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.
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.
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).
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!
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