After I posted last week's meal plan, I had a few questions from people as to why we eat this way. I do recognize that eating gluten free seems quite trendy but I promise we have our reasons. We aren't just jumping on a bandwagon. My husband had terrible health issues for years and after many attempts at seeing a doctor about different things, we decided to go to a nutritionalist to try to figure it out. It was there that we found many food allergies and intolerances. Dairy was the biggest and baddest culprit for Scott. The solution was to change the way we eat. And let me tell you, changing your diet is definitely the hardest solution. Taking a pill would have been way easier. Who wants to give up ice cream and cookies?!? There were also some autoimmune issues which we were told that removing gluten from your diet would not cure the disease but help keep the symptoms at bay. As for me, I have never been tested for food issues (although I would like to be). I always get fever blisters/cold sores on or in my mouth ever since I got sun poisoning as a freshman in high school. They rise up with all kind of stress or hormones. And since I am straight crazy, I was getting fever blisters once or twice a month! I remembered what the nutritionalist said about the connection between autoimmune symptoms and gluten (fever blisters are a autoimmune virus) so I determined it was worth a try. I gave up gluten (strictly for 2 months) and I didn't get a blister. Not a single one. As I continued on my gluten free diet (with some cheating), I went 9 months without getting a blister! Going from twice a month to none for 9 months is a huge success. In my opinion, it's safe to assume a connection there.
So there you have it. That is why our meals are gluten free and dairy free. I really want to push our kids to gluten free (both of my girls get fever blisters/cold sores thanks to their momma) but it is definitely harder to adjust their diet. Their meals are mostly gluten free and I try to keep gluten free snacks in the house. I just haven't wanted to try to control what they encounter at school.
Sunday - We ate leftover chili
Monday - Gluten Free chicken nuggets from Trader Joe's + spinach salad
Tuesday - Kids eat free at Taqueria Tsunami so that is where we went
Wednesday - Breakfast for Dinner (scrambled eggs with avocado; bacon; Trader Joe's GF/DF waffles for the kids)
Thursday - chicken + green beans + baked potatoes
Friday - Burrito Bowls - This was taco seasoned ground turkey with black beans and corn on top of rice. Scott added scrambled eggs on his along with salsa verde.
Saturday - dinner at a friend's house (we ate BBQ and coleslaw) after an afternoon of fun at the pumpkin patch
That day was beautifully perfect for the Pumpkin Patch. Yesterday was 85. Sigh. Where did fall go?