gluten free to help figure out stomach ailments" thing and let me tell you it's an experience. Besides suddenly realizing the sheer amount of wheat and wheat byproducts I consume on the regular, it's forced me to be creative with food in ways I really don't have the time and energy to do so. So if you plan on doing this for (a) fun (b) because you have to or (c) other, plan and prepare before jumping in.
What does that mean? It means look at your life and see how much wheat and what byproducts you consume daily. Because they're impressively good at sneaking into your diet. For example, I did not know speculoos aka "cookie butter" had yaknow wheat in it until I looked at the ingredient list. It's cookie butter and I didn't put two and two together. Genius right?
Another issue: Breakfast. This was (and continues to be) my biggest problem. I don't know about you, but I physically cannot eat before 10 AM. Period. This is something completely new because I used to be a fire breathing dragon if the clock chimed 8 and my belly was empty. I've been slowly adapting to this by taking toast + peanut/almond butter to work and eating quick bites when no one is looking. But since I no longer can (bread=wheat) things have been iffy. I've tried protein shakes, yogurt, and taking an early lunch but nothing has really replaced my late breakfast in terms of how quickly it can be prepared, ease of consumption or travel friendliness. In theory, I could make a smoothie but washing a blender in the wee hours of the morning (I don't have one of those fancy, single serve options) is unappealing and leaving a blender in the sink all day is just gross. The search for perfect gluten free breakfast continues.
What really surprised me was how quickly my stomach issues settled. After doing this for a few days, my cramps, gas, and diarrhea were pretty much gone. I started sleeping all night. And I woke up not feeling bloated. This is insane because I haven't been completely gluten free for the last two weeks--more like severely reduced gluten (see speculoos and other things). So I can't help but wonder what will happen in the next two weeks if I completely commit to this or what might happen.
Will check back in at the end of the month!
What are you favorite on the go breakfasts? Tell me in the comments! I need ideas!