In July, I decided to try eliminating gluten from my diet. I felt like something in my diet wasn’t sitting well and after some thought I narrowed down the options to dairy or gluten. I really didn’t want it to be dairy because I love cheese so much. So I decided to give gluten a go. Some of the symptoms I experienced included:
- Abdominal Distention
- Abdominal Pain and Cramping
- Alternating Bouts of Diarrhea and Constipation
- Borborygmi (stomach rumbling)
- Headaches and Migraines
These symptoms can be caused by lots of different things, but the fact that within a week of eliminating gluten I stopped experiencing ALL of these made me certain gluten was not my friend. There were times I did eat gluten (hello wedding cake tasting, honeymoon, etc.) and every time I would notice cramping, bloating and headaches.
Going gluten free is not a diet to me – it is not about avoiding carbs (gluten does not mean carbs) – it is all about feeling my best and eating what makes me feel amazing. Luckily, there are lots of foods I already eat and love that are natural gluten free. But certain things require substitutes and alternatives.
Throughout the last few months, I have found several gluten free products I really love. So I thought I would share:
Kind Bars: SOO yummy, ingredients I know and can pronounce.
Bisquick Gluten Free Mix
Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Oats: Gluten Free oats are pretty much impossible to find. Thanks TJs!
Village Harvest Red Quinoa and Brown Rice mixture: You can buy a big bag at Costco, it’s frozen and turns random fridge ingredients into a meal in 3 minutes!
Udis Gluten Free Bread