When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I thought eating gluten-free was my ticket to feeling better. Turns out, it was a bit more complicated.
Here are the therapeutic diets I’ve tried in an effort to recover from years of undiagnosed celiac disease. I’ll also tell you what I thought of them and show you what I eat now for today’s WIAW.
Therapeutic Diets I’ve Tried
Gluten-Free: Duh! Can’t have any gluten with celiac. GF for almost 12 years now.
Vegan : Didn’t work for me. I felt cold and weak, but I liked the philosophy.
Vegetarian: Felt better than when I was vegan. If I could still eat grains and all legumes, I’d go back to being a vegetarian for ethical and environmental reasons. But this time, I’d eat more high quality animal protein like organic yogurt and pasture raised eggs.
Grain-free: Totally works for me. I do have grains very occasionally now. After 6 months of being grain-free, my eyes literally filled with tears when I reintroduced my beloved white rice.
Specific Carbohydrate Diet: A lot of this works for me and the science behind being not able to digest dissacharides makes sense to me.
Low Fodmaps/ Specific Carbohydrate hybrid: I was so hungry I spent hours on pinterest looking at photos of mac n cheese. I lost 10 lbs and had a flat butt (not cute). I felt like a crazy, very sad and hungry baby bird. In other words, I don’t recommend this extreme of an approach 😆
Paleo: A fish & vegetable-centric approach works best for me. Fellow pegans I’m looking at you!
Autoimmune Paleo (AIP): I tried this but couldn’t follow through. I don’t do well with onion or garlic, which are in almost every AIP recipe. Also, I’m not ready to give up coffee. I might give this another “real” try, but until then I do love to incorporate AIP meals into my non- AIP compliant diet.
At times (ok, a lot of the time) I felt frustrated and overwhelmed. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that I have so much empathy for my nutrition clients. I also have a lot of first-hand experience dealing with therapeutic diets, so when I recommend something, I usually know the ins and outs firsthand.
Through all this trial and error I was able to design my own personalized way of eating: The ever evolving “Anna Diet.”
Ok, so what the heck do I eat now?
Here’s what it looked like on Monday of this week:
Breakfast @ 9 am: My new favorite green juice recipe: frozen pineapple, kale, lots of grated ginger, fresh squeezed OJ & water with 1 tbs coconut oil.
Lunch @ 12:30 pm: Unsweetened banana chips with fresh basil, aioli and smoked salmon
Snack @ 3:00 pm: Apple with sunflower seed butter
Dinner @ 6 pm: Shrimp salad: arugula, avocado, grapefruit, grilled shrimp & basil in an extra-virgin olive oil and lemon dressing. Salt & pepper.
Dessert: @ 8pm: Dark chocolate & raspberry bar
Join the conversation!
Have you tried a therapeutic or special diet? Do you go on pinterest when you feel deprived?