Three Months and an Identity Crisis

Mama L and I have now been sugar free (and very low acid) for 3 months. 🙂

It’s been interesting to say the least.  The first two weeks were just plain torture for me.  Looking back on it now I still can’t believe how unbelivably difficult it was for me to give up sugar.  I guess it shouldn’t have been such a shock…considering how much sweet stuff I baked on the regular…but I just never imagined it would be so rough.

After we made it 8 weeks I had every intention of reintroducing sweet treats (made with alternative sweeteners) and I did try that.  The sugars were fine…even kid approved.  Tested them out on my adorable neighbor kids.  But I didn’t like the way they made me feel.  Plus I started to obsess over what I’d make next and when.

I decided that even the alternative stuff had to go.  I want my body to absorb nutrients and I just don’t think it’s going to do that if it has the option of living on sweet…real or fake.

I’m not saying I’ll never eat / bake a sweet again.  Not saying that at all.  But for right now my plan is to go as long between sweets as possible.

While I’m 100% resolved to that plan it’s also bringing about a little identity crisis.

What am I if I’m not ‘Jennifer the cook / baker’?

Ever since I was a pre teen I’ve been the family baker.  Creating in the kitchen has always been one of my greatest passions.  And no matter how hard you try…something savory is never going to have the wow factor of something sweet.  It just doesn’t.

So who am I now?

I need a new passion.  A new hobby.  I even pulled up the list of continuing education classes at a little local junior college.  Side track break here…can y’all believe that this little rural type junior college offers continuing ed classes in beginning Chinese?   Maybe I’ll learn to speak Chinese.

It’s hard too because I love bloging.  I adore my regular readers.  Y’all got me thru the first 13 months of celiac.  Starting this blog was the very best thing I did last year.  It forced me to get out of my funk of having yet one more health problem and instead channel that sadness into creating stuff for the blog.  Creating stuff that made the celiac a non – factor in so many ways.    I hate that the focus of the blog has to change.  I don’t want to lose y’all…or to lose this great source of support. 🙂

Anyway…that’s where I am now on the food front.

I do still allow liquid Splenda drops in the occasional drink and in my Cream of Rice but that’s pretty much the extent of my sweet consumption right now.

Now…how bout a little transformation Tuesday?  This is what three months of no sugar did to my body.


Lower bod the first week of June vs the last week of August.


It’s also been a little over 3 months since I chopped off all my hair to grow out the grey.  Pics from last week.  I have a lot of natural waves / curls (depending on the weather) so right now it’s just wanting to stand straight up or out to the sides most of the time.  It’s a mix of white-grey and gun metal.  I really like the gun metal.  I’m going to do a full before / after post in December…when it’s been a year since I stopped the dye.

This has been one of the very best things I’ve ever done for my heath.  Putting those chemicals and smells onto my body wasn’t healthy and I’m so glad I finally said enough is enough. 🙂  Don’t get me wrong…I HATE the length right now because I just don’t like short hair on me but once it grows out I’ll have no complaints at all about this decision. 🙂

Mama L has had an amazing transformation too but y’all know she won’t let me post her pics.  She also won’t let me pick her out some new clothes for her new bod.  Please please please let me dress you, Mama L. 😉

So anyway that’s a look at where I’m at right now.  Thanks so much for reading.  I’ll still be posting at least once a week (hopefully more).  I’ll share savory gluten free recipes…music…and I’m also going to just start bloging about whatever too.  Hope y’all will hang around. 🙂

14 responses to “Three Months and an Identity Crisis

  1. I do not want to give you false hope, but I can tell you what happened to me. My gut was so damaged before I was diagnosed with coeliac and though on gluten free diet I stopped dramatic weight loss, I could survive only 10-12 products. I could not tolerate ANY proteins except eggs and any oils either. So the list of foods I could have included potato, sweet potato, rice, yogurt, gluten free corn flakes, apples, pears, eggs, avocado, sour cream, walnuts. And I had no problems with sugar. I tried to introduce new products at regular intervals. It took 7 years before I was successful. Now I can eat everything, except gluten and soy, but still have to be very careful not to overload on proteins. You are still at the beginning of the road to heal you digestive system, not at the end of it.

    Your hair looks magnificent!

  2. Thanks so much for reading and sharing your story. 🙂 I know it’s going to take a long time to completely heal. Thanks for showing that there is hope for healing. (Thanks for the hair comment too.) 🙂

  3. I’m so glad that you’re going to keep blogging! I would miss you otherwise. Chinese sounds fun too if you go that route. 🙂

    I’m glad you had a transformation too! It completely makes sense with you cutting out all the treats. And, I can’t wait to see the December hair pics. 😀

  4. I just found your blog recently. My sister-in-law has celiac. We were already doing low carb and decided since we were so close to gluten free my husband and I would take the plunge. Celiac and intestinal problems run in his family. I have been gluten and grain free for awhile now. I have been trying some GF bread recipes you have here because my husband is so missing bread. I think I may be gluten intolerant and grain intolerant. I have had so many tummy troubles since adding some grain back. (No gluten) I guess gluten free bread will be just for him, sigh. But I want to feel good and if gluten and grain make me feel bad it isn’t too difficult to do without. As far as another hobby, I love sewing! I pass the time and don’t have time to think of what I am missing eating! Not a bad hobby either. Just think about sewing new clothes for at great looking new body you have! Keep up the god work. I will follow the blog no matter what you write about!

  5. You look absolutely amazing! Well done! And I’d love to read more gluten free recipes (not necessarily cakes and biscuits) like salads and alternatives to carbs and everything else you will feel like writing about 🙂

  6. I think you have a great opportunity to expand yourself rather than an identity crisis. Framing. It’s all in the framing. 🙂

    Myself, I enjoy learning new things. In January I started blogging, in April I bought a camera, in July I started Lightroom and my world continues to turn with added speed. Your journey from celiac with blogging has spun you into a new direction — that’s fantastic! — and will be a lot of fun to read about here.

    • Thanks, Steven. 🙂 I’m actually thinking about going the photography route too. I need a real camera first but the little junior college I wrote about also offers some beginning adobe software classes. I really would like to learn how to create better photos…not only for the blog but just in general too.

  7. What a transformation! You look great and feel great so a great blog is sure to follow! I have always read your blog because I like the way you write so I intend to keep it up. You’ll find your niche in the blogoshpere!

    • Thank you so much, gfandme. 🙂 You’ve been here since pretty much the beginning of the blog and still to this day it means so very much to me that you take the time to not only read but comment. 🙂

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