Good Bye, Gluten

Well, if you’ve been following me on social media, this should not come as a shock to you.  For the first time since I’ve started blogging in 2009, I am on a real official diet.  I’m going gluten-free.

I honestly had no idea I’ve had a gluten sensitivity, but apparently it’s been with me my entire life.  Because I wasn’t having actual stomach problems, I never thought that could be the issue.  My allergy shows up in the form of eczema and non-stop cankersores, which I’ve had since I was a kid.  Lately it got really bad, and it wasn’t until I did an elimination diet for a few weeks (no sugar/meat/dairy/gluten) that I discovered (via a handful of pretzels) I am, indeed, SENSITIVE.

Estrella Sunset Spring Menu

Goodbye sandwiches!  Goodbye pasta!  This hosted media meal at Estrella wasn’t torture, though, because they have a lot of gluten-free items (clearly marked) on the new spring lunch menu.  Make sure to get the cauliflower hummus, with nigella seeds.

Cauliflower Hummus and ChipsDawn McCoy and Miss Ellie

I shared some of my chicken with Dawn McCoy’s dog, Miss Ellie.  You can add a protein to any of their salads.

Gluten-Free SaladGluten-Free Salad

I’ll admit, it’s kind of a bummer.  But because I’m already feeling so much better, it’s worth it to me.  I did have to call my mom and tell her I wouldn’t be able to have soy sauce and dumplings.  But thank God I still have my rice (and sugar).

This blog won’t really change focus too much – I’ll probably still write about things that have wheat in them, since I do eat with other people and will just ask their opinion.  Also, I’m still convinced it’s not good bye FOREVER.  I’ll see just how strict my body will expect me to be and take it one day at a time.

Lynn Chen and Dawn McCoy enjoy lunch at Estrella on Sunset in West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Are you gluten-free?  Please share some of your favorite tips, restaurants, and recipes!

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9 thoughts on “Good Bye, Gluten

  1. Liz S.

    Yes, I had to eliminate gluten about 2 years ago when my gastroenterologist and general practitioner (after a long series of tests), found that gluten was causing flare-ups (I have Crohn’s Disease). Gluten-free has enabled me to continue managing my Crohn’s the best way I can – seriously! We’re lucky to be gluten-free in today’s world – so many wholesome options available.

  2. Nicole Glover

    Fyi, there is gluten free soy sauce and lots of recipes for gf, tapioca flour based, dumplings.
    Good luck. Welcome to the club.

  3. Angela Richter

    I got diagnosed with celiac disease a couple years ago. While your allergy might not make you quite as strict as I have to be, just know that LOTS of things have gluten, including some meat marinades, and eating stuff fried in the same oil as breaded items can cause a reaction. Download the Find Me Gluten Free app, it’s been an absolute lifesaver for me especially when traveling. It has tons of restaurants in every city that offer gluten free, and app users can add reviews so you can know how well the restaurant actually does GF food.

  4. Chelsea

    I’ve been Gluten Free for seven+ years. I find that I can eat a bit of it and be okay but it’s a slippery slope where I eat more and more (because um bread, pasta, pizza, and dumplings) and then I’m regretting ever having a little bit. Most places have GF and when its just a sensitivity you don’t have to be quite as strict. I find that high quality bread (made with local flour) is okay on very special occasions. Did you know that macarons are normally GF? That was a happy day for me. Gluten causes headaches, skin issues, and cold sores for me. Lucy’s corn allergy manifests most quickly as eczema (and now it burns her mouth).

    Welcome to the club-it’s not so bad.

  5. joyosmanski

    I cut out gluten for awhile because I developed a tummy issue and eliminating it helped immediately. But after about a year and a half I tried re-introducing gluten, and have had no problems! So just hang in there because our bodies are constantly changing. ; )

  6. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    My sister’s been gluten-free for a few years and it definitely helps her feel so much better. Occasionally she will “splurge” and have regular pizza knowing that she will feel bad the next day but finding it worth it;-) It might be exploring whether it is actually just wheat or gluten in general.

    1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet Post author

      Yes, I’ve a feeling this is the beginning of a long journey…

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