Sep 14, 2012

My First Week of Eating (Mostly) Gluten-Free

Although I don't have celiac disease, I've long thought that my body doesn't respond all that well to gluten. I especially noticed feeling sluggish and bloated after eating foods like shredded wheat cereal. But the idea of going gluten-free was overwhelming - I love cookies, cake, bread and pasta, and I didn't want to live without them.

But a little over a week ago, I decided to give it a try. I've been feeling more sluggish and bloated than usual, and am hoping that going gluten-free will help.

I haven't missed wheat products as much as I thought I would - I don't crave bread, I can live without cookies and cake, and I don't feel deprived since I can still have gluten-free sweets and chips. It helps that I don't have to be super diligent about it - it's not a true allergy or intolerance, so I'm not religiously reading labels for gluten the way I do for peanuts and tree nuts, which we have to be very careful about. Sometimes I forget and eat gluten without thinking - like the vanilla wafer I popped into my mouth the other day when my son declined it.

A nice side effect is that I'm eating more produce since I can't eat bread or crackers. Instead of cheese with pita chips, I have cheese with apple slices. Instead of bolognese with pasta, I had bolognese with sauteed eggplant and steamed broccoli. I did find a fabulous gluten-free, nut-free granola brand called Enjoy Life. But I haven't really been trying to replace gluten so much as trying to eat other foods instead.

I feel a little bit better, although it's hard to say whether it's from avoiding gluten. But it's only been a week. I'm planning to re-evaluate at the end of the month and if it seems like it is or might be making a difference, I'll continue going gluten-free through October. In the meantime, if you have any great recipes or ideas to make this experience more fun, I'd love to hear them. Thanks!


Christy said...

We recently went gluten free and I've discovered these:

Chief Family Officer said...

Thanks, Christy - I'll have to check those out!

Coupon Cal said...

Try spaghetti squash instead of pasta - worked great for me!

Chief Family Officer said...

I actually didn't care for it when I tried it last, but I'll have to try again :)