I have decided to take the plunge and experiment with a gluten-free diet. I have not started yet, as I need a little time to find some more recipes and make a menu. (By the way, have you seen that the Frugal Abundance site is now gluten free?)
Many of you know that I have had joint pain (off and on) for a few years. And, I have been struggling with fatigue for years as well. (And, no, I do not think it is merely the stress of having so many kids so close together in age... if I hear that one more time...)
Anyway, here is what I have been thinking:
1- It can't hurt to try!
2- My first spell of joint pain and muscle weakness began right after I read Dr. Sears' family nutrition book. I was challenged by the book to use more whole grain wheat products. That is when we switched to whole wheat bread and whole wheat flour.
3- Last winter/spring we were mostly doing a whole foods diet. During that time my pain and fatigue never completely went away. And, at times it flared up badly. And, when it was at its worst was right after my friend taught me to bake real bread. (And, during their 10 day visit at our house we ate a LOT of homemade bread).
4- A few of my blogger friends are gluten intolerant, and they have repeatedly encouraged me to try it.
So, as soon as I can get a menu made, we will begin. But, here is what I want to know from my readers.
1- How many weeks should my experiment last? Is one month enough? Six weeks?
2- Are there any sneaky foods that contain gluten? Something I would not at all expect? (I already found wheat flour in the Campbell's tomato soup... that surprised me.)
Paul and I have talked this over, and he is very encouraging about this experiment. I will be forcing the whole family to eat my food (and I am almost hoping to see a change in one of my children's behavior). However, Paul has decided that he and the children will not be obligated to stay gluten-free at church meals (weekly) and eating out (when Grandparents come).
Honestly, I have mixed emotions about this whole gluten business. For one thing, I am already overwhelmed putting together a diet that is whole foods only. Secondly, I LOVE breads! I do not want to have to give up breads - not for 6 weeks, certainly not forever. However, if being gluten free gives me a new lease on life (as I have read from other bloggers) then I cannot afford NOT to try.
This experiment will take A LOT of patience and endurance. But, I trust that it will give us some answers.