A Stupid Idea. Gluten-free me.

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I’ve made a new choice. After some thought and bit of research…. I decided to give gluten free diet a try. It’s been over 3 whole weeks with no gluten. I mean… I even went to Austin and did not eat one bite of fried chicken (so lame). Here’s what really sucks: I feel better. Yeah. It’s not cool. Ok, it’s cool. I just miss bread. I want all the gluten. I NEVER realized how much I loooooved bread until I stopped eating it. I’ve had some gluten free bread and other items like that, but my mind keeps telling me to eat all that bread. Gah. I didn’t think I really ate that much gluten, but now I just crave it. Just typing the word ‘gluten’ makes me want to eat all the gluten. Mmmmm… doughnuts.

Please send pretzels, pumpkin bread, and fried chicken.

– Chelsey

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  • Ruth on said:

    I am so excited you tried a GF diet! I started to follow the Paleo diet back in October! I have never felt better! When I do cheat, I feel pretty terrible for a few days. I've experimented with tons of GF dessert recipes and have a several up on my blog. I've also mastered the Cauliflower Pizza crust! Priceless!

  • FaerieBarista on said:

    I've been thinking of doing that even though my test came back negative for celica's.

  • manasmith on said:

    I've been Gluten Free for 3 and a half weeks and I think I'm doing it wrong somehow. I've eaten absolutely no gluten, but I feel terrible and I've gained weight. How does that even happen. Also I really miss Donuts and pretzels and cake and pizza and bagels and gluten free sucks 🙁

    Fashion and Happy Things

      • manasmith on said:

        You're probably right, it's just a matter of finding out what it is. My small guess is that I'm allergic to almonds and even if it doesn't have almond flour in it, things are usually processed in places where they use almond flour.

        Fashion and Happy Things

  • Becky on said:

    Maybe just go gluten free most of the time. Still do bread from time to time but don't make gluten a daily thing. In all honesty, I don't see why there's this bucking trend to go gluten free. I have a sister who is a celiac and she needs to go gluten free because otherwise it would kill her. She was misdiagnosed for years (~6-7yrs). When finally diagnosed at 19 she was malnourished and had osteoporosis. Her doc at the time said most families go gluten free because it's easier on the kids who are diagnosed if others aren't eating cookies around them. Plus back then it was healthier as you ate more fruits and veggies being that there were not many "snack foods" that were gluten free. And those that they did have tasted horrible. Now with this whole trend, we are seeing more gluten free processed foods that make it easier for the switch. But is it really healthier if one switches from a gluten containing junk food to another that is gluten free? I think the best bet is to do everything in moderation.

    If you do stick too it, just avoid falling into the new GF cookie traps. 😉

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      The hardest part has been not eating gluten snacks…. eating a nectarine instead is not my idea of awesome. Ha! I definitely agree with you.

  • vegantester on said:


    she does vegan-gluten-free, but i'm sure you could sub the dairy/meat back in to the recipes if you wanted.

    maybe look at some paleo websites too, like http://guiltykitchen.com/ because they tend to be mostly gluten-free as well.

  • Jasmine on said:

    Haha I love the way you put this because it's been my exact experience as well. I'm so annoyed that going gluten free has made me feel better. I don't want that to actually be the answer, because goodness all the gluten things are delicious. Guess we're both on an adventure to find a new cache of delicious gluten free recipes.



    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Oooooo, I'm not alone! Good luck! If I find any amazing gluten free ideas… I'll send them your way. 🙂

  • poodlegoose on said:

    I had to give up gluten due to having Celiac disease 🙁 🙁 It is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. However, it has gotten so much easier to manage over time, and there are so many things out there that taste great – and not just for being GF. There are so many things that are naturally GF and you have to think like that! LIke – what CAN I eat and not what CAN'T I eat? Totally a change of mindset 🙂 You can do it!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I can do this. I can do this. Any good gluten free cookie recipes you recommend?

  • Nicole on said:

    You know I've been gluten free for 2.5 years… And it was the best decision I made… As your sister, I'm really glad you are trying it too… I do recommend eating it from time to time though… You'll remember why you are doing it cause you will likely feel sick. Eventually the-way-IT-makes-you-feel, will not be worth it… Good for you. And I hope I had some influence there.

  • ktwhelan on said:

    I gave it up over a year ago and it transformed my life, so much so that after the first week, I stopped missing it. It will get easier. I find the only time I have issues is when I am really hungry and I realize how much easier it to pop a pretzel in my mouth than finding a healthier, gluten free alternative.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I think that's been the hardest part… during snack times. Mmmm…. pretzels….

  • Kylie on said:

    There are tons of excellent gluten free recipes out there now 🙂 If you're not forgoing gluten for medical reasons (ie, a positive Celiac test) then there's no harm in cheating every once in awhile! It depends on your comfort level. If you find the side effects too unbearable, then refrain, but don't go full-deprivation if you don't have to 😉

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I haven't done any tests for it, just thought I'd give it a try. I feel so much better…. in fact… I had a teensy bit of gluten today, my belly is not happy. Dang. Any gluten free recipes you recommend?

  • Gina_AcuteDesigns on said:

    well, if you're feeling better maybe it's worth it? probably not ;). I tried gluten free once and felt no different so I gave up. Apparently I am one of the few humans who doesn't have an issue with gluten.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I gave a myself a little gluten today, it was so not good. Dang it all.

  • KateReali on said:

    Gluten-free seems to be popular lately and there's a ton of recipes floating around. I tried a sugar free diet for three weeks despite physically feeling better I realized I'm a much better person to be around when I eat as much sugar as I want, baking is my love so I don't think I'd ever even try gluten free unless it's something medically necessary. Keep us posted on your sans gluten journey!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I was so hoping I wouldn't notice a difference, but I had a feeling it was behind my feeling gross, etc. Still doing the sugar free diet? I've been attempting to also cut out refined sugars, cause I like to torture myself.

  • Rachel Lee on said:

    My dear friend (and plant-based dieter) introduced me to these amazing "Sinless" Sticky Toffee Pecan Pudding. It's gluten free & really yummy. It was the perfect thing to appease my cake craving now that I'm on a gluten free trial (for health reasons). Try them!

  • girl & closet on said:

    You look lovely. Just discovered your blog via the texas style council and so happy I did. I gave up gluten a year ago. And I used to crave bread like crazy but it's died done a lot over the last several months. And your dress?! Adorable, love Forever 21!!

    By The Shore

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Hello! Okay, I hope it gets easier. So far I just want all of it.

  • aanikamilne on said:

    Aargh I feel your pain. We have a big family history of gluten-intolerance. I have dabbled with gluten-free off and on (and yes found that I felt great but it is definitely hard to maintain!) Good luck with it! If you want a few recipes I have got a bunch over at http://www.theactivemum.com and I'm always adding to them!

    Linking up my personal blog, Little Haven today! Thanks for hosting!

    Aanie x

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