It has been an interesting week of gluten-free eating. I have been surprised to find that meals are easier to cook than I thought and that even baking has good outcomes with a good recipe and the right flours and starches. For the most part I have been cooking all of our meals gluten-free and the family has enjoyed the meals.
Problem number one that I ran up against this week was date night with the hubby. In a small town, there are only so many options for eating out. After doing a tiny bit of research online, we decided to avoid our usual Applebees (all of their food, except potato skins, are loaded with gluten). We instead went to a pricier restaurant in hopes that I could would have a better chance of finding something gluten-free. The chicken and rice that I ordered had to be served without the white wine sauce (flour) which I am sure would have made it SOOO good. I also had to watch my hubby eat the popovers and then foolishly tried to scrape the chocolate filling out of the pie that was my dessert. I came home and of course had my usual attack of cramping, rumbling, and mad dashes to the bathroom. Of course, if I simply have a case of good old-fashioned IBS, the excitement of going out to eat is what could make me get sick. But if the culprit is truly gluten, I guess when they say to avoid even gluten contamination, they are not kidding.
My second problem with going gluten-free is I am having more cases of low blood sugar than I normally do. I get shaky, dizzy, hot, and tingly. I have been feeling this way almost all day for the last two days. After reading a bit online and some other people’s experiences with this, it could be the result of what I’m eating–most gluten-free grains are high on the glycemic index. (Eyeroll…really, can we solve one problem and not cause another one?) I also think I might be eating a little bit less because I’m kind of at a loss of what to eat. I’m sure I’ll figure this out in time! Until then, I need to get the store and load up on cheese or something. Any other ideas for foods low in sugars and also without gluten? Sheesh! I need a nutritionist!
Day six and counting….we’ll see what the next week brings!