belly be gone, or go go gluten

Ok ok, I can see for myself, I’m not that funny.  I do amuse myself though.  Anyway, I have just hit the one month mark of gluten-free eating.  I said I’d do it for a month and see how I felt.  So, time to reassess.

gluten-free plateI have to first say, it has not been as hideous as I’d feared.  While gluten is in innumerous foods, it is rarely (if ever) in basic fruits, vegetables or proteins.  It has definitely taken more thought to prepare my meals and navigate outside eating.  But it also has not been the deprivation I’d feared.  On the whole I think I have more energy and am less exhausted all the time.  And the wheat-belly?  I can see, and more importantly, feel, an appreciable difference.  My belly is definitely smaller, but hardly diminutive.  I’m embarrassed to admit that I somewhat expected to slough off the belly fat like a mudslide in a torrential rain storm.  No such luck chum.  So what’s the verdict? 

 

GLUTEN-FREE PROS AND CONS

 

  1. more energy
  2. less belly fat
  3. eating healthier foods
  4. feel healthier
  5. protein, protein, protein
  6. less tired
  1. miss bread, cookies other comfort foods
  2. baking not as much fun
  3. too much thinking about food
  4. harder to eat out or at friends’
  5. can only have nuts outside home (Nina is allergic)

 Without making a definitive permanent decision, I do think I will go one more month without gluten.  In back and forth emails with Vered (an amazingly talented baker who seemingly works miracles without gluten), she’s given me a formula for gluten-free baking.  Other than a few loaves of gluten-free bread, I’ve been afraid to delve more into this art.  Partly because it seems so mathematical and, well, I suck at math.  But with a new month ahead of me, I’m going to give it a go.  Go go gluten free!

go go gluten

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About halitentwo

i am. god is. we are. as soon as i write something about me i change, am different, evolving. i am trans. i am a parent. i am a partner. i am a human. i am attempting to live a well-lived life in the spaces in between, beyond definition, fluid, dynamic, omnifarious and always changing. hopefully growing.
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