Oct 9, 2013

Whatever wheat

Last month was my fresh start. My intention was to be in the moment, and I'm quite pleased with how that worked for me.

Although this is the first mention of my intention for October, Ben and I have been loving it so far! We recently decided to go gluten free. We've tried this in the past, but I think I've always seen it as "look at all these things I can't eat," but now I'm looking at how I am automatically making healthier choices.

That change in perspective has done wonders. It also helps that this is a choice (not something I'm being forced to do), but I've read/been told many times over that this might help with PCOS symptoms so I'm interested to see if that holds true for me.

So far, so good! I've been tweeting about it, and have been getting great support from friends and family alike. (Huge shout out to Lisa for introducing me to the Gluten-Free Goddess).

It also really helps that Ben and I are doing this together - I can't imagine trying to split and make half and half. I haven't seen any changes yet, but Ben says he already feels better.

So I could continue to talk about it, or I could show you some of what we've been making!

One of the first recipes we tried was Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie. This picture is not the prettiest but it was SO good! The only thing I'd do differently next time is double the topping, since it didn't quite cover the whole dish.
Next up was Real Simple's Chicken with White Beans and Tomatoes. (Are you seeing a trend here? I'm a big fan of something I mix together and then can just throw in the oven!) This was so easy it was ridiculous. You literally mix the tomatoes and beans with the spices in the dish and then put the chicken on top. Yum.
Ben and I have gone out to eat a couple of times since we started this, and we were thrilled to find a new pizza restaurant in the area that can do gluten-free crusts on any of their pizzas. This was the pear and gorgonzola pizza (with caramelized onions and walnuts), and it tasted even better than it looked!
Last but not least, my new favorite occasional treat - perfect for fall, and gluten free for the win!
We are still experimenting - we haven't tried anything too ambitious yet, but going gluten free is not as hard as I thought it would be. The biggest adjustment for me has been time - it's a little bit more time for meal planning and for snacks - it's harder to just grab something - but again, I have healthier options because a lot of the processed snack food has gluten, so I'm forced to choose something better. Overall though, I've been pleasantly surprised!

This will be more than just a one-month intention - we're already talking about wanting to continue this for awhile, but we'll see how we respond and feel and evaluate as we go. But like I said, so far so good! 

Do you lead a gluten free lifestyle, and if so, is it out of choice or necessity? Please feel free to share recipes!


Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

So glad you are trying this! I am not gluten free, but my sister is. There are definitely some challenges but it does seem like since more people are gluten free these days, there are a lot more options especially when eating out!

a/k/a Nadine said...

That pizza looks fantastic! I have considered a gluten free diet many times (I have IBS, so this may or may not help), but it just seems too difficult if I'm the only one doing it. Having my husband do it would be a HUGE help, but that will never happen. So if I do it, I'll have to go it alone. Glad it's been going smoothly for you.

Diana Mieczan said...

I would love to try the gluten free diet sometime soon. It sounds wondeful and our friends swear by it. Also, your dishes look delicious. xo

Stephany said...

Two girls in my book club are gluten-free so we always have to make sure we find a restaurant to have book club at one that caters to them! It's not very easy, honestly. It should be! I know so many people who are gluten-free and it's so good you are finding so many great resources to make this change easier for the two of you!

Katelin said...

woo wee, so glad it's going well so far.

i've found myself cheating every now and then and it's not always on purpose. there is just so much hidden gluten it's hard to always avoid it.

but thank goodness for GF pizza because man, i love the stuff. and that pizza looks delightful. also GF pasta from Trader Joe's is a new favorite of mine, so tasty!

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

I think any lifestyle change is always hard at first, but gets easier with time. What's so great is all the online resources for gluten-free cooking. I'm also impressed with all the gluten-free foods in our regular grocery store (not even the specialty store). Makes it just a bit easier for those who need to make the change. I don't live a gluten free life, though I have friends who do (and I'm making a gluten free dish this weekend, so Lisa will have something to eat!).

Mandy said...

One of my mom's friends is gluten free. Ive been surprised at how easy it is to make a few simple changes and the meals are gluten free friendly. Glad that the experiment is going well!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

As you know, I am gluten free due to a health reason. It's been nearly 5 years since I went GF and while it was a tough adjustment initially, it is a pretty easy lifestyle for me to live now. It doesn't even bother me when I can't enjoy things others are eating, like cupcakes, because I am a) so used to it and b) don't want to ever feel as crappy as I felt before I discovered my gluten intolerance. I am glad it's been a smooth transition so far for you guys! I think doing it together is really essential and maintaining different eating lifestyles would be so hard!

Amber said...

I'm not gluten free but I do feel a lot better when I don't go overboard on bread or carbs, so I totally get why people choose to go gluten free! I'm so glad you're already feeling better!

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