Whether you suffer from celiac disease, have gluten intolerances or simply eat a gluten free diet for health purposes, everyone has their own gluten free journey. Today I am sharing mine.
Due to the high number of gluten free recipes shared here at The Lemon Bowl, friends and readers often ask if I follow a gluten free diet. Alternatively, if I share a recipe that isn’t gluten free I am almost always asked how it can be made gluten free. The questions and requests all make complete sense considering how often I share gluten free recipes as well as my role as a Brand Ambassador for Udi’s Gluten Free. As a result, I thought it would be a good time to share my personal gluten free journey.
Earlier this year, under the guidance of a medical professional, I participated in a 10 day elimination diet to determine if I had any gluten sensitivities or allergies. You can read more about an elimination diet here but it involved a 10-day detox where I eliminated all gluten from my diet along with dairy, alcohol, caffeine and even nuts. And yes, it was just as fun as it sounds. (Cue: sarcasm.)
Long story short, it was determined that I do not have a gluten sensitivity so I have been able to successfully reintroduce gluten into my diet. That being said, over those 10 days I learned a lot about living a gluten free lifestyle including the common fears and concerns that go along with having to make a major lifestyle change overnight. The fact that I am a food blogger and work in the food industry for a living only heightened those fears.
Although I no longer have to worry about gluten entering my system for health purposes, my connections in the gluten free world remain strong. In just a few short weeks, I made close connections with various gluten free experts including bloggers, Registered Dieticians and readers who have been living gluten free for years.
As a result, I began experimenting more and more with gluten free recipes such as Almond Flour Berry Muffins, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Gluten Free Brownies. Additionally, I learned that many of the foods and recipes I feed my family are naturally gluten free. For example, most Middle Eastern food is made with rice instead of pasta. Most of the soups I make are naturally gluten free and the same can be said for the grilled meats, salads and smoothies that we eat on a daily basis.
My friends at Udi’s Gluten Free were also a huge resource and a major source of comfort. Their website answered many of my questions and I loved knowing that I could find anything from whole grain dinner rolls to tortillas to granola bars that were 100% gluten free.
Friends, I know many of you are gluten free. I would love to learn more about your journey. If there are any recipes I can help make gluten free, just let me know.
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