06 July 2012

My Gluten-Free Experiment

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I am feeling overwhelmed.  I have recently made the decision to try going gluten-free with my son.  He has not been diagnosed with anything and I certainly don't believe he has Celiac disease, but there are some things that have led me to believe he may have an intolerance for gluten.  So...we're trying it.

And I hardly know where to begin.  But here I go anyway!

I do have some friends and family who have gone gluten-free and, believe me, I have been pestering them with lots of questions!  They are being very gracious and helpful to me and I SO appreciate it!

I would say that I am a total foodie and have a pretty good knowledge of food products, but when it comes to gluten-free foods I am just at a loss.  So I'm definitely in research mode.

I know that focusing on proteins, fruits and veggies is the best way to go, but we do need some carbs in there, too.  And my son is a complete PB&J junkie!  So right now I'm on a quest for good, gluten-free sandwich bread (is there such a thing?!) that doesn't cost me an arm and a leg.  And I'm trying to figure out all of this strange-to-me ingredients ...like xanthym gum, for instance.

I've considered doing this for a while, but it just seemed so ...overwhelming!  But I've decided to give it a chance right now while I'm not up to my ears in full-time homeschooling.  Feel free to shoot me your suggestions.

If you've gone gluten-free I'd love to hear about your fave recipes or websites, etc.  Just leave me your comments and links!  And *thanks* in advance :)

8 comments:

Sherrie said...

We are trying the GAPs diet which is also gluten-free. I'm overwhelmed too, so is my hubby . Changes are always hard. Be courageous!

Modest Mama said...

I know we need to go gluten free. I so think it would help my son. But it is so difficult since we make all our own bread and it is a staple for us.

I think it is also easy to get caught up in buying a lot of gluten free products which are expensive. I am trying to get my son hooked on garden veggies.

Thanks for this post. I look forward to seeing how you do. I liked you on FB. Please like me back if you can: http://www.facebook.com/ModestMamaCreations

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

Seeing those who have been successful with this is encouraging.

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Sherrie,
I haven't heard of the GAP diet. I hope it's going well for you though! And, yes, changes are hard:)

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Modest Mama,
Thank you for dropping by and also for liking my FB page! I just found yours and liked it, too:)

Jennifer said...

Lora,

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

My sister has had some gluten issues in the past. Her biggest issue was desserts. Here is our favorite recipe (off the top of my head!)

Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

That's it! Bake at 350. I can't remember how long they cook....sorry. Probably about 8-10 minutes?

You can make cookies or use this recipe as a crust for cheesecake. Our favorite cheesecake was this peanut butter crust and we sprinkled chocolate chips in the cheesecake mixture. Yum!

Jennifer
http://teachingboys.net/

Erika said...

I've heard about a lot of people going gf, but I personally don't know anything about it. There are plenty of recipes around the web though. I love trying new recipes! Good luck to you! I hope it helps your son greatly.

Mary said...

Good luck on your quest for yummy gf recipes. :)