I actually somewhat cooked last night for the first time in forever because grief makes you somewhat non-functional. Which is why the tradition of bringing food to those who have had a tragic loss is such a great one. Also, food is awesome, as I discovered yet again when my amazing friends and community mitzvah meal’d, sent loads of See’s candies, and even had a chef prepare amazing gluten-free gourmet meals. Yes, I am #blessed to have people in my life who are ready and willing to take care of gluten-free me and my people in my hungry household.
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I started writing this last week, and have had trouble finishing. I know it’s just a blog post, but this is hard, you guys. XO, GIMB
I’m starting to feel the effects of the Xanax I popped as I sit by my mom’s side in her very calm, warm, peaceful room at hospice. Which is why I can write/type/whatever it is I’m doing right now. This was not my first choice of activities in 2015, but here I am. And here she is. And there she goes.
I’ve written here before about my mom more than once. Her unexplained decline, my “a-ha” moment of gluten ataxia, and how her brain damage has progressed to a depressing, and now deadly, point. So I feel I should finish the story and let you all know the ending. I guess you know the ending, actually, since it’s everyone’s ending.
One thing happened that worries me about my cockamamie optimism, and that was a letter from a new reader who has a pretty serious issue post-celiac diagnosis. You know, other than that, “Oh hells, I’ve got celiac,” thing. An issue that I’ve never had, but I’m guessing some of you have, if not exactly on this level. This whole, “Don’t we need good people protecting us” level. On a “Oh, hey, this seems like a HUGE mistake” level. Let me just quote this man who has bravely served the U.S. of A.:
You guys, I love the holidays. I have no cynical-child-of-the-90s guilt about unabashedly loving the holiday season. Not even ironically. Not a year goes by that I don’t down my weight in Christmas cookies, before, or after the celiac thing. Fudge is my best friend. Except these days, there’s a different kind of fudge dominating my days.
I am so gearing up for a non-stop party from the first day of Hanukkah through New Year’s Day. Since we celebrate every which holiday, that means I’ve also bought some new fat pants. They’re corduroy because no one can tell me corduroy won’t stretch.
Of course we all know how anxiety-inducing it is for us gluten-free types to go to a party/go to someone’s house/go to a restaurant/just exist. Which is why I always bring food with me when allowed (pro tip: most restaurants don’t approve when you bring your own gluten-free entree, who knew? Oh, right, everybody.) Since the next holiday that’s happening up in our house is Hanukkah, I’ve sorted out how to make it the happiest, gluten-free holiday EVER.
There was a period of my life where I decided the best way to fuel up between running hither and yon was to chow on Luna bars and drink Vitamin water. While I’ve since balanced out my life (my eating life, anyway), I have missed the delicious Luna S’mores bar ever since my celiac diagnosis, aka, the darkest day in the history of my waffle maker.
Those dark days just got a little bit brighter, folks.
It’s totally true that Luna Bars are now 100% gluten-free! All of them! Yep, you can get your Lemon Zest, your Chocolate Cupcake, your Iced Oatmeal Raisin ALL GLUTEN-FREE. Do you know how you know your Luna is GF? There’s this adorbs pink circle on every package saying so. BAM.
I’ll be loading up on all of these bad boys, because I’ve figured out three awesome ways to utilize an entire stash of gluten-free Lunas. And you can too! If you head over to Luna, check out the delicious flavors, and let me know in the comments which flavor(s) you’re most excited to try, you could be the lucky winner of Luna samples. Just in time for holiday travel. Srsly, you need this in your go-bag.
Happy freaking holidays, everybody! It’s time for the gifts. While I’m banking on a vacation package to somewhere awesome, I think getting a gluten-free delicious food box would also be pretty darn sweet. Well, two of you lucky people are going to GET THIS.
G-Free Foodie has partnered with Love With Food and she’s curating the gluten-free monthly subscription boxes! I love K.C. and she’s got an amazing eye for delicious food. So personally I’m pretty darned excited to get gluten-free chocolate, cake mixes, and whatever else she deems amazing every month. Love With Food are not only giving away two boxes of yum, but offering discounts for you guys as well until December 30th. 50% discounts, you guys. 50%! Do you want to know more about Love With Food and the magnificent box curated by G-Free Foodie? Of course you do.
– Members will receive 8-12 Gluten Free snacks, mixes and treats every month, plus a newsletter and more. Continue reading