Isn’t That Expensive?

I remember thinking, “Wow, organic food is so much more expensive… is it worth it?”

Well, the same thing came across my mind in regards to GLUTEN FREE foods. Is it worth it? It seems to cost so much more. This is going too add up fast.

Certainly if you don’t have to go gluten-free, it’s not some how the magic key to good health – although, some might argue that point {and I might even agree}. However, often times when the food makers take out those (normally) good grains, they must substitute with other additives… BUT, if that’s your option to be healthy for Him, than guess what?

It’s worth it.

To me, the cost of additional health visits, and medications used to try to fix the ailments I might have from eating gluten… will certainly be out weighed by ensuring I’m not causing further damage to my body. I’m thinking of it as an investment in my body to be a good steward of what I’ve been blessed with.

So, that said… we have been frequenting many grocery stores lately… in search of some staples I need. Some I’ve acquired over the past month or so (like G-FREE peanut butter), but I needed other things like vanilla, mayo, pizza sauce, salsa, bread, flours, mixes – all in G-FREE format… to name a few. While I’ll use most of them sparingly, I need to have them on hand so that my excuse is to either not make something, or accidentally continue injuring myself. Looking through the cook books gave me some ideas on things I could make that we ALL could enjoy, so I wasn’t making two separate dishes at each meal, every time. We’ve cleared a space, and tossed a bunch of foods to make things function a bit smoother for meal planning and prep.

While at our Friday date at the home schooling conference, we stopped by a WHOLE FOODS store afterwards. It took us over an hour to get through the store, but it was so worth it. We looked at oils, mixes, baked goods, breads and everything I might think about wanting to eat, but felt like I couldn’t… [and by the way, I know the packaging looks different on many of these foods – but so far, everything has been VERY tasty.]

It’s truly amazing to eat some of these things and not feel sick or bloat afterwards. It’s a strange feeling, to say the least. I might start being a whole lot LESS picky on my tastes, if I know it won’t make me sick and crazy!

We decided we’d be trying to go back once a month if possible. Locally, our major grocery stores do have a decent G-FREE assortment. I’m thankful for that – but it is nice to get outside of the box sometimes. I bought 3 lbs of shredded organic turkey and made my first batch of G-FREE turkey nuggets from this recipe. Everyone loved them.

I count my blessings know how far things have come for those who need G-Free foods. My good friend Kori has a son with celiac disease, and she had to drive an hour to get his foods to prepare each week – WAY before most people even had heard of celiac diease or cared about what gluten even was. The way I figure it, I have it pretty easy. Praise be to God for having great food in this country, and options on how to get it to our homes and mouths.

“I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

Psalm 16:8

Posted on April 23, 2012, in Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Change, Diet, Food To Try, Label Reading, Our Struggles and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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