Spring Cleaning Carnival: Get the Gluten Out

Gluten Free
source: Elana

Today’s Spring Cleaning Carnival topic is about eliminating gluten from your diet.

Chances are you know someone who is gluten free, if not in real life than in the blogosphere. Today at Kitchen Stewardship, Amy from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free is sharing her incredible story of eliminating gluten from her diet. You can then head on over to her blog for simple ideas for enhancing your current diet with gluten-free foods and/or eliminating gluten and sugar from your diet altogether.

To be honest, this one strikes a chord with me. Heck, I’m Italian. We like our white bread and pasta, thankyouverymuch.

That said, all of my daughters start out with what is most likely a gluten intolerance. You know the gas that baby’s get sometimes when they start rice cereal? Yeah, it’s so bad for us that I haven’t even tried it with the last two after seeing how upset their tummies get after they nurse on a day when I eat whole grains.

And I know I’ve mentioned before that the more tired I get, the more I crave sugar.

But what I haven’t mentioned here (because it wasn’t relevant until now) is that ever since our youngest daughter was born, I am hungry all the time. I literally eat constantly, and when I try not to, it is a white-knuckled struggle because I feel as if I am starving.

Are these gluten-related issues? I’m not sure. But I know it’s something that’s been nagging at me for a couple of years now, and maybe it’s time to do something about it!

What does it take to make a change like this one in your life?

In our family, food is where we gather to celebrate, laugh and love. Will I be sitting on one side of the kitchen by myself with my gluten-free meal while my mom sits on the other with her vegetarian meal, both staring longingly at the food the rest of the family is eating?

Do you just get rid of all offending food in my house? What if my husband isn’t on board?

What exactly is gluten, and how do I know which foods contain it?

Amy is sharing a ton of links and steps to get started, move forward and take a leap of faith with a gluten-free diet, and I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions as well. Is this something you’ve thought about in your own life?

Mandi Ehman at Organizing Your Way