Sometimes I feel like it’s part of my name, “Hi! I’m Pamela Vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free. Nice to meet you.”
It’s something that has taken a while to get comfortable with. Its only been a little over a month and I will admit I am still trying to figure things out. I’ve been vegetarian for years, but recently dairy free and gluten free were added to my dietary restrictions by suggestion of my doctor.
In these last 5 weeks I had to do the, “Yes I’ll come to your dinner party, but, eh, I’m gluten free and dairy free now.” Admittedly, I didn’t want to have to have the conversation, I feel bad that now I have become the person that needs to be accommodated. In restaurants ordering has also been fun. I still eat eggs so I have been able to order breakfast for the most part, just eggs and potatoes.
The first weeks I went through gluten withdrawals. Those were FUN. I had headaches in the afternoons and evenings and was getting irritated over everything and didn’t really connect it to the gluten until I started searching online. Now as I enter into my 6th week I am feeling far more level headed. I was so hungry every second of the day and had horrible sugar cravings that they were taking over my day and making me feel like a pig. It has been slowly curbing.
After only a few days of cutting dairy and gluten out of my diet completely I saw a complete different with my digestion. After 5 weeks I am noticing changes neurologically as well. The constant brain fog that I felt before is slowly lifting. It will take months to completely go away but its working.
I suffered for years with an array of problems that I had no idea were connected to my gluten/dairy intake and I am still learning new information about it everyday. In the future I will share some of my favorite gluten free foods as well as any tips or tricks on this new adventure.