Saturday, December 31, 2011
There are those out there with serious allergies to gluten and wheat. One bite could place them in serious pain. Others, it could be much worse- think of those you know with peanut allergies who go into shock with just a small amount of contamination. Some people have to think- "I know this sandwich was made with gluten-free bread... but how was this sandwich prepared? Toasted on the same griddle as gluten? Do they have a dedicated gluten-free fryer for my delicious fries?"
My answer up until this delicious, memorable Christmas holiday was that I was much more energetic, my bones just moved better, and I just feel better when I live my life in a world of rice, quinoia, and corn rather than Olive Garden bread sticks. It doesn't sound like a lot. In fact, one could say I have fallen for the fad.
Holidays in general are hard for gluten-free folks. All the traditional foods, going out to eat, the unfamiliar fridges... it's a nightmare. So, because I'm fortunate enough to not be technically gluten-intolerant, I let myself slip.
We arrived into town on the solstice (December 21). I was good that night. And then little allowances were made.
December 22nd- Woke up late. Forgot to eat breakfast as there was no gluten-free bread available. Ate Famous Star (with bun!) at noon. Thai food for dinner- didn't check gluten in the curries, pad thai, etc., but the dumplings sure as hell weren't GF. Whoops.
December 23rd- Seafood buffet at the Coeur D'Alene Casino. Not inherently bad, but used some bread to sop up delicious clam/crab juices. Then had a piece of tiramisu. I was still feeling good. No problem.
December 24rd- Christmas Eve. This is the night with my family. I especially made a GF Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake AND stuffing. I brought ingredients from Whole Foods especially so I could be gluten-free with my family. The cheesecake was sooo good. The stuffing was less so. So, I made it taste better with gluten-y gravy. Then sopped up that gravy with a crescent roll. Whoops.
December 25th- Christmas with my husband's family. A huge test (which I had planned on failing). My MIL's monkey bread and homemade orange-coconut rolls for breakfast. Then my FIL's aforementioned calzones.
I ate the whole calzone. I had never done that before.
I forget which day I started hurting. I think it was the evening of the 23rd or the morning of the 24th. I got more and more stiff until I was downright cranky on Christmas. The next day, I was back on the bandwagon- armed with my Udi's multigrain bread and some gluten-free burritos. I even had my mother-in-law purchase some gluten-free soy sauce for some Kung Pao chicken they made for dinner one night. But, the damage was done. I was achy, I felt slow, I woke up each morning without feeling rested, and getting up off the floor after playing with my nephew was a real bitch. My fingers swelled up to nice-looking sausages and my wrists decided not to cooperate with any of the work I needed to do. My Costochondritis acted up- which is always panic-inducing and fun. I was pretty miserable.
It's important, however, that I mention the other bad things I did that could have caused this. This isn't a gluten-free blog... it's a lupus blog. There are lots of different things that could cause a lupus flare, and I was guilty of most of them.
I certainly didn't exercise as much as I should have. I did yoga once in the nine days we weren't home. I ignored my resistance band. I took the dog for only two walks (it was really cold). Yes, I was constantly running around and moving, but not in a way that kept my joints limber.
And then, I indulged while I was with my family- and not even in moderation. My slab of prime rib at my family's Christmas dinner was embarrassingly huge. Then I had another slice for "second dinner" later that night. Topped with a big dollop of horseradish sauce. There was also snacking- Doritos, Ruffles, cheeses, large amounts of this delicious jalapeno Greek yogurt dip my MIL found. It's at Costco. Go find it.
Visiting family also means drinking. Jack and Gingers, mimosas, hard cider, eggnog (with brandy), Knob Creek, and wine, wine, wine. I didn't succumb to delicious beer, but that didn't matter. My liver is begging for mercy. I did my best to drink water, but I certainly didn't do as well as I normally did.
I'm also sure I overdid things while in town. Helping my grandmother, cooking a bunch of meals (Christmas dinner, cheesecake, three pasta casseroles, minestrone, quinoia and butternut squash bake, two turkey tetrazzinis, and chicken noodle soup), playing with my nephews, sixteen hour car rides, going out in the snow, wrapping gifts... it was a lot of wear on me. Since I visit so rarely I always try to squeeze as much in as possible to be the best friend, granddaughter, auntie, sister, daughter-in-law, whatever I can. Hard to squeeze in time to be good to yourself when you're so busy.
Then there's the emotional toll of the holidays and some family matters that needed to be tended to. While I'm going to opt not to elaborate here, I will say that there's some big changes going on and a lot of what-ifs and unanswered questions. Stress city. And I did very little self-care in the process. (Spa day, anyone?)
As you can see, I crammed a lot (of gluten, stress, gluttony, etc.) into a short visit to my hometown and I paid for it. It's important for those with chronic illnesses to learn from their mistakes, however, and I fully intend on working on that.
This post is a nice lead up to my next one- New Years' Resolutions! Yes, I do resolutions. There is nothing wrong with having goals in your life. So long as you don't beat yourself up if you find yourself challenged.
Before all that, though...
How are you paying for all the holiday fun?
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
So, I wanted to participate without giving in to gluten. I was instructed to test out mixes and recipes before our trip to Spokane in December. Naturally, I put it off. When dieting, it's not the best idea to go on a pizza quest. There's a free tip from your health and fitness expert, Kara.
Yesterday at Whole Foods I was armed with the pizza crust recipe from a certain Gluten Free Goddess. Her picture of her pizza looked so tasty, I knew it would be the one to make my calzone dreams come true. The first thing I needed was some xanthan gum. Then a bit of sorghum flour, millet flour, and tapioca starch. No problem, this is Whole Foods, right? WRONG. My shock at seeing the lack of sorghum flour AND millet flour was surpassed tenfold by the following...
Xanthan gum was 15 dollars per package!
So, I went for a mix instead. I contemplated the Namaste brand after seeing positive reviews (I love technology and I love my smart phone), but frowned at the higher price. Bob's Red Mill seemed like a close second and for only five bucks I was willing to give it a shot.
And it wasn't too shabby! The edges weren't great... and it certainly wasn't real pizza (I'm a snob), but it was much better than a certain polenta abomination that graced my table when I first went gluten-free. My husband swears that he liked it and- since he is sick and generally whiny/truthful in those instances- I'm going to believe him.
Then, there was the calzone. Since gluten-free pizza dough is not, in fact, a dough... it was a bit difficult to form into shape and then fold over. The results were less than pretty:
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Speaking of carbs...After cooking tonight I plan to post my results of Bob's Red Mill Pizza Crust Mix as soon as possible. With our Christmas trip coming up I've been anxiously awaiting the struggles of being gluten-free for the holidays. I'm mostly thinking about my father-in-law's delicious calzones and my mother-in-laws amazing Christmas morning breakfast- which typically includes both monkey bread AND orange-coconut rolls. *swoons*
And now, something important: This Christmas will be without a very special family member. The magnet in the upper left corner is representative of my in-law's family cat, Schmily (See how much I love you), who was put to sleep last week. She was ornery, she was pretty, and she generally didn't like people. But, she was family. We love family even when they bite. Rest in peace, Schmily.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I finally got around to de-glutening my pantry. It turned up with several boxes of cake mix, two packets of Fiber One Blueberry Muffin mix, and a packet of sugar cookie mix. My first thought was that a food bank could use the donations... until I realized they were all a couple months out of date. Now, I know that they are perfectly fine- but having volunteered for a few donation centers I'm well aware that they don't appreciate expired foods.
So, I decided to whip up some baked goods for my g-parents. The first problem came with the muffins. As it turns out, it's impossible to not drip on your fingers while filling up the muffin cups. And then it's impossible to NOT lick your fingers. Damn.
Then, the sugar cookies. I had the cute idea of dipping the sugar cookie balls in holiday sprinkles to make them all festive-like. The next problem came (I think) when I didn't soften the butter. Or maybe it was too soft. Or maybe it was the expiration date issue. Or perhaps my ineptitude. Anyone, so they flattened out a lot around the edges and got quite brown. So then... there were reject cookies. And I couldn't just let those cookies feel bad about themselves.
I wouldn't be human if I had no flaws, right? At least Mama and Papa will forgive me of my errors when they eat some delish muffins.
Do you ever cook/bake things that you're not supposed to eat? How do you resist?
Monday, December 5, 2011
El Dorado Physical Therapy will always be there for future referrals- it's just that in-between stuff that's scary. I do stupid stuff all the time, and it always negatively impacts my neck and/or my lupus. Once, I challenged my husband to a pull-up competition. I couldn't turn my neck the next day (but I won!). I also occasionally decide to scrub my bathtub on my hands and knees, sometimes I play superman and horsey with my nephews, and roller coasters are way too fun to pass up. Hopefully, the progress that I've made will prevent these mini flares from destroying me.
I owe all of my progress to El Dorado Physical Therapy. If you are in the El Dorado Hills/Folsom area and need a physical therapist, masseuse, or personal trainer, contact them. Then tell them Kara referred you- I think I get movie tickets or something or a pilates session or something.
So, with whatever this new exercise routine will be I'm going to need a new more pieces of equipment:
|Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor|
|Pilates Magic Circle|
What's on your holiday wish list? Going practical or fun in your letter to Santa?
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
|I ate it.|
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Despite only having a 10 pound turkey, we were left with a sizable amount of leftovers. In years past I would boil down my turkey carcass to make some homemade stock for turkey noodle soup. Now, because I haven't found any gluten-free egg noodles, and because I'm missing being in college, I decided to go a more Asian direction with my soup this year...
On the Sacramento State campus, near the library, exists this wonderful little restaurant called Saigon Bay. They introduced me to avocado smoothies, tofu spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce, and noodle soup with options of throwing in bean sprouts, jalapenos, lime wedges, hoisin, and sriracha. Especially in these gray fall/winter months in Sacramento, that soup really hit the spot.
I decided to pursue making my own replication of that soup. Now, I would alternate between shrimp and flank steak for my protein, but with all the leftovers it seemed a good time to use up my dark turkey meat (white is for sammiches and tonight's curry).
I used this recipe from Kevin's (hey, that's my husband's name) Closet Cooking as a base for my experiment. When I boiled down the carcass I already had ginger, shallots, and onions in there so I left that step out. I think the best change I made is that I threw in a bag of dried shiitake mushrooms during my second stock process (after skimming out the solids and the top layer of fat). This- combined with the ingredients of the star anise, cloves, and cinnamon- made for a very umami experience. I would suggest starting low with the fish sauce and sugar altering to your tastes.
The result was a very delicious, warming pho. Topped with the rooster sauce and Dynasty hoisin (gluten-free) and a hearty heap of bean sprouts (super healthy!) it was satisfying and light after the previous day of gluttony. The only change I would make in the future was to use thinner rice noodles.
Kevin (my husband, not the blogger) found this to be a great way to use the leftovers. I'm happy that we have some leftover stock for the upcoming cold and flu season for a second round of pho- comforting, and the sriracha is great for the sinuses. We happily slurped down the remainders of the pot for lunch today.
To conclude, I think a new leftover turkey tradition has been born.
Do you have any traditions in regards to your Turkey Day leftovers? Any of them slightly unusual?
Friday, November 25, 2011
|Pardon the dark pic...|
I hope everyone had a great day yesterday and celebrated with loved ones. Today makes the beginning of me trying to cram all of my thanksgiving leftovers into new recipes. Lunch was a delicious turkey sandwich on Against The Grain baguette with avocado, tomato, havarti, and spicy mustard.
|(Source- Celiacs in the House)|
Now, dinner recipes are a bit more difficult since I've yet to find gluten free noodles that can stand up to a soup. Tonight, turkey pho-which will hopefully help me forget that I'm eating turkey. Sunday, I'm throwing leftover turkey AND leftover sweet potatoes in rich curry sauce. Barbecue sauce will mask the flavor in our final turkey meal. Anything leftover from our ten pound turkey at that point will be thrown in the freezer (hopefully for future pho).
Happy leftovers, everyone!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
This is a bit late- I've already had my nap and my post-nap second helping of turkey- but I wanted to say happy thanksgiving, and I hope you all take a minute to give thanks. No matter how bleak things may seem, there's always someone or something that improves your life. Such as anti-malarial drugs.
Love you all, and enjoy the long weekend!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The important post that has been brewing in my mind concerns one of the items on my to-do list from my Spokane visit- taking care of assigning medical power of attorney for my grandparents and filling out their advanced health care directives. With the frailty of human life- especially when you have a chronic illness, it's important to think about your final wishes.
- Should you slip into a coma/become brain-dead, would you want to remain on life support?
- Would you want fluids and/or nutrients fed to you to maintain your life?
- Who would you want to follow through with your wishes and make decisions about your care?
Friday, November 18, 2011
I'm excited for Thanksgiving this year- as I always am- because big meals are always a challenge to make. It gives me a chance to honor the traditions of my family and try new things with my new family.
Friday, November 4, 2011
This week has actually been more eventful than usual, and that's not just because I found a new show to watch:
Another strong jawline to enjoy. The superman abs aren't too shabs, either.
Tom Welling isn't what I've been thinking about, though.
I started my volunteer time with the local domestic violence/sexual assault agency. I worked the crisis line on Tuesday for three hours. Wouldn't you know it- no one was in crisis for the entire shift! Just what this bored social worker needed! Thursday I was on call for SART- the sexual assault response team. Nada (not too shocking, sexual assaults are, thankfully, not too common). I'm on call for the overnight shift tonight, maybe I'll see some action.
In the meanwhile, I've been pondering a support group that I could get started for the agency. After assault, it can be difficult for individuals to reclaim their sexuality in a healthy manner. I would like to help those who were victims of marital rape, date/acquaintance rape, molest, etc, and I would like to help to agency by creating this curricula and the tools to evaluate the effectiveness (evidence-based practice, ftw!). The clinical staff is very busy, however, and I'm finding it hard to stand by while my social worker skills get rusty. So, I've been doing some research.
When I'm not trying my hardest to volunteer against the agency's will, I scour craigslist, governmentjobs.com, and county websites looking for openings. I applied to a few more part-time jobs this week, but all is quiet on the employment front. I keep thinking more and more about my future. Will I ever be able to work full time? How am I supposed to get experience if I never get a job? How am I going to get my license? It will take years to get all the clinical hours. Until I get a new job my resume is looking pretty vacant. So, I've been looking at PhD. programs and wondering if I shouldn't just go right into it. School is easy- sitting all day does kill me, but it doesn't really take any energy. The PhD program I'm looking at requires the GRE- I think they almost all do. Did you know that there's no calculators allowed during the test? I really should have learned to do long multiplication (the problem with being transferred to the "advanced class" right when they were teaching that). Also, analogies are the bane of my existence.
|Shut up, Mr. Smiley Face. (Source)|
It doesn't help that I'm not doing super well this week. It may be the kidney infection and/or the antibiotics, but I'm just not bouncing back. My physical therapy sessions have been leaving me exhausted, my sleep hasn't been restful, and I have wonderful moments of fatigue, chills/hot flashes, nausea, and dizziness. It just makes me want to curl up with my dog and Tom Welling.
So, that's what I had been thinking about today- support groups, long multiplication, clinical licenses. And babies. Always babies. Then, my twin sister called me not too long ago to let me know that Mama wasn't feeling too well.
Now, the biggest thing on my mind is my grandmother. Mama and Papa (that's what I call them) raised me and my siblings. For lack of anyone else to fill the role (RIP, Mom), they were my parents and will always be my parents. Earlier today she was taken to the hospital with possible pneumonia and hypoxia. So far, it's not super serious, but I'm a worrier. Makes my own current issues seem a bit less significant. However, it doesn't make me stop thinking about the future- especially my strong desire that she be in it for a very long time.
I already had a trip planned up to Spokane- leaving next Tuesday- to go meet my brand new nephew, Logan Scott. Sooner now, if necessary. I hope my very small group of readers will keep her in their thoughts.
|Ballin' on her scooter with my nephew, Riley|
Back in the day, it seemed that I could conquer my lupus to take care of Mama. No matter how crappy I felt, I could always rally when she needed me.
Who or what seems to defy the lupus-odds in your life?
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
One trip to urgent care, a cup of my urine, and a lecture from the nurse practitioner later, I'm back home. So, I'm on Cipro, I have a heating pad on my back, and I ate my usual "feel better meal" of a famous star with extra pickles (with a bun, to cushion the meds)- I should live.
Can't wait to post pictures tomorrow of the hubby and I, in costume for the exotic halloween ball! (I will feel better by then.)
Happy Friday, all.
Monday, October 24, 2011
And so came the grand experiment! We were heading off for the Hornets' homecoming game on Saturday- Sacramento State University versus Eastern Washington University. Here is what I ate throughout the day:
This was my meal during the game. Tri tip sandwich with plenty of barbecue sauce. It came with a side of beans and potato salad that I didn't really eat. I enjoyed the smoky goodness of the meat most of all.
The result? It't not really super dramatic. Minimal digestive distress, no humongous lupus flare. The only thing I really noticed was that the following morning (Sunday) I was cranky, lethargic, and cranky (it needed to be said twice, I was a bit of a bitch to Kevin). It wasn't until I got on my bike that I really noticed a big difference. Weeks past, my knees moved easily as I pedaled- and typically I could go for at least an hour. But after wheatie-funsies on Saturday, I just couldn't really get moving, it just felt tight and forced. Needless to say, I did not burn many calories.
So, am I actually gluten-intolerant? Probably not. But I feel much healthier when I'm leaving it out of my diet, and I still haven't had a flare since I started. I think the best thing is that I know I won't die if I cave into my McChicken craving every once in awhile. I'll just have to expect that I won't be rocking it in the motivation department afterwards.
Perhaps all of us would benefit from cutting back on wheat, though. Maybe you would have more energy, bounce out of bed a bit faster, increase your time on the treadmill. Wheat may not even be what's dragging you down- what about sweets, processed foods, or red meat?
Food for thought. Happy Monday, everyone! Being off the gluten again, I got in a walk, pilates at PT, 30 minutes on the elliptical, and a bit of the P90X Core Synergistics video (just enough to know I won't be able to hack it).
Any thoughts on possible changes to your lifestyle?
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I did some of P90X a couplefew years back when I was preparing for my wedding and my honeymoon (Victoria's Secret bikini, I wanted to look good-I'm also a bit shallow...ah, humanity).
I mostly did AbRipper and YogaX and then supplemented with the weight machines and arc trainer at the gym. Now, my husband did the whole shebang, which was a bit intimidating with all of his weight changes (he bought dumbbells), the writing stuff down, and the plyometrics. Even back then, when I was feeling good, I was concerned my joints would rebel with hardcore weights and the jumping around.
Today, now that I'm aware of the resistance band (no joint aggravation!) and not afraid to do my own thang, I'm thinking I may start it up after my physical therapy appointments run out in November. I'll keep one appointment a week for knots and neck issues, but try to stick to a similar schedule that P90X suggests. When they do cardio or plyo, I'll probably head to the gym for arthritis-friendly fun. I'll probably use my Eggs for Yoga for the tough stuff like Downward Facing Dog.
So, thoughts for the day: I'm human, and I'm also a Lupie... there's a STRONG need for caution whenever you go into a new exercise program. No matter how amazing I feel, I still have a disease.
Just like today: I woke up and my feet were killing me for starters. My right hip was a bit achey, and I just didn't feel rested. I initially had my heart set on an Xbike workout (think a more awesome version of spinning) at nine-thirty this morning. Instead, I did a ton of stretches, rocked my foam roller, and took Sparty for a walk. Know your limitations and listen to your body- taking an "easy" day is much better than taking a a couple days off because you caused a flare.
I'm looking forward to bringing this up to my physical therapist and my doc to hear their thoughts.
Now, I'm going to soak my aching feet and deal with that issue before I do anymore workouts. Apparently bargain bin shoes purchased four years ago aren't great for your toesies if you're working out a lot. Shoe shopping time!
|These are cute... (Zappos)|
|Or maybe this color? (Zappos)|
|Can you tell I like bright colors? (Zappos)|
Friday, October 21, 2011
|All smiley and stuff with my BFF, Cassie|
Why is it easier to write when you have negative things to say?
Eh, I'm only human. So, because I've been feeling well I've been spending a lot of time at the gym, or on my bike. I've been walking every morning with the dog, followed by a workout. I'm continuing to use my Three Minute Eggs and the accompanying video, Healthy Alignment, to keep my spine all happy. Here's one of my favorite poses:
I'm sorry the freeze frame for the video is of his crouch. I have no control over these things.
Pilates at my physical therapy office is fantastic. Usually after pilates I head to the gym for some time on the arc trainer or the elliptical. I've been using resistance bands to pay attention to my arms.
It's just phenomenal. Today, I went for an hour long, brisk walk with my dog (hips are feelin' good!). I did yoga (no wrist pain!), did the dishes (no hand swelling!) and got down on the floor to scrub out the fridge (and I was able to get up, afterwards!). After blogging, I'm going to get on my bike and watch the newest Grey's. I wonder if Meredith and McDreamy will ever patch things up...?
The point is, it wasn't too long ago that starting my day was a painful process- getting out of bed, zipping up my jeans, tying my shoes. Eight hours of classes, then calling Kevin from my parked car in front of the apartment because I needed help standing up and walking in to the couch. And forget about spending some "married time" with my hubby. How far I've come since then brings tears of joy to my eyes. So, yes, I'm going to keep bragging and shouting it from the rooftops. I hope that when you have good days, or good hours, or just a good moment, you do the same.
So, am I annoying anyone yet? Or is my positivity (I swear, it's a word, dammit!) a refreshing change?
Stay tuned for my plans for this healthy streak, as well as an experiment I'm planning on conducting tomorrow!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
We spent our Saturday running up to Apple Hill to find some (hopefully hard) apple cider and have a picnic. We weren't the only ones- as soon as October hits the drive up the hill gets a bit more congested. Plus, there was some sort of event going on, which made getting off the freeway tons of fun.
We landed at Jack Russell Brewery, pretty sure that this would be our only stop for the day.
In addition, the brewery has a great little picnic area and they had vendors lined up around the edges of the property selling everything from hotdogs and tri-tip, to clothes and jewelry, even blown glass "art". There was a lady doing chair massages that I really wanted to take advantage of, but I worried that I would be cheating on Don.
So, for my What's for Dinner weekend post, I'm featuring some butternut squash in a nice risotto and plenty of other comfort foods, including a roast recipe from the Gluten Free Goddess. Despite the eighty degree weather, it's still fall to me! Hence the autumn mix in the halloween bowl (upper left corner)-my favorite fall candy. Have a great weekend everyone!
Friday, October 14, 2011
I know the picture sucks. I ate lunch at close to 2 pm. Since I had pilates this morning and then ran a bunch of errands, I was starving. Hence, the shaky picture. I was literally moving forward to devour it as I was taking the shot. Sorry, everyone.
One of those errands was running to this wonderful place: Azna Gluten Free Bakery in Cameron Park, California. Kinda a random place for a shop like this, but worth a short drive. I picked up one of the "Sweet Noni" loaves of bread, which includes these ingredients:
|Click to purchase :)... hint.|
|Whose finger is that?|
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
I was actually starting to go insane on day two. I managed to hold off on writing a whiny post until now. You're welcome.
I'm just not one of those people who likes laying around. I need to get out and do things and be productive. Don't get me wrong- I'm trying: Yesterday I watched a full season of Supernatural.
|Check out those sexy jaws.|
- Work on getting published in a social work journal
- Practice gluten-free baking
- Get fat
- Clean (Booo!)
- Update my cookbook
- Learn Spanish
- Start being an extreme couponer
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
|This one tastes like a rice krispy treat!|
"You mean, like put lettuce around the bun?"
No... instead of a bun, you wrap it in lettuce leaves.
"Oh, so the chicken snack wrap".
No, not the wrap either, just lettuce.
"So, on a bed of lettuce?"
Well, no, not really, you still make it like a sandwich.
"Oh, I got it".
There were quite a few disappointing lunches. None of the non-Carl's places got it right. The example above is a McDonald's, when I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich. It arrived on the bed of lettuce, with all the fixin's. It was close, at least! Burger King didn't do so great. They stated that their lettuce was shredded, so they couldn't do a wrap (it wasn't that shredded). So, I was greeted with a Whopper patty sitting atop a mound of lettuce. The kicker on that one is they didn't give me any condiments. It was a dry, flavorless experience. To make matters worse, they also messed up my side salad order. I cried during that lunch.
Dinners were easier since we were settled in for the night. One evening we had mediocre Chinese food, another, a rotisserie chicken from Safeway (verified gluten-free). One amazing night we indulged in some Thai food (Thank you, Portland!). On our last night (and drive home) I encountered a very friendly Subway employee who gave me all the ingredients for a turkey sammich, but charged me only as "double meat" on my hubby's order. Assembling all that Subway fresh veggie goodness on my crumbly, bland rice bread was a bit disappointing, but at least it wasn't another salad!
So, here is my list for gluten-free friendly traveling:
- Carl's Jr. (Low Carb burgers)
- McDonald's- Their salads are pretty good, and I rounded my meal off with a sweet tea and apple slices. I was pretty happy.
- Wendy's- After squinting over their little allergen chart I figured out that their grilled chicken is gluten free. I put one of those on a large Caesar salad. They also have the chili and the baked potatoes for options.
- Taco Time- Taco Bell uses flour on their meat (and everything else). I didn't get to try anything, but if you stick to corn shells and grilled meats you should be good.
- Grocery Stores- why not just pick up an apple, some deli meats, and some Blue Diamond Nut Thins?
- Chinese/Thai/Sushi- Just watch out for soy sauce and don't get anything that's breaded and deep-fried.
So, I made it! And, the crazy thing is that I feel amazing. Normally the week of a roadtrip/traveling return rivals my period week for how shitty I feel. I have almost NO stiffness. I'm cautiously optimistic!