Due to nearly 7 years of continuous stomach aches, I’ve decided to do something about it! I’m in the process of being tested for Celiac’s Disease, which is a gluten allergy. This means I’m not eating anything with wheat, barley, rye, or oats. Being that my diet prior to two weeks ago consisted of bagels, pretzels, and pizza (yes, im a poor college student), my diet has drastically changed!
I’ve been eating a lot of veggies, rice, and fresh fruit. Instead of bagels with peanut butter, I’ve been taking rice cakes with me for my Mcdonalds mornings. At Chipotle, I started ordering a bowl, instead of a burrito. It hasn’t been that bad, if anything, it forces me to eat healthier. I’ve been feeling great and my community has been really helpful- eating places where I can get a salad or baked potato. Many of my friends are actually considering jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon to see if the allergy is the cause of their stomach problems too!
One thing I did get sad about was the fact that most baked goods typically have wheat flour in the recipes. This means no cookies, brownies, cakes, etc. Since I am in charge of making the treat for my community group I got a little depressed…UNTIL!!! Last night Kevin & I went over to Michael & Andrea’s for dinner and Michael made gluten-free chocolate chip cookies! They were delicious! The Nusbaum’s even got me started with gluten-free baking staples that most recipes call for: brown rice flour, xantham gum, and tapioca flour! Thankful for a community that meets needs and comes alongside eachother!
I’ve been enjoying the changes. Whether or not the tests come back positive after these first few weeks, I’ve been seeing the positive side effects of the lifestyle! There are even studies done to show the decreased likelihood for obesity or autism in young children raised on this diet!
Watch out Amurica.