And I’m not apologizing, because I’ve been working hard, but *man* it’s been busy.
Usually I like to blog as a memory-keeper, or a processing assistant, but while we’ve had lots happening (and I’ve had plenty to process, believe me) it hasn’t happened at a time to write.
I have been thankful to find a generous serving of gluten-free blogs, and will be adding a specific category to my sidebar (today, I hope: my browser windows are getting pretty congested.)
We’ve been eating (nearly) gluten-free for about a month now. We’re still minimizing dairy and soy (and I’m *avoiding* eggs), but gluten is the one I’m not budging on.
Since going gluten-free my thoughts and emotions have been much less cloudy, and my energy has been up. And as challenging as it is, gluten-free is the most discretely (as in, clean, individual, recognizable steps) doable.
Everything requires multiple steps before I can begin, and I get frustrated at how I’m not organized enough to have food ready before we’re all hungry. Frustrated that I turn into a bear (yes, even with the bear-outbreaks I’m sticking with my assertion I’m more stable). I do have days when it works, and I wish I took better notes, so I know why and can try to recreate those days.
One thing that helps is keeping dried fruits and nuts in the house (other than peanuts and almonds, that is). I’m getting to where I think of those before I stretch too far and the quick sugar/fat/protein combo is very helpful.
We’ve purchased a manual grain mill that we’re using to grind our gluten-free grains into a variety of flours. I am totally game to make pasta now, except the pasta maker we were given has been packed into who-knows-what-box. (I’m missing my Vitamix too, but that’s another story)
So I’m learning how to cook completely new things. And it’s not for our health. As in, I’m not yet trying to eat “organic” or “local” or to get the kids to consume their 5-a-day of fruits and veggies (I’m happy if they get one!). I’m just trying to keep food in their tummies and aches out of their bodies.
And, you know, other than meal times (as in, “Mama, my tummy hurts, can I have a snack?” “Nope it’s dinner time, you’re supposed to be hungry.”) we haven’t been having complaints any more.
It’s a truckload of work, I shouldn’t even have my feet up right now– I should be cleaning the kitchen while my kids are watching their movie, so we can try (another) new recipe today. But it’s good to stop for a minute and say, Wait-a-minute, yeah, I think it’s working!
Tummies took a while to adjust, but I think we’re stabilized now, and have a good idea where to seek our path.