A Day in the Life of a Gluten Free Diet

This last year I started to experience not so good digestive symptoms that I eventually correlated to Gluten in my diet. In the past years I also would experience these symptoms but not till this year did they start appearing more than ever.

What are these symptoms may you ask? After eating products with gluten in them (I will get to that shortly), I would have an upset stomach. You could hear my stomach churning. Also, I would experience bloating. By the end of the day, I sometimes "ballooned" up to 2 dress sizes. It's not cool looking like your 2-4 mos pregnant when you're not. I also felt heavy and discomfort in my stomach. I would feel tired as well after meals (much like you would after eating a Thanksgiving dinner).

With a lot of research I decided to try a gluten free diet to see if gluten was the root cause of my problems. After only 3 days, I felt 5x better. By the end of the week I felt 10X better. I had no stomach aches at all for the whole week. I experienced no bloating, felt even lighter! And best of all more energetic and clear.

In the last few years, gluten free diets became really popular. Especially, with celebrities trying to loose a ton of weight. But, you never heard what gluten can really do to the body. Celiac disease is not that common actually. Most people tend to have a gluten sensitivity more than anything. Celiac is a really disabiliating condition. However, more and more people are going down the Gluten Free diet road because of health reasons. Did you know there is triple the amount of Gluten in our foods than 100 years ago? Crazy! No wonder our bodies are going- "hey what is this"?

Here is a break down of what I typically eat during the day:

     

With the symptoms I mentioned above, one of the symptoms is unexplained weight gain. I work out, I eat generally healthy so I had no idea where all of a sudden I gained 10 lbs! And, no I am not pregnant.
I researched a ton on protein shakes and meal replacement shakes. I wanted one that would not give me jitters, was natural, had low sugar, and high protein. Also, affordable was on the list!
I was recommended to check out Vitacost.com. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of products that were gluten free, vegan, and good for you!
This shake only has 2 g of sugar, 24 g of protein, and 15 g of carbohydrates. So not too bad! I was sceptical at first, but after having it I was like, "this is good!". It tastes just like a milk chocolate shake. It kept me full for a good 4 hours. The 1 lb costs $15.95.

After I loose my weight, I will likely get a typical whey protein shake.



The pictures above are typical snacks I will eat. Fruit is naturally gluten free. So I have been eating a lot of fruit and veggies! Plus, I love fruit.  Fresh and naturally sweet!

The smoothie is a tropical smoothie. Just a few simple ingredients! Frozen tropical fruits, gluten free Greek Yogurt, and Orange Juice! It's quite tasty and has kind of a yogurt texture. Love it!



For lunch I love eating a salad. It fills me up pretty quickly. It's hard to see the feta cheese and almonds in there, but they are in there. I also enjoy adding onions and celery to the salad. For a side, I will have either a apple or pear.

One thing to remember, salad dressings have gluten in them. You will likely need to go to a health food store like Whole Foods to find gluten free salad dressing that's natural and good for you. I found this salad dressing from Walden Farms on Vitacost. It tastes just like ranch dressing! It's not as thick and creamy however, but I like it that way. It's essentially made out of vinegar and seasoning.



For dinner, this is just one of the many meals I cook. I love pasta, and on a gluten free diet you have to give up that delicious wheat filled goodness. Now, Ancient Harvest from Vitacost makes a gluten free pasta made out of corn and quinoa. It's absolutely delicious and tastes just like pasta! I pair it with organic tomato sauce.

Other gluten free dinners I eat: Gluten free pizza, pancakes, stir fry (brown rice w/veggies), omelets (egg whites with veggies), or gluten free cereal if I am lazy. Can you tell I like breakfast? haha


Here is a typical rundown of what you can eat and can't eat:


Image via Pinterest

Remember, you can always find gluten free alternatives for the run section! :)



Anyways, for those that are experiencing the same symptoms, let me tell you, you don't have to feel that way anymore. Eliminating gluten from your diet will make you feel so much better. Also, it's just generally healthier!


Are you gluten sensitive? If so, what do you cook?








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