Yea. I know.
So after having my son I began to get really sick. Like stomach bug sick. Like knock you to the floor, unbearably sick. All.the.time. When you have a newborn let me tell you how fun that is. It’s not. Not even a little bit. The good news is that it would come and go. The bad news was that it would stay anywhere form 3 to 5 days and occur about once a month. This began in May and continued all the way to November until I finally decided to see a doctor. When I was 99 pounds. Yes, 99 pounds. I’m a petite woman, but I am normally about 125 pounds so going down to 99 is a pretty drastic decrease, especially when I was 160 pounds a few months prior when I was pregnant with my son.
I went to see my gastroenterologist and she was rather concerned so she ordered an upper endoscopy. I didn’t know what that was, but it didn’t sound fun. I’m just glad it wasn’t a lower. Right? So beginning of December I had the procedure and as I was coming out of anesthesia they dropped the bomb that they were 99.9% sure I had Celiac Disease. In my post-sedation I wasn’t sure what that meant and kept asking if I could eat french fries or cupcakes. Priorities, yes? Her answer? If they were gluten free. What the hell is gluten free?
Once I was discharged, I demanded my husband bring me to the grocery store where I proceeded to buy what seemed like the entire gluten free aisle because I’d be dammed if I didn’t have something to eat. Because this girl loves to eat! Yes ma’am! As soon as I was more coherent I began researching what it meant to be “gluten free” and how exactly do I make that complete lifestyle change. Because let’s be honest….this isn’t a diet when you’re a celiac, it’s a complete lifestyle change.
I bought a bunch of books from Amazon filled with recipes and guidance:
Weeknight Gluten Free (Williams-Sonoma): Simple, healthy meals for every night of the week
Deliciously G-Free: Food So Flavorful They’ll Never Believe It’s Gluten-Free
Gluten-Free on a Shoestring, Quick and Easy: 100 Recipes for the Food You Love–Fast!
The Gluten-Free Bible
Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free
The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide
The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook
If you’re thinking about going gluten free by no means do you need all these books. I have a slightly addictive personality so when I decide something I kinda go all in. However, having these books in my personal library has been an incredible resource for me.
Pinterest is also my BFF when it comes to recipes and all things g-free. You can scope out all of my boards through my Pinterest link.
I’ve now been gluten free for nearly 3 months and it’s going really well. It’s actually WAY easy to cook GF and I’ve become quite good at it. I promise to post my favorite recipes as I try them. We got out to eat a lot less because 1. it’s way easier to cook at home – not to mention safer and 2. some places have a VERY limited GF menu so it’s just not as fun to go out to eat anymore. That said, I’ve been finding a good amount of celiac and GF friendly restaurants so I’ll share those time to time here as well. If I go out places I take the risk of being “glutened” so it’s not comfortable for me to go out to eat. Don’t even get me started on parties or social gatherings. That’s a whooooooole other beast.