Sister in Denial...

My sister Angi was diagnosed with Celiac Disease this week.  I talked to her yesterday to see how she's doing.  Our conversation went something like this:

"How's the new diet going?"
"ummm..." uneasy laughter, "my work brought in lunch today so I haven't started my gluten free diet yet."
"Angi, when that happens you have to tell people that you can't eat gluten so that they'll pick up something you can eat."
"But I wanted pizza!"
"You're impossible!"

Complete denial!  She hasn't even posted her diagnoses on her blog - for any of you that know her, that's really saying something!  So Angi, this post is for you.

Gluten Free 101:

First of all, gluten is poison to your body. POISON!  The real deal -  skull and crossbones included! Remember that health movie when they show someone sneeze and they magnify it and show all the droplets in fluorescent colors so you can see where it lands?  Gross, I know, but that is how you have to think of gluten.  It's so easy to get gluten through cross contamination, so wash your hands constantly.  It can get a little crazy when you're trying to feed your baby and feed yourself, but even if you have to wash your hands 50 times a day it will be worth it if it keeps you healthy.  (Keep lotion on hand - all that washing can be brutal, especially in the winter!)

READ YOUR LABELS!  Even if it's a product you've bought before, double check that the manufacturer hasn't changed any of the ingredients.

After saying all of that, being on a gluten free diet really isn't that bad or that hard.  Sure you'll have bad days, but if you live in a state of preparedness those days will be few and far between. To help you get started here are some of my favorite things to eat that are naturally gluten free and can easily be found at your regular grocery store.  I'm only doing this because I love you and don't want to keep seeing you get sick!

Remember the chili you ate for dinner last night with french bread?  Next time try eating it with some crunchy fritos.  I love those with chili!  and they're gluten free!

Quesadillas - I started eating these on my mission and still eat them almost every day for lunch.  Most corn tortillas are gluten free (always check labels on everything) and you can use different cheeses for variation.  My favorites are mozzarella, colby jack and pepperjack.

Refried and black beans - eat with quesadillas

Corn Chips and salsa.  I love the mango salsa from Costco.

Salsa mixed with cottage cheese.  Eat with corn chips.  This is easy to pack for lunch and filling too.

Apples and peanut butter

Fruity Pebbles (check Label)

Dora Cereal Cinnamon Stars (check Label)

Trix (check Label)

Rice Chex

Popcorn, Cracker Jacks

Most Ice Cream

snickers, reeses peanut butter cups, m&m's

String Cheese

Yogurt (check Label)

Rice Crackers and hummus (check Label)

Cozy Shack Rice Pudding (I love this stuff!)

Trail Mix -store bought or make your own (check Label)

Trio Bars, Lara Bars (granola bar type snack)

And of course all of your fresh fruits and veggies! Eggs, chicken, pork, beef etc... Watch out for meats that are marinated.

This is a pretty good list to get you started.  Please don't put it off any longer - your body will thank you!  When you're ready for Gluten free 201: a crash course in gluten free baking, let me know.  I've got all sorts of recipes that you're going to love!!!


Angi Gerrie said...

You are a naughty, naughty SISTER!!! Kyle laughed when I got mad that you wrote this- he was like "it is true-you are in denial!" anyway, I am going to be making a post about this- I have been so busy- you know that. I just spent 125 dollars at walmart buying GLUTEN FREE FOOD for the next week or so... so stop giving me crap and give me ONE LAST WEEKEND of poisening myself!

Linds Forrest said...

You are such an amazing person always watching out for others and helping everyone be their best self!!

H.Peter said...

I found your blog via your sister's comment on my blog...

Once she visited my wife's bakery, your sister will be be GF for good, no worries


Lavender and Parvati Cullen said...

I just stumbled upon your blog when looking for a gluten free cake recipe. I was diagnosed as allergic to gluten almost a year ago, and it's really hard. I'm able to avoid gluten when i'm at home, but once i'm out, it's almost impossible. I tell myself all the time that I can't eat gluten, because it's so terrible for me. You don't know how much it means to me to find a whole blog about gf recipes that actually taste good, as apposed to the gross gf cake mixes i can't stand. Finding your blog has helped me stop indulging in gluten. Thank you so much! :)