You may have noticed yesterday that my meal plan wasn’t gluten-free.
That’s because Sunday marked the six-week mark on my dietary experiment.
And after six weeks, I couldn’t say that I noticed any dramatic difference in my health. So to verify that suspicion, yesterday I ate pancakes. And pizza. And I didn’t have any trouble outside of some slight gurgling most likely attributed to Dr Pepper.
I realize that six weeks isn’t that long, but most people I’ve heard about going gluten-free have noticed some change within that time. And honestly, if I’m not getting big results, it’s kinda not worth the effort.
But it wasn’t all for naught. I learned a lot about food and how many of my favorite meals can still be enjoyed with a few simple alterations. And if I had ventured into GF baking mixes, I’m sure I could have lived a very satisfied gluten-free existence.
But I didn’t try these substitutions for a reason. Well, two reasons. 1) They can be expensive (although I did find a homemade rice flour based baking mix that intrigued me). and 2) I wanted to see if I could do it without them. I’ve never been great at will power but this experience taught me that I am stronger than I think. And even towards the end when I was pretty sure this was not going to be a lifestyle change for me and I was tempted by cake not once, not twice, but four times in two weeks, I stuck with it. And I’m pretty proud of that.
For all of those people who have found better health in a gluten-free diet, I am so happy for you. And I do plan to continue sharing gluten-free tips and recipes. But for now, I am going to focus on eating real, whole foods and a consistent exercise routine. I really believe that may be the key for me to get my body as healthy as possible.