wheat-free, dairy-free: what i ate

This is an example of the types of meals I ate during my dairy-free, wheat-free month in 2013. I had this stored away, but decided to share in case anyone is thinking of tackling the dairy-free, gluten-free thing and needs some ideas of what to eat! I also tried to avoid processed sugar for the most part, but since I am a sugar fiend, this was kind of hard. I did pretty well, considering the amount of sugar I normally ate, but still cheated now and then.

During this month I did feel better. I have since had almost an entire year without dairy (with the exception of cream in my coffee and eating it while out or at other peoples' homes now and then) and didn't notice much of a difference until I started eating it again recently, due to Austen's dairy sensitivity going away.

Since introducing dairy back into my diet, I have had a more acidic feeling in the pit of my stomach... that's the only way I know how to describe it. I am pregnant, so it could be related to pregnancy, but I honestly don't think it is. I remember that "acidid" feeling going away during my wheat-free, dairy-free month last year. I felt lighter and had less tummy troubles. After going back to eating wheat, I realized wheat fills you up fast, whereas rice products leave you feeling lighter. I definitely prefer that to feeling heavy, bloated, and acidic!

As far as any health changes, my acne did clear up a bit, but it tends to do that. I don't know if it had much to do with the diet. I've considered going back to a gluten-free diet to see if it has any affect on River's behavior, as he is hyperactive and easily distracted, and I've heard it can make a difference. I also wouldn't mind feeling the way I felt back in March of last year!

Everything I ate was wheat-free; however, not everything was certified gluten-free; i.e. the oatmeal.

- Egg tacos with corn tortillas, sauteed onions, cilantro, & salsa
- Homemade strawberry cobbler w/ GF crust
- GF pancakes
- Apple slices with chevre & honey (I ate chevre because it's goat cheese, but didn't again because it's technically not "dairy free"; although there are reasons some people choose to eat goat dairy and not cow dairy.)
- Fruit salad
- Homemade rice bread with peanut butter
- Oatmeal with fruit, almonds, coconut oil, and honey or maple syrup
- Scrambled eggs and bacon

- Taco salad with chicken fajita meat, romaine lettuce, peppers, rice, beans, quacamole & salsa
- Chicken salad with a side of ants-on-a-log and oven kale chips
- Creamy paleo chicken soup & quinoa on the side
- Roasted sweet potatoes and raw broccoli salad
- Egg tacos with sauteed peppers, onions, & cilantro
- Roast chicken & green beans with onions, mushrooms & crumbled bacon
- Gluten-free pasta with dairy-free Alfredo tomato sauce
- Gluten-free cheeseless pizza with chicken sausage & veggies (broccoli, bell peppers, onions, etc.)
- Cornbread BLTs & dairy-free creamy tomato soup
- Spinach salad with quinoa, chicken, oranges, red bell pepper, & red onion, lime juice & Creole seasoning
- Jambalaya
- Spinach & cilantro salad with shrimp, quinoa, tomatoes, red onion, salsa, with lime & Creole seasoning
- Rice, peas, & sausage bake
- Romaine salad with chicken breast, apples, walnuts, and shredded carrots, red cabbage, & onion

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