You can have the gluten, but you’ll never get the chocolate!


Have you ever tried to be gluten-free? Before you roll your eyes, let me assure you that I’m not about to try to convince you to join me on this.

I’m trying this, at the recommendation of my cardiologist, in order to feel better.

Can I get a tee-shirt that contains that explanation because I feel like such a trendy hippie or diet-nut at parties now.

“Are these gluten-free?”

I don’t want to be that guy. Maybe I should just start carrying food around in my purse.

I turned down CAKE at a party the other day. Ice cream cake!!! I felt like such a heel.

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“Did your mama just turn down cake?” “I don’t know the woman.”

I’m so new at this that I mistakenly eat gluten every single day still. The other day I was so very proudly chomping away at my salad, thinking, “Mmmm Mmmm MMMmmmm,” and then I realized, “Oh. I just ate like 10 croutons, which I’m sure had no gluten at all…..”


The other night, I couldn’t take it anymore, so I told Alan, “Please go to any store that you can find open (on a Sunday night), and buy me some gluten-free bread.”

Alan came home, with get this, a NINE dollar loaf of gluten-free bread.

Did? What? How did?  Nine!!!!!! Nine dollars!!!

Now if you know Alan, then you also now officially know that Alan loves me more than life itself because Alan does not buy over-priced things. I’m not even sure if Alan buys reasonably priced things. Alan believes in saving money.

Nine dollar bread.

So I’ve gained like 5 pounds since Sunday, and it’s only Tuesday, because goodness knows we cannot possibly let a single slice of that loaf go bad before it is consumed. It was obviously spun out of gold.

Again, it cost nine dollars. Nine.

I’m pretty sure we will never do that again, but Alan knew how desperate I was for bread that night. Thank you, Honey!


My favorite restaurant in the world: Cracker Barrel. Gluten or no gluten. Some things are worth the pain.

I’ve always said that our lives are in the hand of the Lord, and He will guide us if we only ask him to, and he provides, oh, he always provides. The whole time I’ve lived here, in California, I’ve thought, “Geesh. Why are so many of my friends gluten-free? It must be a California thing.”

Ha! I happen to be in the exact perfect place to learn affordable tricks for eating this way, mostly due to my friends Joy and Lacy.

I am so thankful!

Did you know? “Up to 25% of people who have psoriasis also may be sensitive to gluten.”

My first mission is to buy a bread maker, lest I feel tempted to buy any more nine dollar bread. I’m looking for a second-hand one because so many people get these for wedding gifts and never use them. Any of you have one you’d like to sell me?

Thankfully, my friend Lacy also said that you can buy gluten-free bread at Trader Joe’s for much less than nine dollars. Ha! Phew!

I haven’t actually completed a whole gluten-free day yet, but I’m making small changes, one at a time. Last week was a true low point, physically, emotionally, and mentally. I began to wonder if I’d ever get to just feel normal again.

It’s been so depressing to be so uncomfortable all the time!

Today has been a serious victory. Every morning I carefully pull myself out of bed, wondering, “What will hurt this morning?” But today I have felt normal!!! Two days of total normalcy!!  I didn’t realize what a toll all the aches, pains, and fevers were taking on me. It is so much easier to be happy when your body doesn’t feel like it’s clamping down on you!

I don’t know if cutting out gluten will help me or not, but it’s worth a shot. Either way, let me tell ya, this whole process has given new meaning to the verse “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”  (Proverbs 27:1)

Each day that I feel well, I have this sense of urgency, wanting to get as much done as possible, in case tomorrow I just can’t. However, I don’t want to live under that kind of pressure.

I figure the best I can do is draw close to God, weep when I need to weep, laugh as much as possible, and eat the best that I can. No need for stress. Trust the Lord, and make wise choices. That’s all any of us can do anyway.

I’m off to bake something chocolate with my gluten-free flour. Now I’d like to see just one of them try to take my chocolate away from me.


  • Store-bought GF bread is expen$ive tastes like cardboard. Hopefully sharing two links won’t get this comment relegated to the spam folder.

    Pizza (tastes amazing) and cloud bread (great for sloppy tuna sandwiches)

  • Nonna

    Chocolate is also a no no for reflux problems…too bad…chocolate wins. Coffee and caffeine I can give up, but don’t take my chocolate! I feel your pain on that one.

  • April, I don’t know if they have Aldi grocery stores in California. I had never seen one until I moved to Kansas. If you can find one, check it out. They have a LOT of gluten free food. They are also very inexpensive. Just know before you shop there that they cut cost by “renting” their shopping carts. lol It’s true. The carts are chained up outside the store. You put a quarter in the chain to get a cart (which is refunded when you put the cart back on the chain) You also need to take your own bags or boxes and bag your own groceries when you buy them. Sounds like a lot of work, but really worth the effort.

    • KT

      We have Aldi stores in Indiana, too. Which is great, because Martin had to go gluten-free last year, and I don’t see the point of torturing him while the rest of us eat it, so we’re all pretty much gluten-free. It’s hard, I know, but finding low-cost alternatives helps. We freaked out because gluten-free bread was $6 here, and I absolutely will not pay that for bread, so we only eat bread now if I make it. It’s a little more complicated with gluten-free flour, so we only have it occasionally. Martin was shocked by how much of his daily aches and pains went away after he got off gluten. I hope it produces the same results for you.
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    • This is all seriously new information to me. I’ve heard Aldi is cheap, and I didn’t know they had the gluten free stuff, but the cart thing! Ha! Now that’s different!
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  • Jen

    Whew nine dollar bread! Yep, time to get a bread maker. P.S. Yes, that does indeed prove that you have your husband’s undying devotion 🙂
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  • I have thought about the no gluten thing, but I’m just not brave enough yet! uggh!!! I am thinking it will help with my rosacea..
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  • There can be so many health issues that are actually linked to gluten. We do buy the gluten free bread all the time. In Canada it ranges from anywhere to $6-$9 a loaf.

    My wife is highly anaphylactic to wheat, which means she can’t even eat a half a crouton otherwise she will swell up and possibly have to use her epi-pen ($105 a pop). So I am very grateful that this type of bread is now available, something that 15 years ago when Lynne started getting this allergy there was nothing available. We do have wheat in our house, but we have a pantry and even cooking utensils just for Lynne’s use only. And with the whole family on board it has worked. We don’t eat out at all, and we are constantly reading labels. If it says “may contain wheat” Lynne will not touch it.. Even when I cook supper, I will get the intense questions…what every ingredient is…lol.

    Gluten free is not cheap, but I think you will find a difference in your health. It is strange how so natural can cause such adverse health issues, particularly these past few decades, but I think a lot of it falls on mankind with their genetic modifications..

    God bless you April. Have a great weekend! 🙂
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  • I’m excited I found you. I, for different reasons, changed my diet to plant-based and feel wonderful. It really is amazing when you tweak a few things how it can change how you feel (and look, too.) Good luck with your journey.

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