Monday, April 7, 2014

Living Gluten-Free in a Family that Eats Everything

Tummy troubles. Not the most glamorous topic to discuss but I think we need to talk about it. I started having an upset stomach at some point in the last year. I can't tell you the exact time because it was awhile ago. (I know what you are thinking. No, I wasn't pregnant. But I don't blame you, I wondered the same thing.) I didn't know what was causing it and I was confused. It didn't happen every day but it did occur frequently. Now I realize that I should have gone to the doctor and been tested for Celiac's disease.

I didn't. Shame on me. I'm a total scaredy cat when it comes to doctors. Well, my friend convinced me to try the Paleo diet. We went Paleo for about 2 months and you know what?! I felt aahhmazing! I'm not lying. NO tummy troubles. 

We went off Paleo when we started having tons of family come to visit (that happens when you live in Alaska). I couldn't keep up with the diet and it was just easier to go back to our non-Paleo way of eating. Well, my tummy problems came back in a BIG way whenever I ate gluten. Holy sickness. I'll spare you the details...

I am now extremely sensitive to gluten. If I have even the smallest amount, I get very sick for at least 2 days. I do not want to live gluten-free, but at this time I have to. 

My family is NOT gluten-free. They have absolutely no problems eating it. I'm so jealous. I do not want to deprive them of all the deliciousness that can come with gluten-containing products so I will continue cooking just like I always have. 

I will continue using flour and other products with wheat/gluten. There will still be tons of baked goods coming your way, but my husband will be the official taste tester, as well as his co-workers, our friends, neighbors, etc., so rest assured that the recipes will still be well-tested. 

I will be including gluten-free modifications to each recipe as much as I can. Sometimes it means an easy change such as using gluten-free pasta instead of regular pasta. Other times, it might be simply eating the frosting off the cupcake and giving the rest to your kid (the frosting is the best part anyways, right?!). 

I will keep you updated on my journey and I hope this might help others who are trying to live gluten-free in a family that eats everything too!

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