Welcome to my first blog post!
Well this is all new and rather exciting. I’ve been thinking all week about what my first blog post should be about and after a lot of wine on Friday night with my mate Jane (hi Jane!), we agreed it should be an introduction to how my conversion to a gluten free life has been so far. I thought I’d also share an update into what I have done to achieve The Vitality recently.
So first up – The Vitality! I’ve kept up with my daily multi-vitamin. I have ran out of probiotics so note to self – must buy more. If anything has a recommendation I’m all ears. I’m drinking plenty of water each day and this week I bought not one, but two highlighters from Topshop. If you can’t make it, fake it, right?
I’ve been gluten free for about 8 weeks now. So far so simple. I am having porridge every morning using Sainsbury’s gluten free porridge oats. I have this with coconut milk or if I am feeling a bit indulgent or its just raining and crap outside, I make this with Alpro Dark Chocolate Almond Milk. Yes, I know, I am making porridge sexy. At the weekend I usually have Genius Fruit Loaf toasted with butter. Real butter that I keep in my pretty new butter dish. I’ve not had to stay at a hotel yet or even been out for breakfast or brunch so this is an easy meal to navigate.
Lunch gets a bit trickier. I work in an office and there isn’t much choice in the way of shops or cafes nearby except Greggs or Subway. Both are now no-go’s. Its easier and more purse-friendly then to pack my own lunch. When I am organised I throw a few potatoes in the oven on a Sunday night when I am cooking my dinner. They wrap up and keep in the fridge for a few days so I can just reheat my jacket potato up in the mic and add a topping. If I am even more organised, I make a double portion of whatever is cooking for dinner and Tupperware a portion for lunch the next day. There are a few times though where I have gotten home late and not cooked, have left my lunch on my countertop (it happens frequently) or I just haven’t been arsed that morning to think ahead to lunchtime. These times I have come to regret as I have been stuck and ended up buying a pack of ham or chicken pieces #Lunchfail.
Evening time I have found quite easy. After de-glutening my cupboards and re-stocking them full of gluten free alternatives (PS. I haven’t seen my friends move so fast before to get to that bag of gluten), its relatively easy to cook gluten free. I’m focusing my meals on meat/fish and 2 veg. Very British.
I’ve tried gluten free pasta (gross!) so I am very excited to see carb-free alternatives gracing supermarket shelves. Tesco and Sainsbury’s are winning with products such as boodles (butternut squash noodles), courgetti (courgette spaghetti), squaffles (butternut squash waffles) and cauliflower rice. These are my saving grace at the moment as I also feel that they are going to contribute to my state of The Vitality and I can ditch the two Topshop highlighters soon.
Drinks-wise has been easy too. Red or sparkling wine when out in a bar or restaurant. I do love beer and I miss having a cold pint in the pub. I did find a gluten free beer in All Bar One but it was about £5.50 for the bottle! Luckily I’d had my leftovers that day and saved on my lunch money. I’m now stockpiling gluten free beers to try at home and will keep a scorecard that I’ll share.
I’m also posting some of my meals and products I find on my Instagram @Sionedldn. Please feel free to follow me 🙂 I’m sorry to my friends who are used to just seeing my balcony.
I’ll soon post some recipes, recipe reviews, restaurant reviews etc. If there is anything you’d like to see or read about please let me know.