I bloody love Gluten...

Yesterday at a birthday party, despite bringing a gluten-free lunch & cupcake, Pip had a full-on-give-me-that-pizza-or-I'm-gonna-have-a-full-on-melt-down moment. It was my first taste of what life can be like with this whole Celiac thing, outside of our home environment.

I've been trying so hard to learn & do everything I can about Celiac Disease - Making sure our home & her daycare is stocked with gluten-free food, getting separate toasters & butter dishes because of cross contamination, reading every damn label like it's my job & joining Celiac groups to learn from others ...

But it's hard - And moments like yesterday make it that much harder. 

Now I have to wonder will she steal a kid's cracker at daycare? Will she stuff Playdough (even that has bloody gluten in it) down her hatch? Will she eat something that has been cross contaminated accidentally? Will she freak out at every birthday party or event when she can't have what others are? Will she be able to even comprehend that gluten makes her so sick? 

Gluten, why the hell do ya have to be in so much stuff? And as an added bonus, it turns out, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE GLUTEN - Literally, bloody everything I eat or enjoy has gluten in it. 

So, to help my little girl & to dive in deeper & teach me faster, I'm going to try to be Gluten-Free for a month. Those that truly know me, know that this is HUGE and that by day three, I may pull my own give-me-that-pizza-with-gluten-in-it-melt-down. 

But here goes...


  1. I've been thru the "trying to figure out the whole gluten thing" with various family members/friends who are celiac. Don't know how much you already know but.. Udi's makes great breads, muffins, pizza crusts that are all gluten free. Betty Crocker has great chocolate & vanilla cake mixes. They also have a brownie mix. Don't taste the batter, but the finished products are great! (especially with icing and ice cream). The other thing to try.. My sister is actually not allergic to gluten but what we done to change our wheat to fit our shorted growing season. She found this out by traveling to Europe and eating anything that had been there using European flour. Once she got home we headed to a local European import shop, that imports flours, pastas, etc directly from Italy. We now substitute the European flour in any regular recipe. It's the only flour we buy and now she can pizza, cookies, cakes, etc. Another family member who more severely allergic only gets an upset stomach when eating our cooking with the flour and not a full blown attack.

  2. Anonymous1.2.16

    I take an Udi's pizza crust to local pizza place and they make me one up. It is doable but hard, esp on the kiddos. I hope she is feeling better or you are seeing a difference to help make it all worthwhile. Good luck. Love your blog.

  3. Anonymous20.2.16

    My daughter is almost 3 and was diagnosed almost 6 months ago. It SUCKS. I hate that it makes me sound like a crazy person. Our house is completely gluten free, and it's helped me immensely. I had stomach issues for years that weren't resolved until we went GF. I do cheat when my daughter isn't with me, but overall it's not as bad as you'd think. She's had 2 meltdowns- one at a family gathering (she wanted a bun) and one at McDonald's (BTW McDonald's fries are cooked in a separate fryer, they're GF!) because she wanted a nugget. I feel your pain.