Last night I found myself up at midnight Google searching how long I needed to be gluten-free before I know if it helps. This was after stuffing my face with marshmallows because I desperately needed something to satisfy my craving for a flavorful treat.
Rationally, I know that I have a wealth of gluten-free food options available to me, however, there is something about the restriction that just got to me yesterday.
I’m bored. Bored with oats. Bored with salad. Bored with pistachios.
Although if I am honest, the boredom routinely happens even without eliminating a good portion of American diet staples. The frustration comes in when I can’t reach for a bag of Cheez Its to soothe my soul.
I miss the foods that I grew up loving. And even though I know that McDonald’s cheeseburgers do. not. taste. good. I find myself craving those salt patties on sweet white bread.
We crave sugar, salt, and fat. And cheeseburgers, cookies, and crackers fill that void. And fruit and hardboiled eggs do not.
But I’m hanging on because Dr Google tells me that it could take 6 weeks (or more!) to determine if removing gluten from my diet will be the key to health. And I don’t want to give up. Then denying myself for the last eleven days would have been all for naught.
Thank God Dr Pepper is gluten-free. Otherwise, I would have been dead in the water 10 1/2 days ago.