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How are you productively doing the first week after GF diagnosis?

To “buy time” to re-think eating choices, I am committed for seven days to the Cabbage Soup Diet (Google it) which is 100% gluten free. It is delicious with veggies, fruits, lean meats, milk (not all at once) and, after 4 days I have lost 6 pounds and do feel more energetic. This time of “having a plan” which is GF without needing to create it, just do it, is invaluable to me.

I’ve found this team on Spark People, am doing research on-line and finding/converting recipes. Taking time to go through the kitchen, reading labels, setting aside inappropriate foods for me and thinking which items (cream of……soups, pancake mix, crackers, noodles, bread, protein drinks, cereals, “energy bars” etc.) I can make from scratch or substitute health food store items for or eliminate. I’ve been to Mama Jean’s Health Food store and there are lots of choices, albeit expensive ones….. Have purchased a few flours to make a basic mix for baked goods. Have purchased a loaf of GF bread that is in the freezer, ready for when bread is really wanted.

Meanwhile, my DH is wondering if we will ever eat the same meals together again? Yes :-) I have been thinking of several favorites that happen to be GF and have my own GF noodles which I’ll cook separately for spaghetti etc. Fortunately we like rice and potatoes. Meals in general can be healthier for us both! He can still eat bread and desserts but, especially wanting to reduce my weight, I certainly am happy not to.

Seriously, I have filing cabinet drawers and notebooks full of recipes and sort of had too many choices. Eliminating gluten helps me focus and actually cook something rather than being overwhelmed with possibilities (and formerly eating about all of them).

I think that I am relieved and excited about this dietary focus. Though some GF foods are more expensive, there will be lots and lots of money saved by not eating most fast foods which had been calling me, especially when they sent coupons.

This first week is fun and I’m eager to have Chex cereal with fruit for breakfast, corn tortillas with beans, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and salsa for lunch, and a protein, vegetable, salad and potato or rice for supper. Some of the one dish suppers will taste fine too!

 current weight: 164.4 
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