Saturday, December 3, 2016

When People Try to Feed You

I think one of the hardest things I face is when people try to feed me.
Since I've been diagnosed for well over 10 years, I have most of the diet down, but the part where people want to feed me ....

People at work know I'm Celiac and when the bagels and donuts come in, I have my own snacks in my desk drawer if I want to eat. No problem!

Every now and then someone goes out of their way for me and brings in something they "think" is gluten free. My heart swells with joy, they're such wonderful, thoughtful people. And now I have to either tell them I can't eat it or pretend I ate it and lie. Either resolution is uncomfortable.

Some want to cook for me and then we have to have the whole cross contamination issue talk. It usually scares the heck out of them and they back off.

I think its strange that people are so set on feeding me. Believe me! I don't look like I'm starving! ;-)  I think sometimes its hard on Celiacs that our society is so centered around food. So, here we face another holiday season where the food will flow and people will say, "Oh, I'm sorry you can't eat this. It must be so hard."  To which I reply, "You see cake, I see a stomach ache."

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sad About Cheerios

A Cheerios ad popped up on my Facebook page and, of course, I read the comments.  Every single Celiac on that feed reported problems when eating Cheerios.

Cheerios has a great website where they explain the process of removing gluten from the oats before making the cereal. It's a great process, but obviously, by the amount of reported reactions, it doesn't work.

I suggested they find oats from dedicated fields if they want to put the words Gluten Free on their boxes, but at the amount of Cheerios they sell, that might not be cost effective. When I read that bit about 20 ppm is okay, i cringe. Okay for who? Who made up that number and decided it was a good limit?

Too bad, I used to like Cheerios. And Raisin Bran, Life Cereal, and Pop Tarts. Oh! Pita Bread!

I've been diagnosed since 2003 and I've seen a lot of new products pop up over the years. Being gluten free in 2003 was a lot different than it is now. Back then I had to have my health food store order gluten free products for me. Now I can pick them up at my local grocery. It's a different gluten free world so I believe there will be gluten free pita bread someday. I'm waiting....

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Gluten Free Cooking

Cooking is not my forte. I only cook when I have to, which is probably a couple times a week. Maybe food made me sick for a long time (before diagnosis) that I stopped looking at it as a desirable thing? Yes, I've learned about Celiac safe food and cross contamination, but still something holds me back from liking to cook.

When I do cook, I need easy to follow recipes that are gluten free from the start.
Here's a few places I stop by to find the good GF stuff to make.

Dishing Delish; This site makes my mouth water;
The Spinach balls were the best!!!

Nashtastic; You'll find lots of yummy stuff here;
I loved the Irish Stew!

Cooking Gluten Free; Years and years of GF recipes are on this site.

What's your favorite GLUTEN FREE recipe site?

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