So my hardest meal of the day being GF is lunch. I am all about quick lunches on my work lunch break or in between classes, or even worst between the two. I try to make things to take with me, but some mornings I am just running so late (Not a morning person even a little). So here we have the trouble… where to go for lunch that I can actually eat? Fast food options are not an option. Not that I was a huge fast food person anyway. So I usually go for a salad someplace. We have a little cafe down the street from my work that is great! But the same place every day? No thanks. So today I switched it up.
I have been to Pita Pit a few times in the past but decided to try their salads today since the pita is not GF. And what a great choice! Huge portions for about $6! I hate plain food. So I love all the options of toppings. I put just about everything on it and went with chicken today! SO DELICIOUS. First you get to pick your lettuce; shredded, romaine, spinach, or a mixture if you like. Next, whatever meat (or none). And they do not skimp on the meat like some places! Then tons of veggies, cheese, and dressings to pick from. So many combinations to come up with without costing an arm and a leg. So if you are GF (or if you aren’t), head over!
Pita Pit’s Gluten Free Menu: http://pitapit.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Pita-Pit-Allergen-Info-May-2013-2.pdf
So here is the story behind this blog…
I have had THE WORST stomach problems my entire life. And I mean my entire life. I remember in first grade getting “the talk” from my mom that I could not go home sick every single week. But what can I say, my belly hurt!
Most of my life it has been up and down. I have never been able to really pinpoint the problem. The list of foods that have all made me sick? Greasy fast food (check). Sugar (of course). Milk, toast, salad, apples, oranges, Water, AIR. But seriously… I could never figure out what it was! My senior year in high school I dropped 15 lbs because I just gave up. I decided to live on applesauce and sprite. I felt like crap if I ate anything! So off to the doctors I went… x-rays. scopes and probes (I won’t go into details) gave me the results of… “it’s in your head”. OK thanks Doc and $2,000 later. Well yes I do know that when I get super stressed and anxious I end up getting my stomach all in knots. I think that isn’t too abnormal anyway. That was not the complete story though because as I paid more attention and got older I knew when it was that and when it was… “I HAVE NO IDEA”.
A few months ago I found some blogs about being Gluten Free. I brushed it off at first, until I read more. Common symptoms of being gluten intolerant; Gastric problems, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, joint pain. (Plus many more). Too many of the symptoms pertained to me to completely ignore it. So my trial started… 3 weeks without anything containing gluten. I ended up going for about 5 weeks and I felt so much better! It did take about 2 1/2 weeks to notice a difference. From what I read I learned that it takes about that time to get the gluten out of your system. I definitely couldn’t say yet about my migraines or any other symptoms but my stomach aches were down to maybe once a week and not very bad ones. That’s amazing to me since I have struggled with daily aches and pains my entire life.
I ended up getting so extremely busy that I messed up my good eating. I feel awful as I write this. AWFUL. So here I go again… trying again. This is a life style change that was worth it, so I need to stay with it. Here is my journey. I plan on telling about my struggles, my trial and errors, and maybe my own advice eventually!