oh no! don’t be sad! i’m coeliac too and if anything it’s made me MORE interested in food!
i agree with Ellegee – don’t substitute! eat lots of brown rice, quinoa, and other grains like that.
you have to try your best to forget about the pizza. if you don’t you’ll only make things worse for yourself. remember how bad you feel when you eat gluten? whenever you see anything with gluten in it, think about how it makes you feel.
i don’t even look at bakeries anymore. whenever i see them i don’t think ‘yum’ – i think ‘poison’.
my dad was diagnosed 20 years ago and he’s adjusted really well. that’s probably why i adjusted well, too.
for breakfast i like gluten-free muesli with soya yoghurt (funnily enough i find that limiting my dairy intake also helps), sliced banana and blueberries. yum.
for lunch – jacket potatos are always a winner for me. with tuna mayo or cottage cheese and a salad. chilli is pretty good, too. you can get Girlfriend pitta breads which are ok. toast it, though. and toast bread. i never eat sandwiches – Girlfriend bread is awful if it’s not been toasted – and then it’s only just tolerable. Do you have Genuis bread in the USA? If you do – the Multi Seed loaf is amazing. the others aren’t – but the multi seed is.
for dinner – ooh where do i start! Girlfriend pasta is alright, but it won’t compare to normal pasta. brown rice pasta is pretty watery and breaks down easily. maize pasta tastes more similar to normal pasta. i recommend maize for tomato based dishes and brown rice for creamy dishes. maize takes a lot longer to cook.
my favourite meal is salmon, brown rice and tender stem broccoli. no substitutes there! shepherd’s pie you can make with Girlfriend gravy – any meat/veg/potatoes dish is good.
as for baking – i would recommend doing it yourself. Girlfriend cakes are SO expensive! i have a killer banana bread recipe
and other recipes on my blog (which i haven’t updated in a while)
xanthan gum is your friend when it comes to baking. for Girlfriend pancakes, i use this recipe http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/american-pancakes-with-wafer-bacon-and-maple-syrup-2562 and just use Dove’s Farm plain flour and add a teaspoon of xanthan gum. they’re perfect.
but with baking you’ll usually need a bit of patience – which is difficult because the ingredients are expensive, and you’ll hate yourself if it doesn’t work – but once you master it you’ll be laughing.
another point – as you’re newly diagnosed, chances are coeliac’s has been playing havoc on your intestines for a while now and you’ll be pretty darn malnourished. increase your intake of fruits and veggies a million-fold. you’ll need every bit you can get. i was told it takes half the time you were ill for your body to repair the damage fully. for me that’s anything between 3-11 years and i still have trouble every now and again. but try your hardest not to slip – you don’t want to undo all your hard work! 🙂