Grieving For Food
Posted 07 June 2005 - 05:25 PM
I just read the ingredients on barbecued Fritos. It has wheat glutens in it. Do you know how much I love barbecued Fritos?? I used to make a ham sandwich on an onion roll, and smash the barbecued Fritos between the bread. Now I can only eat plain old ham.
Twizzlers, they have wheat in them. Who did that to me?? I am dying for a pizza right now. This place down the street from me is famous for their pepperoni pizzas. They are soooooooo good. Can't have them anymore. Yeah I know, I can make my own pizza with gluten free pizza crust, but it's not the same.
I'm just really sad/angry/depressed right now.
On a positive note, I did find a liquor store not too far from me that sells Bard's Tale beer. Haven't bought it yet, though.
How do you cope? How do you deal with the cravings? What do you do when you are pms'ing and just want a greasy cheese steak sub?
I've been good though, I haven't given in at all, because I know I have to be strong. If I give in once, I'll give in again, then I'll just give in altogether. Can't let that happen.
Posted 07 June 2005 - 05:38 PM
You CAN have regular fritos... (I know, not the bbq ones but still it's something)
I also found a company called "candy tree" that makes wheat free/gluten free Organic Cherry Vines that IMHO taste BETTER than Twizzlers. for more info 845-278-8164, email@example.com
Posted 07 June 2005 - 06:27 PM
I posted 32 recipes last week, and other people have posted a lot of other recipes (my list is notoriously short on desserts, 'cause I'm one of those people who think dessert=fruit ;-) ). Yeah, I know - cooking. But it doesn't have to be that bad, if you go with simple recipes using simple techniques.
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Posted 07 June 2005 - 06:30 PM
Hang in there...it's not as bad as it may seem
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Posted 07 June 2005 - 06:41 PM
I hope this helps. Good luck!
Posted 08 June 2005 - 06:25 AM
Like others have said, you do find acceptable and then downright tasty alternatives, but let yourself be mad occasionally. It IS a lousy deal of the cards. Lucky for us, it doesn't have to be life-threatening.
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diagnosed 8/5/02, gluten-free (after lots of mistakes!) since that day
Dairy free since July 2010 and NOT happy about it!!
Posted 08 June 2005 - 06:28 AM
Try and keep items you can eat around for when you get cravings, and then the temptation to cheat will not be so great.
Hope you feel better soon, and find tons of yummy gluten-free foods to enjoy!!
Posted 08 June 2005 - 06:56 AM
When I first started the diet a couple months ago I felt so limited but then I started realizing all the things I COULD eat instead of all the things I COULDN'T eat. It gets easier, I promise.
Posted 08 June 2005 - 07:16 AM
How do you cope? How do you deal with the cravings?
I do a lot of my own cooking. I find gluten-free recipes that I like and make them! You can proably find a gluten free version of most gluten meals. You can make gluten free pizza, spagetti, stir fries, chili, tacos, hamburgers with gluten-free buns, even streak sandwiches in gluten-free hot dog buns!
I find that most foods that do not have a gluten free (and lactose free in my case) alternative are foods that aren't particular good for me anyway. Sure I miss them, but I realize that I eat healthier now and that I am doing my body a favor.
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Posted 08 June 2005 - 07:45 AM
Plus, I lost 13 lbs. after going gluten-free, so now I like my new shape.
But, when the cravings do hit it is hard.
Last week I went to visit family and they tried but kept forgetting and serving me things and eating pancakes in front of me. (yes, I know there are gluten-free pancakes but I didn't have any with me so I had to sit and watch them eat it).
It was really hard and I went home depressed.
My husband is so supportive, though, that it is easy when I'm at home.
I do miss the foods but there are a lot of regular products we can still have.
The ONLY thing I wish I could find is some good gluten-free bread. So far all I have tasted, including Kinninnick is nasty.
I really miss rolls and sandwiches. But, again, I lost weight after stopping the bread so I shouldn't complain....
Anyhow, hang in there. We're all here with you, going through it as well.
Posted 08 June 2005 - 07:49 AM
Mother and two sisters with Celiacs also
Posted 08 June 2005 - 07:50 AM
I totally understand your frustration on the gluten-free foods. Its a tough life style change to make.
I don't know how everyone else on this forum feels, but I find that if I have to make something "gluten-free", then its probably not worth doing it. What I mean is that we are used to the tastes of pizza dough, cookies, and cakes made of flour. And while the gluten free versions are bearable, they just aren't the same!
Its wierd because going gluten-free has just redefined my idea of what my favorite foods are. I have become a lot more vegetable/whole grain based, and to be honest, the change has been God sent.
Sorry i know its not exactly what you want to ehar, but just keep in mind that this lifestlye change while challenging, will also be healthful!
Posted 08 June 2005 - 08:25 AM
Good advice above... I would echo--there is still a ton of food you can have--m&ms to reeces to certain chips. And there is good gluten-free pizza, breads, cakes/cookies out there. It will just take you some time to figure out which you like, and sometimes you may have to make it yourself...draw backs...
Take it simple at first, and know that you will get the hang of it soon, find things you like, and 'find your groove', so to speak but it is hard at first.
Do you have your okay and not okay ingredients lists? That's the first thing. Then read posts about people's favorite gluten-free foods to try, and ck out one of the lists that lists mainline foods that are gluten-free. When I was diagnosed I went to a natural grocery store and just bought a whole bunch of different things to try. That way I knew what I liked, what I didn't, what I wanted to invest in. And when I found something I did really like, I bought a ton of it ! My fav is mi-dels' arrowroot cookies. Do you have a trader joes, wild oat's or whole foods by you? Even Walmart and Meijer have some gluten-free foods, and there are a TON of gluten-free foods online. We can give you more specifics if you don't know...
We hope the transition goes quickly for you ! Let yourself be upset sometimes, but then try and turn it around to hopefulness. In the scheme of life, of being healthy, of friends, family, good times, memories, missing bites of some foods is tolerable...and gets easier and easier.
gluten-free since Feb 2005
Posted 08 June 2005 - 08:47 AM
I know how you feel. I was diagnosed with celiac disease about a month or so ago. It was easy at first because I felt that finally I had a chance to feel better. Now, I'm still feeling the same, so it's harder to keep the resolve to be gluten-free strong. For me, I feel like I crave things that I never even liked before I got diagnosed, like doughnuts. It's silly but sometimes I think I want it simply because I can't have it. I hardly ever ate sandwhiches before, but that seems to be what I'm in the mood for now at lunch time.
I have to echo what Magdalena said- instead of trying to look for "gluten-free" versions of what I liked before. I've been trying to find foods that "normal" people eat that don't contain gluten. A lot of Asian food is really yummy and doesn't have gluten in it. I'd recommend getting a Thai or Vietnamese cookbook. Unlike Chinese and Japanese, a lot of the southern asian countries don't use soy sauce in their cuisine (they're usually don't take very long to make either). Plus, most recipes use coconut milk instead of cream or milk which should be easier on your system. If you're like me, and you have to lay off dairy for a while, a lot of the gluten-free products out there are off limits anyway. I think it helps to be able to eat a good meal that doesn't come in a package labeled "gluten-free." At least, I feel a little more normal, and I can share those types of meals with my non-celiac friends (who are all very happy that I have taken to the wok lately). It's still a change in lifestyle to some degree, but I don't have to feel like I am eating "sick people's food."
Good luck, it is really hard to deal with those cravings, especially if you have a lot of non-celiacs in your life eating the things you love right in front of you.
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