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Gluten-Free Anniversary & Menu Plan

Yesterday, January 12th, marked the 7th anniversary of being on the gluten-free diet for me.  I am so much healthier now than I was seven years ago.  This isn’t entirely due to following the gluten-free diet, but it sure plays a large part.  I just turned 40 and am in the best shape of my life – partly due to the gluten-free diet and the fact that I feel good, so I have the energy to pursue my running goals 100%.  So much has changed in the world of gluten-free over the past 7 years, including the debut and expansion of food in the gluten-free marketplace. 


Here is a list of some of the things I have learned over the years.  Some are taken from my post that I shared last year on my 6th anniversary.

  • There are way more things that I can eat, than can’t.
  • Even after 6 7 years, I still make mistakes.
  • There is life after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease and starting the gluten-free diet.
  • The selection of gluten-free foods in grocery stores is much better now than it was 6 7 years ago.
  • Even with all of the publicity the gluten-free diet has been getting, some people still look at me like I have 2 heads when I ask if they have a gluten-free menu.
  • The gluten-free diet isn’t necessarily a healthy or an unhealthy diet; your diet is what you make it.  There are plenty of healthy & unhealthy gluten-free foods out there, just like every other diet.
  • Focusing on friends and family at gatherings is way more productive & feels better than focusing on the food, whether I can eat it or not.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff – this works for the gluten-free diet just as it does for the rest of your life.  Keep a gluten-free protein bar or snack in your purse, bag or car so that you always have a back up.

Sunday – Take-out

Monday – Chicken fingers, baked steak fries, broccoli and salad

Tuesday – Baked Ziti and salad

Wednesday – Sweet Thai chile salmon, coconut baked brown rice, sugar snap peas and salad

Thursday – Breakfast for dinner and fruit salad

Friday – Dinner with friends

Saturday – Make your own pizza and salad

Week in review:

Bob Evan’s updates and expands gluten-free menu

Review: Katz Gluten Free Blueberry Pie

Review: BoomChickaPop Popcorn

Review: Katz Gluten-Free English Muffins

Have a great week!

2 comments to Gluten-Free Anniversary & Menu Plan

  • celiacinthecity

    Happy GF Anniversary, Kim! And so much of what you pointed out is true — we really do live in the golden age of GF-ness and you make the diet what it needs to be for YOU. (and yes, sometimes they still think we're crazy)

    Have a great week!

  • MJruns

    Congrats on 7 years! I've only been GF for a little over 3 years now. I think I'm getting MORE cautious about eating out as GF becomes something manufacturers/restaurants are doing to make money….some of them don't seem to be as careful or taking it as seriously as it needs to be taken for celiacs & serious gluten-intolerant folks (like me). But I have learned brands I like and trust (and there is so much more good stuff available than there used to be) and I enjoy finding and sharing new places to get yummy GF items, whether small bakeries, restaurants or whatever. In some ways it's lucky I figured it out…less physical problems, improved nutrition, and in my case at least, it's a less scary issue than people who have say peanut allergies. Can't say it doesn't sometimes put a damper on the experience of sharing meals with family and friends, even well-intentioned and supportive ones. But it beats the feeling of being glutened! (of course, I have quite a pile of dietary restrictions, you should see people's faces when I go through the list….much easier to make my own food)

    Kim – not sure if you have any contacts in the health care field. Would love to see a piece about if/how hospitals handle people who indicate the need for GF meals (especially those who are gluten-intolerant as opposed to diagnosed w/ celiac). Had a friend have an experience recently of explaining in great detail what could and could not be eaten, then winding up with a couple of gluten-filled surprises on her tray.

    BTW, that Katz pie crust looks fantastic!

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