I’m not going to get into all of the kooky details, but my doctor thinks that I might have a gluten sensitivity and asked me to go gluten-free for three weeks.
When I learned that I was intolerant to dairy, I handled it pretty well. I was never a huge ice cream lover and could take or leave cheese.
This potential gluten thing, however, is not making me a happy camper. I’m honestly not sure if I can go without my movie theater butter popcorn (which contains LOTS of nasty stuff). It is my number one indulgence, and I watch movies simply because I want an excuse to eat it.
Naturally, Michael and I had a farewell bucket of popcorn on Saturday (OK, fine….two buckets) just in case popcorn and I are separated forever.
Until now, I never paid attention to gluten-free eating and didn’t realize just how many foods contain gluten. It’s in practically everything- even toothpaste and lip gloss!
It took me twice as long to shop for groceries this week because I had to inspect every single label.
Even though I’m not happy about this, there could be worse problems, and I’m sure I’ll manage just fine…even without popcorn. And I really feel for people who have Celiac disease or extreme sensitivities.
Over the course of the past few days, I’ve found some resources that might also help you or a relative who is gluten-free:
- Gluten-free-diet.org– Provides a simple breakdown of foods that contain gluten and those that don’t. There’s also a sample menu to follow.
- Celiac.com– An incredible comprehensive resource for all things gluten-free.
- Gluten-free Goddess– A beautiful blog with lots of yummy looking recipes.
- Gluten-free Everyday Cookbook– This got great reviews on Amazon, and it contains more than 100 recipes for main courses, soups, pastries, and desserts.
- The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide– This book was written by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, one of the co-hosts of The View. Elisabeth has Celiac disease, so her book really provides a first-hand account of what it is like to live gluten-free. In fact, she made some recipes from the book on yesterday’s show, including penne, buffalo chicken tenders, pulled pork sandwiches, sweet and sour chicken, and cupcakes. You can even find some of the recipes on the official website of The View, as well as more information about the book.
- iHerb.com– I order from this site all of the time, but I never looked at their gluten-free products until now. They have natural candies, pasta, condiments, chips, snack bars, flour, crackers, and much more.
- Gluten-Free Registry– This is a database of restaurants across the United States that have gluten-free options. You can even search by city!
Do you have a gluten sensitivity? If so, please share any tips you might have about making the transition. I could really use them. To be honest though, I’m still keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed that I don’t have a sensitivity after all.
Have a wonderful day!
(PS- I totally forgot to acknowledge it, but The Grass Skirt celebrated its one-year anniversary this past Sunday. Thank you to all of my wonderful readers. Without you, I’d basically just be talking to myself right now. 😉 )