Um……….OK. Â But where does one start? Â Well, I don’t have all the answers but here’s what I did.
*Emptied all kitchen cabinets, donated what I could to a local food bank, and threw away more things than I thought was possible.
*Cleaned, scrubbed, and organized our kitchen from top to bottom. Â We even moved our appliances out, cleaned under them, and found some missing toys and dog food from 2 years ago! Â Hey, it was a good excuse to get an early jump on our spring cleaning and I was trying to stay positive after all.
*Went shopping for new GF groceries. Â It was crazy expensive and difficult! Â All I can say is thank goodness for bananas and KozyShack Pudding in those first few days. Â I couldn’t think straight and the pudding was the first thing I noticed was clearly labeled GF while walking around like a Zombie during my first trip to the grocery store. Â That first week was definitely the hardest. Â It seems easier now as my list of “safe things” is growing. Â Of course, I haven’t even begun to think about eating out at a restaurant or at someone else’s house.
*Finally broke down and bought my first pair of reading glasses. Â Wow! Â I can see what’s on all those labels now.
*After shedding some tears, decided to stay positive and focus on the thousands of naturally gluten free things that I can still eat. Â I’ve always loved my meat, potatoes, fruits, and veggies anyway. Â And, if I felt better going gluten free, clearly that would be all the motivation I needed.
*Purchased a newÂ toaster, colander, andÂ nonstick pan. Â It bothered me that our old nonstick pan was scratched up and NOTÂ PTFE/PFOA-free anyway!