I have now been eating gluten free for over a month now. I do not want to overwhelm my site with gluten free information, but I thought it would be a good time to post some of my thoughts about it so far. I have many thoughts, some good and some bad.
To be honest I have had days where I have tried to make something gluten free only to throw it in the trash, it was so bad. I have been overwhelmed, unsure, ready to give up, and more. But, the majority of the time I realize this is worth it. I realize I can do this, I will make it.
(The picture is of some gluten free cheese biscuits I made last week. Recipe coming soon)
So let’s start with the negatives:
- This has been hard on my family. They miss gluten, bread, cookies, muffins, etc. I did not realize how much I cooked and bake until I took the gluten out of my diet.
- I miss baking. Baking for me was a stress reliever. I find it relaxing. When I have a bad day or get stressed, I bake. I don’t necessarily eat it, I just love to cook and bake things.
- Cooking and eating gluten free is expensive. I live in Oklahoma, we have very few health food type stores. What I can find is very expensive.
- I have always known that cooking involves science, but gluten free cooking is taking the science behind food to a whole new level. I used to enjoy the science behind food, but right now it is a bit overwhelming.
- I have thrown out more food in the last month because of cooking disasters than I ever have before.
- I am struggling to find more healthy gluten free flours. Most of the flours I have available to me are the rice flours and potato flours that have a high glycemic index. My husband and one of my daughters has a tendency towards hypoglycemia. Because of this I am going to have to watch the gluten free flours that I use. I am in the process of ordering some millet and sorghum to begin experimenting with those.
- My husband and son are hungry. They do not feel full eating gluten free. I am trying to figure out how to add some things, including more gluten back into their diet to solve this.
Now the positives:
- Many things that we already ate were gluten free or could easily be made gluten free. We already ate a lot of Mexican or rice type dishes, they are naturally gluten free. It took me awhile to step back and realize how true this is. It is really just the baked good that I have to figure out. The rest of what we ate is basically fine with minor adjustments. You can eat gluten free and still eat relatively normal.
- We are eating less processed foods. I am making more things from scratch, which I think is healthier. This is also giving me more things to post about.
- I feel so much better.
- I don’t miss gluten because I feel better.
- I think overall we will eat healthier. Because I am baking less, we are eating less desserts and sweets. We are eating more fruits and vegetables in our diet.
- If you are a long time reader of my site you know my daughter has had some health problems, including severe asthma. Since, I am eating gluten free and the rest of the family is eating mainly gluten free, we have put her on a gluten free diet to see what happens. She seems a little better, and she is willing to continue to try it because she thinks it is helping. If it helps her health issues, it will be so worth it. If I can help her avoid some of the health issues that I have had, eating gluten free will be so worth it.
- I am experimenting more in cooking. I am being more creative and thinking outside the box when it comes to cooking. I am enjoying this and am realizing that I will have disasters in order to find what works. I am beginning to be fine with that.
- Have I mentioned that I feel so much better? I really do feel like a new person. Right now as I type this it is 10:00 at night. A few months ago I would have been exhausted, ready to go to bed, and I could have slept 12 hours. The trouble was I did not sleep well. I woke up four, five, even six times a night with severe reflux. Now, I sleep. I sleep seven or eight hours straight, and it is so nice. I never remember doing that in my whole life. Even now when I only get six hours sleep, I wake up feeling rested, because I actually did rest.
- I did not realize how bad I felt before, and I never want to feel that way again if I can help it. The fact that I feel so much better, makes all the negative things about going gluten free worth it.