Just wanted to post a quick update about how going gluten free is going for me.
It’s been 11 days now and to be perfectly honest, I’ve only really noticed on a couple of occasions that I’m not eating gluten.
I think this shows how well my general diet has progressed over the last 18 months.
In December 2011 I made a resolution that the whole family would eat more vegetables (we were very carb heavy, and had been for years). We started getting an organic veg box delivery initially, but that didn’t work as I found there was too much wastage. Instead I upped the veg quantity that I bought each week at the supermarket and tried to add vegetables to every meal (with varying degrees of success).
Then I read Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint last summer and it had a big effect on me. We started eating meals that had double vegetable servings instead of pasta. It worked really well, we both enjoyed it and it just sort of stuck. We aren’t primal – the whole family (including me until 11 days ago) still eats bread (home made), but the book did adjust how I looked at a plate of food.
My quest to eat more raw has seen a further demise of gluten – I switched from sandwiches at lunchtime to salads and nuts, salmon, cheese and egg. This isn’t as convenient as a cheese sandwich, but I feel a lot better for eating more raw, so it’s almost become a habit now.
I cut right down on breakfast cereals quite a long time ago, after reading Eat Your Heart Out by Felicity Lawrence. I switched to muesli initially, but very occasionally found a rancid nut, which really disturbed me (if you ever eat a rancid nut, you will know about it).
From there I turned to chopping some nuts and seeds into a bowl with fruit and yoghurt, and that’s what I’ve eaten every morning for a long time.
At dinner time sometimes I make pasta, but I double up the veg for me (broccoli and cauliflower are great substitutes with tomatoey sauces). We’ve also become a big fan of organic roast potatoes (in their skins!) recently. So much easier to do than I thought, and they taste fantastic with a generous handful of rosemary.
So all in all, it’s been pretty easy.
And how do I feel?
My stomach is so, so much flatter.
I don’t have weird digestive cramps and bloating after eating.
I lost a big chunk of weight in the first few days, but none since.
Overall I think it’s the right thing for me. I’m not strict about cross-contamination and checking every little detail, but generally not eating bread, pasta, cakes and pastries is working really well.
I haven’t bothered with a single gluten free “substitute” as I am not convinced that bread, pasta, cakes, pastries, etc. are that great for you anyway.
For me I see it as more of a dietary choice than a dietary restriction.
And I can still eat poppadoms with curry, which is great 😉