I’ve been gluten-free for ten years now. During that time I’ve tried and tested many delicious processed gluten-free food products. Being gluten-free has become so mainstream. Despite it’s popularity, I’m often referred to newbies seeking advice. And while I do like to share my favorite gluten-free brands, there’s one suggestion that I always made that even I had a hard time putting into practice: step away from from the gluten-free section! Focus on consuming mostly naturally gluten-free unprocessed real foods, like fish, meat, veggies, fruit and nuts.
Processed food is processed food. Gluten-free or not.
In the past year, after my Rheumatoid Arthritis (or, Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease) flared to the point of incapacitation after the birth of my daughter in Spring of 2011. Since then, I’ve worked even harder to cook more nutritious well-rounded whole real foods for me AND my family (even though I am the only one with an autoimmune disease). And while the RA drug I am now on (Methotrexate) has served me very well, there was still some residue swelling and joint tenderness that had left me feeling not quite there yet. I began to notice slight flares of joint pain and tenderness after I ate certain foods, other than those that contained gluten. So I am starting this blog to document my process (and life) on a completely grain-free, legume-free, dairy-free, and nightshade-free diet. Call it Paleo, call it primal, I’d prefer to just say what it is: lots of good healthy stuff that makes my body feel good and stops all this joint damage nonsense.
In the past week I’ve already eliminated corn, soy, legumes, nightshades, dairy in addition to gluten I’m already feeling so much better. Eliminating rice, eggs and nuts has been hard.
I mentioned my new diet to a friend the other night and naturally her reaction was exactly as I expected, “well, what CAN you eat?” (The very same question folks would ask years ago after I said I was gluten intolerant.) This blog answers that very question with: here’s what I, a work-from-home Mom of a toddler girl with an aggressive form of Rheumatoid Arthritis eats and this is how I live well.
For breakfast this morning I had two eggs, scrambled in coconut oil, accompanied by a few slices of orange, a kale-apple green smoothie and a cup of black coffee.