25 Sep 2012

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Sheryl Goldstein
Sheryl is the founder of The No Gluten Solution: Feeding Family and Friends, which is the culmination of her talents, skills, and her personal desire to develop an effortless style of cooking good food, making her guests comfortable, and always having an excuse for a dinner party.


No Break For Break Fast

I know I preach that it is no big deal to follow a gluten-free diet and I do believe it because I live it.  But, there are those moments that I have to fight the temptation to take just one bite of something containing gluten.  Wednesday will be one of those days.

This Wednesday is Yom Kipper, the Jewish Day of Atonement. It is the day when I take a personal inventory of the past year and reflect on what I need do better in the year to come.  It is tradition to fast on this holiday.  I choose to follow this tradition, not only to honor my ancestors, but because it forces me to focus on my soul rather than my physical needs, at least for one day.

So here I am, repenting for all my faults of character and promising to be a better person in the coming year, and all I can think of, is eating a bagel. The traditional meal at the end of the fast, called Break Fast, consists of a table filled with bagels and smoked fishes, fruit, cakes, cookies and of course, coffee as relief for our caffeine headaches.

But let me tell you about the bagel, the everything bagel covered in onion, garlic, sesame and poppy seeds that is the perfect gluten flour product with a soft chewy inside, and is crispy on the outside.  It is one of the few food products that I seriously consider eating despite what it will do to me physically. And there is no better day to dream of eating one than on Yom Kipper after 24+ hours of fasting.

You may tell me to eat it because how bad could I feel if I just eat it once a year? The answer is if you have Celiac Disease, you can’t eat gluten, not one day, not ever.  Our bodies cannot process the gluten and we will get sick.  It will not be a little tummy ache, we will be sick and, if you are lucky, you will recover in weeks.  It is not worth the risk.

What I have chosen to do, is smell the bagel, relish it’s aroma and then remember how awful I felt for most of my life and be grateful that I know never to eat one again.  Nothing tastes as good as my health.


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