My initial goals were to identify the root of my chronic stomach ache. I was already eating organic as much as possible. I was also trying to eat healthy, and while I still have a ways to go, I'm improving.
I baked from scratch and ate vegetables. I cooked meals when I felt like it, but I also ate out frequently. Olive Garden was one of my favorites. Who doesn’t love unlimited breadsticks? I also have more than five choices for pizza within a 5-mile radius, so you can imagine how much I would order pizza. Pizza, how I miss you, with your cheesy goodness.
Once I started eating gluten-free, I really just looked for gluten-free versions of the foods I was already eating, so pasta, bread (I love Pasta and Bread! ), doughnuts, milk, and cheese. You know, the things that I knew had gluten in them are available in gluten-free versions. I tried eating at restaurants that either had gluten-free options or just food items that were supposed to be naturally gluten-free. Did I mention I had also given up dairy? I knew this would be lifelong. Though I hadn’t come to terms with it yet. Sure, I could still eat it and suffer, but my goal is relief.
In addition, I had no idea that the food might have been contaminated with gluten. I have learned about gluten sensitive and gluten free as menu terms. It might just be me, but having gluten-sensitive items on the menu in a restaurant is unnecessary. It doesn't mean anything. I feel like it's a level below the gluten-free option that restaurants use to make it seem like they're inclusive.