Here's what I did to prepare...
- reached out to my friends who already live this lifestyle and got lots of helpful tips, websites, blogs, and all around advice
- searched the internet for hours learning what foods contain gluten and what foods are safe
- read blog post after blog post for "getting started..."
- came up with a week of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) that are all gluten free
- tried to subdue the wow-this-is-very-overwhelming feeling
- oh yea and treated myself to an early birthday present at The Chessecake Factory
I haven't had a piece of cheesecake from here in years, since college actually, so about 5-6 years ago. I really debated but JD's encouragement was all I needed. I enjoyed this over three days and now it's gone. I am truly not going to cheat and therefore will not have any "real" cookies or cake for my birthday coming up.
After reading some online advice, it suggested not to substitute a gluten free flour in anything or eat gluten free pasta right away. Don't try to "replace" gluten and give you body a clean two weeks to adjust. Then, begin to try the gluten free versions of pasta, cookies, bread, etc.
I wasn't exactly sure where to begin. I wish someone could have said..."Cook these meals the first week," but couldn't find that anywhere. So, here's what I came up with.
Main Meals [we always cook 3 and eat leftovers]
- Turkey Meatloaf with a Brown Sugar Glaze
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
- Mediterranean Baked Chicken
- Honey Chex Cereal/Almond Milk [not much change here]
- Amy's gluten free burittos
- caramel corn rice cakes
- almond nut thins
*We just finished the brown sugar turkey meatloaf and it was delicious...gluten free or not, you need to try this one.
Wish me luck!