Hi there! I just wanted to congratulate you on a great blog/following. I have food sensitivities too and am also doing nutrition/healing work (reiki) to combat some of my gut issues. I wanted to ask you, since you are also in your early 20s, what alcohol you would recommend and/or any you clearly stay away from? I have found gluten-free vodka and tequila to be mostly OK...and I LOVE my gluten-free cider but am afraid to try again because of all the sugar. I'm also a wino, but have steered clear for the last few months. (I am supposed to stay away from yeast, sugar, dairy gluten and other things). When you do drink, what do you drink? And what do you stay away from? I have noticed if I drink too often during the week my stomach can't handle it, so I have pulled back the reigns a bit.
I always, always, always ask for/buy Ketel One vodka. I've read that Absolut vodka is another good brand to consider. They're both gluten, sugar, and yeast free. I add my seltzer and a wedge of lemon, lime, or orange. I think orange is the best. I personally don't drink gluten-free beer or ciders, just because I'm sensitive to so many things and it's not worth taking a chance. Ciders tend to be very high in sugar content. A Woodchuck hard cider has 21g of sugar per bottle, for example. That's a lot of sugar, especially considering you may not stop after one. A lot of the ingredients in GF beers and ciders are ones which I haven't been tested for, and I'd rather not find out on my own that I'm highly sensitive to any of them.
As for wine- I prefer white and fruity, but I know better than to do that to myself now. I'm sensitive to grapes and sulfites, so I try to be kind to myself by not drinking it too often. However, I just found this wine at Trader Joe's- it's USDA organic, no sulfites DETECTED wine. It's "Well Red" and only $5.99, which is a fabulous price. My biggest piece of advice when it comes to making a good wine selection- make sure there's a USDA certified label on it. That's how you'll know it's made with organic grapes. It doesn't matter if the bottle simply says "organic" on it, or if the sales person tells you it's organic. It can only be organic if it's sporting that USDA label I adore so much.
To conclude- please drink responsibly...and sensitively.
Here are some links that may be helpful to some of my thirsty, sensitive followers.
Gluten free alcohol
Top 10 yeast free alcoholic drinks
Yeast free alcoholic beverages
More yeast free alcoholic beverages
My gluten free USA
Gluten free for life- which ones are safe?
Gluten free booze
Gluten free beer
Gluten free ORGANIC beer
Celiac.com - gluten-free alcohol