So...it has been about 4 months and I have gone gluten-free. It hasn't been too difficult or hard--there are a lot of gluten-free options out there. Of course I miss cookies, cake, brownies, French bread, etc. (they have them gluten-free, but it usually is more of an effort to either find or make them yourself). People always ask if I notice a difference, in terms of health/energy/mood...honestly I'm not too aware. I feel better about myself because I have lost weight (about 20 pounds), I think I sleep better at night, and I think that the exercise I have been doing is now effective without gluten in my diet. I definitely notice if I eat something with gluten (in medium to large amounts, small doses I don't have a reaction)--stomach discomfort--and that is a big reason for me to steer clear!
These are some of the things that I really can't enjoy anymore:
Due to having to steer clear of easy to eat sweets and carbohydrates, I've had the perk of dropping some poundage. Since I've lost the weight, it has been fun to hear people comment--especially over Christmas when I saw friends and family I hadn't seen in a while. I guess I didn't really notice the weight loss until my pants started to get rather big. I think the biggest reason I've lost the weight is due to not being swollen anymore--I think I have pretty much been swollen for like 10-15 years (when I think my gluten intolerance kicked in). Trust me, there are plenty of ways to pack on the pounds even with a gluten-free diet, but it definitely keeps me away from easy cookies, cupcakes, etc. Although I did make g-f pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving and it was freaking delicious...and just as loaded with calories as the gluten version.
Anyway, I just thought I'd share my experience and newly gluten-free lifestyle and see if anyone else out there has had a similar situation. Are you gluten-free? Do you have a favorite recipe to share? I've discovered Skinnytaste, which is an awesome website/blog and Gina has a whole gluten-free section of recipes! I really want to try this Shrimp, White Bean and Spinach dish:
I got the ingredients at the grocery store over the weekend, and am going to make it this week, so I will let you know the verdict...I might have to add some sundried tomatoes, too...