When my husband came up with the idea of the family going gluten free, I was excited. I knew I was going to have to give up some favorite foods, but I was hoping I’d experience some positive changes in myself.
Well, it has been officially two and a half weeks since he approached me with this idea, and I’ve learned a few things.
Here is a list of misconceptions I had about going gluten free.
1. My husband would last longer than me.
Nope! He’s out. He didn’t last a full day without gluten. After about a week without (real) bread, he said he didn’t want to do it anymore. In his defense
he claims, he did research on it and couldn’t find anything supporting us giving it up (since none of us have celiac disease). I tried to find articles that gave a list of pros going gf, but I honestly couldn’t find any. Most of the articles I found were all about gf as a fad diet. Another reason for him is cost. The gf substitutes aren’t cheap (especially the flour!!)
2. Carbs equal gluten
When we decided to try this diet, for some reason, I had it in my head that gluten and carbohydrates were interchangeable.
That means I thought I was not only giving up bread, baked goods, and pasta, but potatoes, rice, and corn. I found out quickly, that is not the case. I can still have my fill of french fries, fried rice, and corn chips. Which leads me to my next point.
3. With this new diet, I’ll lose weight!!
This is absolutely not true. It has not and will not help me lose weight.
Not only are there plenty of substitutions for everything under the sun, but almost all of my favorite junk foods are already gluten free.
(The recipe for this delicious chocolate dessert is here.)
4. Gluten free substitutions are better for you.
As I mentioned in my last point, there is a substitution for everything. Just because there is no gluten in it, does not mean it’s better for you. In fact, you could argue they’re actually worse. Some of the substitutions contain more sugar than their glutinous counterparts. More sugar was not part of the deal when I agreed to try this diet!
I baked my chocolate chip cookies with some gf flour I had.I hate to admit it, but those cookies have never tasted better! The texture was fantastic, they were chewy and delicious.
Although the dough was a bit weird. It was, for lack of a better word, stringy. Which is actually good because I ate less dough…but then I ended up eating more cookies…I’m pretty sure my gf cookies were just as fattening as the regular ones!
5. Gluten free substitutions are gross.
So far, the only gf replacement we haven’t liked, is the gorgeous loaf of bread I made. It was completely tasteless. Everything else we’ve made has been really great! An especially big hit with the family has been these pumpkin muffins!
So, my gluten free buddy is out and there aren’t any obvious reasons to stick with it, so why continue?
I am going to hang in there for a few more weeks because I am still curious. I’m interested to see if I feel any physical changes.
After the first week of being strictly gf, I had two pieces of
the most insanely delicious pizza of my life, and the next day I felt gross. I felt as if I had a minor hangover without the headache. Was it the gluten? Or was it the junk food? I don’t know yet, but my curiosity is peaked enough to try it for a bit longer. Besides that, I’ve been learning a ton and it has been fascinating!
Bonus! Some weird, random foods that have gluten in them:
Soy sauce, salad dressing, deli meats, fat-free foods, canned soups, and some hard candies.
Have you ever thought about going gluten free? If you have any great gluten free recipes, please share!!