My Gluten-Free Story

A year ago, if you told this girl she would be giving up fresh pastries, pastas, bread, and pizza she would have laughed in your face.

Now, more than 2 months in, I’m beginning to really see the benefits of a gluten-free diet. And while I don’t think I will ever stop missing thick crust doughy pizza or a fresh pastry, I’m trying to manage my cravings.

The Beginnings

At the end of last year I tried a 3-day juice cleanse and despite really missing food and the social routines that surround it, I felt absolutely great. When I was done the cleanse and began reintroducing food, I decided to try to avoid gluten as a test to see how I felt. After a few successful weeks (which were way easier than I anticipated), I noticed that I hadn’t felt bloated and I was consistently losing weight, and more importantly, feeling better. After surviving Christmas with my new restrictions, I knew this was something I could adopt consistently.

My Game, My Rules

I won’t pretend to know what it’s like to be celiac or have a gluten intolerance. While eating anything with gluten now makes me quite uncomfortable, I know that I can eat it whenever I want to. I also have a short list of cheats that I can also decide to eliminate at any time. My list of allowable foods include things made with spelt flour (which is on a weird spectrum of gluten-free where some people allow it and others don’t), soy sauce, beer, rye, and whiskey.

In exchange for my cheats, I try not to substitute my favourite gluten-filled foods with gluten-free alternatives. In addition to feeling better, part of this challenge is to eat healthy in general. Eating gluten-free has encouraged me to eat way more fresh fruits and vegetables and protein in the form of meat and nuts. It wouldn’t be eating any healthier if I ate equal amounts of gluten-free pizzas, pastas, and breads!

Gluten-free

Despite feeling like this some days (and I can’t imagine how my personal chef boyfriend feels about it), I am really happy with my decision to eliminate gluten from my diet. I hope to share with you some challenges and frustrations in eating gluten-free, some great recipes, and my own personal story in living gluten-free.

Here are my adventures in gluten-free gluttony. 

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Welcome to my Gluten-Free Adventures!

Have you noticed the new Page in my menu bar? Probably not, it’s pretty new. But it’s there now:

Gluten-Free Gluttony Blog

Gluten-Free Gluttony – It’s a new blog topic I’ve started as part of a class in digital strategy that I’m taking right now instructed by Martin Waxman and Eden Spodek. My current blog probably would have sufficed for the project, but I like a challenge and wanted to build a new blog and talk about something that I don’t always get to talk about on here: eating and my new gluten-free diet challenge.

What Can You Expect?

  • My personal journey in eating gluten-free including challenges, successes, my thoughts, and how I’m feeling
  • New recipes
  • Favourite new gluten-free snacks
  • Adventures in dining out, travel, and more
  • Guest posts from nutritionists, celiacs, and others?
  • What not to eat
  • Maybe some blogs? We’ll see…
  • And some good old fashioned FOOD PRON (gluten-free, of course)
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Image Credit: foodnetwork.ca