Friday, January 29, 2010

My Gluten Free Life

The gluten free cereal I bought online from arrived this morning via UPS. I immediately opened one box and cooked two servings for a late breakfast. The whole grain brown rice cereal  style=
tasted so delicious after going a few weeks without any cereal. I had gone to Rose's Wheat Free Bakery in Evanston, IL earlier in the week to pick up several loaves of gluten free bread and ate several slices that same day - every meal was made up of sandwiches. Foods as simple as bread and cereal can become a delicious treat when it is no longer so easily accessible.

I had no idea how many foods contained wheat until I found I had Celiac disease and had to eliminate gluten from my diet. I started reading food ingredient labels and searching on the Internet for lists of foods I should stay away from. In the list of unexpected foods that may contain hidden gluten I found: salad dressing, soy sauce, deli meats, Seitan, brown rice syrup, many prepared soups and stews, dry mustard. baked beans and more.

There are so many foods that can contain wheat as a filler that the only safe food to order in a restaurant is very simple such as grilled fish or chicken with a baked potato or rice and a salad with oil and vinegar dressing. These are not very exciting choices but staying within a very narrow list of food choices keeps Celiac disease from progressing any further. Both Chinese and Mexican restaurants offer choices that do not contain wheat and these restaurants are a welcome change now and then.

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