Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Greetings from the newest Fayetteville Blogger

I am really excited to be added to the Gluten Free Fayetteville Blog. I wanted to tell you a bit about myself, aside from what my profile already says.
I have lived in the Fayetteville area for over 20 years. I am a nurse and I do patient education. I am also a huge foodie and love to bake and cook. I was given a confusing diagnosis last November, that i have the gene for Celiac and would benefit from a gluten free diet. It was felt that inflammatory response to gluten may be the source of widespread pain in my joints. So I began to immerse myself into the world of Celiac and gluten free. The people around me, who love and care about me, have been really amazing. My church ordered gluten free wafers for Communion and I have been supported a hundred percent through my work.
I am working towards getting a support group of celiac and gluten free folk here in the area, so if you are interested, drop me a line. It is still very in the ground works, but the number is growing. We just need to get better organized.
I find my gluten free foods at my favorite grocery store, Harris Teeter and also at a grocery store in Hope Mills, Food Lion. That particular Food Lion, while not a large store, has a great variety of items and pretty decent prices.
I bought a ton of recipe books and flours and have been trying my hand at different recipes to see what works and what doesn't work.
If you are embarking on the new world of gluten free, i have a piece of advice for you. Look in your pantry and learn what you eat now that has gluten in it. Replace each item as you use it up with gluten free items, such as Rice Chex for Cheerios, quinoa pasta for regular pasta. Then start looking really closely at hidden sources of gluten and replace it out as you go. Speak up at restaurants and ask for pasta to be kept off your plate and replaced with steamed veggies etc. It can be hard, but with perseverence it can happen!
I would love to hear from other people in the Cumberland county area that are going or are gluten free. Drop me a line!
Take care, Debbie