Last night we had our monthly meeting of Gluten Free Grand Valley, the gluten free support group in Grand Junction, CO. I am pretty proud of this group as I am one of the co-founders and we have great people that attend as well as a large group on Facebook.
Our meeting was a 2014 kickoff and we (the board) wanted to get an idea of what people are looking to get out of our meetings. The feedback was great but the part that I think really tickled people was the food. I had been to the Denver Gluten Free Food Fair in August, was able to get a hold of some of the vendors and they, very kindly, sent samples to me.
People that don’t have food issues may be thinking “what’s the big deal?” It is a big deal. You may think that if tomorrow you couldn’t have bread, you wouldn’t miss it. That is, until you wanted to have a PB&J and you were going to have to eat it either without bread or, in the case of most gluten free breads, nearly a piece of cardboard. One of the vendors that sent samples was Kinnickinnick. They make many types of foods from bread/cake mixes to cookies to loaves of bread. They sent bread. I was skeptical since most gluten free bread is either good for only toasting, for Thanksgiving Day stuffing or great for sawdust. Yes, it’s that good. Not this bread. Soft, chewy, almost REAL bread! I may have been in heaven for a while, I’m not sure.
Seems silly, right? Bread? Big deal. You’re right, it IS a big deal. It’s a big deal because growing up I could have a grilled cheese sandwich. I haven’t had one in almost two years. I couldn’t just make a PB&J because cardboard bread doesn’t have the right texture or taste. I couldn’t have bread with my soup (yes, I like to dip bread in soup, so sue me). Anything that you can’t have because your body will hate you for it is something you crave, something you desire and something that you SHOULD be able to have.
Those of you who don’t have food issues, whose bodies will accept anything you put into it, never take it for granted. Consider it a blessing that you don’t have to worry about getting sick from foods. Enjoy them and enjoy them often.
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