Sharing something a bit different today because I wanted to let you guys know how I have been eating and why, and how it has affected me!
Me + my GF Donut 🙂
At the beginning of the summer, I was fed up with my skin issues and went to go see a couple of natural doctors who have added supplements and tweaked my diet to try and balance my hormonal levels. I have also gotten some testing done to see where my hormones are at, and haven’t heard the results yet.
Anyways, the main components that was cut out of my diet were many grains and gluten. For right now, the only grains I am eating are rices, buckwheat, and quinoa. Everything else is a no-go.
I was initially nervous about making this change to my diet because as a previous vegan grains have been my main staple for satiation. However, with my transition to eating fish and eggs, I found that I really didn’t need them as much as I thought. I am actually eating less grains and more protein and it feels amazing! I feel very balanced with my diet.
Now, back to the gluten. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some good fresh bread, toasties, and pastas. However, with cutting out gluten I have noticed some MAJOR improvements with my digestion and overall well-being. Here are a few of the benefits I have noticed:
NO MORE BLOATING
This is a HUGE one for me. While eating lots of grains and gluten, I would get bloated after every meal, even if I didn’t stuff myself. It was annoying and I would do all these things to try and get rid of it (ACV drinks, lemon water, teas, etc). When I cut these things out, I rarely get bloated to the severity that it used to be. (Of course, if I eat a humongous meal I get a little bloated). I absolutely love this change and I honestly don’t think that I will be incorporating gluten back into my diet anytime soon (maybe for special occasions only). It has been a life-changer!
2. I don’t feel sluggish
Oftentimes after eating a big bowl of pasta or a couple pieces of toast I would feel sluggish, tired, and inactive. When I cut out the gluten, I found that my food became more energizing versus weighing me down. It has been amazing! I am eating more protein, and after a workout don’t feel done for the day.
3. I’m snacking less
I think this not only has to do with gluten but cutting out many grains as well- I am replacing my grains with protein or healthy fats and it is satiating me for longer. Since grains are converted into sugars (carbohydrates) when they are digested by the body, they are used up more quickly. When the body is burning energy, it first burns sugars (it’s preferred method of fuel), then moves onto fats. So, this is why eating a more carb-y food before a workout (like fruit or grains) is better, and eating protein and healthy fats after is the best for your body. I have found with this method I am more satiated throughout the day!
Overall, being gluten free has been an amazing transition for me and my body. Even if you don’t have a gluten intolerance, I encourage you to try out being gluten free for 30 days and see how you feel!
I know finding gluten free alternatives can be tricky, which is why I wanted to share a few brands with you that I have been loving.
Breads: This is probably the trickiest. You want to find a clean, gf bread with no additives or un-pronouncable ingredients. Here are a few brands I like:
- Three Bakers
- Simple Mills Bread Mix
Pastas: Pasta is probably the easiest alternative to find. My favorites are brown rice and chickpea! Here are my favorite brands:
- Jovial Foods
- Explore Cuisine
- Eat Banza
Dessert: Nixing the yummy baked goods can be hard, but there are so many other options! Here are a few of my go-to’s
- dark chocolate
- vegan ice cream
- banana ice cream
- popsicles (catch my popsicle recipe here!)
- fruit and nut butter
Snacks: Like I said, I don’t snack too much. But when I do, it looks something like this!
- brown rice cake and almond butter
- half an avocado
- almonds / seeds
- grain free granola bars (like larabars)
I hope you find this post helpful and inspiring! Do you eat gluten free? Do you want to try it out? Let me know in the comments below!
Have a great week!
Grace // Just A Veg ♥