Gluten Free~3rd entry

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I have now been on my gluten free eating for 10 days,, and while in some cases it is getting easier, in others it is hard! We ( my husband and I) went to the YMCA and before had stopped at Panera’s for an early dinner. Since I had gone to Comfort Zone and had so many choices I was sure that at Panera’s was going to have some great choices…. I was sadly disappointed. They had no bread choices that were gluten free, a few pastries and soup, chili and salads. I had learn through my reading that some salad dressing had gluten, so ended up choosing the turkey chili with cut up fresh fruit on the side, and my husband got chips, which were gluten free. I was really sad that there was no bread I could use for a sandwich. Oh well, we went on to the gym and worked out, I came home feeling better.

The next day, I enjoyed cereal in the morning, and raisins for a snack. Then I had peanut butter on gluten free rice cakes with an orange for lunch. For dinner we went to Julie’s restaurant and I was cautious as I looked at their menu, thinking there would not be any choices for me… I was so wrong! They had several choices from gluten free pasta, to gluten free bambino pizzas, any of them! So my husband, our friend and I all got gluten free pizzas , different types, so we could try them all. I got the steak with peppers, my husband got the Mexican pizza and our friend the gluten free chicken finger pizza. Then we shared them all and enjoyed each one! The dough was lights and tasty mighty good. Thank you Julie’s Pizzeria for having choices for us!

So as I come home I open the ebook up again to read some more. I wanted to know what can I have as snacks or light meals. Apples and cheddar cheese, oh my I do love that, yogurt ( guess you have to watch some of them, they have gluten in them .. I guess for thicken) and of course fresh fruit and vegetables.   Of course I can have corn chips, they only have corn in them, and Wal mart has a gluten free cheesetoes , but your have to watch chips as some have gluten in them. And then there is salsa, or guacamole dip, again check for gluten, so I am starting to like that it does not take a lot of time to prepare some snacks. Popcorn is a good snack anytime of the day. Taco shells made from just corn are ok. Cottage Cheese, cream cheese, and with ice cream, you have to watch, because of some of the flavor there is gluten added. And Pickles… they are ok, whew…. We are good again.

Then I started reading up on different types of flours…. WOW that is a lot to take in. There are so many types of gluten free flour, rice, buckwheat, almond coconut, corn, oat and then of course, Red Mill and Hodgkins all have gluten free flour. And with some of them you have to adjust the measurement, not always 1 to 1 when you use them, and some you have to add more eggs or less eggs . This is making my head spin. I am glad we have so many choices, but wow. I love cornbread and hush puppies, and dang if some cornmeal does not have flour added. So back to reading the labels again, which I guess is not that bad of a thing. Even with the pasta… I can have beans, so I thought any pasta made with beans would be ok, but I was wrong. There was a brand ( forgot the name) of pasta made from beans, and it had wheat in it. So guess I really should stay where the gluten free items are shelved and not venture out to the rest of the store. And I can still use my sugar, or honey as sweeteners so I might even attempt to bake some… later.. So I continue to make my choices, one item at a time, one day at a time and this adventure is going along fine for now.

Gluten free~2nd entry

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Ok, I have to research in short time periods or I just get to overwhelmed and want to quit, but that is not an option, I really want to do this. So I went to the store, got two loaves of gluten free bread to try. This one is Schar Artisan multigrain bread. Deep breath, I open the package, take out two slices, I was surprise to see that they were thick slices, ok, that is good… texture looks right, so I pop them in the toaster, added peanut butter and took my first bite. Then a second bite… and you know what? It is not bad at all! Happy Dance… I get to eat my bread. I knew that was going to be one of the things I was going to have a hard time not eating and craving. As I am doing research I guess I fall into the Gluten sensitive group… in other words, I will not get super sick if I get gluten, just may not feel real good. For a product to be labeled gluten free, it contains less than 20 parts per million, that is not much at all. Not what contains Gluten…. Wow, well, anything that has wheat, rye, barley, triticale, malt, brewer’s yeast, …. Oh boy, this may not be as easy as I was hopping for.. But I will continue to do this one item at a time, one choice at a time. As I continued to read the book had a recipe for gluten free homemade playdough… Really?!, but if you think about it, kids, being kids put everything in their mouth, and I guess it can be absorbed through you skin too. Ok, make sense.. then it goes on to say that you need to check your health products too as they may contain gluten.. as it is a thicken agents… so that means, lotions, shampoos, make up, toothpaste, mouthwash, soaps, even the glue on a envelope! Wallpaper glue… that is crazy. Ok, I promise I will not eat wall paper glue. Geez. It is time to quit reading and run some errands.

So I took a nice drive to pick up my scripts in Hamburg and stopped at Comfort Zone a little coffee shop café we enjoy. I was just going to get a cappuccino and drool over the foods I could not eat.. I happen to ask, do you have gluten free items? YES! I was able to get a breakfast sandwich , eggs, cheese, and sausage with gluten free bread. (not bacon, as it could have gluten… got to research that one) and I kid you not, it was Delicious! In their glass display case is a green tray, everything on that tray was gluten free… so I got a coffee cake to take back and try with a friend of mine. We were both surprised how good it tasted. One more choice that was gluten free and on my path to being gluten free.

I come back home and start looking through my cabinets again… found my malt vinegar, well that has to go, and then was checking out my soups… wow, either they had noodles , so they had gluten, or if they were creamy, they had wheat, so they are gone, guess it was time to clean my cupboards. So those products my husband can use if he chooses or we will donate them to the food pantry if they are unopened. So got to stock up on pasta, I had gotten some gluten free rice pasta when I went to the store, so that can be put up on the shelves, while I have to rehome the gluten pasta. Now on to the next cupboard and uh oh.. we have issues here as it holds my crackers all kinds, and of course they are all full of gluten… and I do butter churning demonstrations and now I will need some gluten free crackers to use for giving out samples to others that may be gluten free.   But the crackers that are unopened can go to my crate I have packed for the demos and can be used. Next shelve down are my pancake/waffle mixes… nope, they have to go, and then are my packets I use fro Gravy and sauces, yep, everyone of them had gluten, so those get tossed into the food pantry box. Ok, think I need to stop and breath…. Then onward I will go and so will you as I will continue writing this journal.

 

Gluten Free… here I come

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Gluten Free… What?!

I have hypothryroidism, fibromyalgia and lower back degeneration for years now…. tried several different things for the pain, injections, pain meds, relaxers… all of it. I did discover I do not like the injections ( put more weight on me due to the steroids in them) and the prescription meds.. just did not like how I felt. So I started doing acupuncture and discovered it really , I mean really helped, but still needed something else, I was still having a hard time getting around. I had removed preservatives from my diet ( eating more fresh and not processed food and vegetables) and removed all artificial sweeteners, all which did help lower the fibromyalgia pain… but it was still there. On some days, it just hurt to stand, sit, move, not move… so it was recommended at my appointment, right before Thanksgiving, that I try gluten free. Gluten free…. Well, I know what it meant, but could I do it? I was sure willing to try it, sure could not hurt, so I got it in my mind to start after the holidays in the beginning of a New Year. We were heading down for a trip, and I thought… well, I could start by trying to eliminate gluten from my diet during the trip, that should be easy enough, just better choices, right? Well that is what I thought as we took off. So as we drove, I downloaded books on my kindle.. Gluten Free for dummies ( yes there is a dummy book for everything) and a few others books regarding gluten free to read. WOW, oh boy, talk about being confused and overwhelmed, maybe I could not do this. But once I calmed down, and stop trying to memorize everything and read I realized I could do this, one food item at a time, one choice at a time, after all, I was not going to go gluten free all at once, just one choice at a time and to learn to be more aware. So each stop we made for food, I just really looked at the menu and tried to make a better choice, such as, broiled, baked or blacken meat, instead of fried, fish, sigh no more fish fries, but it was healthier too, salads.. I am not a big fan of salads, but I could eat them, but now I have to watch out for some salad dressings as well. Not eating bread was one thing I knew I could do, maybe not like, but doable for the time. So I kept that in mind and I was happy that by the time we came home, I had truly eliminated about 75% of the gluten from my diet during the trip. Ok, I think I can really do this. I had a friend who was going to be my partner of sorts and encourage and guide me some, so I was not alone, and my husband also agreed to eliminate it and go gluten free at the house. (He will still get his, but supported my cooking gluten free and such) So did some more studying and started putting gluten free items on the grocery list. Now my husband does most of the grocery shopping so I checked out what I might want for breakfast type foods and put it on the list. Cheerios, and I have been eating them for years, Chex cereals were all gluten free, so I added them to the list with which one, of the Chex cereals I would like, so he could see which ones were there on the shelves and grab the ones I had on the list. Now I thought that he would come back with one or two boxes of cereal…. Imagine my surprise when he came back with eight boxes of Chex! He had gotten 2 of each one I wrote down, they were on sale….. Wow, got to love that man, now, where to put them all! I had picked up two loaves of gluten free bread, and some rice, that is gluten free ( now I am researching everything to make sure) some gluten free noodles, some gluten free crackers, lightly salted rice cakes, gravy mixes, some gluten free rice flour have everything in a basket and I am ready to start my new adventure at home. Then I decided I was going to keep a journal of my progress or lack of, what I like or did not like, for me and maybe others to follow. So here I go… Gluten free journey, adventure and what will happen. I will be healthier I know, but can I truly do it.. My daughter in law has, so she can guide me some, I have the books, a friend to help me, the support of myhusband, so the tools are in place. Deep breath, here I go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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