Happy Third Anniversary Amanda!

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Today is our 3rd wedding anniversary!  I really do remember the day like it was yesterday.  We had such a great evening with family and friends that flew in from Winnipeg and Toronto, to take over the Mayfield Inn for the weekend.

It has been three wonderful years, and I am looking forward to many more!

  

But this doesn't only mark our 3rd wedding anniversary.  This marks the start of Amanda going gluten free.  Amanda has written about this every year so far.  Once about Amanda's decision to eat her wedding cake on our 1st anniversary, and then Amanda wrote a recap of her second year of gluten free living.  I thought I would take a stab recapping another year of our gluten free living experience.

Amanda had decided she wanted to wait until after our San Francisco honeymoon to begin the gluten diet.  She quite understandably didn't want to go through the pressures of searching for gluten free foods in a city we were not familiar with, and a diet we had no idea about.  After all, she was diagnosed only a few weeks before our wedding!

I remember coming home from our honeymoon.  Having a good night sleep, and then beginning the kitchen cleanup.  We printed off a gluten free safe and unsafe food list and started through all of our cupboards and pantry shelf.  We read each label, made a safe, unsafe, and not sure pile.  Packed up all of the unsafe goods, and took it to the food bank.  Put the safe products back in the cupboard, and forged ahead with more research on the 'not sure' pile.

I remember it being very stressful.  After all, the unknown is very scary!  What can Amanda eat?  What can't she eat?  Do I go gluten free too?  How do we avoid cross contamination in our kitchen?  Whats going to happen when we eat out?  Can we eat out ever again? panic panic panic.

I'm not going to lie, it was a rough start, but we learned pretty quickly.  Amanda loves to read books, and found The G-Free Diet: A gluten free survival guide by Elisabeth Hasselbeck.  It really brought some comfort to Amanda as Hasselbeck shared some stories that Amanda was easily able to relate too.

Today, we are still no expert, but we are certainly more comfortable and always learning more.  Which is why we write this blog, to share our stories, to share our finds.

Gluten Free Edmonton - A Celiac guide and resource for gluten free information in Edmonton, Alberta

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  1. A gluten-free diet will consist of no wheat or wheat-processed food. A menu with this specification will involve quite a tremendous amount of planning. Anyways, to wow your guests, you can add some ice sculptures of a form close to your heart.

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  2. When my husband and I celebrated our third anniversary, we remembered to hire a photo booth rental in Perth. It was fun looking at the photos. Great memories!

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