I make a conscious effort to approach eating and cooking with a positive attitude. In the beginning of our transition to eating gluten-free foods, I told my daughter she was my "taste tester" and that she didn't have to eat anything she wasn't keen on. We both already felt restricted, so I wanted her to have some control over what she ate. We had many failures and laughed as we threw them out over our shoulders. My pastry education proves to be the backbone for our family, and the baking pans are in constant rotation...I wish we had air conditioning!
Our first gluten-free cake (from a box mix) was a flying success, and we saw a bit of hope. My daughter wanted me to be sure and share with you that her biggest fear when she heard her gluten sensitivity diagnosis, was that she wouldn't be able to eat baked goods. She suggests doing what we did...make a cake on the first day and you'll be encouraged and happy!
Also, my daughter's teacher was a wonderful influence and went gluten-free in support. Can you believe that?! And, the teacher who was also a triathlete, felt better eating gluten-free. It was a win win situation.
I feel strongly that the entire household should be gluten-free if just one person is diagnosed with celiac or gluten sensitivity. Especially if the person diagnosed is a child. This way the child doesn't feel left out or different...particularly in their own home. It is difficult enough to deal with the outside world being gluten-free. One needs to feel safe, supported, and positive at home.