Going Gluten-Free

I recently made the decision to go (or temporarily try) gluten-free and today is the first day. I’m anxious, excited and scared, to say the least. There are many reasons why I’m trying this out and my health is the No. 1. Growing up I was always plagued with stomach aches. Some landed me in the emergency room and some were just frustratingly embarassing when they came on during class in school. On my umpteenth trip to my doc I happened to mention that eating a bagel for breakfast would sometimes result in the belly ache. She immediately wondered if I had Celiac, something I had never heard of and an illness that had yet to be on the rise of awareness. After ending up with one positive blood test, one negative, I never really stuck to the diet. My symptoms somewhat disappated through adulthood (or I just learned to deal). It’s years later and Gluten-free is everywhere. Not only that, but more and more people are being diagnosed as gluten-sensative, which is different than having straight up Celiac.

A few weeks ago a bunch of my girlfriends were getting together with two ladies who were in town. One you might remember from a little show called The Bachelor. Tenley has been G-free for about four years (she has great recipes here) and upon chatting with her about  it, I really started to reconsider. I’m not sure if my on and off stomach issues or the fact that I am ALWAYS tired, among other things, is because of gluten sensativity, but it’s worth finding out. So today is Day 1. Since I’ve been doing Jenny Craig for over a year, the biggest change is certainly going to be convenience. I always just throw in my breakfast and lunch meals for work and now I’ll have to do a bit more planning. For today, I packed a banana, yogurt, cottage cheese, salad, carrots and cantaloupe. For dinner I plan on making steamed salmon with some tomatoes and feta and a side of broccoli. I’m not sure I’m ready to tackle the rice pasta, etc just yet. So wish me luck and please share your own stories, comments, questions, complaints, etc below!