Free From Finds

My Gluten Journey – How The Options Have Changed

It’s amazing how many more free from options there are compared to 15 years ago, heck even compared to the last 5 years. The landscape has completely changed, and all I can say is, THANK YOU hipsters. Sure, people ask me why I don’t just cheat a little here and there, assuming I’m part of a FAD diet, rather than understanding the pure pain I endure if I eat gluten, but at least there is food readily available now.

With the free from section in shops growing, we even have choice when we eat out. For that, I will deal with being asked if it really makes much difference, now I’m no nutritionist, but it probably won’t if you don’t have an allergy. Although I appreciate that if you don’t eat the substitutes, cutting out gluten, can help you reduce your intake of unhealthy foods. So no judgement if you’re doing it for health benefits. However for me it’s changed my life, I never knew how good people without an allergy feel on a daily basis.

When my mum stopped eating gluten, 15 to 20 years ago there was basically nothing designed for celiacs in most places. If you wanted to eat out you had to carefully select the one thing on the menu that was most likely to be safe, and then ask about the ingredients, usually resulting in you just having the risotto. Or saying something along the lines of, “no gravy on that meat please” or “none of those delicious looking trimmings for me thanks”.

I always knew in all likelihood I would also have an intolerance since it runs in the family, but to me it seemed like the worst possible outcome, so I lived in denial. Like seriously, pretty sure I cried at one point cause it didn’t seem fair that my mum couldn’t eat our weekly treat. Good job I’ve grown out of that! Oh wait, I think I did also drunkenly cry once as an adult, cause I couldn’t eat the cake everyone else was eating. Really makes me respect those children that have to go without whilst watching their friends enjoy the fruits of gluten.

It was only when I went to university and suddenly my evening meals weren’t gluten free to accommodate my mum, that I really noticed that I was NOT okay. It may have been that tonne of pasta and pizza I ate in my first year, but who can be sure? Right? *cough*

The change I have seen even since uni, wow, there is so much more available, and naturally I try my best to eat it all! So coming up are some posts with reviews of gluten-free things I’ve tried. Sharing is caring because we’ve all eaten free from products where the main thing excluded seems to be taste or the texture closely resembles ash or it just doesn’t live up to the price!

Note: why can’t we have gluten-free buns at fast food chains in the UK like Spain? I’m looking at you McDonald’s and Burger King!!

‘Sin Gluten’… The words are beautiful ♥️

If you have any favourite free from brands please let me know!

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