About a year ago, after many trips to the doctor to try to find out what was making me so sick (and a bunch of scary tests), it was suggested from a doctor that we pull all gluten from my diet. The results were amazing,and I have lived since then having to be very aware of the food that I eat.
Foods made specifically for gluten-free people don't always taste the way you would want them to taste. For those of you who have never had a slice of gluten-free bread, the texture of regular bread is totally missing. There are mixes on the shelves now for cakes, brownies, and the like, but they just aren't quite the same. I would love to hear back from others out there, who are having to watch your families eat burgers, pizza, big deli sandwiches, and apple pie. We, the people, who bake birthday cakes for our kids but don't get to eat them.
I know it is better for me to eat this way and yes, I feel so much better now, but I sure do miss eating a big bowl of regular pasta with alfredo sauce or a nice crispy piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken. I would love to see what foods others have found that help satisfy the texture cravings.
It is amazing how many foods have some form of gluten as an ingredient.
Occasionally, even though I know what the results will bring, I can't resist a French Crueller from Yum-Yum Donut's on Kanan (I reason that with this particular donut, since it is puffy and there is air in the middle of it, there must be less gluten....this is my own special kind of logic). I bring home a baker's dozen for my family, knowing perfectly well that at least one will end up on my plate (usually when no one is looking), but for me eating one is worth the discomfort.
I have found that Maddy's Market in Calabasas has a large selection of gluten-free foods, and many of the regular grocery stores are starting to stock more foods with the gluten-free label, but I still miss a big mouthful of a juicy burger on a regular, not "gluten-free", bun. It just doesn't taste the same wrapped in lettuce or put in a bun made from rice flour.
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