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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Gluten Free SOTU

As I mentioned on Facebook already, I like a good State of the Union (SOTU).  I was actually looking forward to enjoying it with a nice cheap glass of Cabernet Savingnon this evening. My opinion is that it's nice to have the President, whether Democratic or Republican, give a rousing speech focusing on what is going right and what we are going to do next. To be sure, much of what the President says is going to happen most likely won't, however I like a good dose of flag waving when the gloom of January is upon me.  To that end, I think we could all do without the rebuttal speech that follows the SOTU.

You might say, "Please, you are only saying that because you are a democrat."  Tis not true, I didn't like when the democrats came on and bashed George W. Bush's SOTUs either.  It's a real bummer to have the opposing side knock down all the positive spin. It's so much the worse when it is an election year.  I wonder if anyone in the Congress will figure out that we the people are tired of the fighting and not getting anything done. It's not looking good.

Another thing that I find myself doing at the beginning of most years, is trying something dietarily (is that even a word) different.  A couple of weeks ago, when I was researching Patrick's allergy to cold, I noticed that some thought there is a link between gluten intolerance and this weird allergy to cold.  I decided to try and eliminate gluten from Patrick's diet as much as possible.  Basically just reading labels and if a produce contains wheat, I don't offer it for his consumption. This is not a big deal for him as he doesn't like bread, cookies, cake, pasta and mac & cheese. Coincidence? Probably not.  Good thing we have an appointment coming up with the allergist. 

When I decided to eliminate gluten from Patrick's diet, I thought it would be good for me to do the same, so I would get a feel for what contains gluten and what doesn't. Guess what?  It's so not easy for me!  I like bread, pasta, cookies, cake and mac & cheese.  I am giving it a go however, maybe I'll lose weight as a result--or go completely off the gluten-free thing and start an all pizza diet. 

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