July 7, 2022 – Except that every time I ate a bagel, I felt sad. 

It took me a year to be able to conceptualize what wheat-free would look like as a lifestyle. Wheat was such a large part of my diet: cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, pretzels for a snack and pasta for dinner. What else was there to eat? For the first six months of this experiment, I was far from gluten-free. At most, I was gluten-light.

About once a week, I would bump into some cookies or a delicious dessert that needed eating, and I would oblige. Then, I would feel terrible.

But I thought a totally gluten-free diet was impossible — especially since I was a mother of two beautiful, doughnut-loving girls.

After I stopped eating wheat regularly, I could really feel the impact it had on me when I did treat myself.

I would get lightheaded, develop a sore stomach (it felt like my food would not digest), and I could feel my face go slack. It was as if all the troubles in the world suddenly occurred to me.

And after a few days off of wheat, I would feel normal again. I didn’t experience euphoria — it was just calm happiness and comfort in my body.

This not only helped me in my personal life but when I was feeling good, everyone else was feeling good, too. Happy wife, happy life, right?