My oldest is Gluten Free. We have been sticking to our budget and staying Gluten Free for him. It is more than a financial challenge… it is difficult for those of us, namely me, who love bread, pasta, and soy sauce. To add an extra layer to the challenge he is a picky eater and can’t have cow’s milk.
First things first, I chose not to “substitute” gluten free items in for their gluten laden brothers. If he can’t eat gluten then there is no bread. I am not going to spend $6 a loaf or extra hours every couple of days just to fail epically at baking a decent and delicious bread that he would actually eat. And I am definitely not spending a small fortune on all of the “flours” that are required to make even a nasty tasting loaf of Gluten Free bread… let alone what is required to make a loaf that tastes just like it’s gluten filled counterparts. There is just not room in the budget for those things and I am unapologetic.
Another thing, I am cutting out refined sugar even more than I have in the past years. No juice. No sweets. No desserts. Fruits are our only source of easy sugar right now. Luckily peaches have been on sale for only $0.20 a pound.
That being said I have come up with nutritious and delicious meals for the whole family… and the complaints are… plentiful from his end but minimal from the rest of us. I miss bread. The girls miss bread. Nobody is sleeping well. And all of us are a little grouchy. But I do notice that I no longer crave coffee, let alone my 1/4 cup of sugar in my coffee. I am drinking more water and so are all 3 kids. My Husband Extraordinaire is my rock and support through this.