I have been convinced for months that gluten was the culprit of Trent's stomach problems. We finally made the switch and he has been feeling MUCH better.
We aren't for sure if Trent actually has celiacs (gluten-intolerance) or just has some sort of sensitivity to it. Mostly because he is able to eat a little bit of gluten without feeling bad -for example, breading on chicken strips normally won't send him over the edge. Significantly reducing the amount of gluten intake, though, has made a big difference.
For those of you who don't know what gluten is, it's the elastic texture of dough in things like bread, pasta and baked goods. This means we haven't been eating anything with wheat.
And it's been hard. And expensive.
I made the plunge with him, to support his new lifestyle and make things easier when cooking (But you can bet I STUFF MY FACE with bread when I am out to eat and Trent is not around). Eating gluten-free takes a SIGNIFICANT amount of carbs out of our diet, so we have been dropping pounds and eating WAY more fruits and veggies as a result. I didn't realize how much processed food (which frequently contains wheat) we consumed until we couldn't eat it anymore.
For example, Twizzlers. WHY do Twizzlers have gluten!?!? Just annoying.
I have spent HOURS and HOURS over the past months researching recipes online, asking friends for recipes (thanks Brittney and Laura!) and not to mention the HOURS I have spent in the grocery store reading ingredient labels. I have sat STARING at online recipes wondering "What the heck is Xanthan gum!?!?" I don't recognize these weird ingredients.
I've made some seriously disgusting gluten-free meals in the last 2 months leaving me to say "I think I would rather not eat, than eat this."
For the first month and a half we basically just ate things that were naturally gluten free because it was a lot less intimadating for me. For example:
-Tacos (with corn tortillas or chips)
-Baked potatoes/mashed potatoes/cheesy potatoes
I have recently gotten a little more adventurous and tried some gluten-free flour mixes and a few extremely overpriced baked goods mixes.
The more time I spend, the more educated I become and the less intimidating it seems.
Today I thought I would share with you Trent's FAVORITE gluten-free (GF) cookies. He literally asks me to make them every other day. Not a joke.
You won't believe what they are made of...
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
325 degrees for 6-8 min.
They taste pretty normal for having no flour.
I have a Pinterest board called "Recipe Box" where I put recipes we have made and like enough to make again. They aren't all 100% GF (we sometimes use things like cream of chicken soup or something that don't seem to bother Trent's stomach), but I marked all of the gluten-free recipes with a "GF" in front of them. View the Recipe Box HERE.
I would love some links to some of your favorite GF recipes if you have any!