So, we all read about how and why I decided to go gluten-free a few weeks ago. It was going very well; I mean, it was difficult in a sense that literally everything has gluten in it, however, I tend to eat more "whole foods" anyway (I once heard the phrase, "If you can run your food under water and it stays intact, it's a good food to eat," true, right?!") so giving up the processed foods wasn't hard for me. Also, as we saw, there's amazingly delicious GF equivalents of everything you can think of! (I even had this amazing GF pizza!) My skin was indeed getting better, and I felt great. I was at my lowest weight since well, I was about 15, I had energy, and I was really proud.
Then we went away to Williamsburg and I ate this.
(I also ate other equally as not-GF things on the trip like an amazing hamburger and fries that were totally 100% worth it)
When I came home, I didn't feel great. My chin broke out like crazy (and it hurts!). I felt like I was carrying a ton of extra water weight. Ugh. Back in college I gave up sugar for about 4 years, and I knew I could do that and I always felt great not eating the sugar. It was just one less thing to think about, ya know? However, there was one more bridge I wanted to try to cross: dairy free. I didn't do this out of the blue; I had been eating milk, yogurt, fro-yo, etc. and I felt gross afterward. I felt bloated and off. When talking to my mother about it, she said, "Well, that's no shocker you'd be lactose intolerant, milk made you scream your head off as a baby!" So, there's that.
So, for the time being, and to clear my system out, as well as clean up my skin (fingers crossed!), I am going GF, DF, and SF! I guess I don't see it as that huge of a life change for me, since I gave up cheese months ago, I've done SF on and off for years, and the GF thing is for my skin (which I am desperate to have clear). I never really was into processed food, fast food, etc. Also...I can still eat a lot of things! I also happen to live within 5 minutes of a delicious gourmet market as well as a health food store. Also, I like to cook, so it helps.
This all brings me to my point of the post: breakfast. I love breakfast. I'm also a born and bred New Yorker, so I love bagels with cream cheese, lox, and the works. However, most bagels aren't GF (these are!), cream cheese is full of dairy (though, I did have 2 bagels while we were away....ah, vacation "diet"!). So, I decided to mimic the bagel idea in a more healthy way, and here's how I did it:
- Salt-free rice cakes
- Two egg whites, fried in a pan with Pam
- Red Onion