Yes, I am still here. It's been 2 months of boring, gluten free eating. Not really, but it has become almost second nature to our family. There was the time when we ordered pizza and didn't even consider that S couldn't eat it until we excitedly told the kids and S started in with tears. There was also the time that we went to a restaurant with a gluten free menu and she turned the tears on as the rest of us devoured garlic cheddar biscuits. Yes, we can be insensitive at times, but it is a part of life she will have to get used to, and we shelter her from it 95% of the time. Other than those sad times, we've gotten quite used to removing glutens from our S's diet, making sure she has great choices when we eat them, and trying to be prepared for most circumstances. Is it easy? No, but it is doable, which is more than I thought possible a few months ago.
I decided today to make a better effort at getting my 3 year old on the GF diet. She's been having some tummy issues and she is so hyper, I am hoping this might help. I have completely slacked with her on previous attempts, because honestly, it's hard to constantly watch what she eats. The girl loves getting treats, and people love to feed her. She is tiny, and has these big eyes that you can't resist. I may have to hang a sign around her sweet neck saying "don't feed the child". Seriously, it's much easier to tell an 11 year old she can't eat something and trust her. We just got back on the wagon today, and she already ate regular pizza. Oh well, tomorrow is a new day and we'll try to do better. All the kids are on board, so it should be a little easier, right?!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
I am not one of those people that typically makes New Year's resolutions. I am quite simply horrible at goal setting. Actually, that's not quite true, it's not the goal setting that I necessarily have trouble with, it's the follow up involved later on to see if I've accomplished those goals. I've learn to accept my limitations and just don't set them, it's easier that way. But, this year - I set goals! They aren't goals that I need to chart and track my progress, but rather small changes that I hope to make in my life. One of those is to eat more healthy foods. I am doing it for my husband's benefit as well. He's been practically begging me to cook more healthy foods for a long time, and honestly, I just fall back to lazy things again. I have a particular fondness for fried vegetables. :) Anyway, in pursuit of that goal, I've been researching raw food and whole food recipes. Do you know the most amazing thing in all this? The recipes for these amazing foods are gluten free naturally. No substituting rice flours to make them seem like the real thing. We also gave in and purchased a dehydrator. I cannot wait to try it! I will be making a ton of snacks for my gluten girl - and affordable, ridiculously healthy ones at that!