No Gluten, No Dairy

January 16, 2014


I got my little computer bugs all taken care of at the Apple Store this morning, but apparently when I did that, a whole lotta past emails went out! Sorry about that if you received an old email from me today!

No Gluten, No Dairy

In addition to doing Weight Watcher’s Simple Start, I decided to try the “No Gluten, No Dairy” thing for 21 days, starting on the 1st of January, and I seem to have had good luck. By good luck, I mean….it is not as difficult as I thought that it would be and my body feels really good.

The No Gluten part…..

I have not shopped a whole lot for Gluten Free Bread, Gluten Free Pasta, Gluten Free English Muffins, or Gluten Free Chips until this week. I can do without those things on a regular basis, and I feel like I make better choices when I am not including those things in my daily meals and snacks anyhow.

I did find a pasta that Mike and I both liked, and I will make that again for sure.

I bought some english muffins and had one for breakfast this morning. It was okay, but I just might leave those out of the meal plan for a while.

I bought some gluten free chips a couple of days ago, and they tasted so good, I just wish that I hadn’t bought them.

I bought some bread that I haven’t tried yet, but if I do like it, it will be nice to keep on hand for the occasional toast or sandwich.

The No Dairy part……

Mostly, I miss my morning frothy skim milk in my coffee. I tried the Almond milk in my coffee, and just wasn’t a fan, so I tried the Soy MIlk. It’s okay, but I wouldn’t choose it over skim milk like I know some people would.  I do like the Almond Milk in my smoothies, but it isn’t as much protein as the whey powder, so I don’t feel as full and as satisfied with my smoothies.

Giving up cheese has actually not been as difficult as I expected it to be, but I did have a piece the other day. I went 14 days with NO CHEESE!!! 

I don’t miss the Greek Yogurt for the taste of it, but I did enjoy all of the protein I could pack in a snack of Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt and some fruit mixed in!

In a nutshell, I’m going back to skim milk in my coffee tomorrow, but I’ll eat no other dairy until after my 21 day plan. 

I am still going to eat as “Gluten Free” as possible until the 21st to complete my 21 days, then after that, I plan to pay much more attention to it, and eat much less of it. 

Simple Start

I’ve enjoyed doing the Simple Start, but I’m honestly still a little uncomfortable NOT counting points. Part of me feels free and is enjoying it, while another part of me know’s that portion control is an issue for me, so I need to measure out my food. I also feel like it has been easier for me to snack on “approved” foods without taking a picture, or writing it down, when in reality, I know that ONE snack in between meals is realistic, not two or three. 

I know I am consuming less calories throughout the day simply because I am not eating cheese, not drinking milk in my coffee, and staying away from chips and bread, so all in all, this has been a good trial for me!

 Next Week

I’m going back to counting points, but I still plan to eat according to WW Simple Start! I’m enjoying the challenge of coming up with different meal ideas. 


Here are yesterday’s eats……..


4 Egg Whites, Avocado, Salsa and Grapes



Food Truck Cowboy Skillet

(Veggies, Chicken and Sausage…I didn’t eat the Sausage)



Mixed Greens, Chopped up Turkey Burger, Salsa



Simple Start

I can eat anything I want from the approved list of foods.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into for foods and beverages that are NOT on the approved list.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

Foods I ate that were NOT on the Simple Start Approved List = Avocado (3)


Exercise = Walked 4 miles on the treadmill

How many glasses of water I drank = 15

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 4



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