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30 Day Gluten-Free Challenge

This has been a long time coming. It’s something I’ve thought about trying but I’ve always had an excuse – half marathon training, fear, time, etc. But when it comes to your health, why do we allow ourselves to make excuses? We only have one body, we only have one chance to get it right and I know that while I’m on this earth, I want to constantly be striving for the best version of myself – physically, mentally and emotionally. Maybe this will work, maybe it won’t. Maybe it’s the answer, maybe it’s not. But there’s only one way to find out. Try.

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On Sunday, I began a 30 day gluten-free challenge. I’m not trying to jump on any bandwagons, I’m not trying to get caught up in any hype, I’m trying to see if this might be the solution, or maybe part of the solution. Over the last 4-5 years, I have been tweaking my diet, replacing processed foods with whole real foods, taking away fish and eggs and then reintroducing them, cutting back significantly on my sugar intake, etc…all to find the right balance of what makes my body feel it’s best. And let me tell you, there’s a night and day difference between my health and my body now than it was 5 years ago. A positive difference.

 

But there’s still room for improvement, particularly with stomachaches that I can’t quite place. I’m not willing to accept it as my reality when I know very well there’s something else I can do. Besides, it’s only 30 days. Maybe I’ll continue past it, maybe I won’t or maybe I’ll find a  happy medium in-between. The timing isn’t ideal with the holidays but this is my health and I’m done making excuses; it’s now or never.

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Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sure to share how it’s going, my tips and advice on going gluten-free, some of the meals I’ve eaten and anything else that comes up and feels relevant. This week, I figured I’d share my grocery list. Real exciting, right? But I know many people will come back and say that it’s too expensive or too hard, especially as a vegetarian (I imagine a lot of the “what will you eat questions?” to come up) but I bought a lot of food at Trader Joe’s Sunday for only $68! (My goal is to spend about $50/week on groceries but some of this stuff will last me a couple weeks and some is for the dish that I’m bringing to Thanksgiving, but I didn’t feel like figuring out my total with those items off the list so you get it all). ;)

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I’m excited about the next few weeks. I know it won’t always be easy but I’ve had some amazing support from friends, family and my blends so I’m also excited and ready for what’s to come!

 

Do you eat gluten-free? What are some of your favorite gluten-free recipes? 

Feel free to  link them up in the comments!

Linking up to What I Ate Wednesday – come on foodie community – help a sista! ;)

Sign of a Woman’s Health {Spon}

Warning: If you’re a boy, you may want to pass on today’s post – we’re about to dive into some “girl” talk.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by U by Kotex through my agreement with Clever Girls Collective but as always, all thoughts, opinions and stories are completely my own.

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I’ve been putting off this post for awhile. Not for any reason other than I just wasn’t sure how to best share my story. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you may remember a couple years ago when I was in and out of the doctors offices, went through surgery to remove many cysts, followed by a medication that put my body through a forced menopause to deal with endometriosis, and then birth control after to reintroduce the proper hormones into my body.  That’s the cliff notes version and that all went on for over a year.

 

I’m a very different person now. Physically and emotionally.

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And maybe I’ll get some heat for this (or maybe I won’t) but this past spring I decided to put my body to the test – I chose to take myself off birth control. I’m lucky to have some amazing chiropractors at my disposal who have been my sounding board of concern but who have also been some of my biggest supporters, offering advice and reassuring me this is a safe decision.

 

You see, as women, our periods are a sign of our health. They may be a form of pain, discomfort, and annoyance but they’re still an important sign of our health and when we can’t properly monitor this aspect, how do we know where our health stands?

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And the truth was, while I was on birth control, I had no idea. I knew when I was put on it, it may take a couple months for me to start a cycle but that time came and went and still nothing. I called my doctor who told me it was normal to not have one or have a very light one while taking such a low-hormone birth control. It didn’t sound normal to me but she was the doctor, I trusted her and hoped for the best.

 

When I finally started spotting, it was like Christmas. Okay, maybe not actually like Christmas, but I remember a sense of comfort knowing something was going on, even if it was forced. This continued up until a couple months after I took myself off birth control.

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But now it’s nearly 6 months later and times have changed. My body is returning to normal, returning to the way it’s supposed to be and allowing me another way to track my health.

 

When I was asked to be a part of the U by Kotex campaign, I was in the midst of the unknown. It was a time when I didn’t know if things would continue lightly, create an onslaught or settle into a new regular. I’m still finding out exactly what’s going to happen but as each month passes, there’s a level of consistency that leads me to believe I’m on the right path. A path to improved health.

IMG_2284And this path requires protection…and thankfully the people at U by Kotex had my back and got me covered so I was ready, prepared and protected for what was (and still is) to come. I’m a busy girl so between work, staying active and hanging with friends, there’s no room for discomfort or problems (and there weren’t!)…if ya know what I mean. ;)

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It’s not easy by any means to share my story or to talk about this kind of stuff but I appreciate U by Kotex providing me this safe space today.  And while I know it’s uncomfortable and not my most fun post, I appreciate all of you hanging around and listening.

 

If you have your own story you want to share, feel free to leave them in the comments below or send me an email (kt.talkless.saymore at gmail dot com), I’m here to listen and support you. And if you’re looking for the protection from the unknown, request a free sample and try it for yourself.

I wrote this review while participating in a content series through Clever Girls Collective on behalf of U by Kotex, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate.