Four months ago, I made a change to my lifestyle. I say “lifestyle” because it’s not really a diet, even though it was a change to what I eat. I decided to eat a reduced gluten diet and to focus primarily on breakfast and lunch as gluten free. Below are a sampling of the many gluten free meals I made.
Why just breakfast and lunch? Well, if you’ve ever tried completely eliminating gluten from your diet, you’ll know it’s not very easy in our culture. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this. In fact nearly 15 years ago I was gluten free and a vegetarian for a while. This time, I decided to make my changes slowly.
So, why do it now? Feeling completely exhausted, weak and drained during the day had become my new normal. I’d seen my doctor and all other serious health issues had been ruled out. I also tested negative for celiac’s. There was nothing wrong with me – except, there was. This decision was personal and more of an experiment. I wanted to see if it made a difference in how I felt. I already ate very little processed foods and we don’t eat out much. So, cutting out the bread, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, crackers etc. wasn’t too much of a stretch for me.
I started with lunches. Almost immediately (within a couple days), I noticed I was perkier in the afternoon. I didn’t need to lie down and it was getting easier to get through the day. My energy started to increase. I expanded the experiment to include breakfast. No more toast or pastries. 🙁 I miss those. I’m happy to say, my energy is continuing to increase. In fact, I think I’m sleeping better too. All other things have remained about the same. I take about the same amount of vitamins and get about the same amount of exercise. The experiment is now expanding to dinner. You’re thinking…but what about all those yummy foods you’re posting and writing about that have gluten? You’re seeing pies, cinnamon buns, date squares, pasta on the blog! Oh ya! I do eat them. But those things are my treats. I allow myself the things I love in moderation because for me…it’s more realistic and means I’ll stick to the no gluten lifestyle most of the rest of the time.
Many people have started eating gluten free for one reason or another. I decided to share my story and some of the meals I make for myself that are gluten free even though the focus of this blog is more broad. I’ll post pictures and thoughts about the dish primarily on Facebook or Instagram. So be sure to follow me there @pineneedlesinmysalad. I also created a new category of recipes you can search for on the blog called gluten free. Slowly, more recipes will be added here as I try them out. So, check back.
Perhaps these ideas will help someone else on a similar journey. One of the hardest things about eating gluten free is to continue getting new ideas for meals so you don’t get bored and stuck in a rut. Everyone’s health journey is different. Everyone should listen to their body and see their doctor for help. If you’re on a similar journey, I wish you well and cheers to making healthy food choices that work for you. Salute!