Coping Strategies / Gluten Free Living

A Gluten-Free Living Follow-Up

My “Gluten Free Living Sucks. Period.” post is a popular one, so I went back to read it again. Wow, was I ever in a bad place when I wrote that one.

Just reading it, I got the taste of guacamole in my mouth. Guacamole and gluten free pretzels. It was one of the only things I could get myself to choke down (not an overstatement) back then. I was so exhausted, when I wrote that post, from having to think so hard, all the time, about eating.

So do I love gluten-free eating now? No, I don’t. Do I hate it? Meh. I would say I’m neutral. That’s an improvement. I mean truthfully, I would love to just eat whatever I want, that’s the bottom line. But my “yes” list has expanded now, and I have more of my options committed to memory now, so at least I don’t have to think as hard. I still avoid going out to eat for the most part because it’s just not fun. I don’t want to waste my energy worrying whether there’s a new guy in the kitchen who cooked my stuff on the wrong grill.

I occasionally have cravings for actual gluten free foods now, like Nut Thins crackers. I had a really over-the-top Nut Thins obsession going on for a while there.

I learned that I apparently no longer have much of an issue with dairy products! I read about people whose lactose intolerace/dairy issues disappear after their body starts to recover from whatever the gluten was doing to their body. I am now one of those people. I feel guilty even mentioning it, because I know there are folks out there for whom this won’t happen. But for me, personally, it has been nice to not have to worry about that so much.

I have tried more gluten free alternatives and found more of them that aren’t horrible. I particularly really love Udi’s Bread and Rudi’s Bread. I don’t mind Glutino English Muffins. There’s several more. Maybe in a bit I’ll put together a post about more of the gluten free stuff I love. Like Green’s Amber Ale. And that black cherry hard cider that I can’t remember the name of right now. And Stella Cidre. And those Udi’s chocolate muffin tops with chia seeds.

It is still apparent that my ADHD symptoms had nothing to do with my gluten ingestion.

I still hate cooking – but I’m thinking of ways to avoid it, lol. Like I’m trying to figure out where I put my crock pot. Crock pots are great. Throw in some meat and veggies and some spices, turn it on, leave it alone for 8 hours, and you’ve got dinner for like three days.

I also don’t mind making smoothies. Throw pretty much anything into a blender with vanilla yogurt. That’s easy, I can handle that. Usually it’s bananas and some kind of frozen fruit that I’ve thawed out, maybe a little honey. I find that if you blend the living bejeezus out of the fruit first, before you put the other ingredients in, it makes for a much smoother smoothie.

And now I have an 11 yr old. If she’s bored, I set her up with a gluten free cookbook and have her try out some cooking experiments. The shortbread didn’t hold up so well (yet, we’ll try it again) but she did make a tasty mashed bananas with peanut butter and Nutella, on toast, that’s quite good.

I’m not crying in the corner anymore. Not weekly, anyway. I think my last meltdown was probably…oh I don’t know, maybe a few months ago. It happens, but not as often, and for not as long.

See, it does get better. In 10 years I’ll probably think my post about gluten free living sucking was silly.

Yeah no, I probably won’t, lol. But I’ll be rocking some seriously delicious grub in the crock pot.



4 thoughts on “A Gluten-Free Living Follow-Up

  1. Have you ever had a full thyroid panel (not just TSH) done? I’ve been diagnosed ADHD in the last year or so but I kept pushing and was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Symptoms include anxiety, depression, weight loss or gain,ADHD, even misdiagnosis of bipolar! Many ppl with hashimotos develop celiac disease and I was told to go gluten free to prevent that.

    • Very interesting. You are not the only ADHD-diagnosed person that I know who has been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. I do not believe that I have had that full panel – I think just whatever the “standard” first one they do is, though it’s possible they did more tests when I had severe migraine issues, and I just don’t remember (I had significant cognitive impairment at the time). I have begun to think that I have hormonal fluctuations that coincide with my menstrual cycle, that exacerbate some of my ADHD issues (though much of that was eliminated when I cut soy out of my diet). Maybe now that I have health insurance again, I can do a little investigating.

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