I have been seeing a holistic chiropractor recently (feel free to roll your eyes). She specializes in phrenology and spends a lot of our sessions feeling my head to see what minerals and vitamins I am lacking and how my body is reacting to the environment (feel free to do a double eye roll here). I really like her and have felt so much better taking the vitamins she has suggested and my lower back pain that plagued me most days is gone. She has been nagging me to go gluten- free. She thinks I am allergic, it will help clear up my skin, and will get rid of the bloat I have been carrying around for, I don’t know, like, forever. I am struggling with this. I am totally fine at home, but when I head out to a restaurant with a delicious, warm bread basket, I weaken and give in. There are so many options at the grocery store for those who forgo gluten, but some restaurants are harder. Have you gone gluten-free? Was it hard?
On top of trying to be gluten-free, I am attempting to go dairy-free. I love cheese. In all forms. Queso, creamy brie, and hard, salty Parmesan. I don’t play favorites. I have proclaimed that life is not worth living without a cheese plate and wine. And I still believe this, but I am trying it out in hopes of getting rid of my stomach issues once and for all. But, again, I am wondering what to eat when I go out to eat. I enjoy going out to eat with my husband on weekends and I am already that annoying person who asks “Is there chicken stock in the queso?” “Do your tortillas have lard?” “Does the rice have any animal fat?” Yes, I eat Mexican food a lot. I live in Texas and Mexican food is fantastic. So now I must be the super annoying person who asks about gluten and dairy too? I am already annoyed with myself and I haven’t heard me quiz the waiter yet.
So, can I give into cheese and gluten at restaurants? Is that undoing everything I am attempting to do? Will it fix all my issues? Who knows. It is worth a try, right? Have any of you given up these items? How hard was it? Any advice?