Monday, March 11, 2013

Gluten-Free: Day 1

Grocery shopping yesterday was basically a joke. I did some research online over the weekend to find out what I can and can't eat and found that most foods have a gluten-free option now. You can find a lot of gluten-free breads in stores, gluten-free cereals (which I was already eating anyway), etc. So I left the house with a semi-positive attitude toward this (minus the fact that I was going to Walmart).

I got my fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, frozen vegetables, etc. Basically everything I knew I wouldn't have to check the label for. Then I went for cereal because I knew what I wanted and knew that it was gluten-free. I got a box of Honey Nut Chex and a box of Cinnamon Chex. Both are delicious. And the Cinnamon Chex tastes kind of like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. :)

Then I went for the bread aisle. Long story short, I bought peanut butter and jelly for no reason because this Walmart (possibly all Walmarts?) doesn't carry gluten-free bread. They have a large variety of other types of bread which contain less than a certain percentage of gluten, but none are gluten free. This was discouraging.

I decided if I couldn't have bread, I could at least buy rice cakes or something to slather with peanut butter. Problem is, Walmart doesn't sell those either. Not the Quaker brand, not the Walmart brand. Nothing. I checked several different aisles I thought they might be down, twice.

So my plan for having a pbj with some form of gluten-free bread or whatever was pretty much ruined. Instead I'm having cereal for lunch. I guess I can at least be glad that I don't have to have the same cereal for both breakfast and lunch.

Because of all that discouragement and frustration and all the irritating people there, I left. Without several other things I needed. Like milk. For my cereal. And something to have for dinner on Thursday. And something to eat for dinner last night.

On top of all that, it was raining. A lot. Walking out with my cart and loading groceries in my car got me substantially wet. I came home to the mini lake in our front yard. And it was raining harder. By the time I got all the groceries out of my trunk and through the front door, I was dripping. My feet were soaked from walking through the lake, my pants were wet, my hoodie was soaked, my hair was soaked.

I did have McDonald's for dinner last night since it's the last time I'll be able to eat fast food for a while. Tonight I'm making spaghetti squash with italian sausage and pasta sauce. Obviously the squash is gluten-free, and the pasta sauce says on the label that it's gluten-free (among other things). The only thing I'm not positive about is the sausage, but I'm pretty sure it's safe. Guess I'll find out later.

Anyhoo, I hope your Monday doesn't totally suck! And if you have any easy gluten-free recipes or anything, I'm open to suggestions :)