Over the past few months I’ve noticed a few less-than-favorable things about my body. From chronic migraines to indigestion to weight gain to insomnia and never enough energy.. basically my body has been telling me something isn’t right and I’d been ignoring it the best I could. Every time I mentioned not feeling well, someone would say, do you keep track of what you eat? maybe you have an allergy or food sensitivity? and more specifically, have you tried taking out gluten? The short answer is no. I love food and I didn’t want it to be related to that so if I ignored the problem it would just go away, right?
Well no, it didn’t just go away. Finally the migraines and exhaustion and overall “blah” feeling (technical term!) pushed me to the edge and this weekend I cleaned all my cupboards out of items containing gluten. I originally was going to do a cleanse that involves removing soy, dairy, eggs AND gluten and slowly incorporating each back one at a time to see what triggers issues for me. But then I realized I would be eating nothing but lettuce for 3 weeks and I knew that was never going to happen.
I decided to give up gluten because, as overwhelming as it seems at first, it’s doable. I don’t have to give up everything, I just have to plan more, think about what I’m eating and buy different products. I picked up two books at Barnes & Noble, Gluten-Free Cooking with Trader Joe’s and The Complete Series: Gluten Free. I selected a few recipes to try this week, made a shopping list and picked up the items I needed.
It’s only Day 4 so I can’t really say how I’m doing yet. I can say that I love Chex and that they have a huge variety of gluten-free cereals. Also, Trader Joe’s is amazing and gave me a printout of all their gluten free products. They also clearly mark items throughout the store as gluten free.
The four recipes we’ve had for dinner this week have all been tasty and easy, especially the White Lightning Chili I made Tuesday night and the Warm Spinach Salad I made tonight. Oh and that’s the other thing – the benefit to this is that I’m forced to make dinner every night because so many of our eating out options are no longer an option. I’ve wanted to get back to cooking regularly!
I’ll be sharing more recipes here, and going through the ones already listed and modifying them to be gluten free where possible.
I have a spreadsheet where I track the following every day: food, drinks, exercise. Then I also list how I am feeling, specifically relating to my problem areas: headaches, digestion, overall energy and sleep. I’m also measuring my weight.
So that’s that. My main goal I’m focusing on is to get healthier and have more energy. And if I lose some weight.. well I won’t say no to that.