Overall, I've tried two kinds of gluten-free crackers, two kinds of gluten-free chocolate cookies (one grain-free, one not), chocolate-chip cookies made with almond flour (definitely never eating those again), lemon gluten-free muffins (same). Two kinds of coconut-milk ice cream, too, just out of curiosity, and a gluten-free pizza crust. Actually, the pizza crust wasn't bad, and the ginger snaps I got addicted to and decided to stop buying were darn tasty. But everything else - and I say this knowing that some folks might vehemently disagree with me - was not delicious. And all of it - even those tasty little ginger snaps - sparked cravings, which I'm starting to understand is not actually a good sign. The sugar or carbohydrate content was often exceptionally high. Plus, none of this is paleo! For a reason!
I've learned a few things through this process:
- Adapting a primarily paleo diet (minus exceptions above) has changed my palate. I'm much more selective! I think this is because real homemade food tastes so incredibly good. So if something doesn't taste good, I'm less likely to mindlessly eat it anyway.
- Just because it works for someone else doesn't mean it works for me. I absolutely love the gluten-free baking websites I've visited. They are beautiful, warm, and welcoming. The photography is often gorgeous. I have a beautiful book about gluten-free baking. The authors of these sites and books look vibrant and healthy in their pictures. Clearly, eating gluten-free baked goods agrees with them. But these foods don't leave me feeling as good as the other foods I eat. For me, if I can't have the wheat-filled original, I'd rather skip it altogether.
- The best gluten-free food (for me) is the kind that's not labeled gluten-free, because you can't print words on an apple. (Okay, technically you could. Like on a sticker. Or with a stencil. But you know what I mean!)
And I'm probably going to keep trying gluten-free products, because it's hard to shake a habit of wanting to find the exception to the rule! But I think I'm starting to learn how this works for me: Every time I make a mistake and experience the consequences that result, I understand all of this a little better.