Saturday, December 27, 2008

Why I am blogging

About a month ago we fell down the Celiac rabbit hole when my darling 9 year old daughter was diagnosed. My first thought was "what about birthday parties!!" This was quickly followed by "what about... pizza parties, awesome hamburgers on toasted buns, fast food, Lunchables and on an on."

There was much relief in finally knowing what was causing Grace's horrible tummy aches! What a relief it was "only" Celiac - that is manageable - right?? RIGHT???

We started googling like crazy and soon became both overwhelmed AND comforted by all of the information out there. I came across some fantastic web sites and blogs with many great ideas, recipes and "been there, done that" in real life experiences - THAT was comforting.

That said Grace is a very picky eater and there were only a very few things she could / would currently eat - bread, crackers, noodles and cookies being mainstays. Celery root, Mango Guava smoothies and sushi were not on her list. Dinner was pretty easy since we often ate grilled or baked meat, veggies and a starch - pretty simple stuff - what I needed was was what can she take to lunch? What snacks can I keep on hand? What can she eat at parties? Out to eat? At this point I started pulling pieces of information from each of these sites and gathering them for my family. I also started emailing companies, checking their web sites and calling grocery stores. I needed to know how to incorporate Celiac to OUR lifestyle - it was already running the show - we needed to take some power back. I am hoping to organize my own thoughts, information and ideas and possible help someone in a similar situation along the way.

Welcome to Gluten Free Grace.