The discount grocery store Aldi is legendary in the celiac community for its gluten-free selections. Their Live G Free line of gluten-free products is inexpensive, tasty, and safe for those with celiac disease. Aldi even expands the line during May for celiac awareness month. All of this is great, but there is a price to pay – the Aldi Hangover.

Celiac Awareness Month

I’m not sure why Aldi does it but they have become a mecca for the gluten avoiders. The Live G Free brand has baking mixes, pasta, bread, and a variety of other gluten-free foods all year round. In May, they really crank it up for celiac awareness month.

There are two great things about Aldi and Live G Free. The items are inexpensive and they taste good. Most gluten-free items at the regular grocery store are half the size and twice the price. Not the Live G free brand. The items I’ve checked on are about the same price and same size as their gluten-filled counterparts. Secondly, they taste good. Before the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix, I was using the Live G Free Cheddar Herb Biscuits for a variety of things.

During May, they add General Tso’s chicken and a cheesecake sampler that is awesome. I’m not sure why these aren’t year round, but it works in May.

The Hangover

The gluten-free options at Aldi during May are awesome. But, they are still highly processed foods. I don’t know about you but after binge eating all the Aldi treats in May, I don’t feel as good as I do the rest of the year.

If you are like me, I binge eat these special treats from Aldi in May because they are there and I feel entitled. I have to deprive myself (I really don’t but this is how I justify it) of all of these treats. In May I don’t have to deprive myself. I can eat these treats without concern and I do.

But by eating these treats, I’m pushing out all of the naturally gluten-free foods I normally eat. Instead of having orange sherbet (low cal), I’m eating a slice of gluten-free cheesecake (not low cal). Or eating ravioli instead of the salad I would have normally eaten on pasta night Or eating General Tso’s chicken in a batter rather than making it myself with sauteed chicken.

Conclusion

In summary, enjoy the month. Gather all of the treats from Aldi you can. But don’t eat them all in May. Save some for the rest of the year. Your small intestine will thank you!

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