Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo- Olive Garden

Today I went to Olive Garden with my dad and grandma in Duluth. I ordered one of my favorite dishes which includes a substitute for gluten free rotini noodles, steak, Gorgonzola cheese, spinach, and Alfredo sauce topped with sun dried tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. When I first went gluten free I hated Olive Garden because I only had one option being gluten free rotini noodles with 1 of 2 sauces. Recently Olive Garden changed so I can order whatever I want now and substitute the noodles for gluten free pasta.

Hippy Farm Breakfast- Chester Creek Cafe

Today for breakfast I went to At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe in Duluth Minnesota. I ordered the hippy farm breakfast which is gluten free and includes sautéed vegetables, farm potatoes, and two busted eggs covered with cheese and sliced almonds. It was absolutely delicious and I highly recommend if you are ever in Duluth to check it out. The restaurant uses all locally grown produce that’s fresh.

Build your own pizza- Dominos

For dinner today I enjoyed a gluten free Sausage, bacon, and beef pizza with extra cheese! It’s been hard for me to find a pizza crust that I like since I have gone gluten free. Dominos gluten free crust is probably the best I’ve had next to Chads pizza. The only downside to ordering pizza rather than getting some from the grocery store that’s gluten free is how incredibly expensive it is which is why I don’t get pizza often anymore. I do enjoy it though very much whenever I can get it!

Build a Salad- Subway

For a great gluten free option that’s refreshing I like to go to subway to build my own salad. You can either build yours from scratch or pick a sandwich off the menu and turn it into a Salad. I like building my own with both lettuce and spinach, pepperoni, salami, shredded cheese, cucumbers, black olives, and subways vinaigrette dressing.

Gluten Free Diet

gluten-free-diet-1296x728I decided to go on a gluten free diet last August when I kept experiencing pain among other symptoms every time I ate it. This was weird for me because my whole life I’ve been eating gluten and all of a sudden it started to make me sick. Ever since I switched to a gluten free diet I have felt much better.

I get a lot of questions from people I know about what I can and can’t eat, if I have celiac disease and how come it just started making me sick when I have been eating it my whole life? I would like to address all these questions in this post and educate you what it means to have a gluten intolerance.

Being gluten free means that you can no longer eat the protein known as gluten. Gluten is found in foods that contain wheat, rye, barley, and triticale which is a cross between wheat and rye.

There are different reasons people go gluten free. Some people have what is known as celiac disease which is an autoimmune disorder. Meaning, when someone with this disease eats gluten their immune system fights it off as if they have a virus and damages the small intestine. There are also people who have non-celiac gluten sensitivity which is what I have. This is different from celiac disease in that the immune system doesn’t damage the small intestine, but a person will experience similar symptoms like abdominal pain, headaches, and bloating.

Celiac disease or just a gluten intolerance can develop at any age in a persons life. I am not exactly sure why, but I do know that it develops when your immune system overreacts to a food, and identifies it as dangerous which then triggers a protective response.

I hope this post helps to clarify some questions. If you would like more information you can contact me or check out the link below.