Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gluten Free 30 Day Challenge

And BAM, just like that, I rocked at my Gluten Free diet for 30 days. That's right... I'm all done! And I didn't cheat one.single.time, even with all the temptation around me. About 2 months ago, we were suckered into ordering chocolate covered pretzels from the neighborhood boy scout. Wouldn't you know it? They arrived smack dab in the middle of my GF diet. Couldn't eat em; they contain wheat. Don't worry, I did save some for after my diet. And they were oh so delish.

Anyways, I have decided to give up the diet until after Christmas. The holidays can make it a little more difficult. I absolutely plan to pick it back up once the holidays are over. But considering I don't have any specific allergy to gluten, I have the option to make that choice. Thank ya, Jesus.
Here's a little summary about my experience of 30 days being Gluten Free.

+ I learned a lot about myself. For example, I learned that I actually have more self-control than I thought I would have. You wouldn't believe how many times I was tempted. I stayed true to my goal and passed with flying colors. I also learned that I am literally addicted to beans and rice. I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but I ate beans & rice twice per day (lunch and dinner). Here's an example of my typical food week.

+ Apparently the Advil Liquid Gels have gluten in them. I accidentally took two of these pills during my 30 day period. I do NOT consider this cheating since I didn't know. Nor did it affect me - I felt totes normal.

+ There are a ton of good food options. You don't have to eat boring when going Gluten Free.

+ Corn tortillas were my saving grace. Because of this experience, I've officially converted to the corn side. I actually PREFER corn tortillas and corn products over flour/wheat products now. Whoda thunk it???

+ Before I did my own research about eating Gluten Free, I thought it was a "trend" like most of you probably think too. I will be the first to admit that I was wrong in assuming that, and I think you are too (if you feel that way). I haven't decided to pick this habit up "just because." I am doing it for personal health reasons that I find beneficial. It may or may not be for you, but I am happy about my decision.

+ I noticed that headaches were virtually non-existent during my Gluten Free diet. This is huge for me considering I typically get headaches daily.

+ Like most, I also assumed I would automatically lose weight from the diet. That's not completely accurate. I did feel healthier, but I didn't actually lose weight. I guess you gotta work out for that. And I don't work out. I know... I'm bad and I know it. I feel guilty. Truly, I do.
Overall, I would definitely recommend others try this challenge. You may surprise yourself with the results and/or how you feel. You will probably learn to enjoy more foods, or you may stick with the ones that you already like (ex: beans & rice.) Ha.

Any questions? I'm no expert, but I'm happy to tell you more about my experience if you're curious! Just comment below or email me directly at texasmrsblog(at)gmail(dot)com.


  1. That's really amazing that your headaches were basically gone :)

  2. I've been gf for a little over 7 months, so many side affects are gone, it's amazing!! No more headaches , stomachs cramps. But I have found that I get sick when I eat wheat now. So now it's not really a choice but I do feel much better being gf!

  3. Congrats! That's an awesome accomplishment. I too get daily headaches, I've contemplated doing this during the work week.

  4. You go girl!! I didn't know the Advil liquid gels had gluten in them either!!

  5. I've read that GF can be a huge player in getting rid of headaches. I'm glad yours are gone!! I love corn tortillas too. I try to remind myself that they're a little bit "healthier" than flour. And who knew Advil LiquiGels had gluten in them?? That's CRAZY!!

  6. Please share any great recipes that you found!
    I think I want to put my husband and myself on it after the new year, so any advice you have, hook a sister up!

  7. I am so glad your headaches went away!!! Maybe Joey needs to try this too!

  8. I am currently on a health kick and trying to live Gluten (and dairy) free! I must say it takes alot of control, so it's great to see someone else can do it too!! haha. Fantastic that you lost your headaches, I am doing mine for health reasons too :)
    Neive xx