Tuesday, July 22, 2014
But it is still Tuesday, and while I know eating GF means changes, I am determined to not let it dictate everything. Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is a perfect solution! We haven't been in a while, but they offer GF pizza crusts and their pizza prep avoids cross contamination. Don't believe it? You get to watch them assemble your pizza using separate ingredients including sauce and toppings than those on the main bar. Just be sure to tell them you need the GF pizza and watch them go to work.
The pizza costs $2 more for GF but is quite tasty and an individual size is really too much. The crust is crisp and doesn't taste like cardboard. In fact, it was delicious. But once the pizza cools off, it's not quite as good, but a quick heat at home will fix things if you have leftovers.
Breakfast: egg whites with cheese, orange juice
Lunch: because we were going out for dinner, I brought food to graze throughout the day. Cherries, almonds, frozen blueberries with vanilla yogurt, and granola.
Snacks: S'mores dip, gf graham cracker, popcorn
Monday, July 21, 2014
Costco carries a variety of natural, organic, and/or gluten free products. I found some quinoa, corn and rice blend penne, made in Italy, labeled gluten free right on the package. Sweet! A friend had mentioned trying quinoa pasta and enjoyed it.
Breakfast: egg white omelet, orange juice
Lunch: Sonny's BBQ sliced pork (no sauce), plain baked potato. The only difference between today's order and my usual order is that I ordered the sandwich without bread. Little did I know when I had the garlic bread last Monday that it would be the last time. I guess I am glad I had it; I never dreamed I couldn't again.
Snacks: TJ's granola, almonds, fresh cherries
Dinner: I was planning to make a pasta but instead opened a bag of Chicago Mix popcorn (certified gluten free on the bag, ingredients checked). Chicago mix means caramel corn and cheddar cheese corn. Surprisingly tasty together.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Little did I know that as I munched on chips and salsa and ate chicken fajitas last Sunday, those would be my last flour tortillas, my last "chips and salsa" from places I can't guarantee don't use the chip oil for other, flour based crisping. I have yet to make a safe plan for Mexican restaurants besides chains like Moe's which I don't really count as "Mexican" because everyone who works at Moe's is a fresh scrubbed high school or college student, while the folks at our preferred Mexican restaurants are actually from Mexico. But I will get there, just not today.
Since today was Customer Appreciation Day at our local Beef O'Brady's, I checked the internet and found their gluten free menu items. Cool, the pub chips that I like were included on the menu along with the burgers sans buns and grilled chicken. I decided on a grilled chicken basket with the pub chips because they were listed on the corporate site's gluten free menu. Before ordering, I asked the server if they had a gluten free menu I could look at as the one on my phone was really small. She said they didn't have anything gluten free that she knew of, so I showed her what was on the website, and I ordered my food. The manager, who we talk with every time we are there, came by to visit. I told him I was told this week I have to eat gluten free and showed him the website, too. It was news to him. Then I asked my most important question: is anything else fried in the same oil vat as the pub chips. Thank goodness he told me that while they are not supposed to, if the kitchen gets backed up, they may very well drop a basket of breaded chicken tenders in the same fryer. Cross contamination alert! This was exactly what the doctor cautioned us about when he gave us my diagnosis.
Breakfast: Van's waffles with Mrs. Butterworth's syrup and fresh cherries and a banana. The waffles were already sweet but dry, so the syrup helped. Of course there isn't much that Mrs. Butterworth can't fix.
Lunch: Grilled chicken, plain, with carrot and celery sticks.
Snacks: Trader Joe's cranberry and maple nut granola, raspberry/vanilla ice cream bar
Dinner: Homemade BBQ ground beef on Udi's white bread, Lay's potato chips
Saturday, July 19, 2014
A friend invited me to walk this morning, so I went 2 1/2 miles around the neighborhood pond. Later in the day, the same friend took me to both Whole Foods and Trader Joe's to see what gluten free products they offered. I bought a few to try which you will see referenced in my food logs over the next few days, and I was able to find the gluten free graham crackers I wanted to have before making a S'Mores dip recipe with chocolate chips and marshmallows.
Breakfast: Banana, two slices of Rudi's gluten free cinnamon raisin bread, toasted.
Lunch: Red Elephant's Southwestern Chicken Salad without the tortilla strips. This is what I usually order only I usually have the tortilla strips.
Snacks: fresh cherries, handful of Trader Joe's GF Cranberries and Maple Nut Granola, and a Raspberry Vanilla Ice Cream treat, also from Trader Joe's
Dinner: leftover gf spaghetti with Classico sauce. I wondered how the pasta would reheat and found it to be ok, but it needed more sauce than when freshly cooked.
I would say overall that today was a good day in taking care of myself and getting some things ready for the work week ahead. Planning is key so I won't be caught with nothing safe to eat.
Do you have a favorite gluten-free product from Whole a Foods or Trader Joe's? Share them with me in the comments.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Breakfast: Corn Chex with fresh blueberries and skim milk
Lunch: Ruby Tuesday with their GF menu in hand (plus a coupon). I had their sliced sirloin petite plate, nothing on the meat when cooked, steamed plain broccoli, and mashed potatoes. The garlic cheese biscuits stayed on the other end of the table.
Snacks: Nabisco GF rice crackers with Peter Pan crunchy pb and Welch's grape jelly. I don't like the crackers plain, but one of my boys watched a YouTube about gluten recently and remembered peanut butter was a safe food (of course I verified the specific one we had on the shelf). Frozen blueberries with vanilla yogurt. A handful of Blue Diamond almonds (the Emerald ones have possibility of cross contamination so I had to buy new almonds for me), and a few Lay's original chips. And a fresh cherry.
Dinner: Mueller's GF spaghetti with Classico sauce and Parmesan cheese.
Day 1 had to start with what I already had on hand as I had not been shopping yet, what with the whole post-procedure sedation and all that. I went to the grocery store after work and took some time to read labels, look for the GF symbols, and check prices. I also bought food for my family, so my cart looked like an oxymoron. Don't judge, ok?
Lunch: Moe's - Close Talker salad (streaker) - no shell, ground beef, romaine lettuce,shredded cheese, pico, tomatoes, and sour cream. No chips because they share the oil with flour tortillas.
Dinner: Uncle Ben's original rice
Snacks: frozen blueberries with Publix vanilla yogurt, a few GF crackers (various brands as a taste test). Udi's oatmeal raisin cookie and chocolate bite (courtesy of my thoughtful coworker).
Lunch was the same as I always get at Moe's with the exception of chips. Dinner was similar to other late evening arrival at home.
My diagnosis was the result of a casual mention of chronic iron deficiency when I went to the pre-colonoscopy appointment my health plan sent me to because I turned 50 this year. I had been tracking the iron deficiency under the care of both my primary doctor and hematologist. The GI's office suggested some specific blood tests, one of which was the ttg-iga. My results were so high that there was no question I needed to have it confirmed by endoscopy. The results came in on Tuesday and my already scheduled GI appointment was on Wednesday, so the GI doc did the endoscopy while I was already there and prepped. No question about it... Celiac's.
What I didn't know was that one way Celiac's manifests itself is through iron deficiency. Makes sense if you think about it. My body wasn't doing what it should to absorb nutrients, and one common thing that is easily screened for is iron levels.
So now what? My mom has been living gluten-free for several years now although her symptoms were drastically different than mine. A coworker has children in her family that have to eat gluten-free. Several online friends also follow GF diets. All of these folks have offered hugs and recommendations for GF products and meal ideas to get me started. One friend even shopped at the grocery store with me (well, virtually, because I would text pictures of ingredients if I wasn't sure something was GF and she would tell me yay or nay. I found an app for that today).
So here we go...
Monday, March 12, 2012
Here are my 2012 Men’s NCAA Basketball picks:
Kentucky vs. WKU – Kentucky
Iowa State vs. UConn – UConn
Wichita St vs. VCU – Wichita State
Indian vs. New Mexico St – Indiana
UNLV vs. Colorado – Colorado
Baylor vs. S. Dakota St. – Baylor
Notre Dame vs. Xavier – Xavier
Duke vs. Lehigh – Duke
Michigan St. vs. LIU Brooklyn – Michigan State
Memphis vs. Saint Louis – Memphis
New Mexico vs. Long Beach St – New Mexico
Louisville vs. Davidson – Louisville
Murray St. vs. Colorado St. – Murray St.
Marquette vs. BYU – Marquette
Florida vs. Virginia – Florida
Missouri vs. Norfolk St – Missouri
Syracuse vs. UNC Asheville – Syracuse
Kansas St. vs. Southern Miss – Southern Miss
Vanderbilt vs. Harvard – Vanderbilt
Wisconsin vs. Montana – Wisconsin
Cincinnati vs. Texas – Texas
Florida State vs. St. Bonaventure – FSU
Gonzaga vs. West Virginia – Gonzaga
Ohio St. vs. Loyola – Ohio St.
North Carolina vs. Lamar – North Carolina
Creighton vs. Alabama – Creighton
Temple vs. South Florida – Temple
Michigan vs. Ohio – Michigan
San Diego St. vs. NC State – San Diego St.
Georgetown vs. Belmont – Georgetown
St. Mary’s vs. Purdue – Purdue
Kansas vs. Detroit – Kansas