Gluten-Free Vegan Journey: Weeks 2 & 3

If you’re just joining us, here’s the first week.

It’s been a really easy adjustment for the most part. I’ve felt well most days, but I’ve still been having some troubles. I’m trying not to get discouraged as I’ve read it can take weeks to feel better from a diet change.

What I’ve been eating

Fruits and veggies… at an alarming rate.

IMG_0579

Purple and yellow carrots, parsnips, squash and mushrooms. Add some tofu scramble (light firm tofu + Daiya mozzarella shreds) for good measure.

IMG_2000

More stir-fry. This one with some crinkle cut baked potatoes and homemade hummus (garbanzo beans + tahini + lemon)

IMG_2006

I’ve also been having a love-affair with these gluten-free, vegan waffles. They’re amazing. I have them with natural peanut butter and bananas.

IMG_2008

I actually switched to them weeks ago as I found my stomach handled them much better than toast or regular waffles before a long run or race.

IMG_2010

They were my secret weapon the morning of the Florida Beach Halfathon.

Challenges

While I adjusted to the absence of gluten I found myself several times ravenous throughout the day. I read that it may happen but I was surprised at just how hungry I felt. I added tofu, peanut butter, hummus or nuts to just about every meal to balance protein and keep me full.

Eating at a restaurant (which believe it or not I’ve only done twice in three weeks) was interesting. Luckily both places I went had a great house salad and oil and vinegar for dressing.

What I’ve noticed

My skin is still all clear! That makes me so happy.

I track my meals in My Fitness Pal and have been able to meet my carb and protein requirements each day. I’ve been consuming more fats than before but I’m working to balance it all out. Nutrition seems to be one big balancing act.

I’ve noticed more energy during my workouts. It’s not as difficult as it’s been to get up at 5am to meet my trainer, run, or take a class at the gym.

I’ve also done several afternoon workouts without feeling like crap. It’s been a while since I felt well during an afternoon workout.
photo

This weekend I hope to start branching out with a few new recipes. As much as I love sautéed veggies, I’m going to have to learn some other staples. I’m also attempting my first gluten-free vegan baking experiment. Wish me luck!

Any suggestions on eating at restaurants? Aside from playing the 20-questions game with the server, can anyone recommend some safe choices? 

4 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Vegan Journey: Weeks 2 & 3

  1. Yay for seeing improvements! When I get back from being away, I think I am going to follow your lead. I don’t eat much gluten anyway, that I am aware of, but I defiantly want to pay closer attention. :)

  2. I’m so happy this has started to work for you! It’s been life changing for me. Eating out is definitely a challenge but doable. I do a lot of research ahead of time. Chain restaurants have their menus and allergy info on their websites so I always scope out those first. I have tons of suggestions if you’re into chain restaurants. Smaller restaurants are harder and you have to hope for a knowledgable server or ask to talk to the chef. It will eventually get easier and most places have always have salads that will work!

  3. I’m glad things are getting better! It has taken a little while for me, but my skin is the best it’s been in a WHILE! I immediately know (physically) when I slip and eat something. I thought I’d play hooky and had 1 piece of pizza and 1 beer earlier this week and ended up rolling around on the floor in tears for an hour. BLAH! I have been eating a teaspoonful of peanut butter to satiate that ravenous feeling. I had the munchies at 4pm hardcore everyday last week!
    I found that ordering a la carte is way easier than I thought. I went to longhorn and asked for a sweet potato, rice, and steamed veggies and they were super helpful and even asked ME if I needed to exclude butter/salt, etc :) I think most restaurants are starting to pay attention to dietary restrictions more these days.