Saturday, March 26, 2011

Terrible! What I have learned being Gluten-free.

Wow, it has been forever since I posted.  I thought this would be easy.  Just spend a little time every other day or so writing about my experiences.  Posting some recipes or products I have tried, etc.  Just like Bible Study, I have found it easier to do other things.  Sad.

 I have been attempting the gluten free lifestyle for about ten months now.  It is expensive and hard after 41 years of eating wheat products.  I miss my soft bread, pretzels, cake, etc.  I love GF brownies but I have not found a really good sandwich bread, either home made or store bought that I really like.  Udi's is great for toast and I have found a French bread mix from GF Pantry that makes a great pizza crust but nothing is soft enough for a nice sandwich.  Needless to say I have cheated.  Bad move.  I am now, once again suffering with knee pain and foot pain.  I am slowly detoxing once again because I can't stand doing it quickly and having to give up all grains and fruit of all kinds.  I do know now that I have to stay gluten free for the rest of my life.  I have also started having stomach pain and gas since I cheated.  I guess I really proved to myself that I am gluten intolerant at the least.  I thought about being tested for celiac but I know you have to start eating gluten rich foods again for several weeks and that is something I am not willing to do because of the pain I know it will bring back.
So, what does that mean.  No more gluten for me, ever!  I am on the search for a GF bread, either home made, a mix, or store bought that I can have a good sandwich on.  I know they won't ever be the same as wheat based breads but there has to be something better than what I have had so far.  I am also on a quest to find a way to enjoy the GF lifestyle on a smaller budget.  I think it is horrendous that they charge so much more for a GF product.  I don't believe for a minute that it costs $2 more a can to make GF mushroom soup!!  The industry is just taking advantage of gluten free people just as they do with medicines and natural supplements.
I am also going to start using all the recipes I have printed from the many GF blogs I subscribe to.  I want to test them and share them if they are good.  I may even publish a few of my own.  I make a mighty fine sweet and sour chicken or pork that is GF and my family loves it.  My problem is I need to start measuring so I can actually write out recipes.  I think I am going to invest in a good food scale too since I have read that weighing your ingredients makes for better bread results.  Hmm, will have to talk to the husband about that one.
Well,  guess I will peruse the recipes and try something new today.  I'll let you know what I made and how it turned out on the flip side.  Oh, and one thing I have tried is Bob's Red Mill Brownie Mix.  Yummo!  I did, however, put it in a little bit smaller pan than called for so they would be thicker and chewier.  Turned out fabulously!

 Until next time, which hopefully won't be months on end, have a great GF day.

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