Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Gluten Free Day 12

First I want to say thank you to my readers who still follow this blog. I've been keeping it for a little over three years now, and while it does go neglected at times, I'm making an effort to be more diligent about posting again. 

Next I must reel from my previous post. After all of my whining I weighed myself this morning and found myself 6 pounds down from when I weighed myself Saturday morning. This is a different story than what I had been so frustrated about.

This does not let me off the hook however. Just because the scale is down doesn't mean my work is done. A contraire! Glancing through the onslaught of recent facebook pictures does me no favors. I want to look hot in a bathing suit before I die. I have many more pounds to go.  

Now onward!

I've been having some deep philosophical thoughts about this whole gluten free thing since I started. One of the things I've noticed is that I file away the things I will eat when I've decided not to stay gluten free. I realize this thinking is probably not setting me up for the most success. The point of going gluten free is to determine if it is best to STAY gluten free. Realizing this also has me contemplating life without so many foods. While food has come a long way in terms of being friendlier towards allergies and health needs, there is still no substitute for a fresh hot baguette or the wonderful chewiness of nicely cooked pasta. I feel like I need to hold a funeral for all of the foods I may not ever eat again. It's a serious loss!

Another thing I've noticed is the distinction between having an allergy and having an intolerance. If I mention I'm gluten free at a restaurant I end up with food that is extremely cautious (i.e. the instance at red robin that had me so frustrated). I decided to try a gluten free pizza from Godfathers (the price was enough to limit pizza to a very infrequent indulgence) and the delivery guy had it in it's own warming bag and the box was sealed with a sticker that warned about cross contamination. If I had celiacs I would greatly appreciate this. Since I don't I kind of feel like some of this is a bit overkill and perhaps it's not always necessary to mention that I'm trying to be gluten free. If spores of wheat grace whatever food I might be eating I think I'll be okay. 

The pros of maintaining the gluten free diet seem to be the numbers of calories I'm avoiding and that avoiding said calories has been very helpful in curbing my cravings for more carbs and sugar. Here's what I ate today:
Amaranth, berries, honey and butter
a lamb sausage, heirloom tomato salad with onions, fresh mozzarella and olive oil
peanuts in the shell, a piece of chocolate, a gf chocolate brownie bite, soy sauce rice crackers
gluten free pizza, salad, and watermelon

 While I'm not exactly staying within my 1200 calories as prescribe by my livestrong app, I'm definitely staying under 2000 a day, I'm eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and I'm in no way feeling deprived. Another part of my satisfaction, I'm sure, can be credited to the amount of water I'm managing to drink every day.   

I feel like I'm on the right track and that food is not so complicated as it sometimes can feel. If I can get my exercise to catch up to my eating habits by the end of the summer, I think I'll be in good shape to reach my goal weight as the school year starts and things get busy again.

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