Hey Folks! Happy Sunday!
This week’s edition of 52 New Things
Eating Gluten Free for a Week
This week’s challenge was to eat gluten free for an entire week (Monday-Sunday). Gluten free is just like it sounds. You don’t eat anything with gluten in it. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. I rarely eat/drink anything with barley or rye in it (except beer), so the big no-no was wheat. I chose this challenge as I know a number of people who have celiac disease. I also know a number of people who choose not to include too much gluten in their everyday diets. For me – I love cake, cupcakes, donuts, bread, beer, pizza, etc. so diet that excludes gluten would be a challenge.
Which is was.
I will have to pull a mulligan (ask for a mulligan?) on this one as I lasted until Thursday when I in a tired, absentminded state ordered a hot dog at the track on Thursday…whoops! Then, in my exhausted state when I got home, I ate a burger with a bun. I also had a pre-determined pizza/beer date with a friend scheduled on Friday, so since I had already had some gluten, I figured I would go all out and eat all the pizza and beer. and cupcakes…
Fail-town all around.
I will try this again, as it was interesting trying all the gluten-free foods and trying to determine if the taste was any different. I also bought some gluten-free pasta that I still want to try.
So a little bit of a recap on what I ate. Eating a gluten-free dinner was quite easy. I am generally quite happy with a protein and veggie dinner, so adjusting my meals to not include any items with gluten in it were easy. I had quite a bit of BBQ’d foods with salad this week. One just has to be careful with salad dressings or pre-made stir-fry sauces as they could include wheat products or have been contaminated. As mentioned, I still have to try the gluten free pasta!
Breakfast was a whole other story. I am a carb-queen when it comes to breakfast, so basically I had fruit and yoghurt every single day. I did not try any breakfast gluten-free cereals, but might want to give them a whirl. I missed oatmeal! Oatmeal is one of those “is it or isn’t it” products, but my package of oatmeal said that it may contain wheat, so the oatmeal stayed in the pantry
Lunch was kind of easy – as I usually eat leftovers anyways. I bought some gluten free cookies and crackers. The gluten free cookies were made by a company called Patsy Pie and absolutely yummy! If it were not for the price tag ($6 for a package), I would eat these cookies all the time. The cookies did have a different taste to them, but the chocolate chunks made the cookie. So good!
All in all – I would have to say that I still like my gluten-filled foods and would not really last on any type of gluten-free diet unless it was medically necessary. I did not really notice any physical different in a week, except for eating Gabriel’s pizza on Friday, but that pizza is known to make me sick.
Next week, I have to switch up as it is supposed to be the sugar/caffeine/alcohol free week, but P is away for the entire week and I do have some plans to eat some junk food. Therefore, I shall do the opposite and make Nanaimo Bars instead! YAY!