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GF Diet: So good so far

By Emily Shockley

GF Diet:

Today is Day 13 without gluten in my diet. Some observations so far:

1. I knew there was gluten in some soups, but I didn't realize how many until I started reading labels. The soups without gluten are usually the least stereotypically healthy, so prepare for extra calories if, like me, you choose soup as your typical dinner choice in the winter.

2. I have eaten out a few times since going gluten-free and it's not that hard, especially if you like salads and chicken wings. It sure does cut the menu down significantly, though. And it's baffling why some things that you can buy at the grocery store gluten-free, like tortilla chips and queso dip, magically have gluten at some restaurants, so be sure to check online for allergen menus before ordering. Most chains have them posted.

3. I've only had to ask if there was gluten in something at one restaurant (Kannah Creek) so far and the waiter was really nice about it. This is the case for my brother most times when he dines out as well, which is nice to see. The only trouble he has run into is people who don't get it, like the time he went to a Chinese restaurant and was told a chicken dish was gluten-free. It arrived with breaded chicken.

4. The only public annoyance I've had so far is when I went to a school board meeting last week and various people tried to get me to eat the dinner provided at the meeting, which was sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit and chips. When I finally took some chips, someone commented that was "unhealthy." That's not frustrating as a newly-gluten-free person. That's frustrating as someone who had yogurt and granola for breakfast; quinoa, black beans and spinach for lunch; and a pear for a snack and did a 50-minute workout that morning. I think I speak for all non-twig figures who are trying to exercise and eat right when I say please do not assume we all eat Twinkies by the fistful and cower at the sight of free weights just because we haven't met our goal weights yet. Every body is a work in progress.

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