What I bought at the grocery store….

After a variety of trips to the grocery store for corona-geddon, I’ll tell you what I bought. Yes, I went on 8 different grocery store runs in the past 3 days. I’m embarrassed, but yes, 8 runs. Now, one time it was because I forgot one thing and that was all I got. What did I buy during these 8 runs?

I bought proteins (hamburger, eggs, chicken, pork), rice, canned beans, root vegetables (butternut squash, carrots, potatoes, onions, beets), frozen vegetables (peas, carrots, corn), 6 boxes of gluten free Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix, butter, cheese, 100 corn tortillas, and 2lbs of labelled gluten free dried beans. I had also recently purchased a gallon of gluten free soy sauce and a gallon of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce. Oh yeah, and I bought one package of Glutino English Muffins. I didn’t buy sexy stuff and nothing particularly gluten free besides the biscuit mix.

I feel like I can make 100’s of different meals with this basic pantry. I’ve got random other things that I simply had in my pantry, but I think I can do a lot with what I’ve gotten. I’m not sure if I’ve over bought or if I have enough to last for the next month, but I hope we will be okay.

I know many of the stores still have lots of gluten free items. That is awesome. For those of us that need these items, I am very grateful that most people are leaving these gluten free items alone. However, one cannot live on gluten free cookies and crackers alone. I still think of them as treats rather than something that I can live on during a day to day basis.

So, for me during this time, I will continue to post about celiac disease. It feels like that research is taking a backseat to the new reality of remote learning and kids being home all the time and all of this social distancing. Life feels pretty upended for now, but hopefully, soon it will all get sorted.

I also loaded up on some gluten free acetaminophen, long acting allergy medicine (Claritin), fast-acting allergy medicine (Benadryl), and cough medicine. All of these are just as precautionary items just in case we get this bug. I typically have a “flu/cold” sick kit ready to go, but I simply restocked.

I also will add a brief blurb about what we are eating at my house. It may not be very sexy, but it might be something to spark your creativity or just offer a suggestion to someone struggling for an idea or two. Maybe it will help you to move away from depending on lots of gluten free processed foods and focus on more whole foods. Also, eating more whole foods helps eliminate the question of whether something glutened you or not – which is nice not to think about when there are so many other things to worry about.

Also, keep yourselves safe out there. Wash your hands, execute social distancing, and if you are sick, call your doctor’s office before going to their office. Follow guidance from the CDC and know that if your celiac disease is well controlled, you are at no higher risk than the general public for surviving COVID-19. If you have other issues beyond celiac disease, you will need to talk to your physician about recommendations for managing your risk moving forward.

What have I been eating – We smoked a pork butt on the Big Green Egg with baked beans and Ore-ida Zesty Curly Fries for dinner last night. I already had the curly fries as a treat for myself! This morning for breakfast was eggs with swiss cheese and hashbrowns. Lunch was shrimp, rice, a mandarin orange, and carrots.

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