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    Alysa (InspiredRD)

    Fun Bobby!! So proud of you for sticking with it and finally getting to the point of feeling the rewards of that hard work. Do you think you’ll stick with this way of eating after the 30 days is up?

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      The Gluten Dude

      I am totally hooked on loading up on veggies, grilling fruit, etc. My taste buds have never been so happy with me. So I will surely keep the best things about this program with me for life.

      But I will go back to sushi and some other things that I really enjoyed.

      And I will have a cocktail or two here and there (and everywhere).

      But I’m not going back to the way things were…no way.

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    Great job!!!! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your journey!

    1. 2.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks J!

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    Melissa @ Gluten Free For Good

    Yay! Keep it up. This is what should become your lifestyle, not a “program.” Good for you, GD. People don’t realize how bad off they are until they make this switch permanent. It doesn’t happen overnight and you will have ups and downs, but whole foods, exercise. stress reduction (and a few other things thrown in) make up the answer to most health problems. It’s not a “diet,” it’s a lifestyle.

    May I offer you a beet recovery cocktail. A “beetini” perhaps? =)


    1. 3.1

      The Gluten Dude

      You got that right Melissa. It is a total lifestyle.

      Can I add gin to the Beetini??

    2. 3.2


      It’s a noble LIFELONG eating plan to follow, indeed (and I have tried valiantly to follow it since my DX :) ) and if you cannot do it strictly each day for whatever reason, you still make progress by eliminating most of those prepared, packaged (& sometimes icky GF) foods on a consistent basis that may well be causing us continued symptoms.

      In other words, I suggest we all not look at anything as “for the next 30 days, I’m going to be so ridonkulously strict that I will hate it and be miserable”; but, rather view it as: for the rest of my life, I will strive to eat more “cleanly” and get some exercise. (I say this with a little touch of love and envy, as I am not able to exercise as vigorously as I would like to–(yet)–and so any of you younger people or people whose muscles, joints and connective tissues were not affected by celiac– I say this “get yer butts moving!!” :)

      We live with enough restrictions and well-placed concerns about cross-contamination and we need not make ourselves insane about food & drink –to the point where we find eating a chore and unpleasant.

      Food should be enjoyed!!

      More veggies, more fruit, more protein and water, water , water.
      Just my humble opinion, of course. :)

      BTW, “Fun bobby”– : ) great reference, G dude…hahaha

      In full confession, I have had 1 cocktail –it came on a day that would have made Carrie Nation pour herself a stiff one…

      and a glass of wine with dinner last night that was somewhat required for me to be gracious–I mean, c’mon, guys, it was a Chateuneuf-du-pape–my fav and brought to me by a relative the hubs had not seen in 40 years, when they were kids. I had prepared a 4- course dinner for them and she had learned it was my fav from him.

      I even skipped a piece of my own outrageous vanilla bean cheesecake with raspberry coulis and the chocolate with ganache cake that had them swooning with delight. I mean, I was a very good girl.

      but the wine…IH couldn’t be rude, now could she? It’s red & full of antioxidants, I told myself –and o m g, every swallow tasted like liquid heaven in my mouth.

      Did I have trouble sleeping through the night and a headache from it this morning?

      You betcha. :(

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    I’m glad that you have found this challenge to be worth it! My birthday is this Sunday, but once that’s over I’m seriously considering doing this challenge myself. I was diagnosed with celiac/ been gluten free for two and a half years now and dairy free for a couple months, but I’ve still been feeling terrible lately. I need my health AND sanity back!

    1. 4.1

      The Gluten Dude

      It’s exactly where I was Jackie. And I’m not saying I’m ALL better now. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of bad days in front of me. But for now, it’s all good.

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        If today is all good, then whoohoo, baby!

        We only live one day at a time anyway. :)

        Enjoy it, kiddo! You’re doin’ great!!!!!!!

        So happy for you and proud of you for following through.

        Big kudos and hugs.

        Beetini, eh?? …..hmmm……..

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    Hooray! I feel ya on the “Fun Bobby” reference – that’s how I felt when I for the most part stopped drinking. :) But I’m glad you’re feeling better than ever, and isn’t it great to not feel the need to nap the day away? Great job.

    1. 5.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks Alta….though I did take a three hour nap yesterday.

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    Gluten FreeK

    Fun Bobby and Ricky Bobby can take a back seat! Don’t need no stinkin’ drink or commercialized diet to go fast!

    Here’s to a WHOLE, in ever sense of the word, new you. Keep it up and please keep sharing!

    (Love the kinder, gentler Dude, but I have to admit it was disconcerting at first… like when Letterman goes soft or Bourdain assembles a Barbie house for his daughter ;-)

    1. 6.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Well…my original post this day was going to be about Lady Gaga again so I’m not sure about the whole gentler, kinder thing :)

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    Proud of you! Now, I just need to get on the awesome train. Ugh. :( I just have to live without processed food!

    1. 7.1

      The Gluten Dude

      There is plenty of room aboard the train. I’ll even save you a seat.

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    Yay, good for you! I’m glad you’re feeling better. It is so much easier to stick with something when you’re seeing positive results.

    I made it through my 30 and while I did add back in a few things I was missing I learned I didn’t need or even want all that sugar and dairy.

    Here’s hoping your next 12 days leave you feeling even better!

    1. 8.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Traci…I crashed and burned yesterday. So tired I can’t even explain it. Did you have days like that during the Whole30?

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        I had quite a few days like that. On evening I was in whole foods with my daughter trying to find something for dinner and I ended up in tears because there wasn’t anything I could eat on the go without going home to cook (at least, nothing that sounded good). But week 3 I discovered I could eat hummus with veggies (why the heck that took me so long I’ll never know!) and I started experimenting with new vegetables and other foods so that was enough of a distraction and gave me something to focus on. Keep up the good work. You’ll get through it.

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    Wendy PalmTreesGlutenFree

    Looking pretty buff there GD! So glad it is working for you!

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    Any vegetarians find a way to make this whole30 work? I have been a lacto-ovo-vegetarian for 16 years then a year ago I was diagnosed with Celiac limiting foods which I will or can consume. I feel much better after the last 12 months but still have awful days. I still feel a need to nap, and while I have more energy than before it should be greater. Looking for any way to make myself feel even better, I hate the reference of sounding like an old man, shouldn’t have all these aches at 30.

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    Thank you for the realistic list of I have learned … after 4 or so years of being diagnosed and being gluten free I can come to a point like you had – I honestly feel really horrible and the worse part is feeling like this does not give me much motivation for anything.

    In saying that I keep saying I need to do something drastic and immediate because it is starting to affect my self worth and happiness as well … and I am enjoying reading about your “Whole 30 day” challenge and think this is something I seriously need to consider, seriously. ;)

    So thank you about being so frank about everything … the whole ups and downs of it and also it being encouraging that you are feeling good and that this step has given you some positive habits you are going to keep on keeping on! :)

    I really enjoyed this article today:

    There is just so much to learn about when you are diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Gluten intolerance ~ and going along with your doctor rant of the other day – we just are not made aware. None of this is easy but it is nice to read good people’s (that would be you) realistic experiences of trying ways to “heal thyself” …

    You inspire us out here — just to let you know :)

    1. 11.1


      Sherri- Thanks for that link. It filled in the blanks regarding being bloated, lethargic, etc. and was more informative than any MD’s have been.

      GD, thanks for the inspiration. I am going to give the whole 30 a try.

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    Celiac Mindwarp

    Well done, sounds like its doing the trick.

    Can’t wait to get going after my biopsy in a couple of weeks.

    And you have an extra 81 days to hang out in coffee shops. Genius.

    1. 12.1

      The Gluten Dude

      There’s a method to my madness :)

  13. 13

    Aloha Julie

    Glad you are feeling better, I was hoping you would give us a half time report. Thanks. Love the photo of you, Mrs. Dude should be impressed!

    I haven’t eaten out in over 3 weeks and my gut is thanking me for this.

    Love your blog GD!

    1. 13.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks Aloha. Yesterday sucked for me big time. As soon as I made the blog post. Go figure.

  14. 14

    Celiac Mindwarp

    Fingers crossed you feel better soon x

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    Ken Scheer

    Rock on my friend, keep it up!

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    Julie JC

    Two comments that don’t go together, nor with your advice to the kid having problems in school

    1- I’ve learned to live without sugar in my coffee. I know I said I was going without coffee but I began spending my afternoons working in Starbucks this past week. And when in Rome.

    2- I’ve learned that anyone can do this and if you are really struggling with your health, discipline or sanity, this is a great Program.

    Here’s some tough love for you…Starbuck’s has lots of things you can choose, like water, herbal tea, juices….etc

    Congrats, though, on making the program work for you. My partner is struggling to reduce gluten in his live and is going back and forth and back and forth due to the cost of gluten free products and the effort to make it work in the world we live in. I am trying to be supportive and even make the changes, too. I’ve have bariatric surgery and the carbs and genetic mutations, etc, in gluten products don’t do anyone who has had bowel surgery any good.

    Hoping I’ll learn lots and get my partner to read you so he’ll be inspired to love himself a little more, like you do!

    1. 16.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Dang…that’s a little dig at me Julie, isn’t it?

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    what the heck?

    She did not read the other blog post completely through, G Dude, otherwise she would not have made any of these comments.

    Not starting off on the right foot at all.


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    Emily George

    Sounds like this was a great program for you!

    Just curious if the Whole30 is already gluten free, or if you had to modify?


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