Monday, July 28, 2008

My 5 Favorite Things

My 5 favorite things about gluten-free living:

1. Making healthier choices. Our kids eat more fruits and veggies and healthy dairy products than they would otherwise. Lots of GF products are made with organic ingredients. They can't have most "junk" anyway, so I have even more reasons to limit those foods in our homes than most people.

2. Learning how to say "no." We have to say "no" to our kids, every day. Every single day we (and they) have to face that they can't have or do what "everyone else" is having or doing. And teaching our kids this early, that it's okay to be different, that it's better to be healthy than to fit in, that *wanting* isn't a good enough reason to *have* something.

3. Other GF people. If E hadn't been diagnosed, I never would have started this blog, and I never would have met all the really great GF people that I've "met" online.

4. Supporting local businesses. Shopping GF gives me a reason to stay out of Wal-Mart (what do they carry that's GF? Oh, just Rice Chex. Thanks a lot, WM.) and to venture into locally-owned businesses and support them with our food dollars! Go local!

5. Staying out of restaurants. I trust my cooking. And, uh, that's about it. We probably save more by not eating out than we spend on spendier GF products. (Ahem, let's ignore all the late-night, after-kids-are-in bed, secret fast food runs, shall we?)

Thanks, Carrie, for tagging me!

6 comments:

Jamie said...

Gotta love the late night take out! :)


Or for us... late night ice cream.

Cheers!
Jamie

zdoodlebub said...

I love LOVE number 2!

Mel said...

So I've just stumbled upon your blog :) Both my boys are "unconfirmed" celiacs. The docs don't want to put them through the scope at this age, and with their IgG tests for gluten showing very sensitive, he just went with it. (I'm being tested this month). We're a family of 5 and I am delighted to see a family that can do GF on a budget! We are also dairy and soy free, and my daughter (she's 14 mo) is egg free. It's a challenge, but so worth it, as you have said! Thanks for this blog!!! I look forward to reading many more entries :) And congrats on expecting the new little one!

Tenille said...

Welcome Mel!!! Our daughter was diagnosed through RAST blood testing, and we've decided not to go any further with the testing, since the treatment would be the same with or without an official diagnosis. That's just what we've decided, it's not for everyone!

Li loves David said...

This made me smile! Especially #1. I started out eating healthy because I had to...now I would do it by choice (I think).

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