Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Today Marks A New Day

Today is the day that I become a gluten free vegetarian. Why? Well, for several reasons....
  1. Gluten free? I have Celiacs. I don't really see that as a choice.
  2. Vegetarian? I have a plethora of reasons. I was a vegetarian for years as a teen but I developed a protein deficiency because I did not fancy the foods my body needed to do it properly. I was also a vegan for around 4-6 months too then. I loved my time as a vegetarian. I was a vegetarian for animal rights, I would always say that I couldn't eat anything with a mother or with a face.
I gave up red meat in September but that was not enough. A few months ago I saw this teen hit his dog when I was walking with my boyfriend. It upset me so much that I felt ill. Animal cruelty in any form really upsets me. I thought to myself that I would go vegetarian once I could figure out how to do it well with the whole gluten free aspect.

Then last week I was driving home late at night with my son and I accidentally ran over a bunny (yes, Stephanie...it was just as traumatic as years ago when it happened to the both of us) and I cried all the way home. Even though I tried to avoid hitting the rabbit it was awful. I knew people that had rabbits so I would play with them so I know how loving rabbits can be. I just couldn't eat meat anymore after that.

There are many health benefits too when you are a vegetarian...

I am not trying go get anyone to join me. That is not why I am writing this. I am just writing this down so I remember my anniversary of going back.

How does this change GLUTEN FREE GLUTTONY?
  1. It really does not!
  2. I will still review products! Just not ones with meat.
  3. I will give meat recipes I just cant vouch for if it is good or not.
  4. We are all on this gluten free journey together and we are here for each other!
  5. If you are a gluten free vegetarian, do you know of any fake meat that does not contain wheat? I am having the hardest time finding good fake meat!

7 comments:

GoingGF said...

Hi - new here but really interested in your post, as I've been veggie for almost 20 years and diagnosed celiac for a little over 6 months. Have had to go back on to fish and chicken just to get by, as I find eating out, especially, impossible if you're GF and veggie. As you say, meat alternatives are all packed with gluten - many (in the UK at least) are based on wheat starch!
Wishing you luck and will follow how you get on with interest!

Impressions Of My Life At The Moment said...

Hi GoingGF! I found the same problem in my research. So far, I hear that Amy's makes a GF Veggie burger but the ones I have seen in the stores all have wheat in them. A twitter friend sent me the link to a GF Bistro "Burger"

http://www.amys.com/products/search_results.php?form_glutenfree=1

I am not sure if Amy's products are carried in the UK.

I will keep you updated and post recipes as I find them :)

Gina said...

I was a vegetarian when I was a teenager too. I also found it very hard to get enough protein, and I didn't know about the gluten intolerance then. My diet was packed with wheat! I wish you luck on your new journey and I'll keep my eye out for GF protein for you.

Impressions Of My Life At The Moment said...

Thank you so much Gina! A lot of my diet was wheat based too ;)

Anonymous said...

Good luck, I was raised not eating red meat or pork, but I'd have a hard time giving up my chicken and seafood

Alison said...

Sunshine Burgers! They are not really fake meat, but they are vegan and gluten free burgers and they are tasty. We like the southwest flavor best.

I was a vegetarian for many years, but I am also lactose intolerant (even now that I am off gluten), and so I find it hard to not eat any meat. At this point I try to fill my self on nuts, seeds, beans, etc. for a few days, but sometime during the week I get too hungry and end up eating something with meat.

I understand your experience with the bunny -- I did that once ten years ago and it still makes me sad!

Impressions Of My Life At The Moment said...

Sunshine burgers are good! I found out about those via twitter :) Thank you for telling me too! Amy's Bistro burgers are also gf :)