Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Thoughts on the benefits of gluten free living

I mean the other benefits, not the obvious ones related to circumventing celiac disease and wresting your health back from its evil grasp.

Such as...just the fact that never again can you be thoughtless about what goes into your mouth, or your children's mouths. You really need to pay attention, read labels, shop wisely when you and/or your loved ones suffer from gluten intolerance or celiac disease. This has got to be a GOOD thing.

Also, having to prepare nearly all of your family's meals should save money in the long run, particularly for those of us who USED TO eat out fairly frequently. Yes, gluten free foods tend to be more expensive, but there's no need to buy lots of pre-made items or exotic ingredients, other than some of the more commonly used flours and mixes like Pamela's Baking Mix.

And what about all of those calories that AREN'T going straight to your hips? Such as the slice of birthday or baby shower cake that you can't eat at work, or that snack you can no longer buy from the vending machine? This is definitely a beneficial side effect!

For these and so many other reasons, I'm truly glad to be gluten free today!

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