Our new gluten-free pantry, except for my Clif Bars (just
couldn't let those go yet.) We found out this week that my
youngest daughter and wife are intolerant of gluten. So,
We're now a gluten-free family at home.
This week was a bit hot and cold for word counts. While I still have tomorrow to increase my word count total, I think I’ll still be under my count for last week. I still passed what I think is my halfway point in the story, so that was a huge accomplishment and I really want to celebrate it, but at the moment I’m not feeling motivated to write. I spent I good three and a half hours last night trying to play catch up on my lack of writing much most of the week.
I got in some words every day last week – just not that many. The culprit of my demise?
Yep, that stuff really threw a wrench into my world.
On Tuesday we found out that our youngest daughter has Celiac Disease, which means she is very much intolerant of gluten. Gluten is in just about everything, but you’d most commonly find it in wheat, barley and rye – so just about everything. Her test showed she was off-the chart in regard to gluten intollerance. My wife also showed high levels of intolerance.
So, Tuesday night we went gluten-free as a family. Cross contamination is such a big deal that I can’t reasonably keep things in the house that might make my youngest daughter and wife sick. While my older daughter and myself haven’t been tested, I don’t think we really have any issues to worry about. Regardless, we’re going gluten-free at the house. That doesn’t mean I won’t visit a Subway 6-inch on wheat now and then, but at least at home, it’s out.
I donated seven bags of unopened packaged food to the Second Harvest food bank in downtown Spokane on Wednesday at lunchtime. Then spent $50 on one bag of groceries at Huckleberries on the South Hill. One bag.
My reading has transitioned to gluten free too. I need to know about this stuff to keep my daughter’s digestive system in proper working order. I have no issue with that – it’s just a lot to learn. My wife is now an expert.
I’ve lost about 2 pounds this week – and it certainly isn’t because I’m going to the gym. Although we did make it to the YMCA one night for a quick workout with all the people still sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. I expect the gym will thin out by mid-February, when those people fall off the wagon. Maybe the gluten free diet (at least at home) might be a healthy change. We’ll see.
It’s been an adventure this week when it comes to meal time, but its an important shift and its certainly not about me, its about the health of my wife and daughter. So, gluten, we will defeat you. Or at least avoid you. You’re a sneaky little jerk too.
Enough procrastinating, back to the grind.