I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely Monday. I wanted to give everyone an update on my gluten-free experiment. It has been 4 weeks today and I honestly can’t say that I have noticed much difference at all. I wanted to wait for 4 weeks and then try having gluten again to see if there was any reaction. Last night Neil and I ordered pizza while watching football and I ate that to reintroduce it to my diet. Today I feel the same. I know that it can sometimes be a delayed reaction, so I will be attentive to how I am feeling today and tomorrow.
The main thing that I noticed as a difference was that my physical appearance stayed more consistent than when I am eating gluten. This may not be due to gluten at all, however, and is quite possibly the result of cutting bread and flour out of my diet. I did not eat a large amount in the first place, but completely removing it seemed to decrease the fluctuations that I noticed from day to day in how my clothes fit.
After cutting out gluten, I noticed that I developed daily headaches for about the past 2 weeks. I have no idea what could be causing these since I have kept everything else in my diet the same. Again, I am not attributing them to gluten, but it is just something I noticed. I have one today as well. Hmmm.
As much as I know you love reading about my food sensitivity experiments, you must be even more excited to read about my weekend. I will make sure to keep you updated on the whole gluten thing. Yesterday was December 1st and I got this gem for Neil and I:
I had been on the hunt for an advent calendar this year because I hadn’t had one since I was a kid and Neil didn’t even know about them. I figured it would also be a perfect gift for Neil because he is very impatient when it comes to Christmas and doesn’t like being confined to one day for presents. We both like tea, so I found this and thought BINGO. The only problem is that they sold out in like 2 seconds online and since David’s Tea is primarily a Canadian store, the only physical locations in the U.S. are in NYC.
Going along with my obsessive nature, I knew I MUST HAVE IT. I am so grateful to my cousin-in-law (is that a thing?) because she went to the actual store and mailed it to us. The first tea was delicious and I will have the second one tonight when I get home. The tins the tea come in are so adorable and I can save them for future spice use. I will be updating you on this tea journey as it continues.
Speaking of spice, Neil surprised me with an early Christmas present this weekend: an online herb and spice class from a culinary institute! As you can see, his excitement does not only apply to him and he is often too impatient to wait and give me presents on Christmas as well. I was so excited because I had just been talking about how I was overwhelmed with different seasonings and I wished there was a place that would just tell me what goes with what and what to use them in/on/around/etc. I started it last night and I am PUMPED. I am going to season EVERYTHING. I’ll probably be a master chef when I’m done.
To end today, I will leave you with this:
I saw these in Target over the weekend and must say that the one on the right seems a little shifty. I do not trust him.
Question of the day: Does anyone else have an advent calendar? If so, what kind?