Gluten-free and Me

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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:

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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 :)

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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!

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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!