Almost every weekend, Hubby, the kids, and I go grocery shopping. It's a bit of a gong show trying to take four young children to the store every week, but even with their constant whining and begging for every bit of junk food they see, we've made it a bit of a weekend tradition. This weekend was no different.
As many of my followers will by now know, I recently discovered that I'm allergic to gluten. Making the adjustments for a household with five gluten eating people, and one gluten-free person has had its challenges (and several cross-contamination issues), but I believe that we've handled it well. I've spent so much time making sure that the ingredients that I buy are gluten-free, and I've done quite a bit of smelling of my husband's delicious-looking gluten-filled food ("Can I smell that?"), but I haven't truly considered that this is a change for life.
While I was walking through the grocery store's junk food aisles this weekend, I looked at the many treats that lined the shelves, and suddenly realized that there were several of my favourites that I will never be able to eat again. I'd known for about eight or nine months that I couldn't eat gluten, but it had never occurred to me that I would never again eat a Ferrero Rocher (my favourite chocolates). I could never again eat my kids' leftover grilled cheese sandwiches, waffles, or half-eaten Kit Kat bars.
My reaction to gluten is severe enough that even an antihistamine doesn't "fix" the pain, so until there is a cure for allergies, I won't ever have some of my favourite treats. I have, however, found some lovely--and delicious--options.
I realize that this is hardly an important issue, and likely irksome for many, but it's become a reality for the Champagne family, and I felt like sharing.
I'm working on some other posts that are soon to come. I've been absent for a little while, due to summer trips and finishing Book 8, but I promise to post more frequently from now on!
Happy Sunday, everyone!
My name is Cheri. I'm a historical romance author, wife, and stay-at-home mom of four young children.