So my last blog post talked about how I healed a chronic foot issue with cutting out gluten. Some of you may not be familiar about what that exactly is. Let me give you a little background.
Gluten is a bunch of different proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and oat. It is what helps give that chewy texture in breads, dough, etc. Great for bread. Not your body. But why?
See, when we eat products with gluten in them, it causes the immune system to think the components in gluten are a foreign substance and tries to kick it out of your system. “But I don’t break out in a rash or anything”. Yes, that may be so, but it’s what is going on in the inside that really matters. Your body becomes inflamed trying to build up antibodies to fight off this “foreign substance”. You become bloated, tired, itchy, weak. You may even have foggy brain….and no it’s not because you didn’t have that morning coffee!! It’s that delicious bagel you had. Or that”muti grain” sandwich you had at lunch. It doesn’t matter how they word it. Fancy gluten is still gluten. Trust me friends, I miss gluten. I am the carb queen. Bagels were my best friend…that was until they stabbed me in the back, or should I say foot.
Gluten can cause or worsen the symptoms of: Celiac, Autoimmune Disorders, IBS, Asthma, Anxiety, Depression, Arthritis, Unexplained Weight Gain and Loss, Foggy Brain, and the list goes on and on. I needed to come up with new ideas of things to eat. I would search the internet for things to make but they were a little too fancy for this busy gal, or they were desserts. Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of desserts, but I need real food folks. So here are some real ideas, for real people, on real budgets. I noticed when I starved my body of gluten (I also cut out sugar but kept raw honey and maple syrup on the list) I felt amazing. I felt like I could make it through the day without a nap. I also wasn’t starving all the time and my portions were smaller. I slimmed down (this was something I wasn’t looking to do, but hey, always a bonus)!! Here are some ideas to help you get started:
ALWAYS DRINK WATER!! Throw some lemon in there in the morning too. I got myself a cute glass container that is only my glass and I keep it with me at all time. Also herbal teas.
- 2 eggs with pastured butter, onions and peppers, fruit on the side
- gluten-free oatmeal with walnuts & bananas, or raisins & cinnamon
- smoothies: banana, raw milk, pecans, or banana, dark cocoa powder (no sugar added) and sunflower or peanut butter (again no sugar added) or anything you want
- cheese omelet with mushrooms and onion, sautéed veggies
- banana and pistachios (if I’m going running in the morning)
- eggs with sliced tomato and fresh grated cheese
- grass-fed yogurt plain with raisins, sliced almonds for crunch, and drizzled raw honey
- gluten-free pancakes (using cassava flour)
- grilled chicken salad with blue cheese and balsamic drizzle
- quinoa with saute veggies a protein (usually a leftover)
- cheese, nuts, fruit (I love blue cheese and apricots with almonds)!!
- smoothie (add some kale for protein)
- mozzarella, sliced tomato, basil, balsamic drizzle
- cheese, nuts, fruit
- fruits/veggies (pair with cheese)
- popcorn (on the stove not the microwave) and pastured butter
- raisins and nuts (usually a quick walk by and throw in my mouth)
- tea (I LOVE red raspberry leaf tea)
- rice cakes plain lightly salted if I’m in a hurry
- MON: Fish, brown rice, veggies
- TUE: Taco Tues! I do use organic tortilla chips or shells for this and all the fixings. I make homemade guacamole.
- WED: Spaghetti night! I use brown rice pasta for the kiddos and for the grown ups I use spaghetti squash. I fry up grass-fed hamburger (1lb) and mix in spaghetti sauce. Assemble in spaghetti squash and top with fresh parmesan.
- THUR: Grass fed burgers with a veggie side (no buns we use lettuce)
- FRI: Pizza! Yes, you can even make gluten-free pizza. I use cassava flour.
- SAT: We’ve been grilling so whatever we have on hand
- SUN: Crock pot something or breakfast for dinner
I save money because I buy whole foods at local places in my area. Most of our food is organic. I have made a few exceptions, but we mainly try to stick to whole, raw, grass-fed and organic. If you look, you will see that I reuse a lot of things throughout the week. I don’t have time to be all foo foo with food. I’m a simple gal. My big splurge is always a milkshake usually on a Friday night after the kids go to bed so I don’t have to hide and eat it in the bathroom. Don’t judge, you know what I’m talking about!!
Don’t be fooled with organic and gluten-free products. Most times, it’s probably a safer bet sticking with the gluten product because of all the stuff they stick in the gluten free product. Try making stuff from scratch. It also takes some time for your palate to train itself to like the “new food” as well. I usually say 2 weeks. Before you know it, you won’t be looking back!!