Help! It’s Gluten-Free For Me…

I know I don’t normally post on Saturdays, but after just a hint of a thought last night, I started going through my blog posts from last year…and was dismayed to find that I had noted, on three different occasions, how much better I was feeling after eliminating gluten from my diet.

I’m pretty sure it was Karen McFarland who told me about Udi’s bread products, which turned out to be a lifesaver for me.  Toast is almost always my go-to food when I’m hungry and nothing sounds good.  But the loaves from the rice flour recipes I was trying out left a whole lot to be desired.

Over the course of the two and a half or three months I did this, I found some fairly acceptable substitutions for foods I missed.  While they weren’t quite as good, I got used to them…and even got to the place where I could enjoy them.  Except the gluten-free lasagna noodles.  Those are awful and I’ll have to keep looking.  I never found a good substitute for dumplings, which I love with my chicken stew.  And what about tender, flaky pie crust?

So I’m appealing to you for help.

What do those of you who are gluten-free do to make it easier to adhere to the diet?  Do you ever cheat?  How long did it take you to adjust to it, and the fact that if you wanted to feel good, you couldn’t eat your favorite foods anymore?  Obviously almost three months wasn’t long enough for me.  Of course I wasn’t convinced that I was sensitive to gluten either.  I am now.

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