Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! It was Fleet Week here in San Francisco but I didn’t actually participate in the festivities. Instead, I spent the weekend with my family enjoying some quality time. On Friday, my mom and I had a little Girl’s Night and we went out for a fabulous dinner, Saturday was spent with my mom and her best friend and Sunday involved most of my family coming together to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday. Sometimes, I can’t believe that I am so blessed- I truly have the most amazing family and am so lucky that not only do we all get along, but our time spent together is so much fun! It was sad to see my brother and sister-in-law go back to Texas today but I’m hoping they visit again soon!
One thing that I had to keep in mind during this weekends festivities was my new diet. Remember when I mentioned that I’ve been dealing with horrible abdominal pain for the last 10 months? Well they still can’t figure out what is the cause, but as a new test, they suggested I go gluten and dairy-free. I’ve referenced before that my mom is gluten-free, so as you’ve seen, I cook that way a lot naturally. However, going dairy free was a whole new ballgame.
I mean remember my birthday dinner party where everything revolved around cheese? Well, my favorite food has been removed from my diet as of now. I’m only one week in but I’d say that so far it’s going pretty well. I feel like I have more energy, am not bloated and haven’t been in pain. I’m not sure if this diet will be a lasting thing, but I’m hopeful that being pain-free will! I’ll be testing this for about 5 weeks by trying to eat dairy and gluten (separately) and seeing if those cause discomfort.
The one fun thing about this is that I’m finding all sorts of new foodie finds that I will definitely share with you soon. I get very excited when I find something that tastes delicious, and is gluten-free and dairy-free. For all of you other “free” people out there, I’d love your help with protein though! Although I’ll eat chicken or veggie burgers in the afternoon or at night, I find myself struggling with getting enough protein at breakfast. I don’t eat eggs or soy products, so I’ve been doing almond milk yogurt or quinoa flakes but am missing the lasting effects that my 20 grams of protein in Greek yogurt used to provide. Any suggestions?
Another thing I’ve realized is how much I appreciate when restaurants label their menus and make it easy to identify foods that I can eat. I hate feeling isolated because I “can’t” eat something so when I can just ask for a separate menu and order anything I want off of it, I feel normal!
I’ve also come to rely on some great gluten-free blogs like my new favorite discovery, GF in SF. Lauren posts about recent gluten-free finds, but the best part is her restaurant reviews throughout San Francisco. These posts make it so much easier to find great gluten-free restaurants and is a fantastic resource.
-Any GF/DF tips you can share?
-Have you ever gone anything “free”?
-I’d love to hear stories if any symptoms you had before going free too!