Breakfast: A fruit smoothie made with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, chia seeds, and almond milk.
Lunch: 2 slices Purebred Chia Seed Loaf, fresh with lettuce, tomato, and avocado, as well as gluten-free mayonnaise.
Dinner: Two slices of Purebred White Farmhouse Loaf, toasted with leftover gluten-free turkey mince balls.
Snacks: Banana, apple, fresh orange juice.
It was possible! It’s over! I feel pleased about the changes. I feel more energetic and can confidently say I’m less bloated than I have been. There are no afternoon naps, meaning I have more time in the day. It also forces me to get to bed earlier than usual, which I have longed for. My aches and pains have not disappeared, but I cannot lie. They are not my fault. I am still determining what they are and will need to investigate further beyond diet changes. It’s also helpful to rule out certain things!
The leftover turkey mince balls with toasted Purebred White Farmhouse Loaf was my favorite meal of the day. Because the flavors had had time to combine and intensify, they were delicious. I combined that with crunchy toast, which was genius, and made a quick dinner when I didn’t have the motivation to cook. My quick snack of orange juice was made from the leftover oranges in my fruit bowl. I removed the flesh and put them in the blender. It was as good as you would get at a cafe on Sunday morning. I added ice to keep it cool. Delicious!
The big question now is: Can I keep following the gluten-free diet? I will keep a few things and return to my old habits for others. I enjoy snacks like chocolate and potato chips (as awful as it is, I wouldn’t want to live in a world without them). However, I will continue to eat gluten-free pasta and the beautiful recipes Sarah-Jane Purnell gave me. Although gluten-free was delicious, I think it would taste better than it did. I still love my old favorites and will continue to eat them. Although challenging, I am grateful to Purebred for allowing my participation as their guinea pig. Until next time…