Monday, May 23, 2011

Gluten Free to Gluten-less

As some of you may know, my husband and I decided to go a month (<-- post about this adventure) without eating gluten products. We realized gluten was taking up the majority of our diet, and we wondered what it would be like to go without. Neither of us have an allergy or react badly to the gluten, but we decided to give it a try just the same.

We had cleared out all gluten from our kitchen and were strict when grocery shopping. While we were at home, it was great. Our meals were very healthy and filled with other products. But when we were with friends and family on the weekends, it was very difficult to stay on our diet. We didn't want people catering to our challenge, and we ended up eating quite a bit.

Near the end of the month, we began to feel the strain of not simply having a quick sandwich to throw together. Still lovers of cereal, we couldn't afford the brand name of CHEX every week. It's very expensive substituting regular foods for gluten free similars.

We decided not to stick with the gluten free diet after all. Instead we try to cut back on how much we consume. It's much harder than it may sound. I have a newly-found respect for anyone with celiac's disease; going without gluten is more than simply not having bread. That's for sure!

We learned a few things from this month though. My husband's packed lunches contained more fresh fruit, cheese, and raw veggies. We also found that wrapping our chicken/tuna salads in a big leaf of lettuce worked just as well as two pieces of bread. We also found a delicious gluten free pancake mix that tastes more like a dessert than breakfast. I also found that cooking with tapioca flour is a lot of fun and makes delicious baked goods.

So there you have it. Thanks for your interest in the past month! I'm sure there will be something new coming up. :) Stay tuned.

1 comment:

i.ikeda said...

Thanks for this post. I've been wanting to try reducing the glutten around here too, and I may have some questions for you two.