My health is a large part of my story and my life, so it’s appropriate to share with you how it has changed my life, for the better!
Most everyone that know me well, knows that I’m good in the kitchen. Along with my love for hosting friends, I love to cook and bake for people close to me. This has come with a lot of trial and epic fails, but I have truly enjoyed finding how to replace gluten in my life with new things that I have come to love. But not everything is replaceable: stuffed crust pizza, glazed Krispy Cremes, and chocolate pop-tarts are a few of those things. HA!
Glutards, as I like to call us, often will say “oh gosh I miss, ______” and then we will talk about how good it once was. This makes me laugh typing it, but it’s true. Because yes, there are things about gluten that taste good.
Even though there are things that I miss, it doesn’t take away from the reason and the benefits from staying away from gluten completely. Now, it’s also important to understand that there is a big difference between a gluten intolerance and celiacs. Celiacs is an allergic reaction to gluten, and can be very very severe. Intolerance can be a less serious condition, but also can have severe consequences. It’s important to do your research and see a doctor (but be tactful in how you go about seeing a doctor for gluten issues).
Let me give you a few reasons why I chose to cut gluten out of my diet:
1) Inflammation - gluten causes inflammation of your joints, your gut, and your organs. Cutting gluten out of your diet can dramatically decrease inflammation in your body.
2) Digestion - which is directly tied to inflammation… but if you’ve ever had digestion issues—yes I’m talking about regularity—consider the effect gluten has on your digestive health
3) Migraines - I’ve suffered from severe migraines since I was about 13. I saw a drastic decrease in the frequency of my migraines when I removed gluten out of my diet.
4) overall health - Gluten makes me feel bloated, irritated, and puffy. After removing gluten from my diet, I felt like the fog in my brain lifted, and I could think clearly, sleep better, and cut out on on the not-so-good-for-you food groups that can take up a large part of your diet if you aren’t purposeful in what you are putting into your body.
I cut gluten out of my diet when I was a sophomore in high school, right in the peak of eating take-out, quick snacks on the bus rides to ballgames, and eating at friends houses, which usually meant GLUTEN. I’ve been gluten free for about 9 years.
I’m not going to tell you that taking gluten out of your diet is easy, but its all about the little choices that become habit. It’s much easier now than it was 10 years ago, trust me. It’s so easy to find GF options these days that don’t make you want to gag.
I’ll be sharing more about my GF journey and all the things NOT TO DO when you go GF. Trust me, I’ve been through it all. Please feel free to reach out to me on instagram or via email—I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, or refer you to my favorite brands.
Make sure you’re following me on Pinterest. Especially my Paleo Recipes Board.
I’ve linked a few of my FAVORITE GF recipes here:
Recently shared on my insta: Paleo Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
Everyone’s Favorite: Coconut Flour Donuts
*I use a chocolate glaze for these donuts: melted chocolate chips + a dab of coconut oil. Also using a donut pan makes ALL the difference. I’ve linked my fav here.
Also, everyone needs an Instapot: Instapot Carnitas
My favorite Pizza dish: Paleomg Pizza Pie
All my other GF recipes are here!
all the love,