Is it an allergy or just a preference? I’ve answered this question more times than I can count over the last three and a half years. And the answer is…it’s a preference. I am a “PWAG” (Person Without Celiac Disease Avoiding Gluten). I chose to eliminate Gluten from my diet with hopes of feeling more energetic throughout the day and less bloated after eating. The list was plentiful—from cookies and donuts (which are my weakness), to pizzas and wraps. For the first time, I was reading food labels on a consistent basis, which opened my eyes to food and all the unpronounceable things I was putting in my body. But not to be overwhelmed, I focused solely on eliminating gluten. It definitely took some work. It took some time. It took some meal preparations. But boy, was it worth it.
Within a couple of weeks, I noticed changes in my skin, I was sleeping better at night, and yes, I had more energy during the day.
Now trust me, I love to eat out with the best of them. And being gluten free has not stopped me. It just takes a few extra steps and questions at the dinner table. Nowadays, most eateries have become hip to the GF life. Most have tweaked their dishes and developed specific gluten free menus. So, I can still go out and enjoy my favorite burger with a gluten free bun.
But let’s keep it real, there are definitely times I splurge. I currently live in the Northeast where there isn’t a Krispy Kreme in sight. Whenever, I head South and pass by the ‘Hot’ sign…my heart and taste buds cry out for a glazed donut. And I don’t deprive myself.
Now, as for the critics—and there are many, they may roll their eyes just at the thought of a GF diet. “It’s made up,” “It’s a fad,” they say. Well, for those with celiac disease, it’s neither. And for others who simply prefer not to have gluten, it is also neither. I look at it like this. You are in control of your own body. You are in control of the foods you choose to eat. For the positive changes I’ve seen in myself, no gluten for me. So, at the dinner table, I proudly answer, “it’s a preference!”
Follow my “No Gluten For Me” Pinterest board for some GF recipes.