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So, I have a food intolerance. It's not an allergy; I wont keel over and die if I eat it, cursing my beloved Pop Tart as I take my last breath. Nope, my body just doesn't process wheat or gluten well. If I eat it, I feel tired and I usually have a lot of headaches. So what has my solution been for the past 4 years?? EAT LOTS OF YUMMY WHEATY-GLUTEN FILLED FOODS, take naps and enjoy Advil everyday. In other words, ignore it.

So I was diagnosed with this food intolerance almost 6 years ago. I stuck to it for 2 years and I actually lost a lot of weight (no hamburgers and pizza for you when intolerant to wheat.) And it was great. I felt great. I had more energy than I had felt in years. Then I was like, WRU yummy food? So I threw it out the window and drove to the nearest McDonald's.

So now, with great reluctance I am heading back into the world of a wheat-free/gluten-free diet.
Reluctance because when you commit to being wheat-free you give up a lot of normalcy. You don't realize how much wheat flour is used (in rice mixes, soups, soy sauce, ketchup, vinegars, pudding, and pretty much anything with whole grain, multi-grain on the label just to name a few). It's almost impossible to go out to eat with friends. Thankfully I live in California where a lot of people choose a gluten/wheat free lifestyle so many mainstream storms here carry those products. Our lovely local Yogurtland being one of them (thank you Red Cupcake Batter yogurt for being gluten-free!!)

I'll probably post random lovely wheat and gluten-free things I find at the store on my LJ so now you'll know why! It's been 4 years since I actively shopped for those items so here's hoping they have improved in taste since then -_-

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windfury
Aug. 22nd, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
I'm coeliac, so I've been on a super strict gluten free diet for about 13 years. It is getting better. At some point in the relatively recent past gluten free became a diet fad and consequently you'll find most reasonable places will now cater for it without rolling their eyes and giving you a plate of steamed vegetables and a weak excuse about it being the only option. And honestly eating out was the one thing I did miss before, I tend to cook a lot at home though so that was never a big hassle for me.

Also, we don't have them here but apparently gluten free croissants exist in America. I swear to god I will pay you to ship me some if you ever come across any on your gluten free adventures.
nelfspriest
Aug. 22nd, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)

I'll keep an eye out for them! ;)
The gluten free mac n cheese I had last night was terribad. ;( It was Amys Brand. I really love macaroni! I'll have to experiment with making it from scratch with different gf options.

happeningtolife
Aug. 24th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
Was it with the soy cheese or the regular cheese? (I don't know if you're avoiding dairy at all.) The one made with soy "cheeze" is... ucky, but I found that if you add some onion flakes and/or garlic powder and red pepper to the gluten-free (but not dairy free) version of Amy's Kitchen mac'n'cheese it's not so bad. Compared to the gluten kind, yeah, it's not the best, but if you don't compare it I've found it tastes better (just my $0.02, hehe).

Edited at 2011-08-24 10:29 am (UTC)
nelfspriest
Aug. 24th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
Its the regular cheese. Today I added some aged Parmesan and garlic powder to it. Much better! Thanks for the tip!
happeningtolife
Aug. 24th, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
There are some nommy bits of gluten-free goodness out there, still, though. Obviously not as convenient as McDonald's (EWW haha), but still. Look up stuff made by Amy's Kitchen (for entrees if you want to buy frozen ones for quick meals sometimes; their Mexican dishes, especially the enchiladas, are delicious - nice and cheesy). Also look for stuff by Glutenfreeda (I think is the name? - they have really good breakfast burritos). I also know that there are gluten-free doughnuts you can get to warm up in your microwave and eat, and I am pretty sure those are also by Glutenfreeda although I might be wrong.

I thought I had candidiasis (Candida infection) before I got diagnosed with fibro so I was eating gluten- and sugar- and mostly dairy-free too. Lately I've gone back to eating normally to see if it changes how I feel (since with fibro, sometimes gluten-free can help with the pain) but since I haven't noticed a difference, I'm not going to go back. It makes me feel healthier but it's not worth how much the stuff costs to get (at least, right now it's not, since money is a bit tight).

Hope that helps!! sorry I rambled. >_> Heh.
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