No, I don’t have Celiac’s. I’m not allergic to foods that contain gluten. And I won’t instantly combust if I eat it. But I do find I have a somewhat intolerance for it. I don’t feel at my best when I eat it.
On May 4th, 2011 I decided to eliminate gluten from my diet. As an experiment. To see how I would feel. Within days I felt a huge difference. I no longer felt bloated, tired or crabby. I stopped getting stomach cramps too. Being gluten free makes me feel fantastic! I’m deliriously giddy all the time now too. And I have tons of energy! For all of those reasons, I am gluten free.
When people first find out that I am gluten free, I get a wide variety of reactions. Most have a look of confusion on their face. “What does that mean?” they ask. Others who are familiar with the term ask if I have Celiac’s Disease. But mostly, people seem to think I’m limited to what I can eat. And to be fair, it’s not entirely false. I am limited to my choices when I eat out. But in my home, everything, for the most part, is gluten free.
People also seem to think that being gluten free means I don’t really enjoy good food, or that gluten free food is bland and/or boring. But nothing could be further from the truth. Gluten free food is just as delicious as anything else. With the right seasoning and food combinations, gluten free meals are delicious. And because I am eating almost exclusively natural and unprocessed food, it’s super nutritious.
I’ve been toying with the idea of transitioning my 6 year old daughter as well. She does not have a real medical need to be gluten free either (none that I know of anyway), but eating whole, natural, and unprocessed foods is still extremely healthy. So why not? It’s a win win! We’ll see how it goes.