My so-called gluten-free life

I’m the kind of person who likes to ease into things. It took me eight months to finally end a relationship. I’m still thinking about committing to a master’s degree program.

As much as I would have liked to have gone gluten-free cold turkey, I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I just love gluten too much. Pizza, cupcakes and toast are some of my favorite food groups.

So I started this special kind of torture by not buying new gluten-y food. I didn’t throw out my kitchen full of normal-person bread, cereal and whatever is in the frozen meals in my freezer. But I did make an effort to take steps in the direction of gluten-free living. At the same time, I needed to add protein to my diet, which worked kind of perfectly.

  1. I switched my usual morning cereal to a scrambled egg on gluten free toast, orange juice and usually a few apple slices.
  2. No more granola bars in my desk drawer. Instead I bring plain Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup and fruit.
  3. I bought yummy salad toppings. Know what? A yummy salad is better than a boring turkey sandwich. My current fave is romaine with apple chunks, blue cheese, grilled chicken and a handful of black beans. I top it with balsamic vinegar and a healthy splash of skin-friend olive oil.
  4. Dinners are a little trickier. Since corn is aight, I’ve been making tacos on corn tortillas, but I hate how crumbly corn tortillas are. It ends up like I’m eating a salad with my hands. I’ve also been doing bun-less burgers or putting it on g-free bread.
New York pizza

My confession, though, is that I’ve been allowing myself one gluten-y thing per day. I don’t think I could just cut out my favorite foods entirely. Maybe as I go, I’ll cut those cheats down to every other day or once a week. I’m doing this diet because my dermatologist said a gluten-free diet would probably help clear up my skin problems, not because my tummy hurts when I eat gluten. So I think cutting way down should help my skin. I consider myself lucky that I don’t really have to worry about the little bit of gluten in soy sauce, like someone with Celiac disease would.

The olive oil and vitamins I take are also helping.

It’s generally accepted that it takes 21 days of consistency to make something a habit. I’m 12 days in. My skin was looking better a couple days, but it seems to have gotten red again. And some cravings are subsiding. I’ve only been having alcohol while watching Seahawks games. I had lasagna when I was out to dinner last weekend. Today a plate of muffins appeared on the counter at work. I almost took one, but then I stopped. I decided I’d rather use my cheat for pizza later than a sad muffin.

Published by Candace

I’m a journalist, nutritionist, doting auntie, one-time bobsledder, and wannabe health nut (who loves chocolate and pizza too much to fully commit). I don't want you to think my life is perfect. It's not.

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