Ok, death may be a little dramatic and no I'm not a die hard Wallace & Gromit fan. But when I found out I had to give up gluten, my pastry-loving world crumbled (pun intended). It has been a year since I’ve said goodbye to the wheat world and much to my chagrin, I've never felt better. This change has not been easy. When first attempting to go gluten free I went through the 5 stages of gluten grief.
1) Denial - This doctor is a Quack! I want a second opinion.
2) Anger – This is not fair!
3) Bargaining – I’ll give up gluten Monday – Friday
4) Depression – If I can’t eat what everyone can eat, there is no reason to go out to a restaurant with all my friends.
5) Acceptance – I'm starting to see the benefits - you win.
Finding out this one time dietary staple was off limits caused me to approach cooking from a new angle. I read labels more diligently, hunted for new ingredients and researched new cooking techniques to add to my repertoire.
As I shared (and sometimes complained about) my venture into the gluten free world, I’ve been surprised by how many other folks are on a similar quest. In commemoration of being 259 days gluten free (there have been some slips along the way) I’ll begin posting recipes, rants, tips and techniques for my fellow gluten intolerants.
P.S. If you have any tips/recipes please share!