When you learn that you or someone in your family has a gluten-related disorder, you suddenly discover that the grocery store becomes a library (due to all of the label reading), a restaurant becomes an educational lecture, and that gluten can hide in such initially unbelievable places, like in some shredded cheeses (to prevent clumping), some salad dressings (as a thickening agent) and sushi (imitation crab often has wheat, as do some soy sauces, and the rice may be made with rice vinegar, for example, that may have--you guessed it-- wheat in it!).
What? WHAT? WHAT?!
When I ask a newly diagnosed person which
food groups have gluten in them,
I often hear the response, "ALL OF THEM!"
We know, of course, that isn't the case, but it can sure seem that way at first. Don't worry, it gets better as you learn!
So, how do we trust our food? One way is to grow it ourselves. Now, I'm certainly not saying that you should grow all of your food, but you can grow some of it. Whether you live in the country or the city, each with its own challenges, you can grow at least one thing, feel confident in being able to provide for yourself and trust your ingredients for a change.
Even though we do consider ourselves avid organic gardeners (some of you have seen pics our garden!) I'll be listening to the Grow Your Own Food Summit next week myself because we are always learning new things about growing our own food! Besides gardening here in Austin Texas can be very challenging with not only the heat but the critters and the soil isn’t that great either! It’s solid rock out here so we put in seven raised beds. Yes it was a lot of work at first, but it's been so worth it to walk out and pick our own food fresh from the ground to our fork! And gardening is a stress reliever, great exercise, and so rewarding not to mention how healthy and good for our environment!
I'm enthralled by the idea that growing your own food is good for the world. Even though I don't have a garden, these experts will be talking about "patio gardening," which is something I can do.
It's a win-win: developing the pride found when you grow your own food and, at the same time, reducing toxicity, transportation and pollution can only help you and your family. Engage your mind, body, spirit and, if it helps you avoid gluten or the stressful decision-making that our food system can create, by all means, learn how to grow something from the 30+ wonderful experts who have given their time to this noble event.
Thank you, as always, for giving me the opportunity to make you aware of all the wonderful things that can be learned from these free events.
Enjoy the Journey!
Founder & CEO
Gluten Free Lady
PS - I've started a new Facebook group for conversation about gluten free, info, encouragement, support, foodie stuff, resources on living a happier, healthier, more focused pain free life! Here's the link to join the group - 'How To Be Gluten Free'.