being gluten free

January 1, 2013

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If you follow me on various social media channels (Twitter, Instagram, etc.), you may have picked up on the fact that I am gluten free. I began it about six months ago as a trial for two weeks and then after seeing how much better I felt, I just kept it up. I have ongoing battles with chronic headaches which have since been better when I removed gluten from my diet and also was diagnosed with graves’ disease early in 2012 which is what really led me to the decision.

I end up feeling less bloated, far less fatigued and have had so many other positive influences on my health that being gluten free has been such an improvement for my well-being. I’ve come to love vegetables even more (I’m obsessed with brussels sprouts!), gotten creative with my cooking and baking (gfree flour! slow cooker meals! smoothie goodness!) and most importantly  I’ve come to have a deeper understanding of how what you put in your body affects the way you feel, think and function.

It’s a challenge on a daily basis but my health is of so much more worth to me. If you have had special diet battles/successes as well, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. In the meantime, I finally started a board especially for Gluten Free goodness (named as such) over here on Pinterest. And I’ll also be starting a Plat du Jour column here on w&w many of the dishes featured will be gluten free so I’m excited to announce this new feature on the blog!

The above snaps are some of my favorite g-free meals. Here’s more on ’em:

Shrimp and avocado salad at one of my favorite joints in Miami, Michael’s Genuine // Brussels Sprouts with Bacons & Onions

Mexican Quinoa (so good!) // Egg Frittata at Locanda Verde in NYC

Scramble with corn, tomatoes & bacon at Ella’s in SF // Homemade butternut squash and black bean tacos

Cappuccino with a gluten free snickerdoodle at Jane in SF // Spinach salad with currants, goat cheese & pine nuts at Buvette in NYC

Barbeque chicken salad in Miami // Homemade gluten free chocolate chip cookies

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  1. Marta says:

    Looking forward to try)) Just after holidays I guess. Thanks for information, will keep in mind! Happy New Year, guys!

  2. Morgan_Lua says:

    It’s a big deal. It’s incredibly difficult. And I’m happy you’re happier and healthier. I subscribe to this as well:
    “what you put in your body affects the way you feel, think and function.”

    Keep up the good work! It’s so worth it.

  3. Jillian says:

    I self manage an auto-immune disorder through diet and don’t eat gluten or dairy. Just have to get a bit more creative, and with less choices it makes it easier and more mindful to eat.

    Here are my fav recipes on pinterest-

    • Meghan says:

      jill, that must be so hard to do no dairy as well – you are so right about the creativity though. if you have any favorite recipes do let me know!

  4. Capitol Hill Barbie says:

    Meghan, I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but glad to hear that you are managing it so well. My husband treats people with Graves pretty frequently, so if you needed any medical advice in the NYC area, let me know!

  5. michelle pickett says:

    Hi Meghan! I love finding blogs of other ladies who eat gluten free. I have been eating gluten free for a bit over 3 months now and it has cured lifelong digestive issues I have had. I am also allergic to eggs and diary so I keep those out of my diet so it is very limiting. I have to put way more thought into what I eat than others, but the benefits are way worth it. I feel so much more healthy and energetic and not sick to my stomach all the time, I never knew I could feel this good! I look forward to following your blog and pinterest board 🙂

  6. Erin L. says:

    Hi there! I just found your blog and I so enjoy it! I have had Graves’ disease since I was 12…had my thyroid removed when I was 14 and now have hypothyroidism. I went gluten and dairy free last September and I have never felt so great in my life! Losing weight was my main goal, but my overall health has benefited more than I could imagine. My thyroid meds have been lowered 2 doses since I went GF/Dairy Free and I’m at my lowest weight I’ve been in years. Keep it up, it’s so worth it!

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