I've read that some people in mixed households have a separate counter space set aside for gluten food and gluten-free foods prep. That seems like a real good idea. Also putting the gluten-free foods on the top shelf so crumbs of gluten don't fall down on it from above is a good idea. Checking pet food for gluten is also worthwhile. There are gluten-free versions available, but they may not be labeled that way.
Unfortunately you can't skimp on the good foods for the wife or even pets when there is celiac disease involved. They need the healthy, good quality stuff to thrive. It's a real good idea to stop eating most processed foods for a while. Get used to eating whole foods mostly and you will find the wifey healthier and happier. Whole foods like nuts, meats, fruits, and veggies are great for the body and actually not as expensive as buying processed foods. I used to cook up a large batch of a rice dish each weekend and freeze half of it in small portions. After a month of cooking different versions and freezing you have a nice variety of home made frozen dinners to warm up quickly. One trick though, don't add lots of spices besides salt and pepper. Just in case she reacts to a spice. Instead add the spices when you are reheating to eat. That way you don't ruin a whole big batch of food because of a spice. You can add all the spices you like to the individual portions when it is reheated, without damaging all the other frozen food when you first cook it.
Sooner or later though she is going to want chocolate. It's inevitable. Enjoy life makes dairy and soy free chocolate chips that are good and not real expensive either. You could try these on her:
Or look up some recipes for gluten-free peanut butter cookies. They are great and easy to make. Also peanut brittle.
There's a thread on microwave muffins at the bottom of this post. Those are fun to make and you can put carob powder or choc powder in them if you are weird like that.
Check out the threads on breakfast ideas or dinner ideas or even snack ideas (if that kind of thing appeals to you). There even threads on safe candy for Halloween and other holidays. And a recipe area for lots of great things to eat.
If she doesn't like the food you make her throw this thing at her:
Fun friend for wifey
Then apologize and give her some blondies, and some Woodchuck hard cider. You might have to rub her feet for a while too.
Some starting the gluten-free diet tips for the first 6 months:
Get tested before starting the gluten-free diet.
Get your vitamin/mineral levels tested also.
Don't eat in restaurants
Eat only whole foods not processed foods.
Eat only food you cook yourself, think simple foods, not gourmet meals.
Take gluten-free vitamins.
Take digestive enzymes.
Avoid dairy if it causes symptoms.
Avoid sugars and starchy foods. They can cause bloating.
Watch out for cross contamination.
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