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The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

First GIG of Charlottesville, VA meeting this Thursday! And brief musings on the mind-body connection of multiple food sensitivities.

Ok, so Richmond has it’s own GIG division, and there are many wonderful non-GIG support groups spread across the state, but the first meeting of the Charlottesville GIG should have all ye gluten-freebies hustling to sample the wares of not one, but FIVE local bakeries! I know I’ll be making the trek, and I am particularly excited that some of the bakeries can produce egg-free, dairy-free goodies as well! Check out their Facebook account for additional resources, information, and updates! Details below.

Speaking of additional food sensitivities, I was successful at avoiding problematic ingredients at the Gluten-free Expo in Roanoke (What a lovely event! Thanks to the Carilion healthcare system, VA Tech’s dietetics students, one of my blogger idols, Ginger Lemon Girl, and numerous vendors for making this happen!) this past weekend- BIG accomplishment. Now, I would never consume gluten (in fact, I am probably a bit over-the-top with my fear and loathing), but I had fallen into a trap of “treating” myself to gluten-free food containing dairy, egg, soy, corn and other ingredients that an elimination diet showed really can’t just get along with my gut. A recent visit to a dietician renewed my motivation to avoid problem foods (it sounds easy… but those little buggers called taste buds get cravings sometimes) to overcome the cycle of sickness and malaise. And hey, it’s been a week, and I feel good! The dietician also stressed that moderation is key (yeah, who didn’t know that already, but again, putting it into practice can be difficult) to avoiding crazed OMG I CAN EAT THIS binges (or in my case, I can’t, but since it’s not life-threatening, maybe just a little?). So I’ve been going for the frozen banana “ice cream” a bit more often, just in smaller amounts. Or making alternative cheese sauces to hit the cheese-craving spot. Vegetable-based vegan alfredo anyone? How about some dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free ricotta? Both were so lovely that I made extra to store in the freezer. Handling the I-can’t-have mentality by creating alternatives can be dangerous, because nothing will taste like a nice block of brie or Camembert, but I think it is emotionally healthy and nurturing to find new combinations of tastes that are in the same mouth-feel, flavor category (Oh why didn’t I just go in to that Girl Scout cookies knock-off recipe thinking “I am making a yummy cookie” vs. “This will taste exactly like a samoa”? All in the head, indeed!). The importance of the mentality with which we approach eating ties in to the concept of mindfulness, by which one sits down to a meal, focuses on each individual bite, and sloooows down to really achieve maximum satisfaction and nourishment. The mind and body are not quite as separate as Descartes would have had us believe- how you intellectually analyze a physical sensation impacts the experience of that sensation, and vice versa! Not to mention the effect of emotions, whether it be denial, longing, or anger (GAH gluten, GAH!) which I would argue all need expression at some point, but it might be better to set oneself up for success at mealtimes, thinking with joy, ah, a new kind of bread! vs. this had better darn well taste like the French baton I used to make or I will be so very sad! This discussion of intellect-emotion-body ties in to a great book I’m reading, and will eventually review!

UPDATE: Not five, but SIX local bakeries!!!!

Sheila Cerelloni of Bakery Box              Sue and Stephanie of Stevie G’s Gluten Free Bakery

Linda Newman of Mixing It Up Gluten Free Bakery       Angela and Kimi of annaB’s Gluten Free

Susan Feller of 3 Flellers Gormet Gluten Free

We will also be introducing the NEWEST- GF Baker  Jessica Loura of just opening the doors, Indulge GF Bakery.  Jess is donating a bakery gift as a door prize.  There will be Restaurant and vendor door prizes too!”

Gluten Intolerance Group of Charlottesville is hosting

 5 Gluten Free Bakeries for an evening of tantalizing tastings!

Where: Hollymead Elementary School

2775 Powell Creek Drive, Charlottesville

When: April 18th at 7:00 P.M.

Come Taste bakery offerings from

3Fellers Bakery, anna B’s Gluten Free, Baker’s Box,

Mixing It Up Gluten Free Baking LLC,

and Stevie G’s Gluten Free Bakery

Calendar of Events:

April 18th 1st GIG meeting in Charlottesville!

June 2nd Car Pool or Van/ Bus up to DC Gluten Free Expo http://www.dcglutenfreeexpo.com/

June 22 GF Chili Cook Off

Summer Picnic TBD

September 19th Keeping Kids GF: A Professional Panel Discussion

October 31st GF Halloween Party

November 14th “What to do when you get dosed”

     aka: Surviving the Holidays: A Professional Panel Discussion

December 12th GF Holiday Party and Cookie Exchange

January 16th Gluten Free Affordably: Save Time and Money

February 13th Valentine Party

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