The last few weeks have been stressful, as Maddie was ordered to have some tests after her annual physical. This lead to a Celiac Disease diagnosis, a trip to see a specialist (a pediatric gastroenterologist) and a switch to a gluten-free diet.
Let me just say that you do not realize how prevalent gluten is in the American diet. Nearly all processed foods have some form of it, and even a little bit can trigger the autoimmune response. This will definitely be a learning experience for us. We are quickly finding alternatives for things like cereal and pasta, and fortunately, we don't eat a huge amount of processed foods. So the switch is going pretty smoothly.
Since I am a baker, and like to make most of our desserts from scratch, this will be a real change for me. I mean, how do you bake without wheat flour? I'm thinking about starting a gluten-free blog where I can talk more about our experiences and test out some recipes -- maybe review some gluten-free cookbooks and products.
If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, I would love to hear from you!