Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Matter of Loaf and Death

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!


Anonymous said...

Great title...I'm mighty impressed you hung w/ the GF diet that long. That takes some damn focus!! Good for you! I have no recipes, but have found Whole Foods to have an amazing GF selection...even in the lovely and delish pastry/deli deptmt! Mmmm...mmm!

I look forward to your next posting!

Devon said...

Love it! I didnt know you were G-free as well! I probably shouldn't be posting this on a culinary goddess' website BUT today I found a betty crocker cake mix in Wegmans. I feel like I won a battle. keep the tips coming! I'm still in denial :)

Anonymous said...

I would say I'm at stage 3 1/2. I'm very new to gluten free but do feel better! It helps that my roommate has been gluten free for 3 years. She makes Pasta, Cake, Cookies, Bread, Everything!! Gluten free has never been so delicious!!! I'll forward her this site and she might have some great tips!

Megan said...

Hey there.... i'm your little sister Kim's roommate down in Athens!! She always talks about how you're gluten free and well, so am I. I've been off gluten (and dairy) for three years now. best decision of my life (except when i'm really craving a krispy cream donut) i'd love to hear more about your recent decision to go gluten free. let me know if you have any questions about good brands/other tips. talk to you soon!

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