After my grocery store raid for canned pumpkin, you knew this was coming!
I was so looking forward to Pumpkin Pancakes. One of my favorite things to eat during the Fall and Winter! This morning, I tried this 1-2-3 Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancake mix. Iâ€™ve only tried one other GF pancake mix and it was horrible â€“ so I was very impressed at how tasty this brand was! Wahoo!
I figure this is a good time to address my forays into going gluten-free, since many people have asked in the comments section if Iâ€™m still trying to eat a GF diet.
If you missed the original post on why I went GF (or tried to), here it is. Basically, back in June, I took an Adrenal Stress Index test to see if my adrenal glands were functioning properly (they werenâ€™t, as evidenced by my crushing fatigue) and one of the surprising results of the ASI test was that I was also gluten sensitive. I wouldâ€™ve NEVER guessed that I was gluten sensitive, as I had no physical symptoms. Although I never blogged about it, I followed up with a stool analysis that revealed massive inflammation (like,
IBS IBD levels â€“ thanks for the correction, guys!) in my gut and reconfirmed my gluten sensitivity. I could also do a blood test but that seems a little pointless now.
(Side note: Sorry that the word â€˜stoolâ€™ was just included in my breakfast post. Heh.)
Anyway â€“ Iâ€™ve really, really tried hard to avoid gluten in my diet since then, but let me tell you â€“ itâ€™s challenging, especially when you donâ€™t have significant symptoms to â€˜motivateâ€™ you to stay on track. Itâ€™s pretty easy to be GF when I eat at home. All the bread you see on the blog is GF (I love Udiâ€™s brand) and Iâ€™ve been filling up on millet and quinoa. Knowing how much inflammation I have in my system really scares me and generally helps me stay on the straight and narrow; if I fall off the wagon even once a week, I realize that Iâ€™m doing damage to my body on the inside. Eating GF at home really isnâ€™t hard and is actually quite yummy and tasty â€“ I never feel deprived at home â€“ but eating out is a whole other story. Itâ€™s hard to stick with it when I travel, go on vacation, or eat out. I make an effortâ€¦ but sometimes I just feel frustrated and eat that bread, wedding cake, or tortilla. Basically, Iâ€™m trying but I could (and should) be trying harder.
On a side note, the Husband (a Chinese medical doctor) gave me all sorts of adrenal support supplements â€“ Iâ€™m not going to link to them because these are medications and need to be prescribed by a physician â€“ and, as far as my fatigue goes, I feel better than EVER! No more crushing fatigue.
Okay â€“ back to breakfast.
I added a big scoop of canned pumpkin to the pancake mix and then topped the pancakes with grilled banana, canned pumpkin, agave nectar, and cashews. So delicious. I am so full.
Time to get my work on!