http://sweetsmartfunny.blogspot.com - I mentioned briefly in my last post that lately I've been eating gluten free. I thought I'd talk a bit more about that, seems it's kinda everywhere these days. Cafe menu's keep springing up with the [GF] next to some menu items, which is great to see. Although I wouldn't say it's exactly easy to eat out when you're vegetarian/gluten free/pregnant. Money saved I guess.Anyway, for almost a month now I've been eating gluten free. It came about following the worst headache in the world [yes, I am sure this is a fact], which lasted for 6 days and 6 nights and had me kind of delirious, sick and dizzy as well. Good times. This triggered a trip to my wonderful chinese medicine doctor, who is brilliant for when you need something sorted out. You know, you can go to a GP and they say 'rest' or 'this is normal during pregnancy' or 'there's nothing we can do'. Go to a chinese medicine doctor and you actually walk out feeling better.From that, my chinese doctor provided me with some reading material about healthy eating during pregnancy. I figured I was already pretty healthy, but hey, might learn something new? But wow, what I read completely changed my outlook on food. And I've been eating and preparing food quite differently ever since. And I feel amazing.So gluten is one of the things that had to change. It's more common than most people may realise to have a degree of intolerance to gluten [found in wheat], but because the symptoms are kind of low key [think headaches, lethargy, allergies etc] it is generally accepted that you just put up with these things. It's quite an effort to eat gluten free - all of a sudden, you may as well not bother going into a bakery, eating out presents a challenge [I have become that person with special dietary needs] and even something as simple as baking at home becomes a complex problem. I can only imagine how hard it must be for those people with severe reactions to gluten.I can tell you this though [note - I am not a medical study, I am just one person!]. After a month, my energy levels have increased, I have clearer skin, I feel great in my body and I am loving the food I'm now eating. And I can breathe easily! I rarely have to gasp to get enough air in, which was almost constant before now. I actually did eat a gluten-containing meal out at a restaurant a week or so back, thinking a little bit wouldn't hurt, and spent hours up feeling nauseous and having a headache during that night. Lesson learned.sourceAnyway, that's a long way of saying that the recipes I'll be sharing going forward on the blog are going to be essentially gluten free. Join me on my new culinary endeavours! [And be prepared to eat rice..].