Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The gluten free thing and made-up food

For those of you who are waiting with bated breath (yeah, cause that would happen), it is official:

my husband cannot tolerate gluten.

Within about 7-10 days of being gluten free, he noticed significant changes in his body. Massive improvements. We then went out on a 24-hour hide-from-the-children date where he cheated some, and we could not verify everything at every restaurant.

And he paid dearly.

So, that's that. Only took 42 years to figure it out. That has to be some kind of record.

Cooking for him is not an issue. We just go with different flour options, and enjoy all of the other GF stuff we already love. On that note, I took a favorite recipe we used to make back before we were more vegetarian, then altered to be vegetarian/vegan. Thought I would share.

It's my butchered version of God's Littlest Angels' Chicken Creole Sauce

(a.k.a. - how to fudge a recipe with only what you got!)

I started a huge pot of whole grain rice (which needs to go a good 40 minutes)

Sauteed a diced onion, 6 minced garlic cloves, green bell pepper diced, red bell pepper diced in some water. When everything was nice and transluscent, I pulverized it all in the blender (Vita Mix) until it was super smooth. Put it back in the pan. Added a whole little can of tomato paste, 8 cups of water (yes, I meant to write 8 cups - I feed an army) and whisked it all together. Then I ran two regular sized cans of black beans through the blender, adding some of the water from the pan to speed up the blendage. Poured THAT in, followed by some thyme, parsley, crushed red pepper, and salt (all of that to taste). Put in on a simmer and let it bubble and cook down for a good half hour while the rice was also doing its thing.

So, it ended up being rice and a creole sauce, although painfully different from where it started.

The verdict?



lana said...

well so glad to hear you figured out the gluten then... do you think he is a celiac? just wondering.

Christine said...

Don't know. He'll ask to do testing at a yearly exam. Doesn't seem to be quite that bad, but that doesn't necessarily mean much. I think he got so used to being miserable, that he had no clue what "good" felt like on a daily basis.

Scott and Leah said...

ok so what improved or what were his symptoms? just curious. my sister has been told this before. wondering how it affects him.

Christine said...

Leah, I will FB message you. He would not be cool with me talking about it on my blog! ha!

Anonymous said...

Oh! You are a godsend (in about a billion ways, but in this case, I'm talking about the recipe.) I walked out of W.almart today leaving my cart in the middle of the aisle because I had a kid misbehaving (have not done that in a LONG time.. and it was not even V!) and now do not have what I needed to make dinner. Decided to make mayi moulen but did not have the stuff for sos pwa nwa.. so I will make sos Christine instead! Love you!

Miz Kizzle said...

I don't even like the sound of the word gluten.
Say it aloud.
See what I mean?
So IS your husband a celiac? Mine is an Aries.

deb ... p.s. bohemian said...

If he's thinking he wants to get the blood work for celiac he has to be eating gluten like daily for weeks (it may be a good two+ months but I can't remember right now).

I did that whole eat tons of gluten for the blood test - felt like death by the time I took the test - then after it was positive went to a gastro doc. - mind you it was like 6+ weeks after the blood test by the time I saw him and had been gluten free that time and was feeling so much better and then he wanted me to go back on gluten at least a month for an endoscopy to see if a test w/ a 97(ish)% accuracy rate was correct. ??? nope - my body told the tale and it is worth it.

Strangely enough - the last week or so everytime I've made a green smoothie I get really nauseous and weak and tired after drinking it - weird to say the least so seems more research is again in order.

Christine said...

Ah, Deb. I think you just gave us some valuable information. Not sure you could pay my husband to do gluten for a month again.

Anonymous said...

Hi... I'm a bit of a lurker, it seems, but I've been an avid reader for some time now... just thought now would be a good time to step up and say "hey"... so.. .Hey. And also... My wife has celiac disease and can't eat gluten... her birthday is coming up and I was wondering if you had any good gluten free cake recipes?


Babs said...

ah yes...warning warning
If he is already following a gluten free diet...his test results will show no intolerance. The test only throws up markers when there is gluten in the system.

Let the body tell the tale.
Forget the tests. Okay that might sound rash but after 6 years of trying to figure out WHAT THE HECK was wrong with me, a slew of tests, the fear of MS and ta da...I said "could it be gluten" and ding light bulbs went off.

You'd think they'd have done the tests sooner...but no, they waited for me to go through my bout with the neurologist.

Finally test me for celiac/intolerance and...well my numbers didn't show up high enough for a diagnosis. (to me, numbers are numbers)

I started eating gluten free and felt all of my symptoms (yes even the ones that mirrored MS and some I would not want to talk about on anyone's blog) went away.

The only way to test for sure...
start eating gluten again for at least 6 weeks then do the blood work. thank you
My body has told me the tale
and I'm listening :)

In other husband has struggled with horrible symptoms for a few years too. Trusting my medical intuition, we're following a candida overgrowth food plan. His doctors laughed him out of the office but in just one week, he's feeling leaps and bounds better, has more energy, clearer thinking and less pain and a bonus, we've both lost weight that just wouldnt budge before.

Woo hoo to you for finding your issues and even more kudos for sticking to your gut (no pun intended)

Shan said...

Well, I'm so glad you are figuring his system out. I love how you make adding a gluten free diet to the rest of your family's individual needs like just another ingredient in a delicious creole sauce. :)
Sounds like a lip smackin' recipe, btw.

A said...

It took me thirty-five years to find out how gluten affected me! I have been gluten-free for 18 months and am a new person. I am allergic to many foods over twenty of them since I was a toddler. I would cheat on my allergies here and there but with gluten I am not even willing to try and see what would happen. I do not miss gluten at all but I would love some TCBY. However I am allergic to milk! Have a great weekend and best of luck!

Integrity Singer said...

hip hip hooray for you hubby! As a GF gal since June, I can attest to the jarring realities that I lived with so many health issues I didn't know I suffered from needlessly until i accidentally ingested gluten and paid for it.

my 6 yo said, "mom, i'm praying every day that you can get better and eat gluten again." to which I said, "baby, I AM better ... because I don't eat the gluten!"