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Gluten-free Makes a Difference

In Diet, Editorial, Uncategorized on August 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm

IMG_20160803_1140453I took a break to fix my diet, to better my health, to figure out my relationship with food.  I’m glad to say that I have been feeling better than usual and I think it is because of my diet. I use to ask my rheumatologist  about diet and Lupus and he would say “there is no scientific proof that it will make a change in how I feel.” All the proof I need is how I feel.

Prior to changing my diet, I felt sluggish and absent minded.  I also lived my life as if were Russian roulette, never knowing how I would feel when I wake up.  Can’t say that everyday is not a gamble but I live with the game in my favor.  It doesn’t mean I’m not sick because I have bad days but I don’t feel as defeated as I use to.  For the first time I was able to take a vacation without thinking I will be sick for most of the vacation.  Did I get, sick? Yes but I was able to turn it around in less time and I do believe it is because of my diet.

I don’t eat or at least try not to eat gluten and soy foods which include bread, cereal, cookies, cake and pasta.  I have been able to find some great substitutes for my cravings and other things I have had to just forget about.  What is the biggest challenge?  Eating on the go, is next to impossible.  No burgers (not even vegetarian), sandwiches or pizza for me and they were my usual go to foods.  Now my go to is sushi and boy do I love sushi!  My favorite is spicy tuna rolls from this one restaurant close to me.  In a thousand years, I never thought I would eat raw fish but there were more bonuses than there were cons.  It is affordable, convenient to eat on the road, healthy and most of all yummy; don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

So you think that I would be the healthiest eater due to my new diet.  Not so much. I don’t eat as much junk food or fast food due to the limitations and it has helped me to finally lose over 10 pounds.  Unfortunately I skip meals because what I’ve cooked for my family is not something I can eat. I know some of you may be looking down on me because I am not making the whole family eat what I eat but that’s not fair.  I find the easiest way to adjust to this change is to experiment with Paleo recipes but that can be tricky too;  I’ll explain that in post to come. Vegetables should have increased, but my love affair with them is u and down.  I know I can’t be alone; please let me know of the challenges you have faced being gluten-free.

 

 

Almost Converted

In Cooking Tips, Editorial, Publications and Blogs on April 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

MP900402511 Desperately in need of a garlic bagel with egg and turkey bacon, I gave into my cravings. I, Sandra Lee Smith Calderon, will never eat another bagel in my life. I felt so uncomfortable, I thought my stomach was going to explode. I’ve had bouts with Candida before but nothing like this. I was so bloated; my stomach didn’t ache but it wasn’t happy with the bagel.On another day, I gave into another craving for pistachio gelato. I love and I mean this in a literal sense, love pistachio gelato. Then my stomach started up again with bloating and this time with the gas. This gas was no ordinary gas. I’m sorry if this is too much for you but these are the real signs that you should listen to your body and not your appetite. Tempted every now again, I take a few spoonfuls of gelato only to have it cause havoc on my digestive system.

So what I have I almost converted too? I think I am going to live Gluten-Free /Dairy Free Diet. Early last year, I got tested for food allergies. It was determined that I was allergic to wheat, barley and rye.  It resulted in a cut back of how much gluten I ate. I don’t have Celiac disease; I classify it as a gluten sensitivity or intolerance.  Trust me this decision didn’t happen overnight, I have been contemplating this for a while. I wondered if I could give up bread, pizza and pasta. After my incident with the bagel and the after effects of my carb loaded breakfast, I don’t think I have a choice.

wheatAfter researching alternate diets which included vegan and Paleo, I decided that gluten-free would be best for me.  Having an autoimmune disease really sealed the deal because wheat causes inflammation.  With Lupus, the last thing I want are for my joints and muscles to be inflamed.  The dairy may be more of a challenge because of my love for cheese but over time I think I will get used to it.  It is important that when making a dietary change that you (1) don’t give yourself a hard time if you do give into temptation (2) for success you will need to find alternatives for the things you love so that you can make a permanent change.

A speaker I heard weeks ago said that if you could control your appetite you could control a lot more in your life. It was at that moment that I realized that I needed to make a change. So after countless hours of Youtube videos, cookbooks and blog reading, I am leaning more to gluten-free lifestyle. Sorry Paleo, more meat and less grain doesn’t sit well with me. On the bright side I still have french fries!

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