Tuesday, January 13, 2015

National Gluten Free Day

               Happy National Gluten Free Day! 

A little over 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac's Disease. This was a huge problem for me, because I LOVE food!! My entire life I had eaten whatever I wanted and never had a problem, so why now? I hate to admit it, but I didn't eat to live, I lived to eat. Honestly, I was thinking about what I was going to eat for my next meal, as soon as I was done with the one I was already eating. Yeah, I know! It was bad. Not to mention, one of my favorite things to do is to go out to dinner! I love trying new restaurants. 

I didn't know what I was going to do. I thought, I will never be able to give up these foods that I love.  No more nice dinners or pancake breakfasts or pizza and hoagies for game nights. You get the idea. I was going to be the difficult one who had to know all the ingredients in everything, whenever we did go anywhere. It was so embarrassing!

Fast forward to where I a now and I am ashamed that I thought that way. I am sure that there are tons of people out there who have to cut out way more from their diet, and they aren't complaining! It was just new to me and I had to get used to it. Now, I don't even realize that what I am eating is gluten free. There are so many food markets and restaurants that have gluten free options. I am so grateful. I don't even miss those foods that I can't have anymore. Well, maybe sometimes! The truth is, I feel so much better than I did before and I have way more energy, which is what I really need now that I have a toddler, and really I didn't have a choice. It was a life change that I had to make and I am sure my body will thank me for it later. 

Here is a list of some of my favorite gluten free websites, restaurants with gluten free options, and food markets.

Trader Joes

Whole Foods
Katz Gluten Free
Pei Wei Asian Diner
Distrito Restaurant
The Tortilla Press
GlutenFree.com (so many great resources)
Against All Grain (new recipe book I am trying out)

Plus so many more! 

To all of my gluten-free friends out there, don't be discouraged! It can be hard at first, but the food industry has come such a long way from where it used to be when Celiac's Disease first started being diagnosed! There are so many options out there and remember, coming from the girl who lived to eat, it's only food! 

Many Blessings,


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