Sunday, August 10, 2014

Three weeks in

I went for follow-up blood work on Thursday and hope to see some sort of positive change in the tta results after three weeks of being gluten free. Although I suspect it can take up to six months for things to be healed and my villi to have regained their strength.

This was an emotional week for me and by yesterday afternoon, I wanted some of my old comfort foods and there were no suitable substitutes. If this was a weight-loss effort, I would have chucked it all in and just eaten what I wanted, but I am happy to report that I remained gluten free. Because my body is working hard to repair itself. It's odd to think about how foods that gave me comfort were actually wrecking my body. Silently.

This week ahead is full of work and band camp/parent volunteer opportunities. Which means I must plan ahead to cover meals at odd times and keep gluten free snacks on hand.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Two weeks already

I quit counting days several days ago, and now this whole gluten-free thing doesn't seem so daunting as it did at first. In fact, I have realized I am probably better off by just not having the food items that have gluten rather than trying to find a suitable substitute. There are plenty of foods that I already enjoy and eat regularly that happened to be gluten-free. I am certainly not starving. So rather than actively searching for gluten-free products, I am going to eat what I want (that is already gluten free), substituting only for the things that I really want.

Oatmeal. Bread for toast. Pasta, occasionally. Certified gf tortilla chips.

Otherwise, I will just omit the ingredients that are gluten-based. For example, no croutons on my salads. No bread on my cheeseburgers.

Thank goodness popcorn is gluten-free!