Guest Post: Meg on Being Gluten-Free
Today’s guest blogger is Meg from Sunshine ‘n Spice. I have been reading her blog for a while now and it’s definitely one of my favs. Meg is absolutely gorgeous and she was kind enough to let me do my first ever guest post on her blog! Yay for blog friends! I hope I can meet Meg in person some day! Her posts are always honest and interesting, with a little humor thrown in the mix- basically she’s all around awesome :). Make sure you go check out her blog!
Hi to all of Lindsay’s readers! I am so flattered that I have this opportunity to write a guest post for this lady’s amazing blog! I’m Meg from Sunshine ‘n Spice! I figured since gluten free diets are becoming more and more prominent in today’s society, I’d share three things I’ve learned since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease and how I cope with my experiences in the gluten-free world! Don’t get me wrong, I miss being able to chow on some glutenous (is that a word?!) goodies, but I have learned so much about recipes, nutrition and health since going without it. Gluten free definitely isn’t for everyone and I hate how it’s becoming a “diet trend” these days, but that’s a whole ‘nother rant I could go on about. In case you didn’t know – gluten is a protein found in most grains and people with a gluten allergy or Celiac disease are not able to properly digest it; basically it tears up your intestines and causes painful havoc in your body.)
1) Gluten is sneaky…very, very sneaky. Gluten likes to hide in the places you’d least expect it, I guess you could say it’s pretty damn good at hide and seek. Especially when eating out. I remember the first time I went out for sushi after my diagnosis and ordering a big ole hunk of a roll (spicy tuna, to be specific!) and chowing down. Little did I know that the soy sauce – yes, SOY sauce – I was dipping every bite in was full of gluten. In fact, the first ingredient in soy sauce is wheat. Why they don’t just call it “wheat sauce” instead of “soy sauce” is beyond me. I paid the price for my stupidity later that night…and I’ll just leave it at that and spare ya’ll the juicy details. And by juicy I mean real juicy. Just a perfect example of gluten’s hiding skills. You really have to read labels, ingredients and specifically ask for gluten free items when you go out – especially at restaurants! Don’t be shy, seriously. It’s better to speak up and be a little bit of a pain in the you-know-what then spending the rest of the day or night hugging the toilet. Toilets just aren’t as warm and welcoming as you’d expect, really.
2) Gluten free is fun! I’ve had a blast experimenting with recipes, new food finds and all kinds of gluten-free shenanigans! I’ve read up on a lot of studies about gluten and my options otherwise and have been able to delve into so many cool experiences through cooking, baking and even events that support a gluten-free lifestyle. One of my favorite things to cook with now is coconut – coconut oil, coconut flour…anything coconut really adds such a great flavor to any recipe. I honestly don’t miss gluten as much as I thought I would when I started this lifestyle. I still eat out a lot with my friends and family, but I love cooking homemade things as well and sharing them with my loved ones – sometimes they’re amazed how good gluten free can taste – or dare I say better!
3) Gluten free does NOT mean low carb! I did a whole blog post about this so I won’t go off on a huge tangent on Lindsay’s beautiful blog, but I will state that I eat plenty of carbilicious, sweet, savory and necessary carbs! Carbs keep me sane – I love Enjoy Life Foods gluten free cookies (snickerdoodles are da domb dot com!) and tons of brands of granola are hanging out in my pantry that I can’t keep my hands out of. On top of that, I’ve found plenty of dangerously good recipes for gluten free desserts, breads, muffins – you name it, I’ll make it if it’s full of delicious carbs. Many people go gluten free assuming that they’ll be cutting carbs – but honestly I just think they’re insane for doing such a thing. Let’s be real here, pals, carbs make the world go round. Can you imagine how much of a poopy bitch you’d be without cookies? Bread? Muffins? Exactly.
Well, I hope I covered a few bases about living gluten free and my experiences so far (many more to come!) Thank you Lindsay for being such a sweet friend and letting me take over your blog for a post. Much love to you all!
Question from Lindsay:
What are your thoughts about gluten-free diets that are voluntary and not due to a disease or an intolerance?