Gluten-free and Me

Friiidaay Friidayyy gotta get down on…oh wait. It’s Thursday. Throw Back Thursday. And yes, I’ll throw one back. Here’s me as a young pup:


Sooo cute (at least I think so!). Thanks cousin Maureen for sharing!

Anyway, it’s Thursday, and I’ve got this ridiculous sinus headache today. Not sure if it’s allergies, or something going around, or what. But I feel like poo. And I hate to say this and be that girl, but I think part of it has to do with what I ate yesterday.

Yes, I have fallen into the gluten-free “trap”. Although I no longer think it’s a trap. At first, when everyone was jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon, I was like “it’s just a phase”, or “what a marketing scheme”. One of my dear friends, however, told me about how her digestion had improved since going gluten-free (a dear friend in the way that you can share those kind of things) and I thought “what the heck, why not give it a shot?!”.

So I’ve been trying the gluten-free thing for the past couple weeks, and it feels great. Before, I’d have a beer, eat something wheat-a-licious, and immediately feel like I needed to take a nap (or unbutton my pants!). Nowadays don’t feel as sluggish, lethargic, or bloated, and the I-need-to-run-to-the-bathroom-right-this-second trips have pretty much diminished (TMI? Sorry!). Sometimes, I would feel so miserable after eating/drinking out with friends, I would go home, lie on the coach, and fall asleep. That’s kind of what happened yesterday. I broke the gluten-freeness (not a word, I know) by consuming a Kashi granola bar for breakfast, eating some leftover fajitas from the bf’s dinner the night before for lunch, and having a lamb burger on a Ciabatta roll for dinner. Not only did I eat gluten at one meal, I ate it at all three. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious. And then I paid for it.

After eating my burger last night, I feel deeply into a food coma, falling asleep on our oh-so-comfy coach. This was before 10 p.m. And yes, you could tell me that I was tired (it has been a busy week with soccer!), but I had that bloated/tired/dehydrated feeling that I remember all too well.

And on Sunday, I had my first gluten-filled beer in awhile at the Vikes game (SKOL Vikes!). And I felt the SAME WAY as I did last night. Coincidence? I think not. And to think, I thought that was normal (boy, was I wrong!).

Here’s us, having a good time, drinking our gluten-filled beer :)

vikes game

So why am I sharing this? I think a lot of people are hesitant to try new/different things because of what other people will think of them, how hard it might be to keep with it, or whatever other hesitations might be holding them back. As a health coach in training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, we talk a lot about figuring out what works best for each individual. I have played around with eating less dairy (which has in fact, helped my allergies immensely) and now am trying to eliminate gluten. Sometimes I feel silly about telling people (as I’m sure they are thinking the same things I once thought!), but then I remember how good I feel. And it’s worth it. So soooo worth it.

However, gluten-free is not for everyone. If you’re interested in learning more about what to eat/not eat to feel your best, fill out the comment card below, and I’ll be happy to help!


Any readers have similar stories? I’d love to hear what you’ve eliminated from your diet that has helped you look/feel your best!


  1. Natalie Rivard says:

    Hi Friend, I like your post because as you know I’m all about the gluten free!! I’m to the point where I don’t even feel bad if I can’t have something because it just isn’t worth being sick. So glad tomorrow is Friday :) Love!

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