Hi! Thanks for reaching out!
For me, it was really the result of a lot of lazy food choices. Since I work from home frequently, I’d always look for the fastest way to resolve my hunger, which was mostly quick trips to the deli for some sort of sandwich. One day, I realized that I’d eaten an entire loaf of bread and that was when I knew something had to stop. I honestly reached a breaking point. It was about four months ago and I know my journey isn’t anywhere close to being complete.
I made the decision to cut it out entirely, with few substitutes. There were some seriously hard days - including those that come with migraines when I cheated, and even some sort of emotional breakdown that was prompted by lettuce wraps. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m been lucky to have lots of friends who have been super supportive and live in a city that makes it super easy to have dietary restrictions. At the same time, I also tried to cut out as much refined sugar as possible and alcohol.
There are times that I cheat, times that I forget that something I ordered contains gluten, and I’m in complete denial that chicken fingers are battered or fried. All of that aside, I do try to stay as strict as I can because I see such a physical difference when I stay true to my boundaries. It’s not directly related to my weight (I’m not convinced that I’ve lost much), but I look less “puffy” and I feel worlds better. The biggest difference that I have seen is how my stomach appears in clothes (I’m still the same size) and more definition in my face. I have friends who are vegetarian, vegan and paleo, and seeing them experiment with their food choices has really inspired me to do the same.
It works for me and makes me feel so much better that I don’t anticipate becoming fully recommitted to gluten anytime soon. I hope that it continues to be a tool for me to rethink about my relationship with food and makes better choices.
I hope that this answers your questions, and if you should have anymore, please don’t hesitate to ask!