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