Sunday, August 10, 2014

Three weeks in

I went for follow-up blood work on Thursday and hope to see some sort of positive change in the tta results after three weeks of being gluten free. Although I suspect it can take up to six months for things to be healed and my villi to have regained their strength.

This was an emotional week for me and by yesterday afternoon, I wanted some of my old comfort foods and there were no suitable substitutes. If this was a weight-loss effort, I would have chucked it all in and just eaten what I wanted, but I am happy to report that I remained gluten free. Because my body is working hard to repair itself. It's odd to think about how foods that gave me comfort were actually wrecking my body. Silently.

This week ahead is full of work and band camp/parent volunteer opportunities. Which means I must plan ahead to cover meals at odd times and keep gluten free snacks on hand.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Two weeks already

I quit counting days several days ago, and now this whole gluten-free thing doesn't seem so daunting as it did at first. In fact, I have realized I am probably better off by just not having the food items that have gluten rather than trying to find a suitable substitute. There are plenty of foods that I already enjoy and eat regularly that happened to be gluten-free. I am certainly not starving. So rather than actively searching for gluten-free products, I am going to eat what I want (that is already gluten free), substituting only for the things that I really want.

Oatmeal. Bread for toast. Pasta, occasionally. Certified gf tortilla chips.

Otherwise, I will just omit the ingredients that are gluten-based. For example, no croutons on my salads. No bread on my cheeseburgers.

Thank goodness popcorn is gluten-free!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Celentano gluten free ravioli

I love pasta. Almost any type of pasta. When we were in Italy last summer, one of my favorite meals was at a hole in the wall restaurant where the only word we recognized on the menu was ravioli. So delicious!

But having to eat gluten free has changed my ability to eat just any pasta, so I am on the lookout for good alternatives. Celentano makes a gluten free ravioli that I tried tonight with the Classico sauce I like. Cosi delizioso!

Monday, July 28, 2014


Today was a grazing day through gluten-free eating, and being prepared was critical. My lunch buddies were all otherwise occupied, so I grazed rather than having a proper meal today.

Grapes, almonds, granola, Progresso chicken and rice soup, banana, yogurt with blueberries, popcorn (finished!), and bacon and Swiss sandwich sans bread.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cinnamon roll fail

I tried the Udi's cinnamon rolls this morning. I followed the directions for preparing them from frozen, but they were too dry and I didn't like them. There are two more in the freezer so I will try them soon after thawing them first and following the thawed instructions. I don't expect them to be much better.

Breakfast: oatmeal with milk

Lunch: Peppers Mexican. Chicken fajitas without tortillas and chips brought from home.

Dinner: Corn chex with blueberries and milk

Snacks: cola cake with light vanilla ice cream, popcorn

I will be glad when I finish the popcorn because it is so good that I need it out of my house!

Saturday, July 26, 2014


My friend reminded me last week that I would never be able to have the Coca-cola Cake that the Cracker Barrel makes. While that's true, I have a recipe from the side of an old Betty Crocker's Devils Food cake mix that I've made occasionally.

I bought a gluten free cake mix this week so I tried the recipe today. It turned out pretty well. Definitely not the same as a regular one, but if you picked this dessert off a buffet with no preconceived idea of how it would taste, you would not be disappointed.

To make it, I followed the directions on the package except I substituted 1 cup Pepsi for the 1 cup of water.  While the cake baked, I made the icing.  In a small sauce pan, bring 1/2 c. Butter, 1/3 cup cola, and 1/4 cup cocoa to a slight boil.  Pour over 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, stirring until smoothe. Add 1/4 tsp. almond extract if desired. You can also add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts.  Let cool to lukewarm, about 20 minutes.  When the cake is done, pour the icing over the cake and let cool for about an hour before serving.

The lumps in picture are powdered sugar that didn't get smoothed out.  No nuts on ours because one of the boys don't like nuts and I wanted him to try the cake.  We also think it would be better with vanilla ice cream!

Breakfast: Van's gluten free waffles, orange juice

Dinner: rice, carrots

Snacks: cake! And popcorn.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lunch Outback

With no specific plans for lunch, I packed a can of Progresso chicken and rice soup, some yogurt with frozen blueberries, and a few other snacks so I would have safe food on hand for the day. So when my lunch buddies wanted to go out, I told them to pick the place because in knew if there wasn't safe food for me there, I could always crack open the soup when we got back.

Because I am still so early in, they decided to go somewhere I could eat, so off we went to the Outback which happens to be where I went for my 50th birthday lunch. They have a soup and salad for $6.99 but none of the soups are gluten free, and a salad / small entree combination for $7.99. We all got salad and cheeseburgers. Mine came with no croutons and no bun, and when they hesitated to get the bread for the table, I ordered it for them. If I were dieting, that would have been hard to watch the others eating the bread, but today it didn't bother me.

So I had a delicious lunch and now have an emergency can of soup on the shelf at work.

Breakfast: egg white omelet and OJ

Lunch: salad and cheeseburger, no bun

Dinner: yogurt and blueberries, rice crackers

Snacks: Udi's cookies and popcorn