If you’ve been reading my posts you know I’m passionate about improving our health through diet. You will know I go on about reading labels, avoiding preservatives and reducing sugar. You might also know I have a bad habit. Bread.
I’ve always loved bread and I eat way too much of it. Even though it might be Rye, or Spelt and/or homemade – I still have too much. I have had phases where I cut it out…but it always creeps back!
There was a period of time a while back now where I had terrible stomach aches. After seeing the third doctor in my bid to feel better, she suggested I might have celiac disease. In order to test this theory, I had to see a gastroenterologist and have a biopsy. I also had to give up ALL gluten for several weeks (I think it may have been five).
Initially this was very difficult for me – however it was a good exercise in reading labels and starting to become aware of what we are eating. Gluten is hidden in so many foods. Anyway I did this for the five weeks, had the tests and luckily was declared celiac free (but diagnosed with irritable bowel).
After the five weeks of not eating gluten, I felt so much better. There is something about eating “clean” that just reinvigorates you. I made a promise to myself I would keep it this way.
I broke that promise.
I have had a few break ups with bread. That time was the first…but I snuck back into old habits of snacking on toast. I then broke up with it again before falling pregnant with Miss H. During that time I craved carbs a lot…so I started eating more bread.
After she was born toast became a quick breakfast and a sandwich a quick lunch when I was tired. Now fast forward to having had my second baby and I’ve snuck back into that pattern again. Not as bad as my earlier years…but still not good!
Why now have you decided to stop eating gluten?
It’s been a thought in my head for a while that I needed to cut down on my gluten intake. I don’t feel sick or anything, but sometimes my head is a little “foggy”. I put this down to having two babies under two and working late into the night on this blog!
I’ve read (and heard) a lot about gluten being inflammatory and wanted to find out more. So I started reading “Grain Brain”. Wow it’s scary. Once I got a chapter or so in I felt like never eating gluten again. With every bite I’ve been thinking how it could be damaging my brain. Thanks to this book I’m inspired to hurry up with my plans! Let me explain.
Want I want to do about it.
Now I am on a quest I want to write about what I’m learning to help all of you! Even if you don’t want to give up gluten, hopefully you can learn something along the way and possibly reduce your intake.
What’s coming up in the series?
Each week I will publish the next instalment of the series:
- This intro post!
- What is gluten – what grains are included? White flour vs wholemeal, rye etc.
- Why is gluten bad?
- What things are in gluten you wouldn’t expect
- Tips to cut back and be aware of ingredients
- The breakfast challenge called “Ditch the Toast!” More details to follow, however I’ll come up with some gluten free breakfasts for us to eat and try to go the week without toast!
- Bonus Week!
For me giving up bread will be harder than sugar. However like sugar, I appreciate I won’t be able to do it completely (there will be times when I will have to eat it); however I’d like to give it a good shot. I’m hoping everyone here can hold me accountable!!!
Who wants to come with me on a journey towards healthier eating?!