Optimistic Vegan

Gluten-Free Adventure
April 2, 2011, 10:27 pm
Filed under: Food, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Personal | Tags: , , ,

Today I decided to try a gluten-free diet for a few weeks to see if I see any change in the way I feel. There hasn’t been a whole lot of research about gluten and especially if not eating it is beneficial to those who don’t have Celiac disease, but I figured I might as well try! Also, look for a long overdue Jane Goodall post tomorrow!

If we look back at what our early ancestors ate we can see what our bodies evolved to eat. They mostly consumed vegetables, fruits, nuts, and small game when they could get it. Upon looking this up I came across the “paleolithic diet” which sounds very intriguing. The idea is that you model your diet after the diet of our ancestors because we are adapted to it. Anyway, we didn’t start consuming grains until relatively recently when farming came around (in the whole scheme of things). Our body hasn’t had as much time to adapt to eating grains as it has eating fruits.

Even if a gluten-free diet doesn’t actually have benefits, I’ll at least be giving up a lot of processed foods that I know aren’t healthy. I reached for one of the many Newman-O’s that my dad bought me, but sadly they have wheat. So no cookies, cake, pie, bread, calzones (on Calzone Wednesday!) but we’ll see how it turns out.

My amazing friend, Kristin, is gluten and lactose intolerant and just started being vegetarian! She will be my inspiration for my gluten free journey.

Good bye gluten, hello tons of veggies! I’m so glad that potatoes don’t have gluten, because I don’t think I could give them up. Phew!


I couldn’t think of any cute pictures related to gluten, so here’s a baby duck! Kaity and I saw duck rape for the first time yesterday, and it was so sad to see! But duck rape means baby ducks! (Some male ducks, such as mallards, do actually force penetration on the females. However, apparently female ducks are fighting back and have evolved long, twisted vaginas that can stop unwanted intercourse. You go girls! But someone has to make those baby ducks.)


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Go You! I am so excited for you to be willing to experiment! Just a heads up, don’t expecting to notice “feel good” results right away- it takes about 3 months to get enough gluten out of your system before seeing results, if any.

Commenting on the “paleolithic diet”: you see how simple that is? The foods were only made up of one ingredient- the specific food. You hear how cigarettes and other drugs are so unhealthy for you because they have a bajillion ingredients in them. I think its logical to deduce that simpler = healthier. Therefore, cutting out processed foods should be healthier.

Aw, thanks for the shoutout 😀 Welcome to the land of rice and potatoes, my friend! (Well, and veggies and fruit, but youre already here so yeah 😉

Comment by Kristin

Ah, I’ll keep that in mind. Maybe I’ll try for longer? So far I’ve been going strong for two meals! Clif bars aren’t gluten free!!

Agreed, I think simpler=healthier too. But we’re lazy and prepared foods just make it so much easier.

I will gladly stay in the land of potatoes! I don’t eat a lot of rice though, but while I’m here (in the land of rice and potatoes) I might as well.

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