Ok ..So traditionally we always get a ham and have scalloped with ham for Easter dinner .So we decided not to change tradition and try to make it gluten free and IT WAS AWESOME ! The only thing I did was substitute Bobs Redmill all purpose flour instead of regular flour when I made my bechamel sauce and the rest was the same ! This was one of those meals that make you feel like you havent given everything up and makes you feel a little more normal that you might have felt while making other things like pizza or pasta . Ahhh ..I have to say today was a GOOOOOD DAY !
Sauce 1 cube of margarine or butter 1/2 cup Bobs red mill all purpose flour salt, pepper,garlic pepper to taste Milk
Melt the butter and add seasoning and the with a wisk add in the flour ...It turns into kind of a paste in the pot ...Keep stiring it and moving it around until it breaks apart and is in small pieces in the bottom of the pan . After that you start adding milk ...I add about 4 cups to start and then as it thickens up I keep adding a cup at a time until it stays the consistency I like it .Then in a glass baking dish layer sliced potatoes and ham and alternate those until you the dish is full .Then slowly pour the sauce over the top until it fills all the spaces in the dish ...If you like the sauce really think you may have to use a knife to move the potatoes around to get the sauce all the way thru ...I personally make it a little soupier as when it cooks it will evaporate and thicken right up and it just pours so nicely into the dish and fills all the gaps!
Then I put it in the microwave for 20-30 minutes and until the potatoes are fork tender and then throw them under the broiler to brown them up nicely ...If you prefer to oven cook them just preheat to 375 and cook for about an hour uncovering for the last 15 minutes to get them nice and brown !
OK So here is the long version ! In november of 2009 I was going thru the process of getting my insurance to approve gastric bypass surgery . Part of the process the surgeon sent me to a gastroenterologist for and upper endoscopy to see if my acid refulx had caused any damage which turns out was one of the best things that ever would have happened to me as when he did it he found my intestinal villi are all word down and did all the blood work and DNA testing that confirmed not only did I have celiacs but I got the gene from both my parents.
OK ..Now part 2 of the story ..For the last 5 years or so I have been dealing with severe sciatica which of course was always blamed on my weight which did make sense as I was almost 400 lbs ...
Well I have my surgery and was in some pain after wards and was just taking my normal meds for my back to deal with the surgery pain .....Well after gastric bypass surgery you are on a liquid diet for the first 6 weeks ....Which as we know for the most part liquids are gluten free ...Well 5 days after my surgery I noticed the strangest thing ..My insides still hurt some but if I was laying down I was fine ...But my back didnt hurt anymore ... How is this possible ? Well I did lose almost 30 pounds in the first week but That shouldnt cause such a drastic change .....So time goes on an I am still fairly pain free taking the occastional pain pill but we are talking over 4 months I only took the amount of pain medication I took in 1 ! HOLY CRAP BATMAN !Could the torture be over !Well it never occurred to me it could be the celiacs ...Thats is an intestinal problem ! This is my back .....Well at 16 weeks you can pretty much start eating most everything but just a good balanced diet.
OK so now we fast forward 18 months and 130 pounds lost ! And my back hurts more than it did at almost 400 pounds ! ...So yes At 260 pounds my back was worse off than it was at 400 ! How can this be ? Did I really have 20k in surgery and actually am in more pain than I was ?
So dawn breaks on Block head and I think back to that period when after my surgery and what was different than now ...Wait ..I was only drinking fluid and soft stuff like mashed potatoes and jello and stuff like that ...WAIT I WAS GLUTEN FREE ! So I make and appointment with my GP and I tell him you know i noticed that when I was gluten free that my back didnt hurt...And I remembered that the gastrointerologist said that Celiacs symptoms can cause arthritis type symptoms ....I say ..So what do you think ?? He says Nope cant be it ...You would not be in this much pain .....
Well I am 6 days gluten free and Yesterday I was up for 40 hours straight as I had to camp out to get my daughter registered for school and had to wait in line ....So you would think My immune system a my back would just be killing me due to fatigue ...I DID NOT TAKE ON PAIN PILL YESTERDAY ! And we are not talking I take a vicodine in the morning and 1 at night ... I take a 20mg OXYCONTIN in the morning and 1 at Night ....And 4 5mg percocet inbetween for break thru pain .....And I took nothing yesterday .....
Gee could it be a coincidence that the week I go gluten free that my pain is down to where I can actually tolerate it without meds and I feel like I could run a marathon ....And a a nice little bonus ! I have lost 8 pounds this week !
I am not going to go running to him just yet as I want to give it some time to see if it stays like this before I turn in my prescription bottle ! But things are looking up !
And no I will not smack him for this error in judgments he did care for me thru my pain and has been very dilegent about check with me about pain meds and caring about me ..He even very meekly asked me ...Dont be offended ..But I have to ask "Are you selling these meds or taking them just to get high? " While at first I was kind of offended ...But then I though..You know ..it couldnt have been easy to ask a guy my size questions like that and I could tell he really cared ! And as we know Dr do PRACTICE medicine ...Things are not all black and white ...There are literally I 100's of things that cause back pain and I was severely overweight ! I think the other reason he didn't give celiacs a second though is ...I have ZERO intestinal symptoms due to my celiacs ....I never would have found out if I had not had my surgery and had went in for that Upper endoscopy ...... I will make an appointment to see my Gastro DR ...not because I need to ...... But I want to shake his hand and thank him for giving me my life back!! Hello My Name is Bill and I am Gluten FREE and Proud of it !
So what would you say is your weakness? What is the item that tests you and makes you want to cheat? For me ..I am a Carb junkie ...So pasta and bread are my weak spots ...Fortunately I dont mind the gluten-free pastas but I want to dive into the Baguette bin at the store every time I walk past the bakery! A nice crusty bread wrapped around some lovely cheese ....Oh man ...But I wont ...I am only a week in to this ..but its a week I am not giving back ! So what makes your knees weak??
I am new to the boards and I am just getting started with being gluten free.I was diagnosed in Nov of 2009 while going thru the steps to have gastric bypass surgery done.I gave myself 18 months after that to adjust to the surgery and the diet that came with and now it is time to adapt my life to being gluten free! I would like to know what are the TOP 10 items that you have at the core of your gluten free diet. I dont mean what are you favorite things to eat but rather what are your staples that form the foundation of your Gluten free diet. So what are the things that you put on your shopping list consistently and then you fill in the rest of your diet with things that you like on occasion , like sides to a meal. So for example ...When you have the munchies what do you reach for ? I think you get my drift ....It doesn't have to be 10 items ...Just an idea of what the core of your diet is .I think the hardest part about going gluten free is just getting started with the basics. Thank you in advance for your input !