This is not an April Fools' Joke...
After lots of thought, research, discussion and prayer, our family has decided to try a Gluten-Free trial in our home. It's been quite the journey, full of lots of revelations, indecision and tons of reading.
We did not embark on this journey because Gluten-Free is all the rage. Quite the contrary. This is not an experiment based on reading any one book, listening to a celebrity gush about Gluten-Free or because we just casually decided to do it.
But regardless we're...
Going Gluten-Free as a Family.
For 8 Weeks.
No Gluten. Period.
In other words, GF.
As SPH and I made the decision, the biggest question to me was "how are we going to tell the boys?" I mean, they love pizza, pasta, cookies, bread, cake...I could go on.
So over the last few months I've been experimenting (alert readers may have noticed!)...with GF recipes, GF take-out pizza (hello, did you know that Mama Mimi's, Domino's and Donatos all have GF pizzas?) and other ways to eliminate gluten, but maintain healthy whole grains as a part of our diet.
I've perused the GF aisle at Market District, asked for GF recommendations from my friends who have Celiac Disease, and been working on a homemade GF flour mix.
This has not been a hasty decision to try Gluten-Free.
So recently I sat the boys down and explained our reasons for going Gluten-Free and why we thought this was a good thing for our family.
I tried to talk straight about the challenges: no school lunches, no school treats (but told them I would make some if a birthday was that week), no school snacks unless they were Gluten-Free (but promised to stock their teacher's shelves with some Gluten-Free Snacks), and remembering they will have to ask if they aren't sure if they can eat something.
Then I handed them a few things to read. First, a brainstormed list of all of their favorite foods that are naturally Gluten-Free foods (and there are tons more!), along with a list of their favorite Gluten-Free foods at Trader Joe's (you can print your own list here).
Next, two cookbooks from my sweet mother. I told R and G they could flip through the pages and pick any two recipes for this week. We'll be trying Gluten-Free Italian Garlic Breadsticks and Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies.
At the end of the conversation R looked at me and said, "that's fine, I don't really mind not buying lunch at school" (my biggest concern) and G said, "sounds great, why don't we start today!"
Shock. Awe. Thanks-giving.
I am thankful they are supportive of this experiment and I hope their attitudes continue.
In the meantime, I'll be sharing what we learn as we journey down this road.
Life is sweet,