First of all, hi! Hey! How’s it going? I have spent the past two days living under an actual blanket of ice, which, being from Wisconsin, shouldn’t be difficult. But Nashville’s ice storm is nothing to be trifled with. There’s no pretty snow. It’s just ice. This city is currently the lonely package of Popsicles that are stuck in the back of your freezer and have been totally abandoned. No big deal.
Anyways, in the midst of being locked in my apartment and having very little contact with the outside world, I forgot to make an important announcement! As many of you may know, Lent starts today. I’ve never given up anything for Lent, and this year, I’m biting the bullet and doing it…giving up gluten.
Okay, before you start harping on me about this being some crazy diet trend, let me explain myself. I have several good reasons for wanting to go gluten free for the next 40 days.
- I want to become more conscious about my eating. Again, I’m not going GF because it’s a diet trend. However, one of my biggest weaknesses is mindless eating. Cookies at work? Sure? Basket of bread at dinner? Don’t mind if I do! We often have so many empty foods thrown at us that we don’t even think about what’s going in our mouths. Being gluten free is going to make me think a lot harder about what I’m eating and after the 40 days is over I’m hoping that’s a habit that will stick.
- People I love are gluten free, including my room-mate Sarah. Living with someone who is gluten free has made me realize just how frustrating it can be sometimes. I’d like to take on that perspective for 40 days. Also, I love baking, and I’ve already got a Pinterest board dedicated to recipes I’ll be working on while being GF. Hopefully I’ll find some delicious ones that work for us both! :)
- It requires discipline. I felt like giving up something for Lent would be difficult for me if it wasn’t very clear. Lent has a set timeline, and, well, things are gluten free or they’re not! I’m hoping that setting aside this time to focus on one thing will help me to become a little more disciplined in all areas of my life.
Now that we’ve got the rationale out of the way, here are my ground rules. I am going gluten free. However, because I don’t have an actual gluten allergy, I’m going to allow myself to eat things that may contain traces of gluten (ex: foods that may have been processed in wheat facilities). Other than that…this is totally real.
Yesterday I cleared out my pantry from all things non-GF, which included Kit Kats (sigh), mac and cheese (the horror!), and my favorite breakfast cereal (tragic). It’s going to be a really interesting experience and I’ll be giving updates on here, and hopefully some honest opinions about those recipes I’ll be trying.
One last thing…out of all the things I’ll miss, Donut Den will be at the top of my list.
Let’s do this thing!
(P.S. If you’re giving up something for Lent, comment below! I’d love to hear about it and maybe we can struggle until Easter together).