My good friend Laura wrote up a little “Beginner’s Guide To Going Gluten Free” with perfect timing. I’m officially going Gluten Free per my doctor’s request. She was almost giddy that I didn’t scream running out of the room. “Yea,” I said expecting this, “I have some Gluten Free friends. It’s not too scary.” I hesitated. “I think.”
She was ecstatic that I had some support. And I do.
So with that in mind, I’m jotting down all the resources from Laura’s Guide to get started. I have Ashley here to help as well. And of course, I have you, my amazing community of people who Know Shit. I swear every time I mention something twitter is all, “OH, YEA, DUH, WE TOTALLY DO THAT” and I’m all, “WTF WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!”
All caps aside, I’m happy to have this support on this new venture henceforth known as, “what the hell can I eat and wheat is in what?!”
Dealing with food sensitivities and dietary restrictions can really threaten your enjoyment of life. Food and our culture surrounding the meal table is a powerful part of most of our lives. Give yourself time to grieve the loss of life as you knew it. But after the initial depression lifts and you don’t feel so overwhelmed anymore, remember that you are depriving yourself only of that which has hurt your body and made you sick! You will find new ways to celebrate with new foods; soon you will be able to navigate the grocery store, the restaurant menu, the kitchen cupboards with ease. Look forward to having fun and eating well! -Laura.
Just so you know, I’m with you. The baby I’m nursing has allergies, so I had to go off wheat, corn, soy blahblahblah, and then I found out it did me a world of good, so I’ll [try to] never go back. You get used to it, but baking sucks for me, so I’ll be reading your journey with interest!!
By wendy on 2010 06 23
Just FYI-Deboles rice pastas are actually really good. My kids even eat them without knowing it’s any different from regular pasta. Win.
By midget invasion on 2010 06 23
I didn’t say it in my post because I don’t want to take a snarky tone, but can I just say to you right now - YOU ARE EFFING LUCKY IT’S JUST GLUTEN!!!
I am wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, tomato, and nut free. And I’m mostly vegetarian.
AND, I’m finding it much more tolerable than the first time around.
So, take heart! You can do it and you can learn to live with it - like, THRIVE, not just survive.
By Laura on 2010 06 23
Have you already ‘met’ Stephanie over at http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ ? Her family’s GF, so all her recipes are GF, including in her cookbook (that doesn’t have pictures like her blog does). I have another online friend that’s not only GF from celiac, but has to avoid fruit, tomatoes, eggs, and something else for her nursling. Her diet is somewhat limited right now.
By Lanna on 2010 06 24
I went GF back in April and am still going strong (for the most part) and feel so good. I also cut out sugar because I am one of those take the plunge kind of people. It is much easier than I thought it would be and I really haven’t felt like I am missing anything. I’ve compiled some great recipes that I’d be happy to share.
By andrea on 2010 06 24
I love the Tinkiyada brown rice pasta…the boys eat it and can’t tell the difference. The baked stuff is crap…oh, except for the Kinikink donuts that are frozen that you can get at Freddies in the “Health Food” freezer. They are a tiny piece of heaven.
By Mrs. Tantrum on 2010 06 28