My Gluten-Free (Amongst Other Things) Journey

I realize that many of you know what I don’t eat, but may not know why I changed my diet, the challenges I’ve faced in doing so, where I’m at now, or my top 5 tips (plus I’ll also share some reader favorites)! 

I’ve been eating gluten-free (amongst other things-free) for almost two years now.  In January of 2013, I was tired of the constant bloating, stomachaches, and major digestion issues that began affecting my day-to-day.  I literally didn’t want to go out some nights due to how uncomfortable I felt (gassy and constipated, to give you too much information). Probiotics did the opposite of what they were intended to do for me, along with basically everything else I had read to do (no prunes, nothing)! 

I knew I needed to make a change and decided to eliminate gluten and dairy from my diet.  I decided to regularly include exercise, focus on eating real foods and ditching the processed junk.  Mike was in shock when I actually didn’t reach for the bread basket at dinner, or put cheese in our eggs.  Literally, he was shocked, but I knew I needed to finally do this.  

 After a week or so I was already feeling so different, I couldn’t even believe it.  At the time it got me 85% there, or to where I’d hope to be, but I knew I could do better.  I’ve kept pushing to figure out what worked and what didn’t work for my body, and that’s what it is all about… listening to YOUR body.  

I think how I initially healed my leaky gut was by being strict.  I really didn’t eat gluten-free baked goods at the time, even moderately.  I was so focused, and with constant working at it (I still am), and different experimentation with various eliminations, and additions of supplements, etc., I’ve rid myself from all of those previous symptoms.   Now, I can have these things once in a while, but in the beginning I think it would have slowed down the healing process.  

I now avoid grains, refined sugars, soy, gluten, dairy, and often nuts. I also try and eat a low FODMAP diet. I buy local as much as possible, and rarely ever buy packaged, processed food.  I do this in response to listening to my body. I’ve found that this is what works best for me.  

What about present day? I have changed my life, but I am always still learning, adapting, and working towards optimal health. And I still have unanswered questions like: Why does my body react to bad oils when eating out? Why isn’t my skin awesome? What triggered my gut inflammation to begin with? I’ve recently started seeing a functional medicine practitioner to work on answering these questions.  You see, I’ve coped amazingly with everything thus far, but now it’s time to figure out some of the underlying causes! Where to Start

This journey for me has been incredible. I’ve met amazing people, I’ve changed my life, and I know I will only grow more and learn from here.

5 tips when adjusting your diet

Where are you on your journey? Remember, start slow and don’t drive yourself crazy with 1,000 new limitations off the bat.  It’s a process, and one you’ll want to do successfully and not feel stressed or overwhelmed about!

Learn more about living gluten free! Visit http://udisglutenfree.com/community 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Udi’s Gluten Free. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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5 comments on “My Gluten-Free (Amongst Other Things) Journey

  • So interesting to read more about your story as I hadn’t heard it before. I’m actually (mostly) gluten-free by accident, because it has nothing to do with gluten, which usually surprises people. My food intolerance includes a component found in wheat and many other grains, so because I avoid those (most of the time), I am incidentally gluten free. That said, identifying my own food intolerance (fructose malabsorption) has been so life changing in terms of how I feel every day. Like you I avoided going out, etc., because I just felt so terrible. These days, I feel much better and I’m learning how much I can handle of different foods before it affects me so I don’t have to be so strict. It’s a slow process, but it’s so worth it!

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  • Thank you for your amazing blog. I have the same intolerences, as well as egg. This makes eating out so challenging, especially breakfast! I must admit, I have been lazy lately and have used gf as a crutch and have consumed way too many processed gf foods. I enjoyed your article and it has got me thinking to re-heal my gut (which as a result has grown way too much!!!) wish me luck as I try to get back on track. Life is too short to be overweight and facing potential health problems!

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  • Hormones made me go Gfree and dairy free..been 10 days…WOW!!!!!NEVER thought I could do it…I LOVE DAIRY!!!But i was abusing it…”over dosing” if and when I go back a little bit it will be EXPENSIVE GOOD DAIRY…..in moderation….Right now I am deliriously HAPPY!!!!!

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  • Hi Lexi! First of all, I think it’s so great what you’re doing to change/improve your overall health/lifestyle and for sharing your experiences with the rest of the world. But just out of curiosity, what sources/references for factual nutrition/health information do you use? I understand that there are a lot of information about health/nutrition available out there for everybody–but as we know, some of them can be fads and gimmicks. Do you consult with a Registered Dietitian or any other healthcare professional? Just wondering.

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  • I found your blog by happy accident recently. I have had Celiac Disease for 20 years and been eating strictly GF that whole time. I wasn’t feeling myself this past year and through several tests and an Endocrinilogist appointment, I was diagnose with Hashimoto’s Disease, which had caused me to be have Hypothyroidism. I’ve been doing a lot of research since my diagnosis, and eating the way you do is the way to go for anyone with an autoimmune disease. I have changed my tune from the “why do people without Celiac Disease want to eat gluten-free?” to realizing there are a LOT of other autoimmune conditions that are related and can benefit from eating GF and paleo too. Anyway, THANK YOU for your amazing site, I love it! And I used to live in Boston too. If you still don’t feel all the way better though, I would suggest asking your Dr. about autoimmune disease and see if you may have an issue. Keep the awesome recipes coming!!

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