Posts made in September, 2013

Day 14 of 30,Wheat Free Diet – Another Dinner with Friends

Day 14 of 30,Wheat Free Diet – Another Dinner with Friends

Another Saturday and another barbecue, but this time I have no worries. Tonight were heading over to a friend’s house for dinner just like last week, but this time I’m not concerned about my wheat free diet or worried I won’t find enough gluten free foods.  For one thing it’s a barbecue so I’m safe with grilled chicken and steaks. My wife and I are bringing a sweet potato side dish and a black bean salad so I know I’ll have plenty to eat, and more importantly I won’t have an empty plate that I have to explain.   Picking at Snacks One of my Favorite Things to Do I’ve noticed that snacking at parties is easier than I thought it would be.  Fresh vegetables plates are no problem if I skip the dip, and cheese without the crackers. Or if we bring the veggies and cheese plate I can make sure they’re wheat free. Most potato chips are fine, in fact I don’t think I’ve found any with wheat yet, but I still check to be sure. Oh No! My friends Know I’m gluten Free, No Big Deal You would think someone voted Most Talkative and Class Clown would have no problem being the focus of a conversation, but I do. Perhaps I like poking fun at others miseries rather than talking about my own, strange for a guy with a wheat free website talking about his journey to millions of people on the internet. At some point the evening’s conversation turns to me and my gluten free diet. It seems most knew I was trying it and knew it was because my body ached so badly. So there was no fad diet talk, no one mentioned Miley Cyrus, just questions about the symptoms, and if I felt any different. Everyone wanted to know what has gluten in it, and if any of the gluten free foods taste good. It seems as if a large number of people I talk to about my diet have heard about the effects wheat can have on the body and they have lots of questions, as if they have been considering weather gluten is affecting their own lives. After all it took me close to a year of asking questions before I started this diet. It was also nice that they found out about my gluten free website and didn’t think it was...

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Day 13 of 30, Wheat Free Diet – More Cravings, Less Fatigue

Day 13 of 30, Wheat Free Diet – More Cravings, Less Fatigue

Wheat Free Diet-Day 13 of 30, More Cravings, Less Fatigue Today was like yesterday and the day before in that I feel a teeny tiny bit better. I have to admit I had hoped the joint and muscle aches would have diminished more, but at least I see some very slight improvement.   Still Craving The cravings for sweets continued today, as I assumed they would. When they kick in I eat a few M&M’s or a gluten free cookie but that doesn’t seem to satisfy them. So I just ignore them. Fatigue, What Fatigue? One thing I noticed today is that I don’t seem as lethargic. I feel as if I have a little more energy, not the nervous jittery kind of energy I felt on day two but a more natural improved energy level. I would say it feels like one of those “good days” when the weathers perfect and you have a little more pep in your step, or you feel a little lighter on your feet. I might just think this was one of those “good days” but looking back I believe this has been building for a few days.   Gluten Free Improvements are So Subtle One thing I’ve noticed is that the improvements I’m feeling are so subtle and so slow that it’s hard to notice them when they happen, instead its slow realization after the fact.  Like feeling a little less fatigued, I never mentioned that in the previous posts but when I noticed it today I can look back and sense very slight improvements for the last few days. What’s most amazing about this slow realization is the fact that I am paying such close attention to changes in my body so I can write about it on this blog. For anyone following this blog and considering starting a wheat free diet I would recommend waiting till you finish the diet before coming to a final conclusion....

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Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Just when I needed a sweet and delicious treat I find one, Udi’s gluten free chocolate chip cookies are yummy. They are not greasy like some store bought soft cookies I’ve tried before. These cookies are soft not crunchy with a toffee like flavor, which I assumed came from some nut by products. I was wrong; these cookies contain no soy or nuts. These cookies are very good when they are compared to a store bought cookie not a homemade or bakery cookie. You can think of them as a much better version of a Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookie. They’re not cheap about eight cookies for six bucks but they stay soft for a while after being opened, so I always try to keep a tub in the cupboard.   I know your all waiting for the rating. I was going to give these cookies a 4 star rating but I knocked it down half a star because before I got a chance to write this review I tried another great cookie by Tate’s Bakery. Could this be my first 5 star...

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