Thursday, January 02, 2014

Gluten Free, Day 1

In case you missed it, I mentioned that I wanted to go Gluten-Free for 30 days, just to see what it was like. I have not been diagnosed with any gluten intolerance and as far as I know I have no sensitivity to it. But I've heard how much better friends of mine feel after being gluten free (specifically Amanda). So much so, that I figured there is no harm in trying it myself.

Since I have no symptoms now, I don't really expect to notice a difference. But if I'm wrong, and at the end of my experiment, if I saw improvements to say my breathing, running, or had less severe daily allergies  - basically anything that would dramatically impact my life - I would consider removing gluten from my diet. Or at least remove most of it, and reintroduce a handful of things to see how it impacts me.

Today was Day 1 and below is what I ate (followed by the PointsPlus values). I admit, I had to google "Is ____ gluten free" many times today, but I'm pretty sure I made it through the day without any gluten. However, if I made any obvious mistakes or you have advice, leave it in the comments.

  • Coffee with Almond Milk - 1
  • Steel Cut Oats - 4
Morning snack:
  • Vanilla Coconut Yogurt - 1
  • Blackberries - 0
  • Super Salad! - Kale, Tempeh, Chickpeas, Pomegranate Seeds, Scallions, Chia Seeds, Tomato, Raw Dressing from Sun in Bloom (I checked the few ingredients and am pretty sure they are all GF) - 7  (*I forgot the avocado!)
Afternoon Snack:
  • Pistachios - 3
  • Banana - 0
  • Coconut Oil, Broccoli, Peas, Onions, Bell Pepper, String Beans, Asparagus Spears, Tofu Shirataki, Lukas Veggie Burger, Purple Cabbage, Cilantro, GF Hoisin Sauce, Sriracha - 7

That all adds up to 23, which means I have 3 PointsPlus to go spend - I think I'll go heat up a piece of GF bread and throw on some PB2. Yummmmmmm!

I'm not sure how often I'll blog about my experiment over the 30 days but I will definitely blog after the 30 days to let you know how it went.

Before you mention it in the comments, yes, I know beer has gluten. This obviously means I'm going 30 days without my precious elixir. Yes I'll miss beer, but I bought some GF beer in case I really have a hankering for something beer-like. I'll also miss seitan & vegan sausages, but I'm sure I'll survive without my fake meats for a little while :)

Finally I have to wish you all a Happy New Year! And if you're in the path of the storm, be careful out there tonight and tomorrow. Sarge is keeping an eye on things for me -


  1. I know I said most of this on your FB post but be careful w/ Tempeh. I've used Turtle Island, (they have 2 gf varieties) and Lightlife has two as well. Oh and your oats....unless they're gf. It does make a diff to make sure your oats are gf because they are not only grown in fields adjacent to, but are processed in the same facilities as wheat. (A double whammy.)

    Complete abstinence is the only real way to tell if it is indeed a problem. You also want to note improvements with bloating, skin issues, food cravings (particularly sweets), digestion, energy levels, pain or swelling in joints and anxiety. I don't know if these are issues for you but I noticed improvement after just 2 weeks.(In addition to my allergies and asthma.) Nothing was a cure but serious improvements.

    Thanks for the heads up about the Lukas burgers. They look awesome! I'm in Stagnant Isle, but I'm going to see if my hfs will carry them. Also thanks for the hoison sauce tip...I did not know about it. Not that I cook much :p

    I also wanted to let you know about Beyond Meat. They sell it in Whole Foods and local health food stores, it's a gf....quick and easy chicken 'meat'. I love it and it's been a lifesaver because it's so quick and easy.....they have a few different varieties, all gf but I've only tried the grilled. Pretty sure that's the only gf chicken analogue I've come across.

    Notable burgers are Hilary's Eat Well and Sunshine Burgers(these are both whole food, non gmo and so good!) and for a Boca comparison look for Franklin Farms Portabello Burger. Also, Wildwood has a gf tofu spouted burger and meatballs that are pretty awesome :)

    If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. I'm the CCL Club lady that remembered Booba on FB. You can shoot me a message there (Samantha M) or email violettfem(at) Sorry about the novel :) It's tough being a gf/vegan....just excited to share! LOL.

  2. You may want to try an app for that! I

  3. I tried to do 30 days sugar/grain/legume/alcohol/soy free (I eat meat, otherwise I think it would be impossible). I made it to 8 days - much too hard and I felt awful the whole time. Gluten only sounds much more do-able. Good luck in your experiment.

  4. Good luck with your experiment! I had a gluten free day as well, although that wasn't on purpose.

  5. I love that photo of your kitty!! What a watchful buddy.

  6. Fantastic photo of a beautiful cat!

  7. what a great way to try it out , that way at least you'll know. I don't try to be glutenfree but eat very little on my low carb life because gluten=carbs. good luck darling lookin forward to hearin about the gf journey!

  8. Good luck going GF. I'm doing the same to see if it makes a diff. Love your blog - so glad you're posting again. You inspire me and I have you on my reading list!

  9. Try OMISSION beer - gluten free and pretty fabulous!

  10. Good luck going GF. I tried it and it didn't work out so well (but that's because my hubby hates the pasta and the bread is pricey!) I gotta tell you though, every time I come to your blog, I am struck by that picture of you on the pink bike. So retro, very cute!

  11. I went Gluten Free for December (while also following WW). I was curious to see if I had any gluten sensitivity. The first 2 weeks I went fully grain free then after that I allowed grains that had no gluten. Anyway, as it turned out I wasn't gluten sensitive but I was glad that I tried it and checked it out.

  12. To the person who leaves me anon comments NOT for publication re: my Flickr stream, I appreciate your help but you are making me crazy!!! comment on the photo itself, I cannot scroll through 70000 photos and quite honestly don't understand how you have time to do it. Please sign up for an anon account on flickr and leave me a comment on the photos as you find them. Otherwise please stop telling me via comments on my blog. Also, the scumbag NYPost refused that request when the article first went up. Believe me, I fought with them. Thank you.

    1. Sorry for making you crazy!!! It was not my intention at all. I hope my comments had nothing to do with you stopping blogging. Leaving comments on the pictures was also my first thought, but I thought you might find it offensive that I pointed out sensitive information for all to see in a public forum without informing you privately first. I skimmed through the archive thumbnails with captions and took a closer look at many. It still took months, but your Flickr photostream is like a good book with a great story that I had to finish! Action, adventure, friendships, romance, humor, individuality, originality, sightseeing, great style, art, personal struggles and so much more! It would make a great movie!

      Sorry for responding so late, I just found out you were blogging again and found this comment from you. I found a few more photos with content you might not want to be online. Would it be OK if I Flickrmailed you easily clickable links for your consideration?

    2. yes please that would be fine - anything to make this process easier. thank you.

  13. I am making a random comment not related to the gluten free post so forgive me. But I just feel the urge to comment that your style is super cool! Both before and after weight loss. Do please update on how the gluten free thing went. I'm not sure if you've updated and I'm just not seeing it or what. I'm gonna read through your blog now.

  14. Hi! When will you blog about your findings from your 30 day GF adventure. I'm dying to hear how it went! :)

  15. Oh Sheryl----please blog again....just something. Bikes, graffiti, vegan, smiles, city, life's journey. Just been missin' you.

  16. This is great! I think the biggest problem regarding weight loss is that people don't eat enough which results in metabolic damage which then results in people spending the rest of there lives trying to get in to shape. So many people get in shape from eating dangerously low amounts of calories and excessive amounts of cardio and then then they gain it all back and can't get it off again.

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  17. Great inspiration, doing exercise and watching meals are keys when you are a full time worker.

  18. Good luck on your experiment! Hopefully it goes well, going gluten-free sounds a lot easier than going carb, alcohol or even legume free. You are definitely an inspiration to us all.

  19. Love your blog! I just started my weight loss journey and blog. Hope to have similar successes. Congrats on the hard work!

  20. AnonymousJune 11, 2014

    Really miss your blog so much. I have finally started searching for others...they are out there, but yours is still my favorite! You're still bookmarked and probably always will be. Hope you're doing well. :)

  21. AnonymousJune 27, 2014

    Please come back to this blog.

  22. Hey beautiful lady, I stumbled onto your blog about a month ago and have been slowly catching up a few posts at a time (I'm currently in August of 2010). I don't know if you purposely stopped updating but know that all the wisdom you have left here is a tremendous help to me and surely to countless others. Thank you for sharing your awesomeness with the world! Hope you eventually return to blogging :)


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