Gluten-Free and Going-Broke

Alright. Now this whole Organic-healthy-gluten-salicylate-free thing is getting to me. First, for the obvious reasons: I am tired of breaking out in hives every time I eat something I don’t even realize is bad; I can’t keep track of everything that’s in everything; my eye swelled up so badly last week that I stayed in for two days. I mean seriously, it looked like someone punched me in the eye.

But there’s something else that’s making me the only kind of nuts I can eat: walnuts! Every time I go to the store, I spend at least $100 on 3 bags of food. Three. And though I will admit there’s more than healthy food in there, this healthy stuff is expensive!

Take Organic milk, for example: Wegman’s $5.69 a gallon. And I don’t even drink milk! It’s for the kid. I have to buy watery, weird coconut milk and although I previously blogged about it being better for us all, I don’t like it so much. It makes my cafe mochas made with Ghirardelli’s powdered mix taste weird. And I love this stuff. Not healthy but oh so good.

At $6.99, it’s a bargain compared to outside mochas. But with the coconut milk, not so hot. But I digress.

Organic fruit and veggies are, of course, way more expensive than regular, supposedly dirty, filthy, ecoli-laden ones, but that’s okay. I got 2 lbs. of blueberries today for $6.99 but since they are like the ONLY fruit that’s not covered in salicylates (or has them inside, I still can’t understand what these suckers are, actually) I need them. The pound of strawberries I got for my son was only $1.99. Whatever.

My ayervedic doc told me that zucchini is great for the liver, so I got two organic ones today, $3.98. And two sweet potatoes b/c they’re also good for us, $3.58. Organic celery hearts $2.69; Organic spinach/spring greens mix $3.99. A head of regular broccoli was only 69 cents and a big bag of regular green beans was $1.21.

I did find a sort-of bargain today, though. Schar (with two dots over the a), the makers of those yummy cheese bites I mentioned before, has a little package of pretty good hazelnut wafers for $1.99 (1.8 ounces)>>>>>

And Van’s gluten-free apple-cinnamon frozen waffles, which I have yet to try, was only $2.99. I’ll let you know.

So, it’s getting expensive.  And last week, I ate a sandwich (which was a treat in itself) made with Organic Turkey and I broke out like crazy. The salicylate list says all luncheon meats are no-nos, so I guess even organic ones can’t make the grade.

What’s funny is that sometimes I’ll just say the hell with it and eat something shitty and I don’t react at all! Although I have had to give up McDonald’s Mochas; I dont’ know what’s in them, but my lip swells up every time I have one. Took me a loooong time to put two and two together, though.

Thank God I have not yet reacted to my most favorite drink on earth! And if I ever do, I will ignore it. There are some things we just can’t live without >>>