You know that feeling when you’ve just finished your Christmas Dinner, you know you’ve eaten far too much, you’re bloated and ready for a sleep. Well that’s me pretty much after most meal no matter how little I eat, and why I’ve decided I’m going gluten-free.
I’ve always struggling with bloating, stomach cramps and tiredness after eating and just kind of accepted that’s how it is, but it’s gotten worse over the past year. I barely eat bread & pasta anymore due to the nine month pregnant food belly I end up with but it’s gotten more frequent with other foods too. Last night was the final straw.
I decided to be good and have bran flakes with sultanas for supper instead of grabbing a packet of crisps or toast & ended up with such a swollen, bloated stomach. I really did look pregnant, my stomach was bulging under my ribs, it was awful.
After a night of stomach cramps then having a Google this morning I’ve decided I have to take the whole gluten-free thing seriously. I didn’t realise there was so many symptoms with gluten intolerance. I knew of the obvious bloating and digestive issues, which I have frequently, but not the tiredness and headaches which I also suffer from. I had no idea they were linked and just blamed our busy lifestyle instead.
I know I’m not going to be able to change my complete diet overnight but I’m starting to make conscious changes to give up gluten and wheat. No more bread or pasta, no more cereal or crisps. I’m going to be checking the ingredients on packaging and having a good old nosy on Pinterest for inspiration.
My main aim is to try and cook from scratch where possible to cut out gluten rather than buying all the mega expensive options from the supermarket. I have tried a few gluten-free recipes before but have never been serious about it until now.
It feels like it might be hard work but I’m ready for it and hopefully it’ll be much easier than anticipated and I’ll get used to it pretty quickly.
Do you follow a free-from diet? Do you find it hard or have you come up with some great solutions? I’d love to hear your thoughts.