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{Gluten Free} Meal Plan 3.22.11

So far this week’s been a wash. I downloaded Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s book, The G-Free Diet, on Friday morning while I was getting my pre-beach trip mani/pedi and I’ve been immersed in it ever since.

I’m still having some symptoms reminiscent of gluten exposure, and I can’t help but wonder if I got glutened again over the weekend, even though I tried to be vigilant. I got those tell-tale stomach pains during the movie Friday night, and for the last few days, I’ve felt like someone put a tire pump to my stomach and started pumping for their lives. I feel full after eating the smallest thing. It’s not painful, it’s just overall uncomfortable.

So I spent most of my time yesterday alternately researching this crazy gluten intolerance/celiac/whatever-it-is, and de-glutenizing my kitchen per Elisabeth’s instructions. Incidentally, someone forwarded me this article from the WSJ: Clues to Gluten Sensitivity.

“For the first time, we have scientific evidence that indeed, gluten sensitivity not only exists, but is very different from celiac disease,” says lead author Alessio Fasano, medical director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research.

Well, hallelujah. I’m not crazy. (And for those who want to understand more about this topic, it’s a great resource. I feel like sending it to everyone I know and love.)

Then as I was reading a blog it occurred to me . . . Could my recent setbacks be due to my new lipstick? So then I spent the next few hours trying to track down someone from Laura Mercier who can give me an ingredients list. (I still haven’t gotten the list!)

All that to say, yesterday was kind of a wash.

But on the up-side, I’m feeling some better today.

AND I have a menu plan! (And a grocery list made on my new Knock Knock To-The-Market Tablet!)

With baseball season in full swing, I definitely need to stick to menu planning — preferably simple meals that I can either throw together in a jiffy or prepare ahead of time so we can eat around the all-consuming baseball schedule.

So. Without further ado, here it is!

Menu Plan

TUESDAY: pan fried pork chops (I picked these up at the farm last week and can’t wait to try them!), collards, mac and cheese made with brown rice pasta (this is an experiment – we’ll have to see how well it goes over with the non G-Free crowd)

WEDNESDAY: bolar roast with potatoes and carrots

THURSDAY: salmon cakes, or baked wild salmon if I can get my hands on some, oven roasted broccoli, herbed new potatoes

FRIDAY: chicken in a pot

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7 thoughts on “{Gluten Free} Meal Plan 3.22.11

  1. I’m GF too and yes many lipsticks contain gluten. I found some great gloss that doesn’t. Good luck with going GF! I don’t miss much (chimichanga’s I miss horribly) and there is a huge selection of foods you can eat. I’m going to check out some of the recipes you posted.

  2. Maybe the book by Paula Begoun about not going to the cosmetic counter without it would list the ingredients in your lipstick. It can be downloaded on your Kindle.

  3. Chicken in a pot sounds scrumptious and easy. Is the egg in your salmon cakes recipe the binder? We are egg free and I’d like to try a version of these. Wonder what I could use. Great recipes and good luck getting the lipstick ingredients.

  4. I had the same thing happen with my stomach and out of the blue I thought. I went to the ER, was sent to a Gastro doc, had a stomach scrape as I call it, did the blood test for celiac etc………Celiac came back negative but since changing to mostly gluten free…….it is completely different. And now that I think back, I have always had some issues with my belly. I can tell when I eat too much gluten and have to cut back. It has helped so much. I have heard so many stories of the gluten blood test coming back negative. I have an online friend that is seriously celiac and her daughter too and their tests come back negative. Also, no one tells you that you should eat gluten before your test too. I had taken gluten out of my diet for 2 wks before test and so of course it didn’t show up as a sensitivity cuz I had none in my system! . I just have become so much more aware how my stomach reacts to food. I have also found out the many fibro people have gluten issues. I will be praying for you dear friend. I hope you continue to feel better

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