Have you tried going gluten-free?

Before I continue with my scheduled post for today, I just had to mention something about yesterday’s tragedy in Boston. Like everyone else, my heart is aching for all those innocent runners and bystanders. How does something like this happen? And why? Seeing this kind of catastrophe can really do some harm to one’s spirit. But in the midst of such tragedy, I can’t help but think about the individuals who didn’t run from the bombs, but ran towards them, the images of all those people coming together to tear down the fence, the runners who ran staright to Mass General to donate blood, the families who opened their homes to runners who were displaced or distraught. These selfless acts give me faith in humanity and that we can come together no matter the circumstances. It gives me hope and I pray it does the same for you.

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I wanted to chat a little today about going glueten-free. Have any of you readers out there dropped gluten from your diet? While I don’t think I could ever live a totally gluten-free life, I am anxious to find some ways to significantly cut back and find some good gluten-free substitutes. There’s no doubt that I consume way to much flour – whether it be refined white flour or even wheat flour – and I deperately need to cut back. Man, do I love some good bread though!

We’ve really been focusing on “eating clean” in our house which is always easy this time of year because vegetables are fresh, seafood is easy to find and it’s super simple to throw some chicken, steak, fish on the grill for a quick and healthy meal. Now to just get my carbs under control! 

I tried a gluten-free baking recipe this weekand it failed miserably. I mean, it was really bad. Totally inedible. So this doesn’t give me a lot of hope! I would love to hear your resources on how you cut gluten out and any great recipes you might have.

I would also love to know if you’ve noticed any difference in your health by cutting gluten out of your diet.

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5 thoughts on “Have you tried going gluten-free?

  1. Samantha says:

    I actually have unintentionally cut a lot of gluten out of my diet. I don’t really eat out, I stopped going to Magnolia’s…or any other cupcake shop (sad but effective), and we are cooking with brown rice more often! You can use brown rice pasta and it tastes just like whole wheat pasta! There’s also actual brown rice, of course; and smoothies with frozen fruit are great! I’ve actually lost a good bit of weight as an added bonus too 😉 xoxo

    • Jenny says:

      Good to know! I’ve tried cutting back pretty significantly and it hasn’t been as difficult as I would have thought. I haven’t tried brown rice pasta yet though so I’ll give that a try! I’m hoping to lose a few pounds as well so hopefully this will help!

  2. Ani Danelz says:

    My brother is allergic to gluten, so whenever I am home (whether I like it or not!) I eat gluten free. There are many gf pasta on the market today and our favorite is Tinkyada. But they can be pricey! Instead substitute pasta with rice or quinoa during dinner.

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you for the suggestion, Ani! I will definitely have to try that the Tinkyada pasta. I’ve also been wanting to try quinoa but have been a little nervous to make it myself.

      • Ani Danelz says:

        It’s really easy to make and just takes a few minutes! It has a nice nutty flavor, but really needs to be dressed up. I like going italian and adding fresh basil, balsamic, and cherry tomatoes; but another great option is mexican by adding black beans, corn, jalapeno, and cilantro! Good luck!

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