The Gluten-Free Diet: More than Just Lettuce and Water

Although it does seem like that often, there are plenty of choices out there.  I live on campus and eat in the dining hall, so my options are even more limited, but even within those boundaries, there is always something to eat!

For example, this was my dinner last night:

Looks good, right?  It’s not the best food in the world, but at least I have something.  I got roasted carrots, risotto (there is always some kind of rice–very good option because you can add things into it), honeydew melon (always some sort of fruit available–yum yum), roasted jerk chicken (love when they don’t batter their chicken) and a, yes a slice of beet.  I forgot what beets tasted like so I gave one a try.  I forgot I didn’t like them very much.

Often times, the main line doesn’t have something that I can call an entree, so the salad bar is almost always my second choice.  I load up my salad with carrots, cucumbers, a little bit of cheese, sesame seeds, etc.  For a while I was even on a soybean kick!  There are so many things you can eat if you keep your mind open.  Your meals probably won’t be the same basic components as they used to be, and that’s okay.  Fill up on vegetables, some fruit, a grain of some sort, maybe some meat or fish and call it a day.

I absolutely hate when people see my plate of food on a bad day (aka my only choices are a salad, carrots and dip, fruit and maybe some ice cream).  They think I’m anorexic, vegetarian or some other absurd thing.  No, I swear I’m not starving myself.  Let me explain!  That is how most of my meals go.

I’ll try to keep taking pictures of what I eat to show that your options are plentiful.  And to dispel my favorite line:

“You eat gluten-free?  You can’t eat bread?  I would die!”

4 years and I’m still kickin’…I’d say I’m alright.

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4 thoughts on “The Gluten-Free Diet: More than Just Lettuce and Water

  1. I visited my boyfriend’s sister at her college recently and her dining hall had SO many gluten-free options. They even had a dedicated gluten-free toaster! I guess the head of dining services there has a daughter who has Celiac or something.

    And ugh, there are so many “lines” about eating gluten-free. So many myths to dispel!

    • We finally got a gluten-free toaster! Now I’m crossing my fingers hoping for a gluten-free panini press.

      I’d love to have a post just dispelling rumors/lines that I hear. I might need to write a novel, actually…

  2. Agreed! Thankfully the gluten free options have grown over the years. I’m at year 4 as well, and the variety is finally starting to grow! There are universities around here, too, that have GF options in the cafeteria on a daily basis!

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