Yesterday I had a major meltdown, seriously I stood with my pantry door open looking at all the food I could not eat and cried. This gluten free diet is more challenging than I thought it would be. Temporary or not this is hard. I feel like I am learning to cook and eat all over again.
I had no I idea how much stuff contained wheat, barley, and rye and to top it off I realized I should not be eating oats either. Well, I can eat gluten free oats, but they are like 3 times more expensive than the regular ones. I think I am going to have to break down and buy some even though I don’t want to.
Yesterday, I was so hungry. This is a problem I am having going gluten free. Last week was not so bad, but this week I feel like I am starving. The gluten free stuff is just not as filling.
It was 1:00 and I was trying to decide what to fix for dinner. I finally found a crockpot soup recipe that I “thought” would be perfect because it did not contain any gluten. I started opening a couple of cans of food to make the soup and decided I should read the labels to make sure they were gluten free before putting them into the crock pot. Sure enough two of them contained wheat. There went my dinner plans.
So I feel apart, it was not exactly my best moment and I was glad my kids were busy playing upstairs because they missed the whole thing. After a few mintues I pulled myself back together realizing that I had to figure out something. We had to eat dinner.
I started reading labels and figuring out things I could have. Then I just started dumping things in the crockpot and hoped for the best. I was not sure how good it would be, but it was food and gluten free food at that, so at that point I really did not care.
I served up the soup for dinner not saying a word about what happened. I figured I would just keep that part quiet until everyone tasted the soup. What happened was the soup was surprisingly good. Everyone enjoyed it. What I created may become a family favorite. Maybe I should have a meltdown more often if I come up with dishes like this. Seriously, this soup was so good and it was gluten free, so I could eat it.
(I will post the recipe soon)
I have now packed up all the things I can’t have and put them in this tub so I don’t have to keep looking at them. I am hoping out of sight, out of mind will work, but I am not so sure.