My Return to (Almost) Wheat-Free Eating

I have a confession to make… I have been a giant gluten-glutton since October. I have indulged in bread, dabbled in cupcakes, and even baked a loaf of real bread or two. Sigh… 

So that’s why I haven’t posted anything in a while, in case you were wondering. I think the biggest issue with being gluten-free has been going out for food. I started dating someone last summer and he wants to go out for food constantly, almost DAILY, and eating from a restricted menu at the same old restaurants gets really old, really fast. I guess you could say I caved – and boy am I regretting it! 

All that weight I lost? Oh yeah, that’s back. I’m possibly in the worst shape of my life also because I’m in class 7 hours a day sitting at a computer. I’m more lethargic than ever, I swear to god my vision is worse, my allergies have been so bad that I might have to start getting allergy injections again, and I’m pretty sure the bags under my eyes are going to start their own colony. Square one is the worst place to be. 

That being said, I’m going to go back to a *mostly* gluten-free diet. Being 100% absolutely gluten-free is tricky when you go to the occasional birthday party or nice meal, and I’d rather sporadically cheat than be like, “Well, guess I’m not gluten-free anymore! BRING ON THE PANCAKES!” and just binge for months like I’m going into hibernation. I keep having to remind myself that I am not a bear. 

Little Benny has been feeling the effects of my gluten obsession as well. All the carbs make me super tired and lazy, so he hasn’t been getting the long walks he so deserves/needs. Getting back into the groove of things is tricky, but I actually miss eating a clean diet. I look and feel like a whiny bag of garbage. To kickstart this (again) I made a delicious grilled salmon salad! I’ll post the very simple recipe in the next blog entry. 

Also, a little bit of potentially life-changing information for any of the ladies that follow my progress, some of you may recall that I struggled with anxiety/depression which was one of my initial reasons for going gluten-free. Firstly, let me just say that it did help a lot and I was much happier for it. Absolutely try going on a gluten-free diet if you want to elevate your mood and have more energy. But I also learned that my body wasn’t tolerating my birth control, which I had been taking for almost eight years, and I ended up going off of it. I have never been happier with any decision in my life. I know now that putting extra hormones into my body was completely changing  my mood and stopping me from being happy. I’d never even been able to have a long-term relationship before because I was so anxious all the time. I highly recommend looking into alternatives if you’re struggling with anxiety and you’re on the pill. I know that’s not related to being gluten-free, but I think it’s a really important thing to know!

 

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6 thoughts on “My Return to (Almost) Wheat-Free Eating

  1. I just found your blog and have really enjoyed looking back at your previous posts. I’m looking at becoming gluten/wheat free for health reasons and have already found your thoughts and experiences to be great motivation and inspiration. Good luck becoming mostly what-free again and I look forward to your future posts!

  2. I just found your pretty blog, and am LOVING your sweet little scrumptious Benny…..what an adorable little munchkin!!! Now, onto why I’m here! I just started the wheat free thing almost three weeks ago, and have sooooo much more energy now! But I haven’t been able to lose any weight, and I am attributing that to the other carbs I’ve been eating i.e. potatoes, rice, corn tortillas, etc. So……beginning today I haven’t eaten a single carby thing, and boy is it hard to do when you’re a VEGAN!!! Your food looks so delicious, but alas! I can’t do the meat/cheese thing. If you happen to come across anything yummy, low-carb, AND vegan please let me know! Keep up the good work on your adorable blog, and kisses to that sweet little love muffin Benny!!!

    • Thank you! Benny is pretty adorable 🙂
      I’m actually trying to cut back on my meat intake as well, but I find it impossible to go totally vegan AND gluten free at the same time. I rely on eggs a lot for energy, but luckily my friend has a hobby farm with like 50 chickens that have lovely lives and I can get my eggs from her. I also am trying to eat more seafood and less red meat, so I’ll be posting some of my vegetarian stuff soon! I’ve been totally slacking on posting recipes, but I’ve been taking pictures of my creations so I’ll probably post it all at once sometime soon! I’ll try and personally let you know if I post vegan dishes 😉

  3. Reblogged this on creativeglutenfree-on a diet and commented:
    OH I CAN SO RELATE, I’VE DONE THE SAME THING MANY TIMES AND HAVE JUST STARTED MY OWN BLOG TO TRY AND KEEP ME ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW. I WISH YOU LUCK AND HOPE THAT SINCE YOU WROTE THIS YOU ARE FEELING MUCH BETTER. WHY DO WE DO THINGS TO OURSELVES WHEN WE KNOW IT WILL HURT US? BEST OF LUCK, VAL

    • Me too 😦
      I really want to start over but it’s so HARD. Being a gluten free vegan makes it nearly impossible to enjoy cooking and eating the way I used to. I’m tempted to start eating salmon and organic local eggs just so I can stay wheat free. I hate having no variety in my diet. And cooking is just no fun anymore.

  4. Just searching online about being gluten free, on the pill , and having anxiety and found your website. I just went gluten free (been a vegan for over a year now) and have since felt more and more anxious each day. I think that any destruction that was occurring in my intestines while eating gluten is healing so my birth control is more readily absorbed onto my blood stream. That being said, I’m going to talk to my gyn and get off of this birth control pill.

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