Thank God coffee is gluten-free

newyears2014Happy New Year!

This is my first day gluten-free and I am thanking God that coffee and coffee creamer are on the approved list. Phew. I don’t know what I would do if you had to take coffee away from me right now, too.

I’ve had my morning cup and breakfast, too. Eggs sans the toast, and an apple. No big deal. What is a big deal is that on my last trip to the grocery store I purchased many foods that are not gf diet friendly.

1. Protein bars. Not gluten-free (for a protein bar– they are delicious). My husband is taking them to work for snacks instead of junk food out of the snack closet (that’s the plan, anyway).

2. Jimmy Dean D-Lights Turkey Sausage and egg white sandwich. Not gluten-free. 😦 Did I mention that I don’t eat beef or pork as well? I gave that up in 2003. This marks my 11th year beef and pork free. So, take away my turkey sausage sandwiches, gluten. Thanks. The GOOD news is that Jennie-O Mild Turkey Breakfast Sausage in the roll is gluten-free. I love eggs and sausage! I just cannot have biscuits and sausage gravy. I will miss you most, B&G.

3. I purchased a new container of Great Value Quick Oats from Wal-Mart. Not gluten-free. My husband won’t eat oatmeal…so I will be donating this item to the Catholic Charities of Dallas food bank. It is brand new. Everything he won’t eat will be donated to CCD. Im not real keen on wasting money or food.

I’ve been on very strict diets before. I know the trick to any diet is focusing on what I can have instead of what I can’t. However, there are no cheat meals when you cannot have gluten like when dieting to lose weight. You can’t go back. You can’t cheat.

I look forward to the days when I can go out to lunch with my co-workers and not be embarrassed by how often I have to run to the bathroom or afraid I won’t make it back to the office. I look forward to the day that I don’t have to be embarrassed by the terrible stomach pains that leave me hunched in my office or the room clearing gas. Yes. I said it. I have embarrassing problems with my digestive health. I won’t miss the problems.

Stress is a trigger for me and my crybaby colon…but my doctor’s appointment yesterday opened my eyes to a bigger problem. If I don’t stop poisoning myself with foods that cause so many more problems than just bowel issues, I won’t be healthy.

Going gluten-free is only one solution to the problem. I have to take better care of me.