I have been working on being gluten and dairy free for almost a month now. Surprisingly, the ridding your diet of gluten isn’t that hard. There are tons of gluten-free products out there, and just as many of you said, tons of options at restaurants. I have only had a handful of slip-ups this past month and each time I have made the mistake of consuming gluten, I have noticed a negative side effect. The biggest gain from removing gluten has been the state of my acne. While I have still broken out a few times, I am no longer getting the huge, painful cystic acne on my jaw and my skin seems to be recovering quicker. I have also noticed that each breakout has always been about three days after a slip-up. My doctor said that my acne along my jawline was caused by my diet, and now I fully believe her. I haven’t had a slip-up in over a week, and I hope not to have any more.
The dairy, on the other hand, hasn’t been so easy to remove. I can go days without dairy and then give in to a pizza (with a gluten-free crust!), or queso at a Mexican restaurant. I am trying to really limit my dairy because I notice that I do much better without it, but I don’t think I will ever commit to being entirely dairy-free. Or at least I am not yet ready to give it up entirely. For now, limiting it to a couple times a week seems to be working.
Thank you for all your suggestions and comments on being gluten-free. I think without the kind words, I would have never taken the plunge.