My second oldest son Joshua was recently tested for celiac disease. We are very fortunate that he does not have it -- the doctor called yesterday. But the funny thing is, even though he doesn't have it, the doctor still suggested we cut back on wheat. "We really eat way too much," he said, meaning we as a society.
During the days while we were waiting for the test results I started thinking about what would be involved in cutting wheat out of my son's diet and I was really startled at how drastically our meals would change around here. Because of Noah's tree nut and peanut allergies I am accustomed to reading labels and being careful, and as scary as potential accidental ingestion is I always feel that peanuts and tree nuts are a pretty easy allergy -- just avoid peanuts and tree nuts. But wheat? Wow! That is a life altering adjustment, like avoiding milk and eggs and soy. I would have to really limit the foods I could buy and prepare.
I am relieved that he does not have celiac disease, but I am also going to attempt to cut back on wheat. My personal philosophy on food has always been "everything in moderation." A few years ago I started reading about soy, and not being one that thinks soy is healthy I started reading labels more carefully. I realized I would have to cut soy out of our diets in order to eat in moderation -- it's in everything! But I never thought of wheat as being a bad thing, in fact, I thought of it as a good thing, not realizing that we were not at all eating it in moderation.
So I ask you -- if you eat gluten free or cook for someone who eats gluten free, how do you do it? Or even if you just cut back for health reasons -- do you substitute other grains, or just cut foods that include wheat? I know that I don't want to just straight up substitute one grain for another because that would defeat the purpose of cutting the wheat in order to eat it in moderation (because then we would be eating another grain in abundance). But I don't think I can convince my kids to give up as much of their favorite foods as we probably should. Just curious...what are your thoughts?