Going Gluten-Free

My friend, Laura, has been after me (for years) to try to get me to change my diet, in order to improve my health. She is very persistent. And I’m very stubborn. I’ve always resisted the thought of eliminating wheat from my diet. I can hardly imagine a life without it!

But here I am, at the point of no return, actually seriously considering this craziness. I’m pretty scared and intimidated about facing life without wheat (all you Celiac sufferers must have no empathy for me, but hey, no judging), but I believe I need to give it my best try. One of the scariest thoughts is that I’ve read and heard that once I give up wheat, I will not be able to go back to it. Chances are it will make me very sick. So I think that by “trying” to see how I feel without wheat, sort of means that I will never be able to tolerate it in the future. Yikes.

I guess if it helps me with my “foggy brain”, reduces my aches and pains (I sound like I’m ancient), improves my acid reflux, and helps me fight against diabetes, it will be worth it.

So please feel free to share your favorite recipes and tips with me. I am at an absolute starting point, so I’m terribly ignorant about everything I might need to know. So far I’ve gone 3 days without gluten, and I’m still smiling, but I need all the help I can get.

PS. I’m a pretty lazy cook, which means I like recipes that are simple to prepare. Also, I’m on a budget, so I cannot go overly fancy. Any recipe or tip that meets this criteria will be readily welcome πŸ™‚

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7 thoughts on “Going Gluten-Free

  1. We are not Gluten free, but I do like to cut down on wheat when I can. “Against All Grain” is Danielle Walker’s blog and cookbook about going grain free and I really love it. So many easy recipes and everything we have tried so far has been great. Her story is inspiring. You can also find her on FB. I pray this is an easy transition for you. I heard that once your body detoxes from it, your palette changes and it becomes easier πŸ™‚

  2. Best wishes to you on your GF journey — I have several pretty easy recipes on my blog since going gluten free, but I’ve found consistently good recipes at gluten free on a shoestring. Check it out! Sometimes I think I have a good recipe and it doesn’t turn out as expected, but GFOAS has never let me down!

    Are you going GF because of diabetes or for other reasons?

    • I am borderline diabetic. Mom, dad, and both grandfathers were diabetic. At 48, I am very likely to develop it, especially since I could use losing some weight. Also, my acid reflex is beyond the charts at the moment. So it feels like the right thing to do.
      Thanks for your encouragement! I like your blog. I’ll be looking through it a lot πŸ™‚

      • Thanks! I hope that GF works for you in helping the acid reflux, and I bet it will help with a lot of other things too.

  3. I am apparently allergic to wheat. I had problems my entire life with cramping and worse. I decided to stop eating wheat for five days to see what would happen. All my awful symptoms disappeared by the end of the five-day period. I haven’t eaten wheat willingly since, and I am very healthy now.

    I also like quick and easy recipes. I don’t like using several different kinds of flour in one recipe. I use Jule’s Gluten-free All-purpose flour. If the recipe doesn’t work well by substituting this flour for wheat flour, I find another recipe. I’m doing well. The most difficult part is finding restaurants that serve gluten-free choices that I like. At home I eat very well. Blessings to you in your adventure…

    • Thank you for your encouragement. I am amazed that many people discover their intolerance even after years of eating the food that kills them. I just had 4 gluten free weeks. My health did not seem to improve, and after re-introducing wheat, I did not feel any worst than before. I have concluded I am not intolerant, but I am glad I tried it, so I never have to wonder again.
      You’re right about restaurants! I found that to be the hardest, but I am also encouraged to see so many more choices available than before.
      Thanks for the follow!

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