Well, you might have noticed that since this post, I haven’t had much to say about my diet. Even though I was ready to get started, I knew that I would be going to the Haven Conference, and then off a few days later for our two week long road trip. Starting a diet while on the road would be hard, if not impossible. I know lots of people stay on their diets while they are on vacation, but alas, I am not one of them. Well, not in the first few days of a new diet anyway. Not to mention that I didn’t want to the extra stress of finding something healthy to eat three times a day while on the road, while the kids chowed down on burgers and fries.
While I didn’t start a diet while on my trips, I did find out some very interesting information about starting a Gluten Free diet in the last few weeks. For the past few years, my sister, who is both gluten and dairy free, had been trying to convince me that since gluten allergies run in families, I probably shouldn’t be eating gluten either. She could tell by the way I told her I felt, and by seeing how “fluffy” I was that I was probably gluten intolerant too. But I didn’t want to hear it – I love my bread and pasta and cookies and brownies… I am not allergic to gluten, gosh darn it!! My sister had a whole host of medical issues, none of which were similar to mine, so I didn’t think gluten was what was causing my weight or health issues.
But then fate has a way of placing just the right people/situations in your way to make you take notice of something. My roommate, Sarah, at the Haven Conference, whom I didn’t meet until we checked into the hotel, was telling me that she maintains a gluten free diet, as well as keeping a few other things out of her diet too. She had so many of the same issues that I have, and my ears were finally open to hearing what she said when she sang the praises of going gluten free. I kept the information in the back of my head when I headed home, but still wasn’t convinced that I really needed to be gluten free yet.
I did a little research online and found studies that have shown that following a G-free diet could improve everything from skin ailments, to stomach problems, to behavior issues/problems in children (and adults) with ADD and ADHD, and a whole slew of other ailments. The research was impressive, but I still wasn’t signing up for a GF card just yet.
Then, this week, my sister was in town with her daughters and grandkids. Besides the fact that they all lost a bunch of weight being gluten free, they were also feeling better. Their skin looks fabulous. They weren’t tired all the time. They had energy. They were able to focus better. They weren’t numbers in a study. They were real, living, breathing people with results that I could plainly see with my own two eyes.
I have to admit that I focused first on the weight loss part of it at first, but then the other symptoms started to make sense too. I’m always tired. I still break out like a teenager sometimes. I am always bloated. I am always hungry, even after I eat a full meal. Etc, etc….We had quite a few talks about it while she was here, and I’m more than convinced that I need to try it.
Okay, so now that the company has gone home, and the trips are over, I’ve started to cut gluten out of my diet. Well, yesterday and today, I’ve been totally gluten free. It’s not easy, but it doesn’t seem as hard as cutting all carbs out of my diet either. My sister recommended that to start that I try to eat as “cleanly” as I can. Lean meats, veggies, fruits, nothing processed. Hmmm… that sounds like sound medical advice, right? That’s what my doctor-husband has been saying for years now. And my doctor too. I guess you can say that I’m a little hard headed, huh?
I’ve stocked up on Greek yogurt, chicken, veggies and fruits. And now, I’m on my way out to pick up a few gluten-free items – I need to do some experimenting!
I’ve just started a Pinterest board for Gluten Free recipes, and I’m finding tons of blogs on it, too. I’m kind of excited about it, to be honest. It’s the first real hope I’ve had in a long time in regards to my weight loss battle.
Are you following a gluten free diet? If so, how’s it working out for you? Do you have any recipes to recommend? Any brands of gluten free foods that are great? Or conversely, ones that should be avoided?
As always, thanks for reading!