Thursday, September 1, 2011

First Day Back at Work & A Whole Lot of Gluten

Today was our professional training day before the  school year begins next week.  We complete most mandatory health and safety related items as well as other compulsory training, then have department meetings and get prepared for the return to teaching. 

We also get fed breakfast. 

I couldn't help myself.  I took one look at the bagels and cream cheese, and made a beeline for the table.  Which is funny, because bagels and cream cheese were never a go-to item for me before we cleared the house of gluten filled items for my son.  I think sometimes it's just the freedom to choose something gluten-filled and eat it out in the open,that's just too tempting to pass up! 

But the gluten fest didn't stop there.  On our lunch hour, a group of us headed out to Harvey's, a Canadian burger joint that lets you top your burgers any way you want.  I ordered a classic burger and fries.  I didn't even ask if they were fried in the same place as the onion rings. 

(Just for the record, I know have a crazy stomach ache, since I haven't eaten like that in a long time.  And I'm not the one with gluten issues.) 

It's also funny because, to be honest, asking questions and being aware of the way food is prepared and what goes into each item is not an inconvenience for me.  This is probably because I do it to keep my son healthy.  I don't care if anyone thinks I'm a pain in the you-know-what for asking.  I'm protecting my kid.  If it was for me, I'd probably get all embarrassed and just avoid most places. 

Going gluten free has also made my family a lot healthier, because most of what we eat is much less processed (cake mixes excluded), and we eat a wider variety of foods than before.  It is more work sometimes, especially in the beginning, and I work really hard to ensure my son gets all the nutrients he needs from his meals.  I try to vary our weekly menus so that I'm not relying on the same few standbys.  I want my son to know that there are infinite possibilities of healthy and great tasting meals that can be made without gluten. 

So although I didn't ask any questions or have to worry about what I ate, it wasn't really as satisfying as I had expected.  I rather looked forward to coming home to dinner tonight, gluten free and delicious. 

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