I have been gluten free now for going on one year. I have to admit that I feel great.
Here is how it happened.
I was watching an episode of the Dr. Oz show. He had on a guest who had a gluten intolerance. She was going to show everyone how to make gluten free scones. So, I sat through the commercial to see what she had to say. She started talking about her stomach problems. Oh my goodness...those are the same problems that I have.
I had been diagnosed with IBS about 10 years earlier.
I decided that I was going to give it a try. Now I would have gone to my doctor to get tested but my place of employment had horrible health insurance and I had to pay everything until I reached $1200. I took myself off gluten and started to feel better in the next couple of days. I no longer had any of the horrible stomach problems that I experienced.
I went out and bought gluten free cookbooks to help me until I learned how to do it on my own. Those 7 cookbooks are the best cookbooks that I have ever owned. ( Thanks Half.com).
I can now cook on my own and can even make my own cookies
I try to avoid commercial gluten free products since they aren't that healthy and loaded with salt and calories.
I do miss the ease of ordering when I go out to eat or being able to pick up something when I am short on time. Oh, how I miss pizza.
Now, I have to read every ingredient to make sure it isn't hiding in there somewhere. I always have to ask for a gluten free menu or ask to talk to a manager to see about what items are gluten free.
I was really worried when I went to Disney World that I wouldn't be able to eat a lot while I was there. Boy, was I wrong! I was able to talk to all of the chefs and they told me what I could eat or gave me a tour if it were a buffet. I loved Tusker House in Animal Kingdom where I was given a tour by the chef and he gave me gluten free bread. I even was able to have Mickey shaped waffles at the Ohana! The chef made them for me and I had my own plate for all of my food. The chef at Hollywood and Vine even made me my own chocolate cake.
I could go on forever about the wonders of Disney World but I'll spare you (Feel free to pm me if you really want to know). Just know they will take really good care of you if you go. If anyone is going to visit there I suggest you get a gluten free friend to take with you because you get to cut in front of everyone when you are waiting for counter service.
My DH went gluten free as well for the most part since I do all of the shopping. I do buy him bread so he can take sandwiches to work. We are now in love with Chex and rice cakes.
Going gluten free has helped my health as well. I lost weight and am able to control my blood pressure. It also helps me stay away from buying all of those wonderful cakes and cookies that I love. I know that is not the point but it is just a little added bonus. Well that is my gluten free story.