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GF: February highlights

By Emily Shockley

It's been awhile since my last entry, so here's a few highlights of the gluten-free journey:

* I had my annual physical earlier this month and asked my doctor about going gluten free. She said the science is still unclear on the effects of gluten on a non-celiac person but she said it shouldn't be a detriment as long as I'm not losing out on the nutrients found in whole grains, like fiber. She said a common side effect for gluten-free people who don't get enough fiber after cutting out bread is constipation - no thank you.

* Gluten-free Valentine's Day included wine, risotto, chicken, kale salad and Betty Crocker gluten-free cupcakes for dessert. The new line of Betty Crocker gluten-free mixes is a great idea but I have to admit the yellow cake mix I got was kind of bland.

* I went to Denver over the weekend and gave myself leeway to eat gluten at one meal per day. It went OK. I didn't notice any drastic changes in digestion or any abdominal discomfort, but I did feel some heart burn the last of the three days. Not sure if there's a connection but I have heard it's possible for people with acid reflux (like me) to see some benefits from cutting gluten from their diet.

I realize how lucky I am that I can take a break from this diet - people with celiac disease have my admiration for having to keep it up 24/7 and even go to great lengths to avoid cross-contamination.

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