01 Dec 2012

The Author

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.


Simple Things

I have been struggling with finding a topic to write about that is worthy of your time. I always try to share new and pertinent material regarding Celiac and a gluten-free lifestyle. My hope is that there is something you will relate to each time. In the past few days I have not found that passion.

Luckily tonight I was reminded of the simple things.  A casual conversation with a stranger tonight made me realize that it is okay to talk about material we may already know.  We need the constant reminders to insure that worthy information becomes a permanent part of our lives.  I am going to make it a habit to keep talking about the things we need to know living gluten-free.

Being gluten-free does not need to be hard, but you do need to be vigilant about what you put into your mouth.  You can’t assume that people know what you need to do in order to insure that what you eat is truly gluten-free.  And you can’t get neglectful of what you need to do to maintain good health.

Tonight for example, I went to a very fine restaurant for dinner (Hugh Jackman was there celebrating his birthday), and I ordered an appetizer of roasted carrots and avocados.  It didn’t dawn on me to ask if it was gluten-free.  Why would I?  Carrots and avocados don’t have gluten.  Well, to my displeasure it was served tossed with croutons.  There was no mention of the croutons on the menu, but I didn’t ask either.  I can’t blame the restaurant: it is my responsibility have asked and requested all my dishes to be prepared gluten-free.

I love licorice and ate it for years after I eliminated gluten from my diet.  It never dawned on me that the number one ingredient in licorice is wheat.  If I felt ill after eating the licorice, I am sure that I never thought it was the culprit, it would have been blamed on some other food item or the way it was prepared.

In my defense, I do read labels very carefully, but usually bought licorice at the penny candy store where there are no labels.  When I picked up a package and read the label, I was shocked.  On no list I was ever given of what contains gluten was licorice ever mentioned, and it certainly wouldn’t be a hidden source, wheat is the number one source.

A doctor friend of mine asked me if it was all right to eat a little bit of gluten.  I will repeat, this was a question from a board certified MD.  My answer to him, and what I will remind you is that there is no such thing as a eating just a little gluten.  As I have said before, it is like being a little pregnant.

I guess I do have a lot of things I am passionate about sharing and I am grateful to the kindness of a stranger to guide me back to my mission.




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