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This first week of being gluten-free was easier that I thought it would be. After some research, I was able to determine general foods to eat and ones to stay away from. I am usually pretty good about not eating a lot of bread or flour tortillas already, so that wasn’t a huge change for me. The biggest change this week was around breakfast. I usually eat a whole grain waffle, or frozen breakfast sandwiches, so I had to move away from that altogether. I basically replaced it with eating gluten-free cereals such as Chex and Rice Krispy’s. While I enjoyed those this week, I’m going to have to find something else to add to the mix!

I am also worried about restaurant eating. We didn’t eat out much this week as we started our adjustment. However, we regularly eat out, especially this time of year because the kids schedule is so crazy. I learned this week that when we do eat out, it’s going to take some preparation before we go to determine what to order.

Below you will find my highlights of the week, failures of the week and favorite food finds. I have also included a daily food log for those who are interested.

Highlights of the week

My biggest highlight of the week was discovering that Coffee Mate Sugar Free Italian Sweet Cream is Gluten Free! This is my favorite way to have coffee. Coffee is necessary for my survival and for the survival of those around me! I was excited to find that I didn’t have to give up my Italian Sweet Cream!

Gluten Free

Challenges of the Week

OK all – getting real here! Many gluten-free foods are not high in fiber, so you can imagine what happened. I started back on probiotics daily. Hopefully this will help moving forward.

On Friday night, I was invited to a bunco game. It was last minute and while I knew they were serving sushi, I didn’t really have time to check and make sure it would be gluten-free. I figured its rice and seafood, there should be an issue. After I came home, I did my research, and boy was I wrong! An article that I read on verywell.com stated that many times sushi is not gluten free. I had California Roll and Spicy Tuna Roll. There is no way to say for sure if was gluten-free or not. My biggest fail, however, was that I used soy sauce! It didn’t even occur to me that it would contain gluten!

Favorite Foods Finds of the Week

Jerk Shrimp Wraps with Mango Slaw

I found this recipe on Woman’s Day online. We made it for our first gluten-free dinner. It was a great way to kick off our new diet!

Jerk Shrimp Wraps with Mango Slaw

Jerk Shrimp Wrap

Van’s Gluten-Free

Specifically the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chewy Snack Bar and PB&J Sandwich Bar. We found these in the gluten-free section of Safeway. The options are limited at that particular store, but I’m looking to order more Van’s products online to try since these two were so good!

Van’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chewy Snack Bar

Gluten Free

Van’s PB&J Sandwich Bar

Vans Gluten Free

With all things considered, this first week was pretty easy. I still have A LOT to learn about being gluten-free and need to discover more recipes, snacks and sweets to eat! I am looking forward to Week 2! 

If you have some ideas for me, leave some suggestions for me in the Comments sections below!


If you’re interested in know the full list of what I ate this week, I kept a log below:

Day 1

Breakfast – Rice Krispy’s with 2% milk

Snack – Light & Fit Vanilla Greek Yogurt and a nectarine

Lunch – Muscle Milk Light with 2 Quaker Carmel Corn Rice Cakes

Snack – Van’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chewy Snack Bar – which was quite good!

Dinner – Jerk Shrimp Wraps with Mango Slaw with corn chips and salsa

Snack – Popcorn and Prosecco!

Today, I am feeling hopeful about eating gluten-free. Food today tasted good. I enjoyed dinner a lot!

Day 2

Breakfast – Corn Chex and 2% Milk

Snack – Apple

Lunch – Hard Boiled Egg, String Cheese and a Plum

Snack – 18 Rabbits Junior Organic Granola Bar – Chocolate Banana and a Quaker Carmel Corn Rice Cake

Dinner – I had leftovers from last night, but made a salad with the Jerk Shrimp and Mango Salsa. I also had some tortillas chips!

Snack – Light & Fit Dannon Vanilla Greek Yogurt with a Nectarine

I went to dance class today, which is a pretty intense work out, so I was a little more hungry than usual. I’m still feeling hopeful about this journey, but it is only Day 2!

Day 3

Breakfast – Corn Chex and 2% milk – I love having cereal for breakfast! I feel like a kid again!

Snack –  Van’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chewy Snack Bar

Lunch – Lean Cuisine Chicken in Sweet BBQ Sauce

Snack – 2 Quaker Carmel Corn Rice Cakes and 2 Plums

Snack – Edamame

Dinner – Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds, Hard Boiled Egg, Apple and String Cheese

I have an evening dance class on Wednesdays, so I decided to eat ‘dinner’ for lunch and snack for dinner!

Day 4

Breakfast – Corn Chex and 2% milk

Snack – 1/2 Kirkland Protein bar

Lunch – Egg Salad – made with 1 egg, celery and Light Best Foods Mayonnaise with Rice Crackers

Snack – 2 Quaker Carmel Corn Rice Cakes and String Cheese

Dinner – Crispy Mustard Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cantaloupe with red wine

Day 5

Breakfast – Corn Chex and 2% milk

Snack – Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds

Lunch – Leftovers from dinner last night – Crispy Mustard Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cantaloupe

Snack – Van’s PB&J Sandwich Bar

Dinner – California Roll and Spicy Tuna Roll with Edamame – (See Failures of the week above)

Day 6

Breakfast – Corn Chex and 2% milk

Snack – Van’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chewy Snack Bar

Lunch – Carne Asada Tacos with Chips and Salsa

Dinner – Hard Boiled Egg, String Cheese and Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds

Day 7

Breakfast – Corn Chex and 2% milk

Snack –  Van’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chewy Snack Bar

Lunch – Egg Salad – made with 1 egg, celery and Light Best Foods Mayonnaise with Rice Crackers

Snack –  2 Quaker Carmel Corn Rice Cakes

Dinner – Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil and Spinach Salad

2 thoughts on “My Gluten-Free Journey – Week 1

  1. Gypsy says:

    Just wanted to let you know Rice Krispy’s have malt flavor which is from barley + not gluten-free. Found that out after my daughter still kept having GI issues after eating them (and kept a food journal).

    1. Carrie says:

      I had no idea…thanks you for the heads up!

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