Recently I subscribed to some kind of 30-day challenge to eliminate something (I don't know if it was a paleo challenge or what) from my diet. I think I read maybe two days of the emails because I found myself in enough challenges already. But today, I just signed up (metaphorically) for a new one when a doctor called with test results--remember June and a sick kid?
So now I'm subscribing to everything gluten-free. It affects our family as a whole, because why would we single one person out? We're in this together.
So if you have any favorite gluten-free recipes, send them my way. Because right now I can't get my head out of hearting all the gf pancake recipes, and I know we'll have to sustain beyond that.
For our friends and relatives--sleepovers and cookouts will look a little different for us. Please try to understand if we bring a separate treat or food. We don't want to make things hard on you to have to figure out our diet. It is also not our intention to make you feel bad that we may not be able to eat what you fix/bring/offer.
We meet with the dietician later this month to find out what our pantry should look like, and in the meanwhile, I'm scouring pages and blogs for meal ideas and substitutes. Thankful to have a new direction and answers to a chronic problem; thankful that there are so many gf products in stores and more information available to help us make better choices; thankful for supportive friends and family who've already told me things like, "you're a good cook" and "you're a fast learner"; thankful that my child is aware of the need to change, and though it's meant giving up some real favorites, she doesn't want to jeopardize her health (she's a real fighter, that girl).
And now, the bananas that I was going to put into a banana chocolate chip bread will just have to make it to the freezer until I find a flour substitute to make a gluten-free version.
This adjustment might be a little tricky, and a little disappointing at times too, but seriously--when I think of what this (former) lifestyle would do to her future, I won't complain.