I realized the other day that it’s been about seven years since I went gluten-free. Basically, it’s my seventh anniversary of being GF. I was diagnosed while in my junior year of college and it’s now been so long that I think I’ve actually forgotten what regular bread tastes like. Almost. The longer I’m gluten-free, the less I find myself missing gluten-y foods, so I suppose that’s actually a good thing.
In those seven years, the culinary world has come a long way in terms of gluten-free awareness. I used to have to shop solely at small health food stores but now gluten-free is everywhere. When I was in college the first time around, once I went gluten-free I was basically relegated to a diet of steamed veggies, rice and baked potatoes when I was on campus. Even once I got an apartment off campus, eating was still difficult because I lived with five other women — all gluten-eaters.
I had some time to kill between classes today and while in the student union building, I took notice of how many more GF options are available on college campuses these days. It’s refreshing. I found GF cookies – at least three different brands, for a total of 5-6 varieties — along with Veggie Booty, Pirate Booty, Lara Bars and Amy’s frozen enchilada meals, among other choices. Of course, this being a college campus food court, the prices are far higher than you’d pay at regular grocery store. But I’m happy just to see that today’s undergrads have more options than I did….