I get a lot of questions about my diet. "What can you eat?" is a common question. I also get questions from many newbie celiacs who need help figuring out what to eat. I was recently contacted by someone who's young daughter (she's only 2) was just diagnosed with allergies to wheat, dairy and eggs. (I'm not a dietitian or health care provider in any sense). That might not seem like a huge deal until you realize how many foods contain one or more of these ingredients. When you have multiple food allergies, you will find yourself making a lot of food from scratch. I have to follow two medical diets, a diabetes-friendly-celiac-diet. I was also diagnosed with allergies to both dairy and onions, but the allergy tests both came back a weak positive, so while I tend to avoid these ingredients for the most part, I don't have to eliminate them to the extent that I have to with gluten.
Today was grocery shopping day. While I love cooking, I don't love grocery shopping, usually because of the sticker shock that comes along with it. So I give myself little incentives to go do these tedious yet oh-so-necessary tasks. One purple pedicure and a soy latte later, I went grocery shopping.
Here are the pics and listings of what I got. (Click on them to make them bigger).
Unsweetened almond milk- one is vanilla (for my coffee and for anything that needs a "sweeter" taste), and one is original (because you don't want your scrambled eggs or soups to taste like vanilla. Because I've made that mistake before.) Sundried tomato basil polenta. I really like polenta... YUM.
A hot air popcorn popper! And some kernels. I would have preferred organic corn kernels because I don't want GMO corn but I was at Target and they didn't have any. I was inspired to get this after a friend posted of Facebook that she made a fresh hot batch of popcorn, drizzled olive oil on it, and shook a little Lawry's seasoning salt and garlic powder on it. Totally doing that on movie night this weekend.
There's something else about myself that I may have mentioned before. I have a small tea obsession.
The last thing I wanted to show you was the surprise I got in the mail today. It wasn't something I signed up to receive.
Schar, maker of my favorite gluten free baguettes and rolls, sent me a FREE 4 pack of their Ciabatta rolls and a book of really good coupons!!! If you eat gluten free, you know there are almost never coupons or sales for gluten free items. I think it's probably a loyal customer gift or something. These are about a $6 value! I was so happy that I didn't know what end of the pig to feed!
Anyway, I hope this gives you a little window into the world of what a celiac diabetic- who is also avoiding dairy and raw onions- may eat. There are a lot of grocery options out there for us peeps with special dietary needs, whether it's the 'betes, celiac, or food allergies. Life is good!