5 things I have learned in 5 months

1.  I am happier! My celiac disease is now somewhat under control.  My moodiness has decreased tremendously; I am happier and able to juggle a lot more work.  Today my boss made a comment that something has changed for the better with me and I know it is because I have my celiac disease somewhat under control.  I feel like I am more loving to my boyfriend, family and friends.  Jennifer the grouch isn’t around as much anymore and the small bouts of depression are gone.

2.  I no longer need a nap after exercising.  I love to exercise, play sports and be outside; since I have adjusted my eating I have more energy.  For the first time in 3 years, I feel great, physically, about running in the Gate River Run this weekend.  I can’t wait.  I no longer have to take naps after exercising for 30 minutes or longer and when I play volleyball I feel so much stronger and more powerful.

3.  I cannot eat out as much as I used to.  Through a process of suffering, I am slowly illiminating where I can eat out in Jacksonville.  Even when I talk to a waiter or chef there is still no guarantee that the food will be gluten free.  Cross contamination is everywhere and not everyone is educated about the disease and the ingredients that are harmful.

4.  My shopping bill has doubled.  There is no way to sugar coat it, gluten free products are more expensive.  I also feel that like “all natural” or “organic”, “gluten free” is becoming the new HIP term in shopping that makes foods more expensive.  As much as I love Glutino products and feel so safe with them, their products cost almost 3 times as much as the gluten- containing comparison brands and I feel like I get half the amount of food. 

5.  There is so much I CAN eat. Amen for: olives, cheese, steak, milk, okra, rice noodles, potatoes, corn on the cob, sausage, tomatoes, avocados, black beans, pickles, vodka, wine, peanuts, broccoli, spinach, apples, pears, mushrooms, eggs, yogurt, chicken, snickers bars, diet coke, sprite, port, grapes, corn chex, green beans as well as all of the gluten free options!

Wow, keeping this to 5 was hard.  Can’t wait for 6 things I have learned in 6 months

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6 responses to “5 things I have learned in 5 months

  1. susan g

    You sure have a great attitude!

  2. Love this Jennifer! Good for you. I agree: Amen for steak and olives! Looking forward to following this blog.

  3. Of course we are happy when you are happy at work :).

  4. DEBBIE BEAM

    Hi, my name is Debbie Beam and I live in Port Orange and was wondering if you knew what was in Outback Steakhouses green beans that make them not on the Gluten Free menu?

  5. DEBBIE BEAM

    Why can’t I have Outbacks green beans ? They told me they are not Gluten Free. Do you have any idea wny.
    Debbie Beam
    Port Orange

    • Debbie- I have been told that the sauce they put on their veggies is a butter/seasoning sauce that makes it not gluten free. However, their salads (minus croutons) and most of their dressings are gluten free in addition to the baked potato or sweet potato.

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