3 Months Gluten Free Update
This post is sponsored by Popchips. I was provided Popchips’ products in exchange for my honest review.
Next week marks 3 months gluten free. I’ve been asked whether or not I’ve followed up yet with my doctor and what I found out about being on a gluten free diet and being diagnosed hypothyroid. My next appointment isn’t until May and that’s when I will have the blood tests done and whether or not I will continue to see the doctor I’ve been going to for the past 5 years. I’m still kind of stuck on the fact that she has never, not once, mentioned my diet as it might relate to a thyroid disorder.
Thoughts on being gluten free:
- I feel better overall. I’m never bloated, zero indigestion (this was a common occurrence in the past) and I never have that over stuffed feeling. I rarely, if ever, use words like never and zero because that typically isn’t the case. In this situation never and zero are true.
- The biggest challenge is eating out. My family loves to eat out so we’re making this work but not without a few frustrating situations.
- Regardless of whether or not I have to continue taking a prescription for hypothyroidism I see no reason and have no desire to stop eating gluten free. I won’t say never but why change what has clearly been beneficial.
- The only other thing I considered a challenge in the beginning was unexpected, snacking. Nothing seemed to be satisfying.
For more information on a gluten free diet check out:
Who Should Be On a Gluten Free Diet?
Exploring the Connection Between Gluten and Thyroid Disease
12 Gluten Free Restaurant Menus
Healthy Gluten Free Recipes
Top 5 High Fiber Gluten Free Foods
Reflection – 33 Days Gluten Free
At first, gluten free snacking was an unexpected challenge. It was tough finding gluten free snacks that were satisfying, tasted good and didn’t have a weird texture. Now, after 3 months, gluten free snacking isn’t any different. I simply changed the way I was thinking about snacks and why I was snacking at all. I answered the question, what was the purpose of snacking? Challenge gone!
My go-to favorites right now are:
Sliced strawberries, mint leaves and lemon zest. Yum! This is a great make ahead snack for work.
Mary’s Gone Crackers and avocado. Talk about simple. Just slice in half and dip. The combination of flavors and the convenience makes this a favorite. It’s also a favorite of my husband. Didn’t expect that.
I’m picky when it comes to prepackaged bars and very specific about what I do and do not want to see on the nutrition label. Kind and Larabar both meet my expectations and are always on my grocery list.
I’m on a strawberry kick right now. I think it’s my way to stay in denial with winter weather in [almost] April and the fact that it snowed yesterday. Fresh strawberries and my favorite dark chocolate, Green and Black’s Organic – Dark 85% Cacao, are a perfect combination when you’re wanting something a little sweet. I read somewhere that Green and Black’s is one of the top 5 dark chocolates in the world. I didn’t know that when I bought a bar for the first time but now I can see why. Smoothest dark chocolate ever!
Thanks to Lindsay at Cotter Crunch, I’m Kombucha’s newest fan! Maybe not an actual “snack” but it tastes good, is satisfying between meals and it goes along with my new way of thinking about snacks.
When I want a crunchy snack Popchips is at the top of my list of favorites. The ingredient list is short and all natural!
Even if Popchips weren’t a favorite of mine they would still be on my grocery list. My family loves them and it’s a snack I can feel good about my kids eating.
Popchips are naturally delicious potato, tortilla and corn chips like you’ve never tasted before never fried (unhealthy). never baked (undelicious). we start with the finest ingredients, add a little heat and pressure, and pop! it’s a chip. the only thing added is a flavorful blend of seasonings for a snack so crispy and delicious, you won’t even notice it’s (we hesitate to say) healthier. thanks to the magic of popping, popchips have all the flavor, and half the fat of fried potato, tortilla or corn chips. what’s left out are a lot of calories and all the trans fat, cholesterol, fake colors and flavors (and greasy fingers) that give snacking a bad name.
I’m celebrating my health, nutrition and simply feeling great with a Popchips giveaway!
First, on the menu for this week
(* Links to recipes found here Sensational Salad Recipes)
*Jalapeno Carrot Rice Salad with Charred Peppers, Pepitas and Avocado-Tomato Salsa
*Taco Salad Bowls
*Glow Miracle Bowls
Arugula Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Mango Spinach Salad
Garden Veggie Stir Fry
Vegan Hash Cakes
Strawberries with Mint and Lemon Zest
Granola and Blueberries
Crunchy Carrot Salad
Mary’s Gone Crackers and Avocado
Be HEALTHY. Be HAPPY. Be YOU.
Now the giveaway:
And last but not least, the What’s for Dinner link-up!
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