I don’t eat gluten, dairy, egg, or soy?
Yup. I also cut out nuts.
That means no bread, no milk, no mac and cheese, no ice cream, no oreos, no christmas cookies, no chocolate bars…
Why did I do this?
For years, I struggled with my weight, with acne, stomach pain, bathroom problems, headaches, bloating, and I was irritable. I also had horrible periods – like crying on the floor, curled up into a ball, emergency room trip type of pain.
I wanted change. I wanted to feel better. I knew that in order to get healthier, I had to cut some things from my life. So, at the end of 2014, I made a resolution to cut gluten out of my life.
I did great but still didn’t feel good, so dairy quickly followed, then egg, and then soy. Nuts had always been a no-no because I’m allergic, but it’s sooo much harder to find soy free gluten free egg free items that are also nut free. It’s insane.
I had to learn how to make all my meals from scratch and I had to learn how to fill up on protein and veggies instead of carbs.
Today, my breakfast usually consists of cereal and rice milk. Lunch and dinner varies. Gluten free pasta, spaghetti squash “alfredo”, beer battered fish, etc.
The trickiest item I cut happened to be soy. I thought gluten would be hard, but it’s not that bad. Except holidays. But soy? Soy is in EVERYTHING. I can’t even order french fries at a restaurant because they use vegetable oil, which is soybean. That also means I had to say goodbye to most of the gluten free brands that use soy as a stabilizer.
It was really hard. And then I got pregnant. My pregnancy basically consisted of me crying over all of the food commercials I couldn’t eat. I would force my husband to eat the things I couldn’t, and I pretended I was eating them.
While it’s been such a tough road, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
But you know what I gained?
I lost weight. My face hardly has acne. I don’t struggle with brain fog as much. My stomach hurts less. My bathroom habits are normal.
If you have been debating cutting out something – sugar maybe? gluten? Go for it! You can do it and you will not regret it.
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