Day 4 Of My Gluten/Food Intolerance Challenge

togos pastrami sub sandwichI woke up this morning and I’m still alive. Today is the start of day four of my major food challenge. I have been going for the gluten, some nightshades, and seafood. Basically choosing foods that I don’t have to think about. It’s completely liberating and hasn’t been too bad yet, though I’m sure it’ll catch up to be pretty soon.

So far, I’ve had Chinese food, Round Table Pizza, an almond croissant, a baguette, Togo’s sub sandwich, sour cream and onion potato chips, and brown sugar streusel coffee cake. Some of the things that have been most surprising to me about it:

  1. Psychologically, it’s weird to eat things that I know I can’t
  2. Gluten-based bread is a lot springier/chewier
  3. Sour cream and onion chips are delicious and flavorful
  4. Chow mein noodles are much more delicious than I ever remembered
  5. The buttery flaky pastry of croissants are unequalled by gluten-free counterparts.

I’m hoping I can take some of these notes and figure out how to incorporate them into my baking/cooking when this is done.

Bad things:

  1. Heartburn
  2. Food cravings – burning food cravings that drive me insane and make me want to eat everything
  3. Feeling somewhat queasy during/after eating some things
  4. Bloating

While I’m glad I’m not super sick at this point, I’m kind of looking forward to when I can go back to the way I have been eating, because there’s too much freedom. I don’t know how I feel being able to eat any old thing I want.

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