Saying Goodbye To Gluten | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


I’m still in a little bit of denial, but I am begrudgingly coming to the conclusion that I will be joining the “gluten-free club.” I have thought that I’ve had an issue with gluten for years – yes I have been tested for Celiac Disease, which I do not have. Celiac disease affects approximately 1 in 133 Americans, and about 83 percent of those who have it are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed ( According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, as many as 18 million Americans have some non-celiac sensitivity to gluten. That’s 6 times the amount of Americans who have celiac disease.

After avoiding all grains during my Whole30 challenge, I have to say I’ve felt the best that I have in years. For a long time, going out with friends would be difficult, or even going on a date. I generally always felt discomfort after eating, and would often experience some, erm, unpleasant symptoms to go along with it (which is a really attractive quality as a single 27 year old female). After taking my diet into my own hands to once and for all try and figure out foods that really upset my system, I have to say I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner.

Despite knowing the symptoms I experience when eating foods that upset my stomach, I’m having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that I will be saying goodbye to some of my favorite foods. I know that there are a lot of alternatives today (and more and more on the way), but the fact that I can’t just go to a restaurant and pick out whatever I want on the menu without having to worry about how something is prepared is a little disheartening. I’ve also been on the restaurant side of things, so I really don’t want to come off as the ‘high-maintenance’ person in the group.

Also, I live in the craft brewery capitol of the nation: Denver, Colorado. I’m originally from Fort Collins (home of New Belgium Brewing Company), where the natives claim that there’s ‘beer in our blood’ – it’s just a part of the culture. Grabbing a brew on a patio is a frequent summer past-time – and I know it sounds silly, but the thought of having to give that up makes my soul die just a little. Additionally, I’ve made several of my own batches of beer and have all the brewing equipment – I’m trying to talk myself into using this to make kombucha, and that it will be just as fun and rewarding…’s a work in progress.

That being said, I haven’t had any gluten-containing foods for 35 days, and plan on continuing eating differently. It’s really an incredible feeling, feeling ‘normal’ after eating a meal (yeah, I should have probably done this a while ago). I really have to come to terms with as much as this might be difficult to give up, the benefits really outweigh the inevitable side-effects.

All right gluten-free sisters: what are some of your favorite recipes, website, tips and tricks? I’m going to need them. 

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