#CeliacProblems. And I don’t have enough time to make my own because it is midterms. Only three more days. I can do this. Then the kitchen and I will be celebrating big time. Stayed tuned for a a new recipe or two :)
Lent season is among us again, and what used to mean one of my favorite meals - Friday Fish Fry- is no more. I love seafood. I love fish. I used to love that Lent meant that every restaurant would be serving up their very best fish fry. It really is a wonderful time time of year. That is if you can enjoy it.
Now, I have to make my own fried fish if I want to experience that love again. Or restaurants need to start using gluten-free breading, avoid cross-contamination and use no dairy in the process.
1. First and foremost – the health issues! I am so thankful I am not bloated everyday with terrible stomach pain triggering random gallbladder attacks. And no hives anymore either! So many medical issues, gone!
2. Weight – since assuming a completely gluten free & dairy free diet I have lost about 15 pounds. Mainly due to the fact I do longer can indulge in the fast food and snacks that I used to. Especially when in social settings, I now have to refuse food simply because I cannot eat it. So I no longer am forced to eat when full or accidentally linger too much around the snack table. Cutting out all dairy does wonders for your daily calorie intake as well.
3. Out of my comfort zone – being gluten and lactose intolerant has really forced me to explore outside my comfort zone. If I had never been diagnosed, I would have never explored the wonderful world of veggies and alternative grains like quinoa. My food parameters have been expanded so much. Plus, my interest and love for spices has really grown.
4. Cooking- I can now cook, and if you know me at all personally that is a shocker. I was the queen of microwavable meals and take-out before going gluten free. Now, I love to be in the kitchen and experiment. Cooking is now one of my favorite hobbies and relaxation tools. I don’t think I ever would have discovered this side of me if it wasn’t for my intolerance.
5. Healthy Living – my interest in being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle has increased dramatically. Because so many gluten and dairy free recipes are also tailored to sugar-free needs, the overall healthiness of my meals has increased. I exercise more now too!
6. Money at the bars – I spend way less money at the bars because most places don’t have gluten-free beer! Also, because I am so hesitant about what kind of liquor and mixers are used, I avoid mixed drinks as a general rule as well. In addition, I don’t know if the wine will have gluten or casein so I usually just drink at home to avoid all questions! Much easier and much cheaper!
6. Happier – plain & simple, I am so much happier gluten free. My body feels better and my mind does as well. I love myself being gluten and dairy free! :)