trigger warning this post contains words such as diet, food, etc. I'm not a dietician or nutritionist, but I am very interested and well studied in nutrition. Gluten was something I wanted to eliminate in my diet as a trial run for MY health, I am by no means recommending this diet for you. Please talk to your health care providers and a nutritionist, before making any dietary switch. Finally, all of what I'm about to share is completely anecdotal, this is not scientifically proven!I I'm just sharing what I found happened to my body :)
Why am I sharing this?
To help people like you! Whether you're just curious or seriously considering changing up your lifestyle, I want to provide you with my honest experience and advice!
I have been vegan for many many many years now. My vegan diet has tremendously helped me treat my health problems, but I felt the need to experiment being gluten fee to see if that would give me any extra benefits. So sometime last year right around the holiday season (learn from me, don't start a new dietary change around the holidays haha), I decided to jump in and get rid of all the gluten in my diet. The original plan was to trial it for 6 weeks, well I ended up extending the trial for over a year.
My positive results
The first change I noticed was my digestion. Gluten free foods felt lighter to digest than the whole wheat or multigrain products that I was eating previously. The second change was surprising to say the least haha... I noticed that my breast shape changed. yes, you read that right. I do not know if this is actually related to cutting out gluten, but after about two months of being gluten free my girls definitely changed shape. I found limited scientific research on this topic, but many people in the gluten free community have reported similar findings. The third and most significant side effect of being gluten free was the change in my energy levels, especially after meals. I truly believe my energy has increased since becoming gluten free. I am assuming it's because gluten free foods are easier to digest, but as I said earlier, I do not have any credentials or scientific proof to prove this.
The cons of my experience
Being GF and vegan is not for the faint of heart. You have to be fully dedicated to improving your health. Gluten is everywhere & non vegan products are everywhere, finding foods that are friendly to both (other than fruits and vegetables haha) is tough! Also gluten free and vegan packaged products tend to also be pricier because of the lack of competition in the market.
Will I be gluten free and vegan forever?
Probably not. I don't see myself ever not being vegan or plant based, but being strictly gluten free + vegan is hard. When eating at home it's easy once you get the hang of it, but when eating out it's not fun. I honestly feel like a brat telling the waitress "I'm vegan and gluten free, what are your options?" haha! So I will most likely just follow a vegan diet when eating out or for special occasions. It will save me and the restaurant a headache lol.
What are my favorite food brands and restaurants I found friendly since becoming GF & Vegan?
by CHLOE (NYC+)
Fruitive (East Coast)
Callicoon Kitchen (Virginia Beach)
(offers some GF & Vegan products)
I'm dedicated to holistic and healthy living especially with my health conditions, so I will continue to follow this lifestyle, even though it can be challenging at times.
THANKS FOR READING!