The best Birthday present and going Gluten free!

Thank you all, Dear Readers, for staying around for my blog-photo-show! It was such fun to pick each one out and see which ones you liked the most. I’ve enjoyed turning 29. There’s been a lot of new life lessons thrown at me the past 29 days.

Token sun burst kiss on my birthday.

Before I share the biggest one, I have a to share this:

On my 29th Birthday, our daughter pooped on the toilet for the first time!  Some of you may not understand the magnitude of this. I felt like dancing. One year ago, I was still giving her 5 different supplements, journaling every thing she ate, and marking the calendar for every poop. She had been struggling with constipation for over half her life. At that point, she was over two, and I didn’t know if we’d ever get her toilet trained when pooping was such a hard experience for her. She’d spend over 30 minutes grunting, and sweating, and finally pooping. It was always hard, and happened 2-3 times a week. That was a huge improvement. For the full story, you can read the post, Constipation: Why we changed how we eat.

I want to simply share my sheer delight that by working consistently and making my little girl eat her veggies, she’s reached this developmental milestone without tears. We’ve changed more than just her veggie intake, but the over-arching change is in looking at food as an important tool to our health. While our daughter can’t seem to handle digesting many animal protein rich foods, her brother can. But, we’ve just started to figure out that he can’t tolerate gluten or eggs.

A gift from my son.

New Challenge: I want to learn how to eat without gluten. I can do without eggs, and I’ve dabbled in using a variety of grains while baking. But, when I learned that our boy couldn’t have gluten for at least 4 weeks, I was totally overwhelmed. You’d think that with the success we’ve had changing our daughter’s diet, I’d be all calm and confident. No. I felt unequipped. I wanted to know this stuff now.  Instead, I went shopping. I had to face the fact that a busy week volunteering for a community event, and getting ready to leave for a road trip, meant that I didn’t have time to experiment in the kitchen. I felt a little guilty going to buy things I’d learned to make from scratch: Bread, crackers, pancake mix, etc.

I scoured the local Co-op, and found enough things to get our son started on his new diet. I went to a huge, high priced market that has an entire gluten free-aisle! As I stood there scanning everything, an employee kindly handed me a 10 page guide to all their gluten free products. While I thanked him, explaining I was new to this, a lady nearby approached to offer advice. It was like an angel had been sent to cheer me up . Seriously. She has Celiac, and has been eating Gluten free for 2 years. With a 5 year old of her own, she provided the exact advice I needed: what crackers are tasty, best flour mixes, advice on egg substitute methods (she favors using flax with water, I’ve succeeded using Vinegar or Lemon Juice). After our conversation, I felt like giving her a hug. Instead, I gushed thanking her with a huge smile.

My plea to Friends also provided a wonderful cookbook and recipe suggestions. I’m eager to share what’s passed our taste testing. But, for now, I wanted to share my latest challenge and joy.

Have you gone Gluten Free? If so, what are your favorite recipes? Favorite blogs?

I love, and just discovered Simply Sugar and Gluten Free.

7 thoughts on “The best Birthday present and going Gluten free!”

  1. Okay that is totally exciting about “Little” Iris! One other site I love is Gluten-free Goddess. And Udi’s products 🙂

  2. Excellent progress on Iris’s part, excellent mothering on your part in addressing Iris’s and Copper’s unique needs. Glad to hear you had a very Happy Birthday !

  3. Gluten-free was a challenge, it’s survivable though 🙂
    (Slightly more challenging if others bake/bring yummy gluten-goodies!!)

    as egg/flour substitute, we use chickpea flour, eg for grilled goodies, eg grilled eggplant yum… (Cousin who’s into yoga and egg-free taught us this…)

    I’m wondering if too much computer time could be related to having to go gluten-free.. okay stress has been reported as a factor too, and all the chemicals on wheat and elsewhere have been probably a factor too…

    There are tons of gluten-free sites, I’m mostly sticking to ‘no gluten’ food, eg corn, buckwheat, rice etc. (still suspicious of ‘gluten-free’ wheat flour) Buckwheat kasha has been a personal and family favorite (cooks real quick!) before already!

    1. Thanks for the belated bday wishes!

      We’re going Gluten free as long has his health needs it. He’s having a reaction to it, so we’re doing an elimination diet, and reintroducing Gluten every 4 weeks. We’ve already tried once, and he reacted. So, we’re back into Gluten free for the next 3 weeks.

      Yeah, I have found some amazing gluten free sites, and have tried a handful of recipes. It’s really prompting me to explore just not using grains, which I think overall is a good thing. I love Buckwheat but the rest of the family is not a fan:(

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. Ohh, and a VERY belated Happy Birthday & YAY for the little girl!! 🙂

    Were you doing this as part of elimination diet? And are you staying gluten-free long-term?

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