Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Nom Nom Nom

What a lovely four day weekend that was! We spent it eating great food and watching very exciting tennis, that's pretty much my idea of heaven. Meals included Ribs, Sea Bass, Chicken Bacon Bites, Summer Rolls, Pancakes and BaconFondue, Poussin and Lemon Sole. Tennis included Murray v Gasket, Tsonga v Djokovic and a very shouty Sharapova who took far too long to win before Murray could get on court.

I noticed something whilst doing our regular food shop this week. There wasn't one single thing from the free from aisle in our trolley. Nothing that had gluten free prominent on the packaging. There was fish, meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, lots of really lovely fresh food and all naturally gluten free.

It got me thinking, when I first went gluten free I had a really hard time and I had forgotten just how hard it was. I think for the first few weeks I lived on Orgran Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce, it was nice and pretty amazing that I could actually eat anything that didn't lead to several bathroom visits, but after eating it at least once a day for a few weeks I ended up hating the stuff. You would, wouldn't you?

I don't really remember much about those early days, I just recall that being able to eat something and not suffer the consequences was like a miracle had happened. It didn't matter that much that some of the gluten free food was a bit bland or that the texture was horrid, it was just a huge light at the end of a very dark tunnel that I had been travelling down for almost two years, gluten free food saved my life for sure.

Cue to now, no made to be gluten free ingredients in our trolley and we're having fabulous meals that are completely safe for me to eat. You know what I think the most important thing about being gluten free is? Education. Teach yourself about foods and you'll find an abundance of naturally gluten free food to feast on. That's how I did it, I've always been a bit of a foodie but now it's an absolute passion.

You can see from my recipe section that gluten free meals need never be boring. I've come a long way since my early days of being gluten free in 09 and that's purely because I took what I already knew about food and made sure that I learnt a hell of a lot more.

It's no fun being a coeliac but you can feast safely and I make sure that I do! May as well enjoy the natural gluten free goodness that nature has to offer.

*Wishes Murray Luck*

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