French Fries: Gluten-Free? Or a A Big Gluten-Free No-No?

So, do you remember how I told you all about my decision to go gluten-free and how I am now migraine-free because of it?  Overall, it has gone well and it hasn’t been too hard to go gluten free (except for the occasional sandwich craving…but that’s what gluten-free bread is for, right?).

My main problem was how busy we have been.  Both of my kids were in competitive basketball, which meant for the last 3 months, we have been on the road every single weekend for tournaments.  Some days we would be gone from sun up til sundown and some days we would have to rent a hotel and be gone the entire weekend.  This doesn’t leave much time for healthy eating, which meant a lot of trips through the drive-through.

Honestly, I’m still fairly new at this gluten-thing.  I thought as long as I avoided breads, buns and breaded meats I would be doing ok.  I drove through McDonald’s one day and got a chicken breast with guacamole and lettuce and some french fries.  I woke up the next day with an awful migraine.  The kind of migraine that keeps you in bed the entire day and I was so upset. I mean, I have been doing great with my diet have been migraine free for over 3 months.  Once my migraine began to subside a little bit I wrote down everything that I had eaten the day before and knew that it had to have been McDonald’s because the rest of my diet that day consisted of eggs, veggies, fruits and cheese, all of which I have had before with no issues.  So, I started doing a little bit of researched and discovered that, the McDonald’s fries were the culprit.  Yes, that is right.  McDonald’s uses gluten in their fries. 🙁  Some of the things I have read say that they use a coating that is designed to make their fries crunchier, some say that it is in the beef flavoring that they use on their fries (I didn’t even know this was a thing).

I have since learned that many other restaurants use a coating on their fries as well, so it is always important to request gluten free fries when ordering at any restaurant.

Good luck to you my gluten-free friends!  I would love to hear about any other sneaky gluten inclusive foods you have found.

Gluten Free Review: The Essential Baking Company Super Seeded Multi-Grain Gluten Free bread

Since I am fairly new to the gluten-free world, I have decided to go ahead and review some of the GF products on the market.  For the most part, I am trying to go gluten-free by simply taking those types of foods out of my diet, however sometimes you really want a sandwich, am I right?  Since I have little to no room in my kitchen I have no desire to try baking my own gluten-free bread at this point.  So when the family requested sandwich night for dinner the other night, I decided to join them.  I knew that I would need to make sure that I had gluten free bread, so I headed out to my local Safeway store and found this The Essential Baking Company Super Seeded Multi-Grain Gluten Free bread and decided to give it a try.

It was a quite expensive as are most Gluten Free products, but I figured since I rarely eat bread these days, I was willing to spring for the $5.99 loaf.  I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this bread.  It’s almost like regular bread, the only difference being that it tastes a little dry, but your condiments can make up for that.  I also tried it as toast the next day during breakfast and discovered that one cycle through the toaster was not enough.  It needs to be almost to the burnt level and then you cannot tell that you are eating GF bread at all.

Overall, I am a fan and will buy it again for those sandwich cravings and splurges.  I’m not a fan of the price, but it’s not so bad if it is an occasional treat.

*This is my own personal view, I was not paid or compensated in any way.  I simply wanted to share with others who are learning their own gluten-free ways.

How I Got Rid of My Migraines for Good!

I have been a migraine sufferer for 20+ years.  I was a teenager the first time I experienced the excruciating pain that is a migraine headache and man did it hurt.  It never got better either, as I got older I got them more and more often and more painful all the time.  I have ended up in the ER several times just so I could get through the pain.

Over the years I have had quite a few migraine prescriptions, including all of the common ones.  I used them in nasal spray form and in pills and none of them really helped me.  Yeah, the dulled the pain a little bit, but beyond that, they did not make the pain go away.  I was dealing with 2-3 debilitating migraines weekly.  That meant 3 out of 7 days per week I was stuck laying in bed, not being a good mom or wife. Living with migraines is an awful, awful thing and I honestly would never wish it on my worst enemy.

I tried the pills, I tried chiropractic care, I tried massage, I tried herbs and oils, nothing worked and I began to think that I was never going to find a way to live without the constant migraines.  Then last summer, my husband was at work and having a conversation with a co-worker about the fact that I was sick with a migraine again.  This particular co-worker was an M.D. and suggested that I go gluten-free.  He said he thought that going gluten-free was a fad thing and he didn’t really fall for it until his wife did it and she became migraine-free after several months.  My husband casually mentioned this conversation to me, but I didn’t put much stock in it because I eat healthy (lots of fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grain) and I have never had any other celiac disease type symptoms, so I figured no way could I be having an allergy to gluten.

After several more months of non-stop migraines, I decided “what the hell” and I went for it.  What did I have to lose, other than migraines (and maybe a couple of pounds), right?  As crazy as it seems, I chose the week before Thanksgiving to make the switch and while it is taking some getting used to, I am happy to say IT IS WORKING!! Since the week before Thankgiving, I have had 2 Migraines.

  • One migraine was two days after Thanksgiving and I will admit that I slipped up a bit and had a piece of pie, thinking that just a little bit of crust wouldn’t hurt.
  • The second migraine was the morning after my husband had brought me lunch from our favorite hamburger joint.  I happily scarfed the whole thing down without even thinking about the fact that I was eating the bun.  He and I both just chatted away while we were eating.

Other than that, I have had no migraine headaches at all.  For real, I am now 2 months into my gluten-free journey and I can officially call it a success.  I am sure that this will be a lifetime change for me and I am okay with that.  Other than my incessant craving for a brownie, it really isn’t that hard.  Knowing that I will get a migraine from choosing the wrong food keeps me from doing it.

Since this lifestyle is new to me, I am still learning new tricks, new products and new recipes that I will be sure to share with you!