I know people ask you that.
My students ask.
My friends ask.
Random people watching what I buy when I’m reading ingredients, looking at gluten free pasta or whatnot ask.
It’s fairly common. The proverbial conundrum for people learning that we (or they) cannot eat wheat, rye, barley or non-certified oats. And that is just for those of us without other food concerns.
I totally get it. I was there once too. And somedays, I’m still there. (ha!)
Since we don’t live high on the hog (these last 7 years have seen my income drop 14% – with no end in sight as cost-of-living-increases have once again been “put off” for another two years in our state), meals can be somewhat repetitive. However, that has little to do with being gluten free and much more to do with … well… me. And our budget or … well… whatever I feel like eating.
After a friend inquired recently about going gluten free and what they could eat/what they had to watch out for, I thought about it a little more visually. Maybe the best way to tell people what we eat is to show people what we eat. For the month of July, I am going to take a picture of my meals for the day and post them.
I invite you to join me.
You can email your meal pictures to me at: GlutenFreeEverydayEats@gmail.com
You can post them on Flickr .com into a newly formed “group” called “Gluten Free Everyday Eats”
You can send them to me or post them on my Facebook Page (Tag your photo with “Gluten Free Gobsmacked and post it to my page).
You can add images to a newly created board on Pinterest. Just message me and I can “add you” to the Board contributor list. (I need your Pinterest name/email to add you. The only way to create a collaborative board is to invite people this way.)
I’m not looking for professional food photos. I’m not looking for glam shots of your celebration meals. I’m just looking for your daily life/meals. Really. I’m just going to be using my cell phone (probably) to snap my photos – so don’t go expecting much. It’s just more likely that I have my cell phone with me than my camera when we take a food break around here.
You will soon see that I have a (1) scrambled eggs with parmesan + tortilla chip addiction, (2) goat cheese + sweet Thai chili sauce makes my world go ’round, (3) I probably eat too many carbs, (4) I don’t eat enough fruit, and (5) I typically drink water or coffee (I quit drinking soda over a year ago). Many of my meals are eaten on the go. My family eats the same things I do – it makes my life easier. :D
I’m not a nutritionalist. I am feeling a little vulnerable posting pictures of my meals for the next 30 days – but I honestly think it will not only help people put our diet into perspective (you don’t always have to substitute gluten-filled with gluten-free, just eat naturally!) AND after much thought, I think this process will undoubtedly impact how I eat (which is a good thing!). I have asked another Gluten Free Blogger – Cheryl Harris - to help with the nutritional questions that may arise. She’s a Registered Dietician and Nutritionist (among many other things) – and an absolute gem all around. If you have specific dietary questions, she may be able to help.
Other than that, I’m throwing my shyness to the wind (well…kind of). Here goes nothing.
This is what a Celiac Sprue person eats. Everyday. Something of this variety/variation.
I’ll post my first day (today) photos either tonight or tomorrow morning. And then again everyday after that. I’m not changing my life, just snapping photos of my meals. So here goes nothing.
~Everyday Gluten Free Eating -