I’ve spent a few weeks away from the blog, focusing on health, school, and taking some time for me. I feel really renewed and it was so needed. However, in the meantime, I tested positive for Celiac Disease, which explains a lot of the ill feelings I’ve been experiencing over the last few months. While it isn’t the best diagnosis, it isn’t the end of the world either. I plan on documenting my little wins here and there with my new diet. While there isn’t much yet (I’m still learning all I can!), I’m really looking forward to sharing my experiences with you all! 

While this was the first week of eating gluten free, it was a massive adjustment for me. I love bread, bread products, and pretty much anything in the form of a carb. I had to go on a few trips to the grocery store, read lots of labels, and so far, have made my fair share of mistakes. 

This weekend was my first time getting to go out to eat since starting eating gluten free. I have to admit that it was nerve wracking, because I’ve done my fair share of research online about what is and isn’t totally safe for me to eat. We picked a place in Cleveland (Hey Lucky’s Cafe!) and my sister was nice enough to call ahead and see what I could have. That took a fair amount of stress off me, since I’m worried about being “that” person when I go out to eat from now on. 

 Lots and lots of treats (none gluten free) but great for everyone else who came to breakfast with us!
Lots and lots of treats (none gluten free) but great for everyone else who came to breakfast with us!

Lucky’s is tucked away in Tremont near Cleveland. It’s one of my sisters very favorite places to get brunch, so I was excited to get to see what she had been loving. We were also celebrating my dad’s birthday, so overall it was a lovely time. The place was packed for an early Sunday morning, with lots of people ready to have brunch. The decor is so so cute too. 

 I really like that Lucky's supports local farmers and the community in general. 
I really like that Lucky’s supports local farmers and the community in general. 

One thing that suddenly has worried me massively is accidentally ingesting gluten because of cross contamination. Going out to eat was a pretty big step for me, because I had to give that little bit of control over to the people in the kitchen. I let my waitress know that I was gluten free, and hoped for the best. The one disappointing thing was that there really was only one thing on the menu that I would be able to have and want to order, sans toast, of course. I ordered the shipwreck, which overall was really yummy. I’m not the biggest fan of zuchinni, but it actually was a nice addition to the dish. They also had a large assortment of drinks on the menu too, which I want to get next time!

 The Shipwreck!
The Shipwreck!

I guess I never expected that I would have to suddenly be so careful with everything I eat. It’s been a huge adjustment, and honestly, it hasn’t been much fun. I feel like I’m starting to settle into eating gluten free, but I’ve already had my first tastes of feeling left out when it comes to eating out and such. I’m sure it’ll get better but it’ll take it’s time. i just have to be paitent. 

I have a considerable amount of hope that things will get easier over time. It’s worth it to not be sick all the time, and that is how I’ve spent almost all of my fall. I’m really excited to get to try out some new recipes, and I’m eager to share those too.

Here’s to new beginnings! 

XO Emily

63 comments on “Living Gluten Free – The First Week”

  1. Cheers to your resolution. As I need to switch to gluten free, I have been trying to find alternate recipes too.

    • I switched due to health complications, Celiac is an autoimmune disorder where eating gluten will damage my body for the long term!

    • Lucky’s isn’t a gluten free restaurant by any means, but they were accommodating when I asked my dish to be gluten free <3

  2. Eating gluten free is so difficult, I really applaud you for trying it out. Dietary restrictions can be difficult to live with if you came from eating previously restricted foods. Great post

  3. Best wishes as you begin your gluten free journey- it’s not easy but is far easier now than it was ten years ago. Not much comfort for you I’m sure, but it will get easier as your awareness for your diet becomes second nature and you can start to relax into it. Hopefully lots of lovely gluten free hipster cafes open up in your town and you can eat out ALL OF THE TIME! x

    • I’m hoping that over time I’ll be able to settle in to more. Thanks for the encouragement, and I hope I get ALL the hipster cafes!

  4. My grandmother has had Celiac’s Disease for about 7-8 years now. I remember when she first got diagnosed, it wasn’t easy. But over time, it gets easier. We have all learned what she can and can’t eat so we know when we invite them over what to make. There are sections in the grocery store with gluten-free choices. I haven’t personally dealt with it, but from what I’ve seen of her experience, it’s not easy at first, but it gets easier and you will find your go-to gluten-free products and restaurants.

  5. I can’t imagine what a big adjustment this is for you. I’m a big bread fan and it would be so difficult having to transition to gluten-free. You will feel so much better so it will be worth it, but I’m sure it will be a struggle for a while.

  6. I am sorry you have been ill for so long but I am happy you know why now and can move forward. My sister went through the same and she has been able to find a way to enjoy her new food lifestyle – hoped you do as well.

  7. Wishing you much success on your journey to a solidly gluten-free diet. It must not be easy but, it sounds like you are adjusting to the task. With time you’ll find your rhythm. Best wishes! 🙂

  8. Happy to hear you have found the cause of your feeling ill. So many times that is the worst part, is not knowing and being able to figure it out. Good to see that you are working on your foods and learning that you can go out and enjoy eating out as well! Keep on taking care of you!

  9. Looking forward to seeing your journey! My partner has started having some issues with gluten lately. We are getting him tested soon but I’d expect that we’ll find out he is intolerant. I’ll need your help!

    • Wishing you the absolute best of luck Cassie. It isn’t ideal, but knowing what the issue is is half the battle and such a relief. I’ll be posting recipes I try soon so stop back and try out some new treats too! They’ve been helping me adjust so much over the last few weeks.

  10. My best friend is dealing with the same thing. I’ve became so aware of what she can and can’t eat. I have such a huge respect for y’all. She’s @hauteoffthebrush on IG if you ever have questions. She’s been dealing with this for years & has great recipes. Xx

  11. That Shipwreck does look delicious! What a cute little café! I have family members who need to be gluten free and I know it is a huge adjustment! It gets easier, or so I’m told!

  12. I’ve heard that when you first begin eating gluten free it can be such a challenge, but that it’s worth it in the end! Looking forward to seeing your journey unfold!

  13. You are truly amazing! I’ve tried to eat gluten-free and I’m failed, I can’t survived with that. I’m looking forward to your result!

  14. I know it may be a challenge at first, but it sure is worth it! Plus, I have noticed that there are more gluten free options now. Good luck on living gluten-free 🙂

  15. I’ve heard it’s a challenge too! But so many restaurants and grocery stores now offer a great selection of gluten-free!

    Lauren

  16. Yeah, it takes some time to get used to not eating gluten but you do get used to it, especially knowing what to eat, what not and what places most certainly cross contaminate.
    For us in South Africa there are tons of products that are gluten free sold at local food shops.
    You’re going to have to start backing some gluten free bread and freezing it for yourself. That’s what my mom does.
    My mom and brother both have celiacs, my brother being extremely severe so I saw them struggle at first and now they’re pro’s at what to look out for 🙂

  17. aweee, this sounds really tough, but if you keep sharing your story, by the time you’ve gotten through this for awhile, someone who gets celiac disease will see your posts and feel like they can do it too! don’t feel ashamed for being one of "those" people, you gotta do what you have to! (:

  18. I can only imagine how hard it is to suddenly have to change the way you eat, grocery shop and go out after a diagnosis like Celiacs! I’m glad that you’ve been able to figure out why you have been feeling bad, and I’m sure it will get easier the more you get used to it. You got this, girl!

  19. My mom is a gluten-free eater and I know it can be such a hard challenge for him. But it’s all worth it because of its healthy condition. Good Luck to you!!

  20. Changing the dietary habits is quite challenging in the beginning especially when it comes to eating out. All that hard work is worth it in the long run. That shipwreck looks super delicious. Hope you discover a lot more of gluten free options.

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