Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: TX, but anticipating one more move
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Kathy's right and I didn't write it clearly--for _us_ it was gluten, other folks see it with different foods. But gluten is relatively common so even though it's not convenient to consider, it's more likely than, say, bananas or potatoes (though they are surprisingly allergenic too).
It was hard to be gluten-free at first, no doubt. There's a long adjustment time--first, finding foods for basic meals, then snacks on the go, then eating out (we do it at a very limited number of restaurants, and when we meet people, I usually bring food for us and just tell the server that we've got allergies--they've always been very nice about it), and then dealing with travel and the holidays. We've been doing it for over a year now and so we've gone through all of those and now it's pretty routine, though still inconvenient.
Finding straight gluten-free substitutions takes time and usually costs quite a bit more. Eventually (esp with help from the Allergies forum) you can find, say, a really good bread recipe, and cake and cookie recipes (not that you want sweets every day, but that feeling of being deprived and not even having a choice is hard). Finding other healthy foods (there are _so many_ I had never heard of or considered) has been quite the unexpected benefit. It's also forced me to look at my food and be dissatisfied with the choices I was making before, so it's been an overall good thing for us.