Welcome to Gluten Free Salafi!
The idea behind this blog is provide information and recipes on how to live according to the Qur’aan and Sunnah in terms of food and drink whilst remaining strictly gluten free due to a recent change in my dietary needs. I will also share beneficial facts I have found along the way about everyday herbs and spices to improve our wellbeing and how I include this into my diet.

(new content)I previously started this blog in 2012 and whilst it went into detail at times, I remained mostly anonymous, although most friends and their families knew who I was in person. So today on Tuesday December 12th 2017 I have decided to revive this blog and make it accessible to the public once again.

(old content)As for my story, in short, I recently came to the conclusion that various problems I experienced for many years were due a wheat or gluten allergy based on the foods that seemed to make my symptoms worse. I haven’t been officially diagnosed because I changed my diet and discovered what worked for me without seeking medical advice. I have consumed gluten and wheat as well as the other foods which caused me problems since then and again, they have made me unwell so it is a must that I omit them completely.

Since then I have experienced a great deal in comparison to most people my age, or older. So here goes…

Greetings, my name is Adila and I am currently 29 years and 6 months old, ha.
This is important for a reason which I will mention as I blog away… if I remember… Since this blog was first published, I have got married, become a mother and suffered a brain haemmorrhage and stroke. Even longer story short, In the early hours on August 1st 2017 I had the worst migraine of my life and things went quickly downhill from there… extremely fast. I was photosensistive, had a painful and stiff neck and threw up before feeling a warm trickle of blood down the back of the surface of my brain and finally, I passed out. My final thought throughout the entire ordeal was that I left my then,  15 month old daughter upstairs sleeping and that someone should go to her. Many strange dreams and 3 operations later, I was awake and being asked by two lovely physiotherapists to sit up on the edge of my bed in ITU. I digress, more about that later..

(old stuff) Initially my diet was a gluten free one and I replaced foods with shop-bought alternatives. I still had problems and was advised to follow a paleo diet which meant I cut out grains, legumes, lentils, beans and dairy. However, the paleo diet does vary and I am now using the term ‘paleo’ very loosely as there are certain foods I must omit due to the problems they cause me and unfortunately this means I cannot eat certain foods mentioned in the Sunnah. However, this is a necessity, not a choice. I tremained paleo or at least glutenfree over the last 5 years but due to the recent dtroke I need to get myself fully on it and dedicated for rthe sakeof my Religion, health and child.

What un-paleo things do I allow and why? To explain this, a paleo diet in most circumstances does not allow dairy. However, we know raw milk is a cure mentioned in the Qur’aan (Muslims scriptures) and Sunnah (Prophetic teachings) and because this is something available to us I use it and alhamdulillaah unlike supermarket milk this causes me no problems. In fact, it has made various things better for me. So, this is something non-paleo that I do yet it is in accordance to the Sunnah.

In addition to this, I tend to follow paleo bloggers and tweeters simply because their diets are guaranteed to be grain free and this is not the case with coeliac diseases suffers so it makes recipe hunting and ideas for meals a lot easier and eases me of such burdens, particularly when dining with friends and family.

(new stuff) As part of my recovery, I was in an inpatient rehabilitation unit for 3 months where I underwent various therapies and methods to make me un-strokey, if you like. I realised I had a lot of baggage despite being a rather strong willed person as well as chronic stubborness and a whole host of new issues, I have also discovered my “filter”. I did think to blog separately but the blog title “pain in the mum” is gone and I couldn’t think of a suitable alternative. So, “Hi.” that’s me in the biggest oddly shaped nutshell.

May Allaah guide and bless those who have helped me thus far with their continuous support and words of wisdom and may He make it easy for me and grant me good health, aameen!
Gluten Free Salafi
Twitter: @GFSalafi

9 Responses to “About”

  1. glutenfreesalafi February 23, 2013 at 18:47 #

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  2. Sarah August 13, 2013 at 14:43 #

    I was just wondering if you had tried the Gaps diet which also eliminates gluten and all grain however at the same time it recommends specific foods which heal the digestive tract thereby allowing you to reintroduce grains after a period of eighteen months to two years hopefully without any problems.

    • glutenfreesalafi August 13, 2013 at 15:28 #

      Hi Sarah, I’ve considered the GAPS diet a few times but not sure if I actually want to go ahead with it. I’m aiming to have further tests to find out what exactly I’m intolerant to (if you follow my fb or twitter I’ve mentioned it there). Then depending on the results I’ll see what my best options are. A friend also thinks I may have a dormant bug which may be triggered by some foods hence skin rashes. Until now I’ve focused more on staying sane and sorting my mood and general health out. Have you tried GAPS?

      • Sarah August 13, 2013 at 19:48 #

        I haven’t tried it but considered it for my daughter who has eczema, it’s difficult as we live in Riyadh and don’t have access to many of the things the diet recommends, however I did research on it and it does seem to help a lot of people with similar issues to the ones you mentioned.

      • glutenfreesalafi August 14, 2013 at 00:13 #

        MaashaaAllaah, Riyadh, know a few people there. What other diets have you tried, if any, for your daughter. What have the results been like? Does she have any known allergies?

        Sent from Samsung tablet

  3. Wafa As salafiyyah May 4, 2014 at 22:29 #

    Assalam Alaykoum ukhtee, have you tried the 100% Organic grains and seen if they give you any side effects? Because yes the crops these days are filled with pesticides and toxins that affect our overall health. Barak Allah feeki

    • glutenfreesalafi December 22, 2017 at 14:24 #

      Wa’alaikum salaam warahmatulaah, yes. The issue is the organic ones are just organic after grains have been played about with. Wa feeki baraakallaah

  4. Umaima Bint Dia June 25, 2015 at 09:16 #

    A Salafi paleo follower upon the manhaj?!?!?!?!?

    Well, hellllooowwwww sistah!

    I am a wannabe Paleo follower from Baakistan. Got into health and all that jazz since I attended a Stanford University’s distance course ‘Just cook for kids’. However, over here, Paleo means going hungry – it’s that bad! I wouldn’t find anything to eat subhaanAllaah. I was reading Ustaadh Abu Khadeejah’s latest blog on health and there was a narration on how Ibn ‘Umer RadiAllaahu ‘anhum separated the chickens from the impure feed and over here all they feed the livestock is impure feed, intestines and poop!

    Love you for His sake!

    • glutenfreesalafi December 22, 2017 at 14:20 #

      May He for Whose Sake you love me, love you aameen.

      It is sad that culture and food of areas restricts us. Do what I did. snack on fruit to fill up, then do simple steamed veg. Bulk up on these. If your curries are made with ghee or butter or any other healthy fat indulge in them just avoid ion them and avoid chapattis and the like. I guess it depends on why you’re looking to go paleo.

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