Wheat sure seems everywhere once you start looking for it! I've been (mostly) gluten-free for 3 years now, I've found it does get easier with time. The most helpful thing I did was find some good cookbooks, but I like baking so for me that was a big deal. Just do a search on amazon for wheat or gluten free baking and you'll get a bunch of choices, I can't imagine there's much difference between them but my favorite authors are Annalise Roberts, Carol Fenster and Bette Hagman.
There's a growing selection of wheat and/or gluten free foods out there (if you weren't already aware, anything that's gluten-free is also wheat-free)- noodles, waffles, cookies, breads.... If you're in a small town you can get some good deals shopping online once you figure out which brands and which varieties you like (no they are NOT all created equal!) which will take some of the sting out of their increased costs. Buying flours in bulk an making your own mixes will save you tons of money if you eat much of them, and all the cookbooks will have recipes for "flour", which you can nearly substitute 1:1 for regular flour in recipes.
I was definitely not excited about my first few loaves of GF bread, but after no bread for about a year, I don't even remember what "normal" tastes like and I have no complaints! It will take a while to get used to some of the substitutes, but like most things there's good ones and bad ones and you'll just have to try 'em to figure which ones work best for you.
My go-to meals are now taco-based (corn tortillas saved the day on more than one occasion) and just basic whole grains- quinoa, millet, rice- with veggies and meat/tofu/beans. Pretty easy and pretty simple. That being said though, spaghetti squash is a pretty tasty substitute for regular looking noodles, and its totally low calorie too it turns out once you put spaghetti sauce and maybe some cheese on it nobody's going to complain about the lack of real noodles!
Good luck and if you need help feel free to ask!
Edited by: SUPERDUPER26 at: 4/21/2009 (19:53)
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