Thank you for your replies, it really encouraged me.
Nor_TX- you're right, I should have asked for personal advice as well. Thank you for offering it anyway.
I have learned a lot from reading here. I am on day4 of a gluten-free diet, and I already felt better. A stomachache that I didn't know I had till it went away is gone.
The thing is, I had a communion wafer at church without thinking, and it has gluten in it. Minutes after my stomach started tossing. I made lunch for the kids, but the thought of eating just didn't appeal to me. Within an hour I was in the restroom and now I have gas/bloating stomach pains. This is enough evidence for me and I am convinced I have a sensitivity to gluten.
I went to a health food store and found a large gluten-free aisle. I bought a box of baking mix (kind of like Bisquick), a box of cookies (comfort food), some flour to try making bread, a cookbook, a bag of rice spaghetti, and a loaf of frozen rice bread until I am successful in making my own loaf of bread. Just that much cost me $50 (nearly 1/2 of our food budget for a family of 5). I was shocked that it would come to so much. I'm glad that I won't have to do that again for quite a while. I will just have to go with cheaper meals and make them stretch this payday.
One thing I'm having trouble with is feeling sorry for myself because I can't have any of the Christmas cookies and treats that I love so much. I am one of those women that will make cookies and candies and wrap them up to give away as gifts. This year I won't be able to sample them as I make them. (I am sooo glad that chocolate is gluten-free!) I went to church and a friend had brought doughnuts and I had to turn one down from 3 diffrent people. How do you get past feeling so sorry for yourself?
Tonight I cooked chicken stirfry. A skillet for my family with the added noodles and sauce and a small pot for me with veggies picked from the frozen package and seprate soy sauce that I was lucky enough to find was gluten-free. Not sure what I will cook tomorrow...
Even though I do not understand where I am going on the path that God has laid out for me, I must submit to His plan and trust that He will take me where I need to be.
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