Seven Day Gluten-Free Challenge: Day 2

This post is thanks to PureBred

Words by Shanyn Brennan

Meal Planner

Breakfast: kale and spinach smoothie with banana, apple, pear, chia seeds, LSA, goji berries and almond milk.

Lunch: 2 slices Purebred White Farmhouse Loaf, fresh, with light spreadable cream cheese, gluten-free honey-leg ham and grated carrot.

Dinner: lean mince spaghetti bolognese with eggplant, mushroom, capsicum, carrot and zucchini, and gluten-free pasta.

Snacks: 1 apple and 1 banana; a cup of green tea.

Diary Entry

Day two is done and dusted, and I have to say, I do feel slightly better. Whether that’s because of the gluten-free bread and pasta, or the fact that with this challenge comes a host of healthy foods and snacks – perhaps a combination of both! – is working out well for me. I’ve already noticed one huge change – my bloating! I no longer have this big stomach after a meal, and I love it! I wasn’t convinced I was going to see any immediate changes to my body – inside or out – and I’m super excited to continue this diet for the next five days because of it.

Swap regular bread for PureBred White Farmhouse Loaf for a gluten-free bread and butter pudding

Swap regular bread for PureBred White Farmhouse Loaf for a gluten-free bread and butter pudding

Having the smoothie first thing in the morning was such an energy booster. I’m a bit slow to get-going of a morning, and this perked my right up. Plus the chia seeds did their super-food thing, and I was full up until lunchtime. And speaking of, the sandwich I made was really yummy. I decided to have the Purebred White Farmhouse Loaf fresh this time (I did have it in the freezer but it had thawed out by midday) and the combination of gluten-free ham (I didn’t even know gluten-free ham existed!) with cream cheese and carrot was a winner. It was filling, too, so my afternoon snacks were more a want than a necessity!

Dinner was exceptional. I’ve never added vegetables to my homemade bolognese before, and it worked so well. The gluten-free pasta, like I’ve said, tastes totally the same as the real thing. And to finish off the night, I had a cup of green tea – I like to drink T2’s Buddha’s Tears. I also took the advice of nutritionist and naturopath Sarah-Jane Purnell and didn’t use my mobile before sleeping! Instead, I read a little and let my body naturally fall asleep. This actually proved to be fantastic advice. The diet from this challenge combined with that helpful tip ensured I stayed asleep all night! Can’t wait for tomorrow!