My Desk is a mess… it really is right now. Perhaps I should move away from the keyboard and straighten my workspace up like a good little drone. Eh, maybe not.
Gluten (for punishment)
I don’t know all the specific details other than this little ingredient could be a factor in some of the sensory issues that we are having with our (almost) 4yo. It could actually be a factor in some of the (mental) things that affect me, who knows. But we are going to modify our diet on a non scientific experiment in the near future.
Step One: Identify all Gluten containing commodities in our kitchen and line them up for the firing squad removal.
Step Two: Find products here in the U.S. that are naturally Gluten Free.
[Soapbox] Here in America, we are slaves to the marketeers. We are given food that is just so processed, it’s not really even food anymore. Sure it might “technically” still have Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen and Arsenic, but the chemical combination is so long that you could say supercalifragilisticexpialidous 5 times before you even got to the second word. So, if you want something Chemical Free, Gluten Free, (Cane) Sugar Free… it’s going to not be FREE, but cost you. Let’s take Macaroni & Cheese, a child staple meal… you feel okay buying Kraft, but when find that the store brand (Kroger) is half the price and just as good or better you get all excited because the “Rich & Creamy” is only 39cents regular price but right now it’s on sale for 34cents! But you want to be all earth conscious and love your kids, so you go for the Organic M&C, well, that’s a kick in crotch… sure you don’t like it but the 99cents to save the Earth you can take one for the team from time to time, you just won’t buy that $1.29 Diet Coke today and it will even out the cost some. But if you want an Organic, Gluten Free, Wheat Free M&C… you just need to hand over the first born who is going to be eating it anyway because at $1.99, you are going “No Way!” Just like when you saw the 5 lb bag of M&Ms for the first time at Sam’s Club… it’s inconceivable. Luckily, we don’t have acute allergies to anything, so this is something we are choosing to do, but those whose kids are allergic… even with some cross-contamination, like the warning on my 100 Grand candy bar “Made in a plant that processes Wheat Gluten”… this is just sad, sad, sad that you have to take a second mortgage just to go to the grocery store. [/soapbox]
So here are some of the items that are going on “a little vacation” from our kitchen.
We will transition to Gluten free and then see how we feel and if it really is something that we need to be conscious of or if we can go back to eating stuff like bread and (regular) pasta. But for now, we’ll be investing in products like these to satisfy our craving for bread, cakes and chocolate chip cookies…
No, not the Cartoon Network programming… although they have some great shows on there that I enjoy when I am up that late.
No, I swam today without 100 kids swimming and gunking up the pool. I couldn’t decide what type of workout to do, so I just did about 800 meters (18 laps) and called it a day. I think that tomorrow I am going to run and Friday try a brick workout (if you don’t know what that is, I will explain it when I do it).
I’m still trying to figure out the best way to calculate my Heart Rate ranges from what I collected on yesterday’s run. There are a few different ways and I think I might just go with MarathonGuide.com’s online version because it’s really easy!
But the swim went fine today, no real problems.
I would be curious how this works out. You’ll keep us posted yes? I know every time I shop for “healthy” food, it costs me twice as much if not more than the junk…it’s no wonder America is overweight, it’s too expensive to be skinny!
Only a moment as things are crazier than I could imagine here…
if you’re going gluten free, 2 things to check out:
(a book my sister recommended and is using to transition to 80% unprocessed eating)
ezekial bread (freezer’s section at grocery stores…if hard to find check TJ’s or WF’s). It’s flourless bread from sprouted grains, they have regular, sesame, cinnamon raisin (my fave), etc.
I might’ve already posted these before. Memory fails me. Apologies if so.
Good luck with the change!
Oh and the Bob’s Red Mill wheat bran is great for baking! I just had a carrot loaf made with it for breakfast this AM. 196 minimally processed cals!
Really am gone now!
Oh, PLEASE go clean your desk! I’m sitting here twitching, just thinking about it!
Wow, gluten is in a bunch of stuff, eh? I’m sure I have lots of stuff with gluten in there.
We have been on a gluten free / gluten reduced diet for the past couple of years. My husband will tell you it saved his life. Although when tested he was not positive for celiac disease, he (and the rest of us) have felt so much better gluten free. My sister is diagnosed celiac so there is a chance I have it as well.
It is astounding how many things have gluten in them – and eating out is very challenging when gluten free. There are some restaurants that have gluten free menus (Outback and a few others). Disney restaurants are great about preparing gluten free meals. People sensitive to gluten are sometimes also sensitive to dairy as well.
Best wishes on your efforts to go gluten free. Feel free to email me anytime if you have questions.
I read an interesting article recently, though not exactly about gluten, it was about the system. It is kinda long.
It makes an interesting point about how a Twinkie which is just a bunch of man made chemicals requiring many steps and processes cost less than a root (carrot/potato).