I'm doing it again. 100% gluten-free, forever more. I was also gluten-free for the last year of my first marriage. It was an effort to possibly help me to get pregnant (because at that time, things were actually really great.) It was a glorious year full of so much energy! But when my first husband left, baby making was hugely on hold. So, I was like GIVE ME A BURGER...
And then dating brought many more opportunities for gluten into my life (Shake Shack & Patsty's comes to mind :) . And then I met my dear Danny and I couldn't resist his lemon souffle (recipe coming! It is to die for!), homemade rolls, potato gnocci, homemade pizza and grilled cheese. And then we got married. And the wedding parties began, as did the cake. And then we went to Europe for 5 weeks and LIVED on focaccia, French baquettes, crepes, croissants, pain au chocolate, tarts, pizza, and pasta.
But, in the months following, I ended up sicker than I ever had been in my life. I am convinced it was related to the gluten (and ahem, the sugar). So, with all this baby making that I now get to enjoy :) + with an arsenal of more research that I've done on the subject, I started up again a few months ago with going 100% gluten-free. No cookies here and there. Not even a crumb. No delicious bread at restaurants. No more calzones or pasta from La Villa or pizza from Guiseppina's. Nada. And holy heck, as tricky as it can be to navigate a grocery store or a restaurant menu, I am not mourning the American (& Italian & French) diet all that much.... because I already feel tons of positive effects. I feel extra energy, a clearer mind (I think I actually just got smarter), and um, my flat, flat stomach came back in about a week. (Before that, even with the minimal amount of gluten that I was eating, my little tummy was just sometimes, well, a little puchie.) Right now I'm fitting nicely into my itty bitty J.Crew tooth pick cords, ones that previously were feeling a little snug. And, I think I even look healthier & more radiant (I love the photo above cause it was taken in the first couple of weeks of going gluten-free again, and for the first time in a while, I think I just looked healthier!) It may be subtle to others, but to me it is a drastic difference. And in these last few months, I've gotten several random compliments on the street. I swear, a gluten-free diet gives me a little sparkle. And a hotter bootie (evidenced by my husband's even greater infatuation with it lately :)
So in addition to all this, why go gluten-free? Well, I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimotos. I've learned a lot more about it recently and apparently the disease will not progress as much, or at all, if I follow a certain protocol and that includes removing gluten from my diet. And, the autoimmune factor is apparently the only thing possibly affecting my fertility, so I am going at it like gang busters!!!!!!!! Hoping to have long-term health and healthy babies SOON! I'll take as many as I can possibly get at my age, thank you very much!
Do you have an autoimmune disease and/or unexplained infertility? Have you had any experience with any treatments or with a gluten-free diet? As always, I'd love to hear from you.