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JD has had gluten issues for a while now, but as you know, he is a man, and menfolk seem to think that if there is a medical issue that doesn't involve amputation, severe blood loss that a mass of bath towels can't contain, or anything to do with their nether-regions, it should be completely ignored.
Everything that is major in our lives today, Facebook has something to do with, I promise.
I have several friends who are completely GF (Gluten-free) and one just happened to "share" a nice picture of "10 Signs You're Gluten Intolerant" on her Facebook. I'm reading through there and realize, "Holy crap! I've got 6 out of 10!" **cries the ugly face cry**
I've contemplated going GF for a while now, but haven't stuck my toe in the water until reading that.
Evidently, PMS that causes uncontrollable Godzilla episodes isn't normal. And inhaling 20 lbs of chocolate the week before probably isn't either. Or feeling like you could sleep for the next decade and being glad you have an ID so you can remember your own name and address isn't the norm, either.
And the fantastic "chicken skin" on the backs of my arms probably isn't from my dry skin like I'd thought for ....well, my whole life. Just like the standing up too fast and feeling like you're going to pass out.
Not counting the optical migraines that I've only started getting as an adult or the fact that I might not poop for 5 days in a row.
(See, aren't you glad I'm blogging again. I know you've missed poop talk.)
Now that Goob is older, having some skin irritations that just don't go away or seem to pop up in other places, Mo has.... a smell... on his scalp that an entire bottle of shampoo doesn't fade and horrible dandruff that just popped up out of the blue. And Smee.... well, Smee is JD Jr. only Fun-Sized. I decided this is probably the route to go for the whole family. Because the family that diets together decides to give up and splurge together, right?
Not if your cook is a Nazi about things. NO GLUTEN FOR YOU!
And if you're also figuring out things like this in your own life, I have found a couple of blogs that have helped me realize: THIS CAN BE DONE.
Elizabeth is spectacular. She has 3 Autistic kiddos and incorporates a GF lifestyle and she breaks it down in layman-ese. She is my GF-guru.
Jillee also has lots of GF recipes on her blog, amongst other things. Also her Pinterest is amazing. She actually has a GF board that I may or may not pore over multiple times a day getting new ideas.
Several other blogless friends who are GF are keeping me sane and teaching me the ins and outs.
So far the only part that overwhelms me are the flours. It seems like you have to be a mad scientist if you want to make your own (which I'm thinking I'll do since some of it is kind of pricey for my budget). But I do still have my grain mill and super-duper blender from my twice a week bread making days of old. I think they will quickly become my kitchen BFFs again.
Aren't you glad I'm back to thrill you with our Adventures in Gluten-Free Living? I know you are!!!