We have made it 1/3 of the way through Gluten-Free April so I felt that it was time to give everyone an update on how it is going. So far I have only had gluten 2 days this month! Both of which were minimal amounts: 1 English Muffin. For some reason, I gave in and had an English Muffin on 2 days. No binge gluten eating here!
I’ve found some really amazing recipes and gluten-free blogs which have been helpful in making Gluten-Free April successful. In particular, I found a great turkey meatloaf recipe and peppers and chicken recipe. I’ve also enjoyed chicken with gluten-free soy sauce and rice. During the day I still stick with my smoothies, but it is nice to have a delicious gluten-free dinner.
However, my body seems to be going into a hibernation period without gluten. I’m hoping that it is just a matter of my body adjusting and working all of the residual gluten out. Even though I can’t seem to ever have enough sleep, I think that once my body adjusts that i will feel a lot better. I have already noticed a reduction in the stomach cramping and bloating.
My additional goals for April have also been going well. I’ve only missed 1 night of my nightly prep work. It is so much more relaxing to go to bed knowing that my clothes are ironed and smoothies are made for the next day. I’ve also stuck to my 10 pm bedtime except for Wednesdays because I’m a sucker for the Wednesday night TV line-up.
As far as coffee is concerned, I am under 10 cups per week but need to work on reducing that further. Right now it appears that May is going to be “Caffeine-Free May”. (Consider yourselves warned!) All in all, I am really excited about continuing to reduce the unnecessary items going into my body. Prior to April, I had already eliminated almost all chemicals from my food and I stay far, far away from GMOs. I’m convinced to getting back to organic home-grown food is the best thing for the body.
It also feels great to exercise and sweat out additional toxins from my body. I’m hoping to start attending an aqua aerobics class on Saturday mornings with a friend. (Be prepared, because I’m sure that will turn into some interesting blog topics.) My mother recently has gone through several hip surgeries. (Yes, several. Due to complications but she is doing well now.) She was doing aqua aerobics as rehab and has inspired my friend and I to give it a try. (Hi Mom! I know you’re reading this!)
On a general whole for my April goals I would rate myself as a B+. I’m almost to an A level but still have a ways to go, but I’m pleased with the progress thus far in April.
Now if only the GP elves would stop sedating me into day long slumbers!