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.
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.
I shared some of my chicken with Dawn McCoy’s dog, Miss Ellie. You can add a protein to any of their salads.
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.
Are you gluten-free? Please share some of your favorite tips, restaurants, and recipes!