I am going to write about how different life has been for Mo and myself ever since we have been diagnosed with Celiac's Disease. Yes, life has been very different. It has also become a pain in the ass!
In my life I have enjoyed the bread of existence. I am an admitted Krispy Kreme addict. I am a baker of cake and pastry. How the hell Karma decides it would be good to give me a disease where I can no longer enjoy those very things is beyond me. The siren smell of fresh home made bread baking in the oven is one of my happiness triggers! Now I can look and smell, but no longer taste. THAT FUCKING BLOWS!!!! Morgan hasn't learned about all the wonders of baguettes, sour dough, and challah.... so she really doesn't know what she's missing. Me, on the other hand, I know exactly what I am missing. Once again.... with feeling...... THAT FUCKING BLOWS!!
As of January first, Mo and I have been gluten free. We made a pact, (and promised many a gastroenterologist), to give up the gluten. For the most part, we have been without gluten. (Think lot's of meat, rice, and veggies.) Going out to restaurants can be tricky. I twittered and blogged my delight at Carrabba's having a gluten free menu, and I found out that Outback had a gluten free option on the ordering system the servers use to input their orders so the kitchen can leave off the gluten containing products. Most places though, do not have a separate menu.... so it's either salad or some sort of grilled meat. We call it the steak and baked potato diet! The kids meals are another story. Most of them are breaded or fried, or contain pasta. Yeah..... not so good. Morgan usually can't eat 95% of what is on most kids meal menus. I usually share something with her off of the adult menus to alleviate this problem. Recently, I went to a McDonalds over here in Sarasota and asked them to make me a Quarter pounder with cheese hold the bread. The guy behind the counter didn't even blink, rang it up, and even got me a knife and fork so I could eat it. OH MY GOD! I hadn't had a hamburger since July and I was in heaven!!! Mad props to that Mickey D's for helping a girl out with her greasy burger fix.
Stopping all gluten has helped in the weight loss department. I've dropped about 10 to 15 pounds in my estimate. (I am not doing the scale thing.) I am fitting into clothes I haven't been in in a long while and I am more energetic. I'm also sleeping better. Less stomach upset = more restful sleep. One of the down sides I have noticed is I am now SUPER SENSITIVE to gluten in everything now. Having gone a full month without gluten, my stomach now knows what it is to feel better... good even! Now when I have the least little bit of glutenous food.... I either become violently ill or I am channeling some sort of Montezuma's revenge! I had a Super Bowl party where we had gluten foods available and I partook of some of it. BAD IDEA!!! The next morning I was dry heaving and barfing for the rest of the day. Oh yeah.... it wasn't pretty. So now, I am even more inclined to stick to the gluten free thing.
So there we are.... Mo and I...... living la vida loca without gluten. I miss bread. I miss crackers. I miss garlic bread sticks at the Olive Garden.......
But I bet I will feel alot better without them.
And on that note.... I just ate a Krispy Kreme doughnut!