It's no secret among my friends and family know how I feel about lettuce! I can eat it, in fact I love a good salad - but, touching it has been an issue since High School.
Yes. Touching it!
For almost as long as I can remember touching lettuce - with my hands - has made me gag.
Yes. It's weird.
Touching it. Cleaning it. Cutting it.
All a major problem.
I was so happy when bagged, washed lettuce came on the scene. I could have salads at home with a minimum of interaction with my hands.
I got used to people looking at me sideways when I couldn't touch the leaves - and never found any explanation (until recently). Romaine and Iceberg were at the top of my list of Please-don't-make-me-touch-them.
Happy with my dark leafy greens in the bag I ate salads at home all the time.
Then, along came my gluten-free life, (now pretty much grain free)... and I was out of sandwich and bun options.
Until I happened upon a burger wrapped in iceberg lettuce.
Then I discovered the beauty of the lettuce wraps at PF Changs. And, romaine lettuce as a wrap with tuna salad, chicken salad, scrambled eggs... the possibilities are endless!
But, obviously for these purposes the lettuce had to be touched to be eaten. And I was touching them - without triggering the reaction I had gotten for decades!
Recently an occupational therapist we know explained that my reaction to touching lettuce sounded like a sensory issue.
A sensory issue that has faded the longer I am gluten-free.
So bring on the romaine!! And let the salad games begin!
Check out this yummy recipe I found for grilled romaine at The Daily Apple... might have to make this tonight!