So Matt and I have been gluten free for over three weeks now. It has been a journey, not always an easy one, but not too difficult either. There was one moment I had where, without thinking, popped two Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies into my mouth and then a few minutes later realized that they had gluten in them. Of course, not being gluten intolerant, I didn’t feel any effects from having those cookies.
Matt was talking to me this morning about how good it feels to be surrounded by healthy foods. When we open our fridge we see almond milk, vegetables, and healthy leftovers. In our cupboards we have added chia seeds, ground flax, walnuts, almonds, dried fruit and puffed brown rice. This journey has caused us to do research on foods, to ask at restaurants what their foods are made of (when in the past we would have just put it in our mouths). We’ve discovered how to make an egg substitute for baking (it’s 1 tsp. ground chia seeds or 2 tsp. ground flax with 2 tbsp. water). We learned little tricks to increase your fiber intake, like eating oatmeal, or adding ground flax to things. We started eating chia seeds and discovered how amazing they are for you and how easy it is to add them to ANYTHING. Finally, we feel a renewed zest to try new recipes, or to make up our own recipes (like the coconut curry soup I recently posted). We’ve also discovered how damn easy it is to be gluten free now.
If you live in the are (Monterey, California), Erik’s Deli will make any sandwich on gluten free bread at no charge, Pizza My Way offers gluten free crust for their pizza, Ambrosia Indian Restaurant serves a gluten free lentil cracker as an appetizer and brown rice tortillas can be found at any health food store. For breakfast First Awakenings can make any of their pancakes gluten free (and they have some AMAZING pancakes).
Finally, we feel really good. When we became pescetarians, we didn’t feel any different but we both can definitely notice a difference from cutting out gluten. We have more energy and we feel lighter and cleaner in our bodies (if that makes sense). In the past after having a big meal we would often feel bloated or overly full, but not anymore. We also don’t feel like we get highs and lows with hunger. I haven’t pigged out or mindlessly eaten, maybe because you have to be conscious of what you eat. We also feel much more flexible which has been a big plus in yoga. In the mornings we would be extra stiff, and AM yoga was the worst! However, now morning yoga is no big deal because of our increased flexibility. The yoga poses I would dread because of the pain they caused me in my hamstrings are fun, and it’s been such a wonderful journey that my parents have been inspired to cut out gluten.
We have committed to cutting gluten out for a full month so we have a few more days left. We will keep you posted on whether we decide to maintain this way of life (I’m thinking we will).