Picture this. You’re visiting with your doctor because you keep having severe stomach aches, headaches, and nausea. After some allergy testing, they officially diagnosed you with a gluten allergy and instruct you to start a gluten free diet as soon as possible.
When everything finally sinks in, you are incredibly frustrated and you blurt out, “I can’t eat what anymore?”
I remember when I left the doctor's office, I had no idea what to do or where to start. So I just cried.
I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t even think about where to start. My thoughts started running away with me like how do we eat sandwiches now? How do I bake our favorite biscuits? Oh and what about the gravy? Question after question after question.
This happened to my oldest daughter. She was diagnosed with a wheat allergy when she was 8 years old. 8-years-old people!! Have any of you ever tried to change an 8-year-old’s eating habits?
As a mom, I was heartbroken!
We had to radically change how we thought about food. She was devastated that she couldn’t have her favorite peanut butter and honey sandwich or her goldfish crackers or her favorite anything.
Do you need help??
Let’s define gluten according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. That’s a lot of ingredients to avoid!
You are not in this alone. My family and many other families struggle with the same thing.
I want to help you figure this out because I’ve been there. Together, I will help you filter through questions and get you started eating gluten free. I’m here to help you understand and give you practical guidance on how to start eating gluten free.
Go take a long hot bath to clear your head and get ready for the next step on going gluten free!!