Welcome and thank you for joining me on my new adventure! After suffering from numerous “illnesses”, stomach issues, swelling, joint problems, shingles, sinus issues,…yadda, yadda, yadda, I decided with help from my Naturopath that it would be a good idea to start a food diary. I kept the diary for a year and a half but it didn’t take nearly that long before I was able to easily recognize that I couldn’t tolerate gluten or dairy. Bummer, huh? To most people, those words sound an alarm of panic. What? How can I possibly go without gluten and dairy? What will I eat? I don’t know anything about “specialty” foods! How can I possibly fit my new diet in with my family, they’re picky eaters! Will I ever be able to eat like a “normal” person again? Well, I’m here to tell you to take a deep breath, turn off the panic button, and put all of your fears about changing your diet aside.
In the beginning, like many people, my first step was to head to the specialty isles in grocery stores to see exactly what was OK for me to eat. There are actually quite a few choices out there, some very tasty, and some not so much. Like a lot of the rice breads and rice flour products. I suppose they’re fine if you like your sandwich to crumble apart and your bread to have a weird, slippery, texture. For months I just lived with what I could find in the stores or without grains or dairy substitutes at all. Not fun. Not satisfying for a major foodie like me. Irritating. Even sad. “I can’t live like this! NO, I refuse to live like this!” I started Googling gluten free and dairy free recipes and ideas for everything I could think of. I educated myself on different types of gluten free flours and ingredients, on xanthan gum (Whaaa?), all kinds of things that would change my gluten free world forever…in a GOOD way!
So, if you’d like to join me on my new adventure, I’ll be posting all kinds of gluten free and dairy free recipes that won’t crumble, be slippery, gross, or any other negative word. You’ll even be able to feed your family the same thing you’re eating and they won’t ever know the difference! I also plan to do gluten free/dairy free product reviews to help you figure out what not to waste your money on. I’ll post pictures and step by step directions for my recipes, links to other awesome gluten free and dairy free sites, tips, and more.
Join me in taking a deep, cleansing breath, and let’s get through this gluten free thing together! ~April