Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Who Needs Cake Anyway? (Whimper)

It's been two and a half weeks since I started eating gluten-free, and I feel so much better than before. I'd forgotten what it was like to have energy! Something is definitely working but now the question is whether it's the lack of gluten in the diet making me feel better or just a better diet in general. I'm not sure--I haven't done the big test of eating a lot of gluten to see if I have a reaction yet (bawk, bawk). I know I need to do that, but it's so nice feeling good I don't want to risk it.

No matter which outcome it is, though, I'm going to stay GF. I like energy--I've missed it. More than I miss bread. And yes, pasta. But, I have to confess, I'll be sorely tempted if I see cake... The biggest thing I've missed? Even worse than pasta? Gravy. I *love* gravy and most are flour based. So if anyone has a recipe or a recommendation for a GF gravy, please let me know!

And a big thank you to everyone who helped make Deeply, Desperately's launch yesterday so successful. Everywhere I turned, I saw mentions of it. I'm so very grateful. Group hug.


  1. Good for you on your GF journey.

    I tried to buy your book yesterday but the borders I was in didn't have it. Shame on them.

  2. Glad to hear you are feeling better! I should probably try going gluten free too, but don't think I could give up all the yummy foods! I bought Deeply, Desperatly yesterday. I tried to reserve it online at BN but it said it was out of stock so I had to call them and they said they didn't have it unloaded yet. They better hurry up! Can't wait to dive into the book, now if I can just find some quiet time.

  3. I had to go down to B&N and get to acknowledge that the books were in the store, just not shelved.

    This morning, I got my books!

    Congrats on going gluten-free. I want to do this and I'm taking the small step route.

    Have you tried rice noodles? You don't taste the difference when you make spaghetti.

    I took a picture of your book on the shelf...will post tonight since I used my regular camera.

  4. Skipped posting on my blog this morning. Busy reading. Skipped reading and commenting on other blogs this morning. Busy reading. Spent my lunch break at work locked in my office - reading. Just finished Deeply, Desperately.


  5. Oops, GF gravy recipes. Sorry.

  6. I'm not sure I go GF, but it might be worth trying to see if I notice a difference.

    Try this link for GF gravy...

  7. So happy that you are feeling better after going GF. Sorry I don't have any recipes for GF gravy, though.

    Also, I want to say how very much I am loving Deeply, Desperately. I am halfway through it and can not wait to finish the book. And yet, I don't want it to be over. Six months until Absolutely, Positively - sigh.

  8. Glad you are feeling good but it must be hard to give up so many foods. There are a number of really good recipe books out for GF diets now so you should really go for a browse in the local bookshop and see if you can pick some up - or just search online.

  9. Elie, I hope you are able to find it soon! And I'm sure you'll be hearing more about the GF journey--it's good fodder. :)

    Hi BJ--thanks for prodding B&N to get DD unpacked! Hope you have it now. The giving up fave foods is very hard--but feeling better really makes it worth it. And two weeks goes in a blink.

    Dru (((hugs))), I know you already own an ARC, so to pick up the book, too? Above and beyond. Thank you. I really haven't ventured into the special GF food section yet--just been modifying family meals. But I miss pasta, so I will try rice noodles soon!

    Linda! You made me LOL. THANK YOU. And I really hope you're more productive today. :)

    Kelley, like I said, it is hard. But it's only two weeks and worth the experiment. Thank you for the link! Great website!

  10. Sheery, six months does seem so far off, doesn't it? I'm re-reading Absolutely, Positively right now and I think you're going to like it... Thank you so much for buying DD--so glad you're loving it.

    Hi Cassandra Jade! Now that I've decided to go fully GF, I'll need to start getting books and really checking out GF websites. I know there is some great stuff out there I just need to find it!

  11. Gravy:

    Looks worth a shot!

  12. LOL, oops! Someone already posted that link! I think you can use a cornstarch/water mixture, right? That's actually how I make gravy anyway, so if you can have cornstarch, you're all set!

  13. Glad the GF diet is working for you. As for the cake...did you know Betty Crocker makes a GF cake mix?

  14. Heather,
    Gravy without flour is super easy to make, just use corn starch instead of flour (dilute cornstarch in hot water first to avoid clumping). Having found recent allergies to gluten, eggs, yeast and milk pretty much all baked goods are out for me. You get used to it but damn do I ever miss pizza......
    (sorry about the late post, but The Mouse is working me hard!!!!)