My chiro (he’s more of a naturopath) keeps telling me that gluten is not my friend based on my ailments. The first few times he told me, I ignored him because it’s so trendy now to be gluten free. I was like, “psh, you’ve read the hype, blah blah, whatever”, but then I began to think, why am I going to him if I’m not going to listen? About a month ago I said, “fine”, and decided to try a month gluten free (gf).
Going gf was actually really easy. It’s mainstream now, so I can grab a box of regular spaghetti and a box of gf spaghetti (it’s not bad!). I also found that I don’t actually like bread or pasta all that much and that I only ate it because I thought I should and to fill me up. Going dairy free, however, would be another battle entirely! Taking bread off the menu forces me to eat more veggies and get creative; two of my favorite things. Instead of a sandwich for lunch, I’ll do zucchini pizzas, tuna with lentil crackers or deli meat and cheese with some fruit. I’m much happier and feel great. I have found that I do need to eat more often and there was an adjustment period because I was used to feeling like I was gonna burst after a meal, but I’ve learned to snack well (eg. raw almonds) and I never have that over full and bloated feeling after a meal anymore. I only feel satiated which is an entirely different feeling. After a few weeks gf, I went out to eat and didn’t want a salad, so chose my usual hamburger and fries meal. That afternoon I felt awful. I was irritated and tired and didn’t want to do anything but sit on the couch. It turns out my body is much happier when I don’t eat gluten, as am I! My joints used to ache all the time. My body was tired and I would nap for no reason almost every afternoon. Like, can’t keep my eyes open anymore fall asleep on the couch, tired. That did it for me. I much prefer having energy to wanting to crawl under a rock and yelling at my kids because I’m irritated with myself. I’ve been more productive in the last month than the last year because I have more consistent energy and my mood stays level.
I’ve just begun learning about eating gluten free. I’ve started reading Wheat Belly. It’s a difficult read in my opinion because it’s mostly about dieting and that’s not my reason for eating gf, but it does have some interesting information in it. Next on my list is Grain Brain (so catchy, these titles). There is a lot of hate about these books and eating gluten free. Most articles I read are against going gf, but can’t explain why a person who isn’t a celiac would feel better not eating gluten or what is . If you have any good recommendations I’d love to hear them!
I’ve hesitated to say out loud that I’m not eating gluten (insert eye roll from my entire family), but I’ve begun trying recipes and want to share the good ones! The first recipe I’ve found that I really enjoy is from Petite Allergy Treats. She has a gf hamburger bun recipe that tastes really yummy. I’m finding that for savory recipes I do not like coconut flour, but amazingly there are so many alternatives to wheat flour.
I’ve tried a pizza crust I didn’t love and rolls I didn’t enjoy either. The kids liked the rolls and you may as well, but they were quite dense. I’ve started a Gluten Free Recipes board on Pinterest and continually add to it, if you wanna follow along. I’ll be posting my faves here soon too.