Each week I post a list from Moorea Seal’s 52 Lists Project. This week’s list is “List your Current & Childhood Dream Jobs”
Over the last weekend of February I read Wheat Belly by William Davis. The basic premise of this book is that we consume way too much grain, and grain contributes to our health problems in ways we don’t even realize.
I decided I had nothing to lose by going gluten-free during my IVF cycle, and it may even help, so I dove in.
It was both easy and hard.
The hard part was eating out and social occasions. The first challenge came when we went to an Italian restaurant for my mom’s birthday. The menu was full of pastas and pizzas, and literally the only gluten-free item was eggplant. Luckily, it was drowned in cheese and pasta sauce so it was delicious! But it seriously limited my options.
I also had difficulties when we ate other people’s houses. For example, we went to Tom’s mother’s house for a family birthday celebration and everyone else was having pizza. Tom and I brought our own steaks and spinach to cook. Our meal was perfectly fine, but that pizza smelled so good!
It was easy in the sense that I found I really didn’t miss bread or other grains all that much. I was replacing them mostly with dairy (which some people don’t recommend, but full fat dairy is recommend for women trying to conceive), so I didn’t feel hungry.
Did it help with the IVF? I don’t know, but I do know felt a lot better physically! Despite the insane amount of drugs I was injecting myself with every day, I didn’t feel the same fatigue I usually did. Yes, I would get tired, but I no longer had that almost-overwhelming urge to take a nap after lunch. I didn’t feel like I was about to fall over from sleepiness like I normally would. That disappeared within 2 days of going gluten-free.
I lost about 5 pounds, which I wasn’t trying to do, but it showed me just how many calories I was getting from things like crackers, pasta, and bread.
Finally, I broke my gluten fast last weekend when I ordered grilled cheese for lunch at Chili’s. I was already feeling horrible due to the fact I had just gone off all my medications, cold turkey. I figured a little gluten couldn’t make it much worse.
I don’t know if it was the gluten, or the meds withdrawal, or a combination of both, but I basically spent the next 8 hours on the couch. I felt terrible the worst I had in a long time, both mentally and physically. While I don’t think I’ll be gluten-free, 100% of the time, forever (because it’s just not always practical or polite), I haven’t had anymore gluten since, and I’m planning on going gluten-free again during out next IVF cycle.
Each week I post a list from Moore Seal’s 52 Lists project. This week’s theme is “Things I Want to Make.”
Highlights from March
- We completed our first round of IVF. If you’d like to read about this in more detail, hop on over to my other blog.
- We had multiple family dinners and get-togethers.
- I enjoyed my week-long Spring Break.
- I moved my other blog from a free Blogger account to self-hosted WordPress.
Favorite March Blog Posts
- 3 Questions to Ask to Avoid Spreading Gossip
- 15 Metaphors You’ll Only Understand If You’re a Millenial
- 27 Sure Signs You Grew Up Evangelical
- How Desire Led You Home
- Infertility Explained By 33 Impossibly Adorable Cats
- It’s Not Envy, It’s Absence
- Kay Warren: A Year of Living Dangerously
- The Most Underrated Sound in Our Society
- The Top 10 Things I Learned Drinking Only Water for a Month
- What Women Want From the Church: Full Inclusion in the Church
- Why Slowing Down is Paramount if We’re Ever to Be the Body
Mandatory Hemingway Photo
Each week I post a list from Moorea Seal’s 52 Lists Project. This week’s topic: List the Things That Feel Like Home
Each week I post a list from Moore Seal’s 52 Lists Project. This week’s list is “My Essentials.”
Every week I post a list from Moorea Seal’s 52 Lists Project. Enjoy this week’s list!
Week 10: List the Ways You Can Cleanse for Spring
Each week I post a list from Moorea Seal’s 52 Lists Project.
Week 9: The Places I Want to Go
Highlights from Last Month
- Tom went to a football conference in Concord while I visited with San Jose friends
- We celebrated the 3rd anniversary of our first kiss and the 2nd anniversary of closing on our house
- We had an amazing dinner with some new friends from church who have also journeyed through infertility (and survived!)
- Tom went to Fresno to attend the premiere of a friend’s movie
Books I Read in February
- Eleanor & Park: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell. I don’t read a lot of fiction, and I couldn’t put this one down! It’s a YA novel, but I highly recommend it for adults. I was thinking about the ending for days.
- Personalities in Love by Donna Partow
- Rapture Practice: My One-Way Ticket to Salvation by Aaron Hartzler
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life & Business by Charles Duhigg
- The Sweet Side of Suffering by M. Esther Lovejoy. A wonderful, un-cliche book for rough days.
- The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose. This book was fascinating to me. As a graduate of what’s considered to be a “liberal” Christian university, it was really interesting to hear about a Christian college on the opposite side of the spectrum. I listened to the audiobook version of this, which was read by the author, and I was completely engaged the entire 11 hours!
- When Work & Family Collide: Keeping Your Job from Cheating Your Family by Andy Stanley
- Why: The Question That Never Goes Away by Philip Yancey
- You’re Going to Be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days by Holley Gerth
Favorite Podcast Episodes
- Beyond the To Do List with Story: Donald Miller on Focus, Finish, and Living a Meaningful Story
- NPR’s Fresh Air with If You Think You’re Anonymous Online, Think Again
Every Monday I post a list from Moorea Seal’s 52 Lists project.
This week’s list is My Favorite Albums. Each of these albums has had heavy rotation at some point in my life!
P.S. You may have noticed I changed the design of the blog. I’d love to hear what you think. I like that it’s more stream-lined.