Yet, I figured I could give it a try. Three weeks? That sounded a little much to me. So after some researching, I decided I would do a three week experiment parse. I would brave Colorado without gluten and cut out the gluten right away. I figured that if it would help, I wanted to do it right away. If it would be a waste of time, I wanted to get it out of the way. With my parents help, I stalked up on some tortillas and perused the Internet with common questions: Is there gluten in greek yogurt? Does cheese have gluten? Does beef jerky have gluten (it's a hiker's perfect food!) Turns out, I didn't eat that much gluten in the first place. I didn't really grow up on the heavy comfort food, so the only time I consistently consumed gluten was with a sandwich at lunchtime and with cereal twice a day. I did munch on grains throughout the day though and I knew that some of the cheeses and stuff I had occasionally would have to be cut out. The big thing though, was the cereal. What would I do without my staple food?!
Since then, I've learned that getting my eating habits back on schedule does wonders for my little cereal addiction. The less that my mind is in survival mode, the easier it is to remind myself: "Ok, you had cereal as a snack now. You don't need to have it again because you can have some tomorrow and have more diversity in what you eat." At the time though, I thought I would die without my cereal. I knew there were gluten free options, but lets be honest: that stuff is like $8.00 a box! I looked on the Internet and found some awesome ideas though:
1. Egg and Banana Pancakes
These are so super easy! All I used was 3 egg whites and half a banana. One pancake is only 110 calories and contains a lot of protein. Some variations include adding berries, cinnamon, chocolate chips, and/or other fruits. Be careful with these because they have to cook really slow and can get a little messy if you don't do it right. I've heard they are more solid with full eggs, but the egg white version works great for me. Also, they taste delicious! They taste just like a yummy banana pancake, which I think is not fair considering they take only 15 minutes to make and can be made by just about anyone (RELATED: Pancakes for the Kitchen-Inept).
2. Egg White Omelet
|One of my omelet creations|
I've grown quite fond of my breakfast experiments, and although my parents are probably sick of half eaten bananas and melted spatulas, I like getting out of my comfort zone and redefining "cooking" for those who hate to really cook-- like myself. While I now have a box of Gluten Free Chex Mix at my mom's and dad's, I'm not dying for cereal anymore. I'm determined to keep my cereal addiction broken by coming up with crazy new ideas for breakfast. Although I found out that yogurt in pancakes doesn't work and that the mythical protein and water (only) pancakes are a waste of time, I've found that my endeavour has been a huge help in this gluten free diet and in getting my eating schedule back on track. At the end of it, I think I'll probably stay on a low-gluten diet and I will most definitely keep making messes in the kitchen to try and discover how I can escape the confines of cooking within the confines of the 40 minutes I have before work.