Monday, September 13, 2010

Gluten Free Awareness Day

Gluten-free Cherry Browine Bites 3
Gluten-free cherry brownie bites
Today is Celiac Disease Awareness Day.  I don't know for sure if I have celiac disease.  The tests that were done were inconclusive and further testing has not been done.  What I do know -- absolutely -- is that certain conditions have cleared up and I feel much better eating gluten free (GF).

What I like about eating GF:  Fewer food choices.  It's easier to read a menu and navigate through a grocery store or pick something from a cookbook.  It's a relief, actually.  I am a fan of limitations.

What I don't like about eating GF:  Social occasions, parties and church dinners.  The challenging thing is being perceived as "difficult" &/or "special needs" even though I can always find food to eat. 

What not to ask someone with a health-related dietary restriction:  "What happens if you eat it?"  In my particular case, the answer is not so much gross as it is technical.  Either way, it's not the best dinner conversation to have.

My favorite GF meal:  Enchiladas, baby!  Divine providence spared my favorite soul food because it's naturally GF, when GF sauce is used.  I want to experiment with making my own sauce from scratch with dried red chiles.  For dessert:  Gluten-free Cherry Brownie Bites (photo above) from Carol at Simply Gluten Free.

Some of my favorite finds:
  • Betty Crocker GF cakes and brownies ~~~ My chocolate birthday cake was delicious, but I had trouble finding wheat-free icing.  I kid you not.  Semi-sweet chocolate chips melt well onto a warm cake, I discovered.  I am looking forward to trying gluten-free Bisquick, too, but I haven't seen it yet.
  • Larabars ~~~ Nuts, fruit, and spices made into a delicious to-go bar with two to nine all-natural ingredients.  My favorites are the coconut cream pie and the cinnamon roll, but I have liked all of the flavors I've tried. 
I'm glad to know:  In the blogosphere, there are many, many kindred spirits ready to share their world of living with a galaxy of life circumstances, even if that circumstance seems, at first, like a limitation.  

And that reminds me of Becky's blog about the Blob, which is not GF but more FG (fun and games).   Enjoy!

4 comments:

Tiffany @ The Coconut Mama said...

Hi Sharon! I too don't know for sure if I'm celiac or gluten sensitive (the tests are too expensive for me)but I do feel better when I eat GF. I'm sticking to what makes me feel good! =)

Last night my husband brought home a pizza....I love pizza! That's the hardest part for me.

Jan said...

Thanks, Sharon. I sent this on to a friend of mine, who is gluten sensitive.

altar ego said...

My awareness of all of this has been greatly raised thanks to a parishioner with whom I have lunch regularly. I still have to remember to give her a small piece of Jesus at Eucharist (the danger of being so easily "in the groove"), but even with that lapse I am grateful that my relationship with her has opened my eyes to this particular world.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Hi there! I popped over here, from the 'Practical Magic' Party blog. And look what I found! You are in the Gluten Free maybe position, too.

No, I'm not happy that you are. I'm just happy to find another source for info.

Yes, I've found Bob's things and the Betty Crocker mixes. Will look into your other links.

Best of luck!

Gentle hugs...