I forgot to mention that the M&M Marshmallow Brownies I (ok, my husband - wp.me/p1N36Q-dn
) made for my aunt and uncle were a hit! It was tough to not even have a taste because it was a new baked good recipe – and all of that sugar was calling to me. But I anticipated that passing up a brownie would be a challenge, so I also brought along some strawberries in case anybody – myself included – was looking for a healthier dessert. Smart move, Nicole.
My aunt and uncle live fairly close by, but we don’t see them all too regularly. The invitation to dinner came last week when my aunt realized she needed some help setting up her new GPS to go geocaching with my cousin, and she remembered that my husband and I were pretty handy with technology. (If you aren’t familiar with geocaching, it can be described as using very expensive satellites to find crap in the woods. It’s a great way to combat boredom with a fun day outdoors).
I wanted to help, but I struggled with what to say about my diet. I debated not saying anything at all – but 90% of the time we have dinner with them, it’s pizza. I thought about offering to help them via Skype (after all, we were already having company over the weekend, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to say we were busy) – but we enjoy visiting with them, and I’d have to let them know about being Wheat Free at one point or another.
I answered that we’d be happy to visit with them – and initially offered to pick up or bring dinner to them. That strategy didn’t work – because we were helping them, they wanted to “pay” us in food. I decided to come clean.
“I should also mention that I believe I might have a wheat sensitivity. So I’ve been trying to avoid bread, pasta, etc. I am happy to bring a Nicole-friendly dish to share with everyone,” I said to my aunt.
“We will have gluten friendly food. No worries!! Our favorite pizzeria has a Gluten Free pizza, is that ok?” (I knew it was going to be pizza!)
I assured her it was fine, although I know these pizzas are made with all of the starches that Wheat Belly suggests spikes your blood sugar as much as wheat. They ordered me a special Gluten Free pizza with peppers and onions from Giovanni’s in Lebanon (made with rice flour), and a regular pepperoni for the rest of the family.
Giovanni’s is particularly sensitive to food allergies, it appears – they include a wrapped pizza cutter with your Gluten Free order.
The pizza was delicious, and I didn’t overdo it – they sent me home with leftovers, which my husband and I enjoyed on Monday night.
It was good to have this discussion with the family. As I share these details with more friends and family, I get more support (and it really makes it much more difficult to cheat on being Wheat Free). So this is a good thing.
Despite two binge free days in a row, I had a major setback last night. There were still some marshmallows in the house and some cereal. Yes, I lost control. I stopped and reminded myself that I was going to use these items to make “Special K Treats” (like Rice Krispie treats, only with a different cereal) to share with company coming over Saturday afternoon. So that’s what I did, although there were too few marshmallows to really get a good batch made. And there’s still cereal lurking in my pantry…