New Blog Series!
I am really excited to introduce a new blog series! Since journeying toward clean eating, paying attention to what I put into my body, and striving toward a healthy lifestyle and environment in our home, there have been many times that I’ve wondered, “What’s all the fuss about ______?!”
Names and trends and products and marketing terms are all swirling around out there, and it can be difficult and overwhelming to try to sort through them! What is healthy; what isn’t? What does this mean? What’s wrong with that? What’s all the fuss about cage free eggs or pastured meats or nitrate-free such-and-such? Is “all-natural” the same as “organic,” and does being “organic” make it healthy? etc etc etc…
There is a lot to learn. A lot to process. And a lot of amazing things to discover!
I’m excited to have help in this learning process. Over the coming months, fellow friends and foodies have agreed to write guest posts for this series. Throughout September we will take a look at Essential Oils, Coconut Oil, and starting today… Gluten!
(If are interested in writing a post for the series, please contact me!)
I knew Eryn in person but only in passing during one year that our classes overlapped in Bible school. For the next several years, I believe we lived in the same town. I remember bumping into her at the library one day and chatting briefly, but I knew nothing of her journey. It was once I started reading her blog From Famine to Foodie that I started to get to know her. I commented once on how tasty her spicy purple pickled cauliflower looked, and came home a few days later to find two jars of them on my doorstep! (sooooo good.) Unfortunately, that was right before her and her family moved across the country. I wished I could have sat in her kitchen, sharing an espresso or three, and learning to pickle in person. But reading her blog is almost like being able to do that! Eryn shares amazing recipes, great research and practical tips, and she opens herself up with a genuine vulnerability that is encouraging and refreshing. (She also has two of the most adorable little models/taste testers!)
From Famine to Foodie (erynlynum.com) is Eryn’s incredible journey from anorexia to whole food enthusiast. She says, “I was once held captive by a fear of food. God in His grace turned my fear into a great fascination of how He has created wholesome foods to benefit our bodies. From Famine To Foodie is my family’s story of our adventure into a delicious whole food diet!” Read more of her story here>>
And now, here is a post I have much anticipated…. What’s all the Fuss about Gluten Free?! We’ve all heard the buzz on this one. Gluten free recipes are all over Pinterest, G/F labels are all over food, and I’m sure we all know someone who doesn’t eat gluten… and maybe that someone is you! What’s everyone’s problem with gluten? Is it unhealthy? Why is it causing so many problems now? Should everyone avoid it? WHAT IF I LOVE TOAST?! 🙂
Without further ado, I’ll turn it over to Eryn:
The Day Everyone Stopped Eating Bread
It seems as though one day I woke up and everyone had stopped eating bread. And pasta. And pastries. And anything oh so wonderful and full of flour.
At first it made me angry, like when everyone stopped eating meat, or ditched dairy, or refused to expose any ingredients to any source of heat element, but instead insisted that everything be eaten raw.
It seemed just a little excessive– extreme even. And I was in no way ready to give up my toast in the mornings, leaving me with nothing to soak up my golden yellow, runny free-range egg yolks with. It was just a fad, anyways, I was sure; giving up bread was just the cool thing to do, the thing that would give off a healthy aura around you. It would be old news by next week.
And so I kept eating my toast.
Twenty-One Days Without Toast
But as time passed and the gluten free fad refused to dissolve into fad-diet history, I found myself at a loss of knowledge or answers when anyone approached me on the subject. That is when I realized something: I was refusing to actually do the research necessary to understand the facts and fictions behind the gluten free “fad”.
And so I began to read, and ask questions, and find answers; mostly to prove the gluten free fad wrong. As I waded through the overwhelming amount of information and opinions surrounding gluten, I began to form some of my own conclusions.
Yet even with newfound knowledge, it was still all in my head. That is, until the day my husband suggested we do a detox. It was three weeks—I could do anything for three weeks, right? And so for 21 days we gave up all forms of sugar, including those derived from dairy and wheat. We went gluten free.
During those three weeks something transformational took place in me, both physically and mentally. For one, I had not realized I had been bloated for years; my whole life, maybe. But a week into the detox my stomach was flatter than I could ever remember it being, and I felt all together free from extra swelling in my abdomen.
I had heard about these types of experiences from others who had stopped eating gluten, but I was now experiencing it for myself, and the idea of going gluten free began to gain some credibility in my mind. Maybe the fad diet world was actually onto something…
Finding Our “Happy Gluten Spot”
After our detox we did return to our regular whole food diet, including some gluten. However, our experience had changed us, and things were a little bit different now. We were determined to maintain a healthy balance by slowly cutting out some gluten, and by becoming less dependent on wheat as a staple of our everyday diet.
Although we did not remain gluten-free after our detox, the idea of gluten-free rests differently in my mind now. With a greater depth of knowledge about gluten and wheat, and with personal experience of giving it up for a time, I am now coming to find our “Happy Gluten Spot” in our own diet.
I won’t claim to be an expert, and there is still plenty I don’t understand, but I am determined to put in the work and research in order to understand what is best for me and my family; and my hope is that it could help you and yours, too.
Come back tomorrow for Part 2 of “What’s all the Fuss about Gluten Free” when Eryn will share what she has found to be true and revolutionary concerning Gluten-Free diets: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Giving up Gluten.