I am officially two months into gluten free living and while it is not all rainbows and puppy dogs, it is not as horrible as I thought it would be. First off, I have not had a migraine since I went gluten free and as long as that continues I don’t foresee myself eating gluten again. I do not miss those crazy, nauseating, lie in a dark room, and try-not-to-cry, headaches.
The truth is that being gluten free at home is actually pretty simple. I usually have a lean meat (turkey or chicken) for lunch and dinner with some fruits and veggies. I try to throw some rice in and some gluten free waffles or crackers so that I am still getting the carbs I crave. Plus I have found great treats that are gluten free. My favorite desserts are popcorn and Greek yogurt bars.
However, out and about it is difficult. Anytime I meet friends out for lunch or dinner it is a struggle. The menu is instantly narrowed down and I am now the girl who asks way too many questions before ordering or has a million substitutions. It is crazy, because it makes me feel super high maintenance when I have always been so low key about food in the past. For example: I met a friend out last night at this little dive bar for a Saturday night burger and beer. You should have seen the bartender’s face (he laughed) when I asked what ciders (cider is usually GF, beer is not) they had and then ordered my burger with no bun, sub extra lettuce and tomato, and no fries. Sometimes I miss being the girl who could just get the cheapo happy hour special. However, I am getting more and more used to asking questions about what I get to eat and drink when I am out and about and I guess over time that will become the new normal for me.
Do you feel uncomfortable when asking for changes or substitutions?
Is it just me being a pansy?
A lot of people asked about the fudge I made for Christmas Eve dinner.
*Fudge is inherently gluten free; however, it is best to check labels in order to be sure there are no hidden gluten sources.
I thought this fudge sounded delicious, the different layers made it look beautiful, and I thought it would be a wonderful addition to the Christmas cookies.
I was shocked at how simple it was to make – this was my first time making fudge.
The full recipe for the Andes Mint Fudge came from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Check it out!