I’ll have one wheat-free… anything?!

About a month ago I made the decision to try to eliminate wheat from my diet.  This was a decision I made one night as Brendan complained to me that I often make the excuse, when I don’t want to do something, that I “don’t feel good.”  He was telling me how frustrating it is because it seems like I am just always saying that my stomach hurts when I don’t feel like doing something.  It was hard for me to explain to him, as it is when I explain to anybody not suffering from IBS, that I literally always feel sick.  It’s not just my fake excuse. 

I realized then that IBS really was having a big impact on my life and my relationship: Brendan thought I was always lying to him!!  I knew that I had inherited my issues from my dad, and I knew that he had been pretty successful at alleviating most of his discomfort when he had gone gluten free, but it had been too inconvenient to maintain.  I decided it would be easier to start with just keeping wheat out of my diet because that is likely a lot of the gluten I eat and it is easy to recognize. 

For the first few days, I forgot ALL the time and remembered a couple minutes after eating the strawberry shortcake/pasta/bread that I was trying not to eat wheat.  Once I was even avoiding wheat on a restaurant menu while eating the bruschetta appetizer in front of me!! Cool…

But it got easier and easier as I started to focus on what I could eat, rather than what I was missing…

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like oatmeal PB cookies! 

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Luckily for Brendan, I have been way more interested in his favorite foods.  This pumpkin chicken curry with brown rice was awesome! 

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Taco salad with ground turkey, avocado, olives, greek yogurt and corn tortillas!

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My favorite afternoon or post-run snack: vanilla yogurt, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and frozen pineapple! 

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Quinoa pasta with chickpea pasta sauce and a fresh summer salad.

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Corn tortilla chips and ridiculous amounts of guac!

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And of course… ice cream, yogurt and iced lattes fit in as well! 

I haven’t played around with wheat-free or spelt bread products yet because I haven’t really felt the need to, and they are so expensive.  The only think I have really thought about is pizza, which Brendan says is weird because we don’t really eat pizza, apparently.  I have definitely noticed a difference in my tummy, but runs (as in exercise faster than walking) still seem to mess me up.  I guess that is just part of running, not IBS?  

I have definitely become more mindful of what I am eating, which I wouldn’t recommend for everyone (ie. eating disorder recovery), but it has definitely been interesting.   I think I will continue because I feel better, but I am sure there will be occasions when I decide that it is ok to have a slice of deep dish when we travel through Chicago or a donut when I go to Top Pot in Seattle because I technically am not allergic to wheat, just sensitive. 

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