Monday, October 1, 2012

Pizza and Pasta - Still a Thing!

There was a post over at The Gluten Dude's site last week that really got me thinking. Basically, a reader was concerned that they would have to be all recluse-y to avoid getting glutened. And at first, I totally sympathized, because it is hard to plan, or to watch people eating food you'd like to be eating.

But then, I thought about how ridiculous it all was.

Because guess what? Life goes on. So what if you are eating your dinner out of an insulated tote while your friends snack on off-limits noms? You can sulk about it, or you can put on your big girl panties, make a plan and freakin' enjoy your life.

Us at last year's game. We look pretty much the same.
I got to experience this first-hand this weekend. It was my baby sister's senior homecoming, and my middle sister flew in for a family-filled weekend. Six months ago, this would have sent me into a panic - a whole weekend of being out and about, away from the comfort and security of my kitchen. But I have survived a road trip, and a vacation, so homecoming was easy-peasy. Instead of freaking, we just planned. And planned. And planned. When everyone else was dining on pizza from a favorite local establishment, I was noshing on my Udi's pizza. Saturday, when we were tailgating before the game, I had my own breakfast bag, with Udi's muffins (I swear, I am not employed by them) and fruit and juice and a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I even packed popcorn and candy and such so I could have treats during the game if I wanted.

 And Sunday, for our big family dinner, my mom made us a big pan of this:

That's right, that is a ton of delicious gluten-free mostaccioli made with love. And cheese. Lots of cheese. And because my mom is awesome and knows all about cross-contamination, she had me bring my pasta pot, noodle-stirrer thingy and colander. She keeps a separate cake pan for me at her house that has never TOUCHED gluten, and she even lined it with foil. That's love, people. And everyone else enjoyed dinner, too, even my dad, who is about as un-gluten-free as you can get.

This weekend could have gone completely differently. I could have spent the weekend pitying myself, withdrawing from the fun over something as stupid as food. But instead, I just prepped myself for it, and thanks in large part to an (incredibly) understanding family, I got to have a blast. So, you know, to quote Gluten Dude, quoting Andy Dufresne from the great Shawshank Redemption, "Get busy living or get busy dying."

1 comment:

  1. Good for you, kiddo !! live large....and MAJOR kudos and hugs to "yo Mama"! That pasta looks yummy!!!!!