After years of having mysterious health problems - stomach pains, fatigue, deep lines under my eyes and insomnia, I began to experiment with every diet under the sun to find out what was wrong with me.
I cut out dairy for nearly two years, experimented with vegetarianism and veganism, and even the raw food diet. I felt a little better eating all raw but it wasn't realistic for me. Woman cannot live on banana alone.
I tried pretty much everything except for cutting out gluten. I resisted it for so long. It seemed like the new diet trend and everyone was convinced they had an allergy to wheat all of a sudden. But I was still sick. A lot.
So I started cut back. Then I'd test myself by eating a muffin and my stomach would immediately puff out like I was smuggling a bowling ball and I was so tired I could fall asleep under my desk. We went to Miami and I insisted on eating fried Calamari and was so sick afterwards I could hardly enjoy my crab (at Joe's Stone Crab no less).
Since then I've cut gluten out my diet completely. I'm careful in restaurants, a pickier grocery shopper, and I'm better educated about what once cause me to fear going out for dinner. I now enjoy my meals and the comfortable full I feel afterwards.
Do I feel deprived? No. I can eat bacon, cheese, yogurt, beans, corn tortillas, butter, unctuous seafood and drink all of the wine my heart desires (it's my head that suffers after that one).
I also find fun ways to replace foods I once enjoyed mowing down on. Like cereal. Cereal is a handy dandy thing to have in your cupboard and eat for any meal. I've always loved the ones packed with fruit and nuts...and usually the long list of mystery ingredients that follow.
These days I take great pleasure in making my own granola with wheat-free oats and as of late, this little bowl of sunshine. You don't need to have a wheat allergy to eat this, just a love of fresh ingredients that will make your tummy thank you.
Morning glory bowl:
- banana, apple or pear
- dried fruits and/or berries (goji berries, dried cranberries, prunes)
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
- 2 tbsp dried coconut
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup almond milk
Other Breakfast Options: