I have been eating gluten free for over 5 years now and it has definitely become like second nature. I can spot the unsafe ingredients on a label in a flash, I am confident that I know what to avoid and what is safe to eat. I have also become very good at taking any recipe (even with gluten ingredients) and converting it to be safe for our gluten-free diet.
When people first hear that I have to eat gluten-free because of celiac disease and my kids (& husband) all eat gluten free at home, I get this look of pity. A feeling that we are missing out on life because of our food limitations.
I don’t feel like we are missing out. Most of the foods we eat (and most foods in my opinion people should eat) are naturally gluten free. We do eat packaged gluten free products as well and thankfully we have access to amazing food that doesn’t taste like a replacement.
There are times though that I do miss eating without food restrictions. It isn’t about the food but more about the convenience. Being able to – on those really busy days – to go and pick up fast food or something semi-prepared at the grocery store. Picking a random restaurant and being able to walk in and choose anything off the menu.
That is what I miss. Not all the time because the way I feel now being gluten-free trumps any food or convenience craving but on those really busy days – I really miss it.
What about you? Is there anything you miss about eating gluten?