Thank you all for your encouragement and support.
Yesterday was a nightmare, I feel weak and tired to begin with but I went grocery shopping and by the time I got thru reading every single label on every product I bought I was exhausted and a wreck physically and emotionally and at times even wanted to cry...I know this pity party will be over some day but right now it is in full blown hats and horns party mode. I have never spent so much time in a grocery store in my life. My husband of 45 years is a doll, he is willing to help me cook, eat whatever I can eat and even re-reads the labels for me in case I missed something on the first reading, good thing I kept him all these years.
I am really having a problem with what to eat for breakfast...I don't want to find out that my cholesterol is sky high in a few months, so even though I love them, I can't eat eggs every morning as a easy, quick breakfast. I have never eaten grits in my life, just the thought of them is unpleasant, but I guess you have to do what you have to do...or maybe one of you angels out there will tell me what you eat for breakfast. Sissy
Sissy, I can totally feel your pain, I've been there. At first walking through a grocery store is horrible because there are so many things you feel like you can't eat. I can't tell you how many times I walked out of a store and sat in my car wanting to just cry. IT DOES GET BETTER!!! There are lots of regular brands out there that are ok for us to eat and this site is a WONDERFUL resource. I am still learning of things I never knew were safe until now. If you like cereal for breakfast EnviroKidz is the brand I prefer...Amazon Crunch to be specific. They taste like frosted flakes. They have several other kinds that are all clearly marked Gluten Free on the front of the box. One is like Kix, one like cocoa krispies...but they taste good which at this point in the game you can really appreciate. Grits are good but if you get the instant ones you have to use the plain...buttered have gluten in them as far as I can remember. I hope this helps you a little, you will be in my thoughts.
Also, beware of "Wheat Free" foods that are passed off as Gluten Free - they may indeed be free of wheat, but may very well contain barley malt or some other gluten.
Wonderful point about the Wheat Free vs. Gluten Free!!! I can't believe I didn't think to mention that. These two items are often put together in health food stores also so be sure to look for the gluten-free on the labeling.