Or maybe I should say more former drug of choice, because I have broken the habit. I occasionally get cravings but mostly they are gone.
I no longer have a driving urge for it.
I am free - or mostly free.
My former drug of choice? Wheat (or gluten).
Yep. You read that right. Wheat. normally for me in the form of pasta.
At first I thought of the title of this post as a kind of joke, but as I thought about it the more I realized the truth of the statement.
When I was hungry, I wanted pasta. Or bread. Or breading.
I have eaten plain pasta because I was craving pasta. I have eaten pasta with a can of tomatoes (no seasoning, just a can of tomatoes). Pasta with only parmesan cheese (from a can). I would limit us to spaghetti with meat sauce only once a week and mac and cheese only once a week but chances are a good portion of the other meals had pasta (beef stroganoff over pasta, soup with pasta, pasta casserole).
Bread was the runner-up choice - much like a smoker will occasionally use dip for the nicotine fix I would use bread for my fix. And sometimes a meal would contain both - spaghetti with garlic bread.
So I stopped letting wheat and gluten control my life. I cut it out of my diet. Completely. (well except 2 slip-ups before Christmas).
I don't crave it all the time any more. We had a "macaroni and cheese" last night that was gluten-free and dairy-free and was pretty good. In fact Daisy asked if there were any leftovers. But we had it because Junior had been wanting mac & cheese for weeks.
I have had the gluten-free pasta and sauce in the pantry for 3 weeks but haven't made it because I haven't felt like it. I have wanted to eat other stuff.
I want a gluten-free sandwich bread recipe but I am not frantically searching for one I and the kids like. But a few weeks ago I was.
I am still looking for a bread recipe but not as frantically. For now I am just enjoying feeling better.