Gluten Free Challenge Day 1

Udi has asked me to take the 14 day Gluten Free challenge. I have decided to give it a try. Learn more about why I am doing this gluten free challenge.

My Gluten Free Challenge plan…

I am starting the Gluten Free Challenge today and I will go until October 21st. I was so pleased to get so much feedback on my Should I Go Gluten Free post last week. Fab friends on the Fabulessly Frugal facebook had lot’s to share too! After reading all of your comments I felt cautiously motivated to get started. Some of you expressed concerns about me losing nutrients in my diet. Others were concerned that I could not be properly diagnosed down the road  if I rid my body of gluten now.  I appreciated that feedback. So I have decided that I will be sure to take my multi-vitamin daily and I am only going to try this for the two week challenge. If I notice a difference I will consult my physician before I go any further. I do not think that I have celiac disease, I do not get stomach aches. I am not too worried about jeopardizing a diagnosis by trying the gluten free challenge for two weeks.

Do you want Gluten Free updates?

  • How often do you want to learn about my progress? Daily, weekly?
  • Do you want know what I am eating daily or just in general?

Let me know what you think in the comments! 

I need your help…

I can not do this alone. I need your help. Here are some ways you can help me.

Help #1 Join me in the challenge and comment on how it is going for you.
(Monday Oct 8th-Sunday October 21st)

Help #2 Leave some suggestions in the comments of food that I should eat during my challenge. Feel free to link to gluten free on Vitacost.

Help #3 Share links in the comments to recipes that are gluten free.

Help #4 In the comments give me some tips you have learned from any kind of diet not just gluten free.

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Comments

  • Sophie

    You’ll do awesome Monica!

  • Lisa

    I would LOVE to hear your progrss DAILY and hear exact meals you are eting daily. I was diagnosed with a condition a few months ago that I have learned could be seriously affected by being allergic to gluten, but I am having a hard time getting started on the diet. I would love your feedback and it will give me some incentive.

    GO MONICA! I am glad you are doing this. I have been reading and reading about the benefits of Paleo and I believe it would be the best thing I could do to change my diagnosis. I will keep watching.

  • So not as relevant if you’re only doing it for 2 weeks but the best advice to me when I had to switch to gluten-free was to avoid all products that usually have gluten in them (bread, pasta, etc) for the first few weeks and just focus on the foods that are naturally gluten-free. Lots of potatoes, rice, corn tortillas, etc to accompany meats, fruits and veggies. That way you don’t miss the wheat as much (in theory) and you lose the taste of wheat so when you start on products like Udi makes, you’re not comparing them to what you ate yesterday that had gluten in it. Then they taste better! Other than that, recipes from gluten-free blogs have saved my life, although I’m only starting to try baking with non-gluten flours are a few months. Its was scary and quite an investment to purchase the different kinds of flours!

    • Monica

      That is fantastic advice. I think it would be very helpful to other people working on being gluten free.

      My bosses wife bakes with bean flour and she is one of the best cooks I know.

  • Andrea

    Enjoy the gluten free journey! It is hard at first, but after a while, it really is easy (believe it or not)! One of the fastest ways to learn how to cook gluten free meals is to try http://www.emeals.com. They provide weekly menus, complete with recipes and a one page shopping list for 7 gluten free dinners that cost less than $100 total. I pick and choose which ones I try b/c I also avoid dairy (and I also like to shop from my pantry/freezer from all the deals I got coupining!) Aside from emeals, a simple way to do meals is to cook a meat/fish, a veggie, and a starch. You also need to find some substitutes for the breads, crackers, and baking mixes. A few of my favorites: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Schar Gluten Free Classic White Bread Mix, Hodgsen Mill Gluten Free Flax Pancake Mix, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour, Schar Gluten Free Snack Crackers, Glutino Gluten Free Table Crackers, DeBoles Multigrain Pasta. Some of these you can get on Amazon.com with subscribe and save, Walmart, or the local health food store. Costco also has a lot of products that are gluten free. One other suggestion – whenever possible, cook gluten free meals for the whole family. That way, no one feels left out or has to watch others eat “forbidden foods.” Nowadays, gluten free foods are quite tasty!

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