I am sure that you have noticed multiple people are going gluten free. Personally, I know of over ten friends that are currently going gluten free this week! When gluten first became the hot topic discussion, I swore to my husband that there was no way I was giving up my bread, crackers, pasta, etc! Enter our firstborn, the one with food allergies, the one who constantly makes me eat my words; do you have one like that too? I want to preface this by stating that Kamron was not diagnosed with Celiac's, a gluten allergy, or a gluten intolerance by a certified doctor. I also suggest that you talk to a doctor or dietician before embarking on any special diet, these are things that have worked for me and my family and may not work for you. Kamron was diagnosed with a serious soy allergy and so we were playing around with his diet and I was talking with a friend that had several years experience in dealing with food allergies and intolerance. She suggested that I look into limiting or eliminating gluten to see if it would help Kamron's asthma. Honestly, this terrified me because I had no idea on where to start! I knew that we could not just cut it all out immediately; I would have some serious backlash from the kids and I was pregnant so the last thing I needed was angry kids and intense cravings to deal with.
The first thing we did was switch from eating pasta to rice. I know that there are a lot of gluten free pastas and we tried those. Honestly, the only one we like is the Ancient Grains Quinoa Pasta. However, I really struggle to drop 3-4 dollars a box on pasta (and I need two boxes for a meal). I do buy that for a treat about once a month when I make macaroni and cheese though.
I also introduced the meat and cheese roll up for lunch. We ate a LOT of bread so every other day I would nix the bread and we would eat lunch meat wrapped in cheese. I didn't look for a substitute for this. I made it out as a new recipe so that it would seem exciting to the boys. Honestly, they fell for it and it didn't seem like a big deal to them.
With these two changes under my belt I noticed that I was feeling better! This wasn't even for me and I was reaping some benefits. On top of that Kamron's asthma wasn't as severe and his attitude was calmer. That was the convincing that I needed to continue on to going gluten free. I will share some more easy ways to kick the gluten next week.
If you would like to do some reading on what gluten is and the signs of gluten intolerance I would suggest starting here.