ok, so those of you who know me, know that i went gluten-free around the holidays…then, after a chance meeting with a dietitian, i was told that it would be “irresponsible” to go gluten-free without being tested for celiacs – SO! as advised i went back on the glute. i have been glutenized and therefore a little foggy & a lot cranky for about 6 weeks now. originally, it was suppose to be two weeks, but because of what i fear may be a sign of incompetence to come at my doctor’s office i have been 6 weeks delayed from how great i had been feeling.
i started this two-week endeavor, after a crying jag or two, and tried to spin it as “the farewell to food tour.” i was certain that with the physical sickness aside, this would be a glorious time of french bread & chocolate cake (i kinda have a thing for chocolate cake!). i also thought that i would get in all the things that were touchstones of my previous existence, that i sort of missed – olive garden tiramisu, filet o’fish from mcd’s, ranch dressing, pancakes, etc. i quickly learned that trying to swallow something that you know will wreck you tomorrow is harder than meets the eye – if only i had realized this about tequila shots in college!
anyway, as i sit here and hope for the end to this exercise in gluttony i have to say that i have been saving up gluten-free food over these past weeks and i know exactly what i’ll be eating when i get done with my testing. the one ingredient that i have been saving for my post-tox menu is quinoa (it’s a lot of fun to say: keeeeen-waaaa!). i am going to pair mine with swiss chard & baked chicken (picture & recipe to follow, once i get to make/eat it), but below is a recipe for quinoa salad w. salmon posted on gluten-free girl that i think everyone will enjoy (regardless of your gluten persuasion!).
i am always inspired by shauna james ahern of the blog gluten-free girl. i read her book during the holidays and found it SO helpful & SO inspiring in ways that go beyond food. she is funny, smart & gosh-darn wonderful, i hope i can get out to seattle one day and enjoy her husband's ("the chef" daniel ahern) creations at impromptu wine bar (gluten-free as well!). eat this, read this, BIG hearts.