It happened one night…

happened one night

Since my husband and I changed our diet a few weeks back, I have noticed remarkable changes.

I am continuing to eat gluten free and dairy free-that has not changed.  However, I am looking for healthier alternatives to packaged gluten free products.  One disadvantage is that I have to now cook and bake more than before, as my husband can no longer rely on packaged meals.  That is the tradeoff.

I still love Mac and Cheese!  In fact, I made a meat loaf the other night and we both enjoyed Daiya dairy and gluten free Mac and Cheese.  But instead of eating these things all the time, we are now eating them sparingly.   I have baked some great blueberry muffins, and I have a recipe for banana bread that I am going to try out.

I recently found a recipe for overnight banana and peanut butter oats, from

The recipe is pretty straight forward:

  • 2 bananas
  •  1 cup rolled oats
  •  1 cup milk (use vegan milk if necessary)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
 I, of course, used almond milk, but you can use any milk you choose.  I also think any nut butter could be substituted here.  Just mash the banana, and mix all together in a container.  She states that it can be split into two servings.  I found it to be more like four. We really liked this; I would make this again, but maybe cut the recipe in half.
The only thing I would say here is it really doesn’t keep for more than one day.  I tried to eat this on day two, and not only did it separate (might have been the almond milk) it didn’t taste very good.   But don’t let that deter you from trying it;  just make sure you consume it in one day.
Back to what I was saying earlier; I have noticed great changes since we cut out junk food.
  1. I no longer have brain fog.  Yes, I still had it after giving up gluten, but not as much.  Now it’s gone.
  2. I have a lot more energy.  I don’t feel tired all the time.
  3. My skin looks much better.  I don’t have dark circles any more and my skin looks brighter
  4. My IBS has all but disappeared.  No more bloating, constipation or diarrhea.
  5. My sweet tooth has lessened considerably.  Fruit is now my go to dessert and it really is satisfying.
  6. I don’t miss junk food.  I am surprised at that.
  7. I sleep better and I don’t wake up sluggish
  8. I don’t need as much caffeine
  9. I am losing weight without trying
  10. I am much happier

It will be really interesting now when we dine out.  I have my gluten and dairy restrictions, and my husband has sodium and cholesterol restrictions.  But, it might actually make things easier.  Rather than agonizing over menu items and hidden gluten and dairy, it might be simpler to just order grilled chicken or salmon and veggies.

I would have never thought if you had asked me a year ago that I would be eating salad, veggies, fruit and delicious, healthy gluten and dairy free meals and desserts.   It’s amazing that we have been given the chance to change for the better.



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