The first thing I usually hear when I tell someone I’m allergic to gluten and dairy is,
“Wow, that must be really difficult.”
Does this look like I’m living the rough life to you?
On the contrary, although I would say going gluten and dairy free makes things a bit more challenging, it is not difficult.
I can eat cheese, drink milk, eat ice cream, and enjoy pizza, enchiladas, even lasagna.
I can eat bread, pasta, pancakes, waffles, crepes, cookies, pie, cake…
They just simply cannot contain dairy or gluten.
There are more than 100 different types of gluten free grains and flours and there are numerous alternatives to dairy.
Eating at home is a breeze, of course. Just take a tour through my blog and you’ll be assured that we eat like “normal” people. Eating out can prove to be a challenge, but I’m always up for a good challenge. I would say only maybe 2 times out of 100 have we had to leave a restaurant because I couldn’t find something on the menu I could eat.
So if you are new to this life or even contemplating it, I will promise you, it is not as difficult as you may think.
Facing a challenge and doing something truly difficult are two different things. Don’t allow fear of what your family members and friends may think or say, or overwhelming feelings of how you’re going to completely re-vamp your food life keep you from making the leap from your “I feel like crap all the time” life, to “I feel fantasic!” life.
Waking up every morning pain free, free of swelling, intestinal issues, free of shingles, migraines, and all of the other hundreds of issues food allergies cause, make the destination well worth the journey.
If you are contemplating going gluten free, you can go here for quick tips and help in getting that healthier life you want:
Don’t Panic, Gluten Free Living Is A Breeze!
Change Isn’t Easy, But It Is So Worth It
For the sandwich I used:
Udi’s Gluten Free Multi Grain Bread
Earth Balance Soy Free Butter Spread
Organic Spinach Leaves
Olive Oil Mayonnaise
These are my favorite sandwiches to make and eat! I haven’t tired them with spinach…Yet!
I miss having them on sourdough! Whole Foods has an excellent sourdough round. They are pricy, and getting one would involve a three hour round trip journey for me. However, if you have a Whole Foods nearby, then I definitely recommend trying their sourdough!
I’ll have to keep that sourdough (GF?) in mind! Next time we head to Nashua or Boston we’ll make a stop at Whole Foods. 🙂
Yes, definitely Gluten Free! Sorry, I write sometimes based on the assumption that a) you know I too have Celiac, and b) that you are a mind reader and know intuitively what I am talking about. 😉
LOL! I remembered that you have Celiac, but you just never know. I’m happy to hear there’s a sour dough gf bread out there!
Can’t wait to try the sourdough, thanks much for the tip, Lynda!
That’s a great looking sandwich with lovely bread too. We have GF members in our family and like you say, it’s not that difficult. The hardest thing is finding decent bread! xx
Such a great looking sandwich, April. I can almost hear the crunch of that bread when the first bite was taken. I wouldn’t think to add spinach to mine but that’s going to change. Thanks for the inspiration.
It makes me feel a bit better after eating all that fattening mayonnaise. 😉
Oh.. this does look scrumptious. Gluten-free is such a wise choice for many different reasons. Although I am not allergic at all, I do reduce the amount of gluten in my diet when I can. I’ve often thought it would be great to have someone walk through the grocery store with me and to show me the brands that taste the best. xx