When I started this blog it was with the intention of overcoming my picky eater habits, and having a place to document my adventure with new foods. I feel like I have been falling behind on the “trying new things” part of the adventure, while I try to figure out how to eat gluten free and still be happy.
I came to a realization last night after going to a Gluten Free 101 class put on by Sarah of Celiac in the City. I realized that not only am I a picky eater, but I now have a reason to be. Before, I was picky about what I ate simply because I was stubborn about trying new things. Now, I get to be a picky eater for my health.
The first place I notice this is when I go out for drinks with friends. The rest of them get to order whatever beer is on tap, or a $2 can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. But, not me….my first question is always, “What kind of cider do you have?” Luckily, most places in the city carry at least one brand of cider. I can’t just go out for burgers, pizza or pasta. I need to be picky about where I eat, and what I eat. At the class last night I got an entire page of ingredients that are in food that I should be avoiding. I need to be picky about oatmeal, cereal and even some processed meat like sausages or burgers. There are forms of gluten hiding in almost everything we eat. I need to read the ingredients on everything I buy in the grocery store, and ask a dozen questions to my server when I go out to eat. So that I can enjoy eating and not be afraid that it is going to make me sick.
In exchange for this new picky way of eating, I am finding that I am eating a lot healthier. I am choosing fruits, veggies and nuts when before I would have been eating something full of gluten and carbs. Today I even chose to splurge on a couple $6 bags of pistachios, because I knew they were better for me than many of the other things I could get cheaper. I have also found that when I have friends asking for my opinion on different gluten free options, I find myself repeating to them “Eat Real Food”. This from somewhere who has lived on boxed mac and cheese for years.
Rather than trying to overcome my picker eater habits, I am embracing a Picky Eater for life (#PE4Life) attitude, right along side my newly embraced Gluten Free for Life (#GF4Life) attitude.