by Polish Society for People with Coeliac Disease and on Gluten Free Diet for food producers who are able to guarantee a proper menu, ingredients and preparation conditions so that ready-made meals are safe for people who have to or want to follow a gluten-free diet.
For allergy sufferers:
LightBox Gluten&Lactose Free meals are prepared using a wide range of foods, including natural products and their derivatives which may in some cases cause allergies or intolerance reactions (other than to gluten or lactose). These include: eggs, fish, nuts, peanuts, soy, milk (lactose free), celery, mustard, sesame seeds. Due to this, it may be impossible for persons allergic to any of the above ingredients to use the diet. Those who do not tolerate products other than listed above and do not know whether such products can be found in LightBox meals, are kindly asked to email their questions to email@example.com or request LightBox dietician’s advice at +48 513 513 661. Before placing an order, please also let us know about any nutritional contraindications due to any, not only diet-related, diseases.