I am not new to restricting my diet for one reason or another. For about 13 years now I have been vegan; not eating any meat, dairy or eggs. This means reading a lot of labels and advocating for myself on a regular basis to make sure I donâ€™t eat something I didnâ€™t intend to. This has definitely helped me with my 6-week gluten free challenge that my naturopath suggested I do. The first two weeks was fairly easy since I was doing a 4 day juice cleanse with eating mostly vegetables the days before and after that. Now that I am able to eat my normal diet, except the gluten, it has allowed me to challenge myself to create new foods. I right away found some wheat free soy sauce so I could make tasty stir fries and sauces.
I am lucky to live in a town which is not only vegan friendly, but fairly progressive on offering gluten free options as well. I went out to dinner with friends at a new Italian restaurant and after asking, was shown many options from the menu which did not contain any gluten. I had a hard time deciding which dish to try and was happy with a spaghetti squash dish with tomato sauce and a vegetarian meatball.
The hardest part has been wanting to eat tortillas and breads, but not having the time to make my own from scratch or from one of our many mixes. I tried a prepared rice flour tortilla and was not impressed since it had no flexibility so I couldnâ€™t even make a burrito. I did find a good selection of other gluten free prepared foods at my local natural foods store. Amyâ€™s products offer many gluten free options which I have enjoyed and I noticed a new frozen food company called Gluten Free CafÃ©. I am sure the world of gluten free options will continue to grow from both our company and others.
Hopefully next week I will have more time to play in the kitchen. I am entering a bake-off contest next weekend and I will be making something gluten free. This will be my chance to demonstrate gluten free does not mean giving up the sweet life.