WIAW: Gluten Free Week Two

I just want to start off by saying thank you all so much for all of your kind and funny comments on yesterday’s post. Seriously, every single one of them made me so happy! You’re all wonderful. 🙂

I don’t have much else to write about after that post, so I guess I’ll just jump into foodie talk – that’s why you’re here in What I Ate Wednesday, right? 😉

Well, it’s been my second full week of being gluten-free, and I still don’t really have any changes to report. My allergy-related symptoms are still there (acid reflux, for example), and I haven’t lost any weight. In a way, I’m relieved that I don’t feel any different. At this point, I would wager that gluten is not a problem/allergy for me, which I was so worried about. I did try GF flour for the first time this week, and was surprised by how “normal” it was, but I do hope gluten isn’t a problem for me. But again, I’ll really have to wait until the end of this month to really tell a difference!

So, moving on…Here are some of my favorite eats from this last week!

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Hosted by the lovely Jenn at Peas and Crayons!

Breakfasts

A Greek yogurt bowl, complete with loads of strawberries and raspberries (which, by the way, I’ve decided are my favorite fruit), and homemade granola. For this batch, I replaced 1/2 cup of the oats with quinoa. Extra crunchy and delicious!

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As Sunday was Mother’s Day, I decided to make a big brunch for my mom and grandma. We had lots of fruit (a fruit salad and watermelon), bacon, gluten-free blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs (for my parents and grandma), and an egg-free frittata for me.

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I’m super pumped about this frittata, but the recipe isn’t great yet. I’m going to work on it for a while and perfect it before I share it with you!

Lunches

My only notable lunch from this past week was a little plate of goodies, including some of that frittata, a wedge of Parmesan (is there anything better than real Parmesan cheese?!), salami, and grapes. Sometimes these little plates are my favorite types of lunch.

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Snacks

Leftover fruit salad, which I think was even more delicious after it had sat in the fridge for a day.

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And some more store-bought gluten-free snacks. I could live off of those multigrain chips. Holy yum.

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Dinners

One super healthy and tasty dinner I enjoyed last week was this one:

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Salmon, mixed veg, and wild rice. Simple but good.

On Mother’s Day, I also went all out and created an amazing (if I do say so myself) dinner for my mom. I used this recipe from Gina’s Skinny Taste blog, and wow was it good. Parmesan risotto topped with wilted spinach, and scallops for my parents…

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…and chicken for me and Ian (I’m still a bit wary about certain types of seafood).

I think I could also live off Parmesan risotto. Just saying.

Desserts

My mom found gluten-free sugar cones at the grocery store! I hadn’t had an ice cream cone in what felt like years, so this one, topped with chocolate chip ice cream, was a real treat.

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Workouts May 12-18
Sunday: off
Monday: 30 minutes elliptical + strength training
Tuesday: Jillian Michael’s Shred It with Weights, level 2
Wednesday: 60 minutes on treamill – running and walking intervals
Thursday: rest
Friday: P90X Kenpo X
Saturday: 45 minutes elliptical + P90X Ab Ripper

In other news, today Dan and I have been dating for four years. These years have gone by incredibly quickly and sometimes I could swear it hasn’t been that long. We’re going out to lunch today, but because this weekend is packed for us, we won’t celebrate until next week. Still, it’s pretty cool. 🙂

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Tonight I’m attending the final concert of my high school orchestra teacher’s career. He’s been teaching for 37 years, and literally built the orchestra program in my town from the ground up. It’s incredible and so admirable. A ton of his alumni over the last three decades will be attending, so I think it will be a good time. Orchestra was my favorite class in high school, partially because of his teaching, so it’ll also be very bittersweet.

Spring is in full bloom around here, and it is just gorgeous. Monday was a particularly nice day with absolutely no humidity, and the sky was a gorgeous blue color.

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I love it.

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Questions for the day:

Have you ever gone on an elimination diet/taken a food out of your diet? Did you feel any differently?

Which do you like better? Breakfast? Brunch? Lunch?

What was your most memorable class in high school?

I hope you all have a fabulous day!

26 comments

  1. I’m both excited and sad that gluten-free is making a difference for you. Haha. It was the same with me. I didn’t feel any difference until I went grain-free. because all of the gluten-free things like quinoa and rice flour were still causing me problems. How are your parents feeling?

    I bet pretty good with all of the delicious food that you’ve been making! 😀 Those blueberry pancakes look amazing, especially for being gluten-free.

    Congratulations on four years with Dan. That’s quite a long time! He sounds like a great guy.

    Okay, so I say this a lot, but that is so so funny about your retiring orchestra teacher, because I’m attending the last concert of my band director tomorrow to. It was my favorite class in high school and all of the alumni are coming around to play one final song with him. It seems that your teacher was just as influential to the music program at your school as my director was at mine.

    1. That’s a lot to give up, but I suppose if it makes you feel better, it would be worth it, for sure. My dad kind of fell of the plan, but my mom has stuck with it and says she feels the same way as me. Thanks for asking!

      We do seem to have a ton in common! That’s such a funny coincidence that we’re both attending big concerts in the same week. 🙂 I hope you have fun!

  2. First and foremost, I first want to tell you to be careful following a gluten diet unless you do some research. A lot of gluten foods are actually higher in sugars, so you just have to look @ the ingredient and nutrition labels a bit more closely 🙂

    Secondly, every single one of your meals look delicious. I love SkinnyTaste’s recipes. I have never made one that I haven’t loved

    Third, Congratulations to you & Dan. Four years is awesome, and I just couldn’t be happier for the two of you ❤ ❤

    1. That’s a really good tip. I’ve noticed that just in the few weeks I’ve been eating GF. It’s like the brands think they should load up their foods with unnecessary sugar, carbs, and artificial things just for the heck of it. I mean, what is that?? But seriously, thank you for reminding me about that.

      Thanks! I love them too!

      Thanks so much. 🙂 It is pretty cool!

  3. I love Skinny Pop AND those Multigrain chips! YUM!!!

    And congrats!! You guys are so cute! That’s so awesome 🙂

    1. Seriously, they’re so good!!

      Thank you! 😀

  4. I adore Skinny Pop, I could own one of those bags like none other. four years, just wow congrats!

    1. Haha me too! Thanks!

  5. Congrats and happy anniversary to you and Dan! That’s awesome! 🙂

    As for elimination diets, I went GF as soon as my dad was diagnosed with Celiac disease. I have every symptom of Celiac, but I was never tested for it — and as soon as I cut out the gluten, I started feeling a lot better. My dad had to cut out both gluten and dairy (the latter for only a few months so his gut could fully heal), which was a challenge. Once he could reincorporate the dairy, he both felt better and was able to have a lot more flexibility with his meals, and we’ve both been GF for five years now. I hope you’re able to figure out what the culprit behind your GI troubles is, and that you’re able to start feeling better soon!

    1. That makes sense. I know of a lot of people who probably should have been tested for Celiac disease. Five years…that’s amazing. But I’m so glad it helped you out!

  6. Awwwww happy 4 years!! That’s awesome! Also, bummer that your symptoms are still there, but glad you don’t have to cut out gluten at least!

    1. Thanks! And yeah, I’m actually kind of relieved haha.

  7. all your eats look delicious! the raspberries in your first photo look incredible

    1. Thanks! I love those berries.

  8. kimathungryhealthygirl · · Reply

    Congrats on your dating anniversary!! Sorry that you’re still having reflux and such….that is just not fun. I absolutely love those multigrain chips and I buy a big bag everytime I’m at Costco.

    1. Thank you! Yeah, it isn’t fun, but it could be worse, I suppose! Those chips are just too good.

  9. Aww, congratulations to you and Dan! You’re such a cute couple and the picture of you is gorgeous. And hey, going out to lunch today and celebrating next week is almost as good as two celebrations, right?! I hope you’ll have a fantastic time.
    From what you’re saying it does really seem like gluten wasn’t the culprit of your symtoms. I have to be careful not to overdo it on certain foods, too, at times and usually feel better quickly after cutting them out. Keeping my fingers crossed for you to be able to reintroduce gluten again!
    With the school system being different over here I can’t share a favourite college class. One of the more interesting ones I had, though, was performing arts.

    1. Aw, thank you! You’re very sweet.
      Yeah, I’m thinking it isn’t the culprit, which hopefully means it won’t be difficult to reintroduce it!
      I love most of the arts – performing arts was definitely a favorite of mine, too. 🙂

  10. This all looks delicious! And oh, wedges of parmesan are the best 🙂

    1. Seriously! They really are! 🙂

  11. I am so trying out that scallop recipe now. That picture is making me drool. It is amazing. Skinny pop is one of my best friends. It is so good. It tastes buttery and delicious while it is only 35 cal per cup. Winning right there. Definitely the snack that I rec to everyone.

    1. Haha I hope you do try it! I know, I can’t believe that something store-bought can have that few ingredients and calories. Win!

  12. Congratulations to you two on your anniversary! Isn’t it mind-boggling how quickly time flies by when you spend it with someone you love? Never stops amazing me.

    SkinnyTaste is such a great blog! I have made a handful of her recipes and all but one were really, really delicious!

    I love your little parmesan/salami/grapes/egg plate! When we travel, we often eat lunches like that. I love the simplicity, the colors, the variety of textures and flavors. It feels so European to me 😛

    1. Thank you! It really is amazing how quickly four whole years went by.

      I agree, I love her blog! I’ve only tried a couple of her recipes but loved them all!

      You’re right, that does seem very European! I really do love little snack plates like that, though. 🙂

  13. I don’t think GF eating is so bad! I absolutely love it. I hope you decide to stay! I also hope that your symptoms go away. They’re not so fun. Congrats on the anniversary! I agree- time does fly so quickly!

    1. Yeah, GF eating really is not as difficult as I thought. But I suppose if my symptoms don’t go away, I might as well start reintroducing it into my diet. And thank you!

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