If you know me in real life or you’ve been reading for a while, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard me complain about my stomach aches. (Seriously, “stomach aches” is one of the categories that I have on my blog!) My stomach has been bothering me in some capacity pretty much since I was a teenager. I’ve sort of mentioned it to various doctors, but none of them really seemed to pay attention and it was never bad enough for me to really get them to do so.
Things that I know bother me:
• Truvia (other brands of stevia including Stevia in the Raw and NuNaturals are ok)
After hearing about gluten intolerance for a while now, it suddenly occurred to me that maybe this is my problem. I’m pretty sure that I don’t have celiac disease, but I wonder if I do have some sort of sensitivity to gluten. A little Google research showed me that not only are my stomach aches a symptom, but I have some others.
• Irritability and mood swings
• Irregular menstrual cycle
• Decline in dental health
I’m not stupid, I know that having these symptoms could be from anything, but I figured why not try to cut out gluten for a couple of weeks and see if it makes any difference in the way I feel.
I’ve never felt more lost in the grocery store as I did last night on my first gluten-free shopping trip. I imagine this is what someone who decides to suddenly eat healthy after a lifetime of McDonalds and frozen pizzas feels like – clueless. Is this product okay? Is this one? I mostly stuck to things that said gluten free on them if I wasn’t sure.
I picked up a few things – some Kind bars, hummus, brown rice pasta, gluten-free waffles – but honestly, I don’t intend to substitute everything that I was eating before that had wheat in it with a gluten-free version. I have plenty of recipes saved that I can still make and I’m just going to have to figure the snacks out. Nuts, fruits, veggies, hummus, yogurt – those are all fine, so I think I’ll be okay.
Aside from the waffles and the pasta, I’ve actually had the rest of the products before. I just didn’t really know that they were gluten free. And yes, I actually do like the shirataki noodles. I know most people don’t.
Last night, I made Creamy Roasted Tomato, Garlic and Onion Soup. Only I cheated and used canned tomatoes because the ones that Kroger had were looking rough. Remind me why I ever shop at Kroger. And while you’re at it, remind me if it’s possible to ever take a pretty picture of soup.
Tonight, I used the brown rice pasta in this Vegetable Pasta with Miso Tahini recipe. The brown rice pasta tasted pretty similar to regular. It was a little stickier, but other than that, I didn’t notice a huge difference. I used just a little bit of pasta and bulked up the rest with the shirataki noodles.
Those mushrooms look pretty meaty.
I feel fine today – no stomach aches yet. In a way, I hope this works. Usually the stomach pains are more annoying than anything, but sometimes, it really, really hurts. I’d love to not feel that way anymore. But on the other hand, eating a gluten-free diet seems like a total pain in the ass! So, I guess we’ll see what happens. I’m not sure how long I should try it. 2 weeks maybe?
I’m not going to lie, if it helps me lose weight too, I’m not going to be sad about that, though weight loss isn’t my primary reason for eating this way. And also, I have no idea if I can even do this for two weeks.