Since I have a knack for sharing too much, I’d thought I’d clue my bloggy folk in on my latest escapade. For most of my life, I’ve been wrestling with a smattering of auto-immune diseases. Are they the worst thing in the world? No. Are they a super good time? No. After talking with my doctor and digging through the far corners of the Internet, I realized that although not completely proven, there are some serious links to food intolerance/allergies and certain auto-immune issues. If I wanted to see if food was polluting my insides, then I need to cut out all types of food that could be the culprit and then slowly add them back in one at a time to see if it causes any of my symptoms to resurface. It’s called an elimination diet and from what I can tell in a panicky sort of way, it narrowed my food scope down to spinach, water and ice cubes. Although an elimination diet is the right way to go about this trial, for me, it just seemed too hard. After conferencing with the Hubs, we decided to pick one common culprit, eliminate it for at least a month, and see if anything feels better. And the culprit we picked to detox from…was gluten.
We are only two weeks in and it’s going ok. But maybe that’s because we are still recovering from a rendezvous with one of those tubes of pre-made cookie dough as a last hurrah Gluten Binge before we got down to it…
Amidst the annoyance and carb yearning, I’ve come away with a few things learned.
- Gluten could be lurking in almost ANYTHING, which is a heinous way to go about things.
- Hubs is dropping weight and he already has skinny on his resume.
- The salad challenge is going well because I fear if I don’t eat a salad, I could starve to death.
- My favorite cupcake place makes awfully good gluten free ones. Hallelujah.
- I haven’t had any conclusive results and it could take a long time, if ever, to see if it’s helping which is so super sad.
- Colorado hippieville is actually a great place to cut out gluten because they love their picky people.
- Someone that will give up waffles and bagels for you is a person you’ll want to stick with for the long haul.
We have a few more weeks left and then we’ll reevaluate this gluten free business. So, raise your coffee (gluten free!) and we’ll toast to keep on keepin’ on (hey, did someone say toast?!).
Oh and also? I’ll be posting a killer Smore Bars recipe later on this month. You should make them and think about how I can’t eat any but really really want to, okay?