A day in the life of a gluten-free noob

The day before I embark on my g-free journey:

9:30 a.m.
Eat toast. Lots and lots of toast.

2:15 p.m.
Stuff face with glorious (clean!) pasta salad (and not-so-clean cheesecake) at a friend’s BBQ.

7:30 p.m.
Examine contents of fridge. Pour myself glass of wine to prepare for weeks to come.

10:42 p.m.
Sneak heaping bowl of said pasta salad as “last supper” of sorts.


7:25 a.m.
Stare longingly at bowl of remaining pasta salad while preparing lunch.

12 p.m.
Eat sandwich with g-free bread. Have flashback to eating baba’s homemade g-free bread. Verdict: Homemade FTW.

2:07 p.m.
Wish I could have that pasta salad. Choke down strawberries and almond butter.

5:32 p.m.
Make omelette with free-range eggs, zucchini, onions, peppers and cayenne pepper. OK, maybe this isn’t too bad.

9 p.m.
Munchies hit. Stave them off with water/apple cider vinegar combo. Disgusting, but it works.

11:15 p.m.
Hit the hay and dream about bread.

I kid, I kid. This really isn’t so bad. I’m used to g-free bread because of my baba, who had celiac disease and would make her “special” bread all the time. Other than bread, I don’t eat a lot of products with gluten. The hardest part is checking food labels for hidden sources of gluten or Googling things like “Does smoked gouda have gluten in it?”

I’m not sure if it’s the lack of gluten or my renewed motivation, but I’m feeling great this week — less sluggish, less tired and less bloated in the tummy. Hey, if I feel better and lose the belly pooch, I’ll be one happy camper this summer!


Gluten-free is the new black

There’s a reason I’m a germaphobe — I always have random medical stuff happen to me. Last year, it was mono (the 80s called and want their disease back) and a huge abscess in my leg (hello, crater on my thigh). This year? I underwent the most un-cool surgery ever — a partial toenail avulsion (it’s about as pleasant as it sounds). Not only that, but I have a billion allergies (not an exact count) and various skin sensitivities, including eczema.

I’ve long heard the benefits of a gluten-free diet. So, for three weeks, I’m going to adopt a gluten-free lifestyle, just to see if it makes a difference in my health. I’m not doing it because it’s the celebrity diet du jour — my grandmother had celiac disease, and I’ve often wondered if some of my medical issues are connected to gluten intolerance.

The idea of cutting out wheat and the like from my diet seemed daunting at first, but then I realized that I eat primarily vegetables, fruit, lean meats, eggs and nuts. Other than the occasional sandwich (see previous post) or pasta dish, I don’t eat a lot of gluten products. I know there is hidden gluten in many foods, so I’ll just have to do my due diligence to ensure that everything I eat is actually gluten-free.

An added bonus? The Eat-Clean Diet has a ton of gluten-free recipes available, so I’ll be able to stick to my normal meal planning routine. Another perk? I still get to eat these bad boys a.k.a. a mainstay in my diet these days.

Anyone have any tips for easing the transition to a g-free lifestyle?