So many of us are finding out we have a slight, moderate or severe problem with gluten products. I thought I was one of those people who was good and could eat anything I wanted. My brother told me to watch my gluten because his entire family had problems eating gluten. Well, not me I am good. I wasn’t listening to my brother, he was wrong this time. So I went on with my regular diet and didn’t think another thing about it.
The problem with not taking good advice is you shut out the possibility you could have the same problem as your sibling. Over time I blamed some of my ailments on allergies or a cold, finding out later some of the symptoms I was having was symptoms for people with gluten allergies. Now, I am not having major problems, but I am taking care and watching what gluten I eat. I limit my gluten intake and am selective what I eat and when.
Today I had some leftover mashed potatoes, and I remembered my mom making potato pancakes when we were kids. The problem with the old recipe was it had flour in it. I thought about how I could make the potato pancakes without flour, and it came to me, shredded cheddar cheese. I substituted a half cup of cheese for the flour, and it worked great. It also added a little extra flavor to the pancakes and made them a little crispier around the edges.
As we get older, we find more and more there are more ailments, aches, and pains in our body than we had as younger adults. Sometimes we have to change our diets and work harder to stay healthy. Adjusting our diet is hard. Sometimes it is like being an alcoholic, or someone hooked on drugs, it is hard beating the habit of eating toast for breakfast every morning or having a Big Mac sandwich. It is an every hour struggle to remind ourselves to cut back or stop eating the food making us sick.
You aren’t alone if you find yourself adjusting to new diets, giving up things you have loved all your life. I am sure if you ask a friend they are battling the same problem with something they used to be able to eat. Talk to them and work together to be strong and tackle the problem. We are all tougher than we think we are. We sometimes fall off the wagon and have to start over, but that is okay. Starting over is a show of our strength and determination.
Age changes our bodies and changes our ways of thinking and how we do things. Pay attention to your body and find creative ways in your diet to eliminate food allergies bothering you. Join a group online and talk to people with the same problems. Who knows you may make some new friends.
Have a great weekend and travel safe.
Mashed Potato Pancakes.