You might have noticed the dearth of updates about my gluten-free experiment. Actually, after I did a search of my own blog, I realized that while I have mentioned eating gluten-free several times, I have never given a proper update. It's much easier to update my gym experience on occasion. That place is like a blogger's bonanza. Eating gluten-free is a real sleeper in comparison. "Yes, I'm still avoiding gluten. The end." Yawn.
Well, there is finally something to report. This past week I decided to give spelt a trial run. Spelt is an ancient grain, related to but not the same as wheat. It does contain gluten, but many people who have trouble with wheat consumption have found they can tolerate spelt (this would not include celiacs). Before going gluten-free I used spelt in a lot of my baking. I liked the flavour and the texture, and found it a good whole grain alternative. After just over a year of avoiding all gluten I decided it was time to give spelt another try.
Monday I made a blueberry crisp and used spelt in the crumb topping. I had blueberry crisp for dessert that night and enjoyed every single bite. I enjoyed it so much I had some for breakfast the following morning. And again for dessert that night. (This is starting to feel like a confessional.) I went to bed Tuesday night thinking the spelt trial was a success, dreaming of all the great things I could bake now that I was able to add spelt back into my diet.
Those positive thoughts lasted until I got up Wednesday morning and looked in the mirror. It was back. The reason I had decided to stop eating gluten in the first place was to see if it would help clear up my ocular rosacea. (If you are interested in that story you can read about it here.) It did, and I haven't had a single flare-up since I cut gluten out of my diet. Three days into a spelt trial and my left eye looks like it belongs to a drug addict. It is rather upsetting on several fronts, but most especially because ocular rosacea can damage your vision if it gets out of control. Needless to say, I am off spelt again.
In other, cheerier news, my friend Ellen proposed that we each do a Self-Imposed Sock Club. This involves going into your stash and picking a skein of sock yarn for each month of the year and putting it in a bag with the name of the month you plan to knit it. I am feeling pretty good about this idea so far. I completed my January socks last night, which means I came in a day ahead of the deadline. They are basic socks knit with Poste Yarn's Bravery colourway.
It was fun digging through my sock yarn stash trying to match up yarns with the months. This looked like the perfect choice for February.