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  • Writer's pictureGrace Jensen

#21 The Couple’s Guide to Adjusting to Dietary Restrictions

Updated: Sep 18, 2019

Today’s episode brings Grace and Zach’s practical advice on handling a situation any couple may find themselves in at any time.

After giving background on their situation and experience (2:45), Grace and Zach share tips and tricks on how to accommodate dietary needs in one’s own home (8:05). They cover a variety of areas, including convenience, cost, attitude, and inspiration. As promised, look to the bottom of the post for my list of favorite gluten- and dairy-free substitutes! The foodies she mentions are Ashlynn Mitchell ( and Danielle Walker (@daniellewalker).

Next, the couple talks about how to approach people outside of the home—particularly extended family—on your dietary needs. (21:35) It’s important to note that honoring your host’s efforts to support you through vocal gratitude makes a huge difference. (23:25)

Eating out with dietary restrictions requires the same process for a spouse as for someone single. (26:35) The spouse without restrictions is reminded that they are allowed to treat themselves to restaurants unfriendly to their partner’s requirements. (28:25)

Lastly, Grace reminds us to be aware of our mental and emotional relationship with food. (31:40) You don’t need to eat a food just because it’s in front of you.

To wrap up the episode, our hosts then give us a little life update! (34:00) Zach could use contacts at Northrop Grumman in San Diego, and cute Jackie videos can be found on her mama’s Instagram @gracewjensen

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  1. Franz brand multi-grain seed

  2. Canyon Bakehouse country white bread

  3. Schar Brand ciabatta buns (available at Wal-Mart!)

  4. Udi’s hot dog buns

  5. Bfree everything bagels


  1. Tinkyada brown rice noodles (all pasta styles are great but my favorite is fettuccini)

  2. GoGo Quinoa macaroni noodles (often at Costco, also on Amazon)

  3. There are a lot of corn based gluten free pastas that are cheap, but I try to avoid eating a lot of corn so I can’t recommend any specifically. Feel free to experiment!


  1. Mission gluten free tortillas (best for wraps, available at WalMart)

  2. Siete foods (tacos, I generally order in bulk from their website)


  1. Simple Mills almond flour crackers (Costco or Amazon)

  2. Snyder’s gluten free pretzels (You can get them on Amazon in bulk if you can’t find them at any of your local grocery stores–do not try any other GF pretzels, they are not good!)

  3. Beanitos, my favorite is the lime flavor!

  4. Off the Eaten Path chips, my favorite flavor is rosemary (Sometimes they are available at Sam’s Club or Costco)

  5. There are a lot of good gluten free tortilla chips


  1. Better Batter (I order from website or Amazon–they have student and military discounts!)

  2. Namaste foods (available at Costco)


  1. Schar graham crackers

  2. Funfetti gluten free cake mix

  3. Udi’s double chocolate muffins

  4. Most store bought brownie mixes are good!


  1. Almond milk is your easiest replacement for milk in things like cereal and desserts

  2. Cashew milk or coconut cream are great options to add creaminess to dishes

  3. So Delicious cashew milk salted caramel ice cream is THE best (available at WalMart)

  4. Daiya brand has great yogurts, cream cheese, and cheese! Especially for melting on paninis or pizza

  5. Daiya also has gluten and dairy free pizza!

  6. I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter! light (not a perfect substitute for all types of baking)

Danielle Walker cookbooks

  1. Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple- Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime

  2. Eat What You Love: Everyday Comfort Food You Crave- Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime

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