Sunday, April 28, 2013
Being Gluten Free in a Gluten Obsessed Society
One of the downsides of being gluten free is that you can still have cravings for gluten, even if you have found a great substitute. If you don't crave the gluten then you crave the ease of gluten filled food. I want to grab something to eat I can have raw food or I can make it. There are not a lot of great tasting options that I can throw into a microwave and eat on the go. There are still no Hot pockets for Celiac. I also can't just order most food in and sit around waiting for it. Those days are gone. Although every time I walk into a grocery store I am reminded once again that they still exist for a majority of the population.
Everywhere you turn there is gluten filled food. What really hurts is when a favorite restaurant or producer comes out with a new product that you really want to try and can't.
The best advice I can give for this is not only willpower because that will fade eventually. The thing I suggest is to quickly remind yourself why you are doing what you are. For me I am reminded every time there is a cross contamination issue. I get sick and remember why I don't eat gluten no matter how yummy it looks. I also try to avoid going through the bakery and if I don't need something in a grocery aisles I don't go into it.
I try to shop at stores where I know the layout this means a quick in and out trip. The faster you shop, the less the temptation. The last thing I can offer is to only grocery shop full. The reason I say this, is that a person will notice food more if they are hungry when grocery shopping. If you are full then you are only going to get a list.
As for convenience I can't fix that yet. What I can suggest is that you bake or cook gluten free item you love and that store well in a freezer when you have time. Then when you want a little something with very little prep work, you simply heat it up again.
What types of ways do you keep yourself from temptation?