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My husband gave this gluten-free diet 2-weeks. He said after 2-weeks he ‘would see’ if he wanted to continue. Well, he is! Which is a relief to me because it’s so much easier to stay on a specific diet if both you and your partner are eating the same things!

This Week

This week went well! I still have not eaten anything with gluten; no pasta and no breads, at least ones with gluten! This week we tried gluten-free pasta and gluten-free pizza. It sounds like it wouldn’t taste good, but the opposite was true.  It was actually tasty! It hasn’t been too difficult to stay away from gluten this far. There were definitely times that I wanted to reach for the kids goldfish or have a bite of their ‘regular’ pizza, but I resisted by finding something else that was similar.

We also tried our first gluten-free food that we didn’t really like; Edamame Spaghetti. We thought that it would be good substitute for regular pasta, but we were wrong! We prepared it as you would ‘regular’ spaghetti with red sauce, but we were not happy with the way it turned out. We have one more package, so we are going to do some research and see if we can find a better recipe!

Next Week

I am little nervous about next week. I have to go out of town for work for 4 days, and I am worried that with airport food, hotel food and no easy access to snacks of my own, I might be tempted to just eat a bagel or something like that. I am going to throw in some of my gluten-free bars to help with that, but it will be interesting to see what happens. Honestly, reporting my weeksresults to my readers does help keep me honest!

Updated Stats

Below are my stats on how my progress is coming. As a refresher, my 3 main purposes for starting this gluten-free diet was to lose weight, rid myself of migraines and see if the redness on the back of my arms is related to a slight gluten-allergy.

Weight – I am down 3 lbs. in the last 3 weeks – no change from last week

Migraines – I have had no migraines in the last 3 weeks – yeah!

Redness on my arms – The redness on the back of my arms is still there, but it seems to be changing a little  on my right arm. We will see what happens in the next few weeks!

Highlights of the Week

My highlight of the week was going to a nice dinner with my husband and having a delicious steak and veggies for dinner. We ordered extra veggies so make sure we had a nice variety of foods. I am finding that it’s best to eat a lot of protein and veggies to ensure that I am eating the right foods. For my husband, it helps that we can have potatoes. We usually don’t eat them because of the calories, so it’s a treat to have them. It does get difficult at a restaurant if something is fixed in a sauce. We have to ask and make sure that it doesn’t contain gluten.

Challenges of the Week

My challenge of the week came in the same dinner! My husband and I like to do appetizers a lot. We get a few apps and share a bottle of wine many times when we go to dinner. During this meal, by the time we ruled out the appetizers with gluten and then the ones we didn’t like, there weren’t any left to choose from. We ended up ordering the steak and veggies to split. In the end, we were happy with our meal, but realized that we are going to have to start looking for some new appetizers we like!

Favorite Food Finds of the Week

Hands down, my favorite food find of the week was the gluten-free pasta.  We prepared it as the packages indicated and used Rinaldi Sauce. Sprinkled some Parmesan cheese on top and that’ s it! It was a super simple dinner, which is perfect for us on our busy weekday nights.

The gluten-free pasta tasted similar to regular pasta. The texture what lighter but we couldn’t really tell the difference once we added sauce and Parmesan cheese. This is such a relief because I’m Italian!

I also excited to find some new rice crackers with sesame seeds at Trader Joes. I like these better than the ones I had found a few weeks ago. They are bite sized, so they make a great snack!

As I stated above, I am worried about how I will do next week, being out of town.

If you have some ideas that might make my week easier 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 – Eggs and Turkey Bacon

Lunch – Chicken Salad, Rice Crackers and a Plum

Snack – Carmel Rice Cake and Kirkland Cashew Clusters

Dinner – Gluten-Free Pasta with Rinaldi Red Sauce and pears with red wine

Day 2

Breakfast – Chocolate Chex and 2% milk

 

Lunch – Left over Gluten-Free Pasta with Rinaldi Red Sauce and plums

Snack – Hard boiled egg

Dinner – Taco Tuesday – Carne Asada Tacos

Day 3

Breakfast Snack – Chex and 2% milk

Lunch – Progresso Garden Vegetable Soup

Snack – Sliced Turkey, Rice Crackers and a hard boiled egg

Dinner – Cheeseburger, no bread and a nectarine

Day 4

Breakfast –  Eggs and Turkey Bacon

Snack – Van’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chewy Snack Bar

Lunch – Sliced Turkey, String Cheese and rice crackers

Snack – Smokehouse Almonds

Dinner – Steak with brussels sprouts and squash with Prosecco

Day 5

Breakfast – Eggs and Turkey Bacon

Snack – Kirkland Cashew Clusters

Lunch – Gluten Free Pasta and brussels sprouts

Snack – Sliced Turkey and string cheese

Dinner – Gluten-Free Pizza and beer (Corona since it’s gluten-free)

Day 6

Breakfast – Eggs and Turkey Bacon and Turkey Sausage

Snack – Van’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chewy Snack Bar

Lunch – string cheese, chips and salsa, plums

Dinner – Carne Asada street tacos

Snack – Kirkland Cashew Clusters

Day 7

Breakfast – Eggs and Turkey Bacon

Lunch – Vanilla Greek Yogurt with a Nectarine and a Van’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chewy Snack Bar

Dinner – Edamame Spaghetti with Tequila Lemon Shrimp, cooked carrots and salad

4 thoughts on “My Gluten-Free Journey – Week 3

  1. Shawna Holly says:

    Yay for your husband sticking it out with you…and good luck on your trip!

  2. Jamie says:

    I’ve been mostly gluten free for a year now and I’ll never go back. I eat gf pasta and breads (but try to limit anything that’s not naturally gluten free as I find gluten free prepared foods to be more calorie dense). It’s amazing. I don’t watch what I eat almost at all but I weigh the least I have in my entire adult life. I mean, I don’t overeat either but it’s just amazing how much better I feel when I eat this way! Hope you continue to have good results ❤️❤️❤️

  3. Raeanne says:

    Trader Joe’s has a nice gluten free pasta you should try. And they have a good selection for gluten free If there is one where you live. I would take a trip to one if you have the time 😊 If you like drinking beer the gluten free beers are good too….. my advice for eating out gluten free make sure it’s “gluten free” and how they know it’s gluten free. My little sister can’t eat gluten and we ordered a poozokie from bjs and they ignored the fact it was “gluten free” and served a normal one and it caused a reaction to my sister. They are suppose to be in a special tin which it wasn’t…. also home made zucchini noodles are great for spaghetti, pasta, or lasagna. I make the lasagna when I go to a no carb diet!!!!

    1. Carrie says:

      We do have a Trader Joe’s near us! I saw their GF pasta but haven’t tried it yet. I will definitely give it a shot! Thanks for all the suggestions! I truly appreciate it!

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