A glutton for gluten
Anywho, after years of doctors telling me I might be gluten-intolerant, and that going g-free might be an improvement in my health and diet; I’ve finally done it. Well, I’ve done it for 7 days. But hey, you have to embrace small victories in life, right? I have a co-worker who has been g-free for over 20 years, so I know it’s possible, even though right now I keep thinking how I’ll never have a Reese’s again in my life? (AHH. What? Surely I can take little exceptions.)
Nutritional restrictions aren’t really new to my life. I became a vegetarian when I was 14. Then started eating fish again then went back veggie and now am back to a pescetarian lifestyle. At some point I read Skinny Bitch and went vegan for 3 days. Then I realized I loved cheese too much, and threw that out the window. I consider myself nutritionally educated. I have always read nutritional labels. And by always I mean starting from around ninth grade (although honestly I thought everyoone in the world could eat 2,000 calories a day, even when you were 5′2″ growing girl so it didn’t mean much to me.)
My nutrition class in undergrad really inspired me to think more about what I ate (P.S. Roberta Anding , you are my hero.) and ever since then it’s been an issue present in my life. Mostly, I’ve always just scanned at the calories and serving size…trying to mentally break down in my head what “they” think I’m supposed to eat and what happens if I eat the entire package. (You’d be surprised how many individual things are actually supposed to be for 3 servings, so annoying.) Sometimes I looked at the fat, but I was never that crazy about counting fat grams or anything.
Now it’s all a new game. I scan the ingredients and try to figure out ifi anything could possibly be glutenous in some foreign language or hidden with chemical compounds around it I don’t recognize. In general, I’d like to eat things where I could recognize all the names on the ingredients anyways. But this makes it extra important. Trader Joe’s is pretty easy though since I can just scan the shelves for the little g and know what I can choose from. So far I havne’t seen a huge difference in my life. Although my co-worker (the one who was g-free) asked on Friday (that was really 2 days of the new gfree lif, and one of those being an Ash Wednesday fast) if I had changed my diet. I told him I had strated going g-free and he said my aura was really clear and that my eyes were bright. No comments there. I’ll take it as a compliment regardless of how valid or realisitic it is to see a noticeable difference in 48 hours. It’s probably actually because I am working out at a 24 hours Fitness: Derek Jeter. That’s actually the title. Who does that? (Another topic, another day)
Places I have recently learned where gluten hides for no apparent reason:
- Salad dressing. Really? Why? (It’s expensive and I still have a lot of bottles that have gluten in it… so I’m just considering it to be a trace amount and then I’ll only buy g-free ones in the future)
- Soy Sauce. Ooops blew that one at all you can eat sush and sake Friday. (Evidently they do have special soy sauce with no gluten, but I don’t carry packets in my purse for obvious reasons)
- Beer. Okay, that might not be so hidden. But it is one of the sad ways I’ll have to change my habits. I don’t want to be the girl who always orders wine even when we are at a really casual Irish pub. I mean I hail from a land full of beers. I feel like it’s an insult to Belgian’s finest breweries. But, I suppose that might just be my fate.