Nothing says Sunday Brunch to me more than biscuits with butter and jelly, or pancakes with lots of butter and syrup.
Gluten-Free Sucks. Hard.
Do you ever crave a big juicy hamburger from your favorite fast food joint?
Do you ever enjoy biting into that delicious sub sandwich from your favorite sandwich shop?
Does your mouth water right before you bite into that soft, warm, sugary donut?
Yeah, I bet it does….
Going on a gluten-free diet has been hard, but (sometimes) nothing I can’t tolerate.
It’s all about will power and self control. Which, I’ve seem to recently have a hard time finding. It can be an interesting, time consuming, and expensive challenge for myself; to try and find food items, other than lettuce, that isn’t contaminated by delicious and satisfying gluten.
It’s Never Convenient.
It’s hard to try and find a quick meal while I’m on the go.
Many fast food restaurants don’t offer many gluten-free options other than salads.
You can’t eat a salad while you drive. Believe me, I’ve tried.
Lettuce wrapped hamburgers are another possible gluten-free menu option, but have you tried to eat those in your car without wearing a full-frontal bib? You’d get hamburger juice and condiments all over your clothes, or the hamburger just slips out from in between the lettuce. It’s a slippery, juicy, disaster.
It was a very good day, indeed, when I realized that french fries were gluten-free! I don’t know why it took me so long to figure that one out…
Family Can Be Difficult.
It can get a bit aggravating when we have family get-togethers, and I’m the only one who has to ask, “Are those cinnamon rolls gluten-free?” “How about that mac n’ cheese?” “Maybe that pecan pie?”
Then (I hope) they feel bad when they say, “No, it’s not.” a.k.a.” I’m not going to suffer for your poor life choices.”
Or they may look at me as if I won’t eat their food because it’s contaminated (which it is, with delicious GLUTEN).
It can become frustrating when my mother tells me; “A little bit won’t kill you”.
Hey, Don’t come running to me for gluten-free recipes when your body starts fighting back!
My husband will get mad when he prepares a nice big meal, not realizing that I can’t eat regular pasta.
“Honey, that’s why there are “Rice Noodles” in the pantry. No, I can’t eat the garlic bread either.”
I just sit back, eat my salad and protein, and watch while everyone else enjoys their meal.
Gluten-Free Helps My Weight, But Not All Of The Time.
I use the gluten-free diet as a healthy change, and also as an actual diet. My body seems to have a severe reaction to carbs.
I Get Fat.
Cutting the gluten out of my meals helps me try and maintain a, somewhat, healthy weight. Though, when I eat other “good” carbs, I still seems to gain back some of those L.B.’s, so I have to limit those too….
I know there’s now a lot of breads that are gluten-free that I can eat, but I don’t.
I want to eat them ALL, but I don’t.
I steer clear of the gluten-free bakery, that everyone keeps telling me about.
What I Want Is Constantly At War With What’s Best.
I just want to eat a juicy hamburger on a warm bun, not a lettuce wrapped piece of meat.
I want to bite into that delicious sub sandwich with the warm, soft bread. I don’t want a meat salad.
I want to take a huge bite of that sugary warm and soft donut. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
But I won’t.
I Have To Say Goodbye To Some Great Tasting Food, To Say Hello To A Healthier Life.
Ever go to Olive Garden while being a gluten-free alien? It’s the pits.
Their bread sticks are the best, I used to love to dip them in the soup to soak up the broth, or mop up the rest of the pasta sauce that’s left over on the plate.
But now, I enjoy their salad and gluten-free pasta with meat sauce. yum.
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits, say “goodbye” to your long-time fan.
Gluten-free. It’s do-able, but it’s hard.
It’s oh, so hard..
Excuse me while I go enjoy my gluten-free bagel.
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Thanks for reading!