What would your answer to this question be: “If you were stranded on an desert island and could only have one food, what would it be?” My answer to this question used to be “cereal”. In fact, my life used to be one big bowl of cereal. I’d have it for breakfast, for snacks, and even for dinner some nights, especially the nights my husband was out of town and I didn’t feel like cooking.
My stock of cereal always included a variety – from shredded wheat to cheerios to frosted flakes. Cereal was my favorite “food” and I couldn’t have imagined my life without it. And it always tasted great, but little did I know it was wreaking havoc on my system.. The common ingredient to most cereals – wheat (which contains gluten) – was a food I needed to ELIMINATE from my routine (versus eating it everyday!) Realizing and understanding this took time and patience and motivation. I fell off the wagon many times until one day I decided I’d had enough of not feeling well.
I started with baby steps. I didn’t give up cereal in general – I just found cereals that didn’t contain gluten. At first, I thought this would be an impossible tasks, but to my surprise, it wasn’t that difficult. Gluten-free cereals (and foods) are everywhere today. Some popular brands that now offer gone gluten free options include Chex and Rice Krispies. You can find a list of even more gluten free cereals here.
Removing gluten made a world of difference for my health. I regained energy and shed GI discomfort that I’d been dealing with for almost 14 years. And as I started to feel better, eliminating other not-so-healthy foods became much easier – trust me when I say feeling well is all it takes! What seemed like an impossible step – eliminating gluten – ended up being what empowered me to commit to a healthy lifestyle. The continuum of my journey led to me choosing to removing other foods that didn’t work for my body including dairy, and yeast from my diet. Today I’m happy, healthy and amazingly cereal-free! Are you ready to eliminate gluten or another inflammatory food? Consider working with me, your health coach, to help you achieve your own wellness! Check out my menu of health coaching services!