A couple of weeks ago, I talked about gluten intolerance.. I haven’t mentioned it since but I want you to know that I am still working and struggling to cut gluten out of my life. This is my second time cutting gluten (Wheat, barley and rye) and I have to say I’m already noticing a difference. I feel better, I have more energy, my headaches that were starting to come back more often have now disappeared again. Generally I feel well (even last week when I had a cold) BUT this gluten thing is not easy. Gluten is everywhere and while I do great during the week when I have control of what I eat, when I go visiting, it’s hard. I don’t expect people to change what they’re cooking because of me, I can usually eat some gluten and it doesn’t bother me but when there’s a lot of it in a meal, I feel horrible after I eat it. Almost like huge pains in my stomach, like someone is stabbing me. It’s so uncomfortable and even lasts for a couple of days, feeling lethargic and uncomfortable.
I think I might have to get into the habit of bringing snacks with me when I go visit friends and family so I don’t have to worry about not having anything to eat if I don’t have lots of options during meals. I just have to plan better and make better choices. (I love garlic bread and pizza!) I’m still slowly getting rid of food in my home that has gluten and since I don’t eat it very often, it is hard but I don’t want to get rid of all of it since other people do come to my home.
I don’t crave it any more and I have to say, this time it is MUCH easier. I hardly even notice that I don’t eat it. I guess I had already cut a lot of it out of my life. So this time it was just a matter of cutting a few things out, instead of completely changing how I ate. Before I would eat a sandwich every day in my lunch, I would eat fried foods and breads, pasta all the time! Now I rarely have a sandwich and I can easily substitute for gluten-free bread if needed, I rarely eat pasta ( I eat rice instead) and fried foods I pretty much avoid…
I guess lately I started getting too comfortable about not watching how much of it I was eating and it became a regular almost every day part of my life again when it shouldn’t have been. (Bread, cereal, snacks) While none of what I was eating was terribly unhealthy, it has become obvious I need to cut it out as much as possible. I have come to terms with the fact that I can’t eat gluten, there are foods I will never get to eat again. I’m ok with that (It took a very long time to be ok with it) but the hard part for me is explaining it to everyone else because most people don’t understand. I don’t know if I have Celiac disease and have given up trying to figure it out now since it’s so hard to get a diagnosis. For me I think it’s also easier to deal with a gluten intolerance than Celiac, probably not good to not know but either way, I need to cut it (gluten) out.
I know I’m not alone with having this in my life but sometimes I feel like I am because so few people know much about it..
I will continue to post recipes on my blog, but from now on they will be gluten-free. If there’s a recipe that isn’t gluten-free, I will try my best to include gluten-free options or substitutions..
I just hope that I don’t have to throw a lot of food out, it’s such a waste of food. I have whole wheat flour in my cupboard and have decided to use it up when I get a chance by baking my some dog treats… anybody has any good suggestions for dog treat recipes? lol
Anyways just thought I’d update you on this part of my life, I don’t tend to talk about it very often because like I said, not a lot of people understand it but it’s something I have to deal with so I figured I should share.
It actually is a good thing to have in my life in a way because it keeps me away from unhealthy foods, it makes it easier to stay away from foods that will just add-on pounds… and WAY easier to say no when someone offers me a cookie because I can pretty much guarantee when they do, it’s not gluten-free! Lol