I'm posting on time for once. Yay me!
So even though I wasn't actually serious when I posed the Rage Against The Grain 2012 Challenge, two of my coworkers attempted to go gluten-free for a week.
One of them has taken a serious dive into the minutiae of g-free eating. She was curious if raging against the grain might help alleviate some of her minor health annoyances. I am happy to report that she has been doing really well with her g-free trial. Her and I even shared some miniature gluten-free cupcakes to ease her into the new diet! Plus, I was just debriefed on her first attempt cooking with Quinoa, The Wondergrain!
The other coworker took a less detailed approach and attempted to cut the obvious sources of gluten from her diet just to see what it was like. She began her challenge after finishing a loaf of homemade bread, which reminded me how I waited to start my new life until I had one final glutenous cupcake. I am happy to report that she also did really well! ...Until faced with a decadent chocolate Valentine's Day cake. We all stumble sometimes.
Watching my coworkers navigate the g-free lifestyle as rookies reminded me of what my transition was like. It takes a while to get the hang of everything and for label-reading and cake-avoiding to become second nature. Watching them also reminded me how lucky I am to be surrounded by curious people who are not intimidated by dietary restrictions. Finally, it was fun to share what I've learned to boost their gluten-y awareness and g-free kitchen skills.* So if you're a young Luke Skywalker out there and want help from your very own glutard Yoda, feel free to drop a comment at the end of a post.** Share my knowledge and encourage you I will.
*Probably why I like writing this blog, too :P
**I also welcome comments from handsome Han Solos or Lando Calrissians