This is pretty much the comment I get from someone when I say we are gluten-free. Or the other comment I get is: “I could never do that” When it comes to the wellness of your child, I think anybody could – I hope they would.
Was it hard? Yes, at first it was hard to grasp the idea that we had to become a gluten-free house and what does that actually mean to be a gluten-free house? I knew that gluten meant wheat, then I learned that it was also barley and rye, sometimes maltodextrin, but not all the time! My husband and I read numerous websites and books about what is good and what is bad. Our son was even interested in learning what he needed to look for on the labels to make sure all foods were safe. Then talking to a friend I did not even think about the toaster we had been using for how many years laden with gluten and to read the labels body lotions, shampoo, body wash, sunscreen…gluten is everywhere!
As we began our gluten-free journey and we started reading labels at the grocery store, I was appalled at what actually is in some of our foods – I think everyone should take the time to read the labels of the foods you purchase, if you can not pronounce the words on the label, do you actually want that in your body? I do not! The other thing that helped me change and do it quickly was reading The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, he writes about the scientific reasons why gluten is bad, what is happening in your body and what type of problems it can cause.
The other thing that helped us transition our family over to a gluten-free household is the internet! When the boys want a certain type of treat they have been missing I just Google for Gluten-free or Paleo recipes. Just this week we had Paleo Banana Bread I found the recipe at PaleOMG, it was amazing Banana Bread and so easy with a food processor. This week we have been drinking smoothies for breakfast and are trying some of the smoothie recipes from Everyday Paleo. I think when people hear “gluten-free” they think what will they eat! We are doing just fine eating items that do not have a label that we have to read, majority of the time, we are eating natural – fruits, vegetables, meats, fish…
It does take some time to get over the initial shock that food is making your child sick and the frustration of why no one mentioned it sooner! It does take some time to adjust your house to become gluten-free, but to see my child feeling so much better, laughing, playing, joking around, it was not a sacrifice to have gluten leave our house, it was an eye opening experience that gluten is bad and my thought is no one should be eating it!