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Two weeks being gluten-free and I am still hopeful! It’s been fairly easy for me to stick to the diet, even with a lot of crackers and breads in the house. I was able to go to dinner at an Italian Restaurant and not order pasta. It was difficult watching everyone else eat bread while we waiting for our meals, especially since I was starving!

My 3 main reasons for trying a gluten-free diet was to lose weight, reduce migraines (or get rid of them altogether) and reduce or get rid of the redness on the back of my arms (supposedly the result of a mild gluten allergy). Here are my updates on those 3 areas:

Weight – I have lost 3 lbs. in 2 weeks – keep in mind that I work out on a regular basis, but my work out hasn’t increased or decreased in the last 2 weeks.

Migraines – no migraines in the last 2 weeks

Redness on my arms – still there

Read about my highlights, challenges and favorite food find this week below!

Highlights of the Week

Corona Light is (close enough to) gluten-free – While Corona and Corona Light are not 100% gluten-free, there are close enough for me to drink it.  Healthy Nest Nutrition reports that Corona contains less than 20 ppm or less per beer. The limit to be considered gluten-free in the United States is 20 ppm. Most other beers contain well over 2000 ppm. If you have an allergy to gluten, please consult with your doctor.

Crab Boil is one of our favorite dinners. As a matter of fact, we love it so much, I added the recipe to the blog months ago! We usually only make it when we have guests, but since it’s something we love that is gluten-free we had it for dinner this week! Click here to check out how to make Crab Boil!Crab Boil Recipe

Challenges of the Week

Balancing calories with gluten-free eating. There are many food options that are gluten-free, yet are stacked full of calories. For instance, I can eat ice cream in the gluten-free portion of my diet however, it’s not great for the calorie portion of my diet! I am still learning what treats I can have that are gluten-free and calorie conscious.

Getting enough fiber – I’m also still working out the fiber issue from last week. I have not taken a probiotic every day, which has resulted in some belly aches. I have to work on getting regular with taking that! Click here to ready about my fiber issues last week!

Favorite Food Finds of the Week

Balsamic Chicken – Finding gluten-free recipes has been important to me, because I don’t want to get bored at dinner.  That will be the quickest way to ending this journey! I also don’t really like to cook, so it’s always a challenge finding good recipes that are easy to make.  The Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil, and Spinach Salad recipe I found in Woman’s Day magazine online is great! It tastes delicious and is easy to make!

Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil and Spinach Salad


Miso Soup – While Miso Soup is not an actually ‘food find’, as I love ordering it at Japanese Restaurants, I did find Miso Soup that I can make at home. Japanese Restaurant Style Miso-Cup is a super-easy way to have miso soup at home. Just put some warm water in a bowl with the two packages provided, and done! My kind of cooking! Did I mention it tastes just like the miso soup you can order at a restaurant?!miso soup

With Week 2 behind me, I’m ready to start Week 3! The kids fall sports are in full swing, along with 3 hip hop classes and 3 karate classes a week. When you add work, blog, and working out, it’s going to be a really busy week. Avoiding to temptation to eat quick meals that don’t fall into my diet will be key for me next week!

Check back next week to see how it goes!

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 – Chocolate Chex and 2% milk – Right? Thought I would treat myself!

Snack – Van’s PB&J Sandwich Bar

Lunch – Gluten Free Cafe Chicken Noodle Soup and Plums

Snack – Nature Valley Protein Bar – Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate

Dinner – Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil and Spinach Salad

Day 2

Breakfast – Chocolate Chex and 2% milk

Snack – String Cheese and a plum

Lunch – Amy’s Organic Gluten Free Bean & Cheese Burrito – This was my first time having a gluten free tortilla. I could definitely tell it was gluten-free, however, the burrito was still good.  I topped it with a little sour cream! gluten free

Snack – Kirkland Signature Cashew Clusters and Rice Crackers

Dinner – Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (Coctel de Camerones) with tortilla chips and salsa

Snack – Corona Light – OK, it’s not really a snack, but….

Day 3

Breakfast – Corn Chex and 2% Milk

Snack – Van’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chewy Snack Bar

Lunch – Homemade Lentil Soup

Snack – Chocolate Rice Cakes

Dinner – Crab Boil

Day 4

Breakfast – Chocolate Chex and 2% milk

Lunch – Amy’s Organic Gluten Free Bean & Cheese Burrito

Snack – Turkey Lunch Meat, String Cheese and Rice Crackers

Dinner – Carne Asada Tacos with Chips and Salsa

Day 5

Breakfast – Rice Krispy’s and 2% milk

Snack – Beef Jerky

Lunch – Chicken Salad and Rice Crackers

Snack – Chocolate Rice Cakes

Dinner – Miso Soup, Edamame and Chicken Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing

Snack – Prosecco, again, not a snack, but I’d rather drink the calories on Friday night!

Day 6

Breakfast – Scrambled eggs and turkey bacon

Snack – Nectarine and Smokehouse Almonds

Lunch – skipped lunch in preparation for dinner!

Dinner – Lilians Italian Kitchen – Filet Mignon and Grilled Shrimp with Creamed spinach

Snack – Popcorn

Day 7

Breakfast – Chocolate Chex and 2% milk

Lunch – Chicken Salad and rice crackers and string cheese

Snack – Van’s Chocolate Chip Snack Bar

Dinner – Left over filet mignon and polenta

Snack – Ice cream

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

  1. Holly says:

    Being gluten free isn’t easy! I have a very severe allergy and have been gluten free for almost ten years now. It gets easier once you start to see health improvements and then realize all the negative effects it would have every time you’re tempted to eat a breadstick or a donut 🙂 unfortunately like you said there are plenty of unhealthy gluten free substitutes and desserts, but there are also some good healthy alternatives. Some of our family go tos are taco salad, wenger (crumb free) ham loaf, and tex mex casserole. Good luck as you continue the diet! You can do it!!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you for the encouragement and the suggestions! We love Mexican food so I will have to check out those options!

  2. Way to go girl! Keep it up!!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you!

  3. Shawna Holly says:

    I try to eat low carb as i have family history of diabetes and have had gestational diabetes three times…I fall off the wagon A LOT. Changing your dietary habits really is a lifestyle change and it is so hard! I wish you all the best in your journey!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you! I appreciate it!

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