Let the Gluten-Free Trial Month Begin

I’m been toying with the idea of trying a Gluten-free diet for a while now. I knew it would be hard so I didn’t want to do it, but I seem to have a lot of symptoms of some sort of wheat intolerance or allergy. A few months ago I went to the doctor and got tested for Celiac and the test came back negative. After that, I kept up my Gluten-loving lifestyle. “The test says it’s negative. Bring on the whole wheat bread!” I thought to myself.

But lately I’ve just been feeling….yuck. I’m tired alllllll the time, and I’m super crampy and bloated for no reason (sorry if that’s TMI, but we’re all friends here). Something is up and I don’t know what. I have a disease called endometriosis (that link will take you to my blog about it) and 80% of women who have endometriosis have a wheat intolerance/allergy/sensitivity of some kind. I was talking with some other ladies who have endometriosis and they were telling me how they also tested negative for Celiac, but still have some sort of issue with wheat. They feel much better on a

Das me! For the month of March, anyway

Gluten-free diet.

All of these pieces of information made the wheels in my brain start turning–originally I wrote “brian” so clearly they weren’t turning very hard–and I decided it would be worth it to give a Gluten-free diet a try for the month of March. At the end of the month I’ll determine if the diet had an impact on me. If I feel less yuck then the changes stay. If I still feel general feelings of yuck then it’s time to go back to the doctor and see what’s up.

One piece of advice: if you’re going to make a major change in your diet, do some planning. I literally decided to do this on a Tuesday night. I didn’t take into account that I make my lunches every day, had already signed up to go to a dinner where pasta would be served as the meal, and was seriously lacking in GF snacks. If I was smart, I would have given myself a week to buy some meals and snacks I could eat and I would have waited until after this dinner I was attending. But, such is life. I wanted to start on March 1st (actually on February 29th) and so I did. And I’m glad. Because in three days I already feel a lot better. It may be the placebo effect, but it’s working.

I’m realizing that many things I eat still work on the Gluten-free diet. I eat a lot of fruit, veggies, Greek yogurt, egg whites, and chicken. The difficult part comes in when I want whole wheat bread, pretzels (have to buy the GF kind), a whole wheat wrap for tuna (love making tuna melts with whole wheat wraps and low-fat cheese), and my Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches/candy (RIP). This weekend I’m going to buy some GF bread, which I hear exists. My friend also told me to check out corn or rice pasta, which I had no idea was even a thing. Then I’ll buy some cottage cheese for breakfast so I don’t burn out on egg whites. It also helps that my friend has been on a Gluten-free diet for a year so she’s able to give me some pointers, because I definitely had no idea what I was doing before I started. This weekend I also want to start reading some blogs and websites about GF living. If you have any recommendations send them my way!

Making such a big change in the middle of a busy work week wasn’t the best idea, but overall the diet hasn’t been as hard as I planned. Chris and I were at the mall last night and we stopped to eat at Pizzeria Uno’s. I was nervous about finding something I could eat. To my surprise, the restaurant had an entire GF menu. I guess I will be able to eat at restaurants after all, much to my (happy) surprise.

Do you have any tips for a Gluten-free newbie? I’d love to hear them!

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