Monday, July 19, 2010

Can I Do It?

Those of you who've been following my blog for some time know that a) I have zero willpower and b) I don't like changes with my food.

Well, I'm about to be sorely tested. I'm going gluten-free for the next two weeks, a gluten elimination diet to rule out some health stuff.

Oh man. I've only been on it one day and already I miss bread. And pasta. And yes, yes. There are gluten free replacements for both. I was looking at them in the grocery store on Saturday. They never so much as budged from the shelf. Tapioca bread???? Um, not right now. I'd have to be really desperate, and it's only day 2. Complete desperation hasn't set in yet.

I was looking at some corn tortillas, thinking they could be used as a bread substitute for sandwiches. Um, no thanks. The pack I found was soft and mushy and just looked blah. Maybe it was the brand--and when desperation sets in (you know it will) I'll be searching other stores for different options.

I'm very thankful that my three favorite food groups--caffeine, potato chips, and Snickers bars--aren't affected by this diet. Some chips are, but not the ones I eat. Thank goodness. A girl can only take so much deprivation.

So, wish me luck. I'll need it.



  1. Heather, my girlfriend is gluton free. Surprizingly, she has found some great alternatives. After a few weeks you will be a pro (a healthier one).

  2. You should speak with Avery Aames about gluten free food.

    Good luck!

  3. I could go without the bread, but without pasta...I don't know. Good luck with this change. Just keep telling herself it's only two weeks and it will fly by (hopefully).

    Thoughts in Progress

  4. Oh, good luck. I would have a hard time cutting bread and pasta as well.

  5. I'm a firm believer that you can deal with almost anything if you know how long it will last. (Isn't that the purpose of timing labor pains?) Get out that old wall calendar, mark the end date in red and start x-ing off the days. You'll get through it.


  6. Wishing you lots of luck but I know you can do it. I'm semi gluten free and I feel so much better for it. It's difficult at first but the health benefits are worth it. Just take one day at a time.

  7. Corn pasta . . . Quinoa . . .

    I have been gluten free for 15 years, after a trip to the hospital in an ambulance! Turns out I am allergic to grains, yes, all grains, including rice, oats, kamut, etc.

    Sometimes I just want a grilled cheese sandwich on white bread. Sigh.

    Good luck, it is not so bad once you are used to it, you know after 2 or 3 years.

  8. I think the learning curve is the hardest. Sometimes gluten is hidden in the ingredient list under such terms as "modified food starch." I think once I have a better idea of what I can and can't eat, it will get easier. Watch, then the cravings will hit!

  9. My mother-in-law is gluten intolerant, and yes, the learning curve was a real monster. I'd be picking Daryl's brain!

    I've found that the best way to cook for my m-i-l is to emphasize other foods whenever I can, but she gets some things that are actually really good. Newman's Os come in a gluten-free version that I like better than Oreos, and Kinnikinnick makes English muffins I'd rather have than Thomas'!

    You might actually find some new favorites.

  10. I'm seriously addicted to Lay's Kettle Cooked potato chips. Seriously.