Can you Live Without Bread?
This question has gone through the mind of every person who has been told that they cannot have gluten, til death do they part. Not just that they cannot have wheat, but that they cannot have any gluten-containing item, at all. I don’t even want to talk about items that are cross-contamination risks…..
The answer is yes, but the process of getting there can look like a trip to the peak of Mount Everest!
….., but let me show you how I would do it over if I could.
What do I do first?
Remove any gluten-containing products from your home. Gluten is not just isolated to food, it is found in glue and even stickers.
It becomes a part of your pots and pans, as baked-on residue, those have to be thrown out because the only way to completely remove it is to sand it off. If it was a really expensive set, I will cry with you when you chuck it or donate it.
Flour and cracker residue is going to be everywhere. Wash all your storage containers and wipe our the cupboards.
Clean your oven and the racks inside, making sure that you scrub it all very well to remove all baked-on residue. No, you do not have to get a new oven, because it is not likely that you will eat anything that falls out onto the oven floor or the racks.
My vote is for the cleaning cycle of the oven, vinegar-based cleaner because natural is best to me.
Go Through your Soap!
Because people cannot possibly stick with simple ingredients like lye and oil(that’s just too basic)! They have to add all sorts of colors, fragrances, and wheat germ oil to soap. Check your packages, and chuck the offending soaps.
This will include hair, hand, and whole body soaps. Initially we were told that we did not need to go that far, but kids will eat and swallow the craziest things. So, safety first is how we roll around the Treehouse.
Body Care Products, Beware!
Make up, chap stick, lipstick, lip gloss, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion (wheat germ oil again…I know, right?). Check them all.
Go through Your medicines, and call your pharmacy to make sure that yours are safe. If they give you an answer without going and looking at the insert, or calling the company….find another pharmacy. This could be the difference between long-term glutening or remission, and you are worth the few minutes of their time it takes to be truly sure.
Craft Closet Clean-out
Yes, the craft supplies are probably the second biggest offenders in my opinion. If it can be molded like bread dough or has “-doh” in its name it will need to find a new home unless you can get the specs from the company.
Stickers, adhesive, paint, dye….check it all!
Now, go figure out the sneaky names of gluten! It’s time to go shopping!
If you have no idea where to find it, or want all this information in digital form. You can find it in my book, The Easy Start Guide to Gluten FREEdom.
Thank you so much for stopping by!