Half Vegan & Gluten Free? What?

Half Vegan? What is this nonsense? Isn’t that a Lasagne in the Picture?!

Ok – Hold on. I’ll explain. To do that though I need to explain a little bit about me and why I’m writing this blog.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kendra. I’m 28 years old, British and live in Germany. It’s a long and convoluted explanation as to how I got to be living here, which I might go into if this Blog ever gets read. Hey if you want to know then leave a comment!!

Anyway. So about two years before I left the UK I had an appointment with a dietician. I was earning OK money but had messed up a bit financially and my food budget was almost non-existent. So, Bread became my go to meal of choice. Cheap bread, cheap Margarine. My weekly shop cost me 15 pounds at most, and, while I have always been chunky I ended up becoming seriously overweight. I went to see a specialist who was supposed to help me work out ways of eating healthy on a budget. (One of their offered services)

We ended up talking about my eating habits and how I felt after eating. Not in a depressed and sick of myself for stuffing my face but in a how does your body feel kind of way. It turned out when I got to thinking about it – not very good. Now a diet of cups of tea, bread, rice and a few veggies obviously isn’t going to make you feel light and bouncy but at the same time it shouldn’t make you feel like you are literally weighed down. We did some tests, and it turned out – Lactose intolerant. What we didn’t realise at the time however was on top of that I also have an intolerance to Gluten, Eggs, Dairy in all forms, Soya products and Peanuts. This is in fact something that I had thought about as a suspicion over the last 4 years or so since I moved back to Germany but become clear in the last week.

Many people who have intolerances to certain foods can have a multitude of symptoms, and it isn’t so easy to work out what is causing the issues. I was lucky really because “All” I had was stomach cramps and Acid Reflux. Or so I thought.

Last week, after realising that I was going through 3 reflux tablets a night for the last month that something had to be done. My first thought was to cut out dairy and then whilst researching alternatives to dairy products I came across this link…

http://www.livestrong.com/blog/the-virgin-diet-food-intolerance-quiz/

I did the quiz and had a score of 40. Not good. I researched the Virgin Diet and found links to people who had GPs in the UK that had recommended they try it and after reading JJ Virgins’ theory as to why you should try the elimination diet and the potential positive outcomes of it, I decided to go for it.

So, starting Monday of this week (the 21.03.2017) I went “Half Vegan & Gluten Free” and what a difference it makes…!!

I’ll go into what I’ve found out in the next Post, else you’ll be sat here for hours!

See you in the next post!

Keni 😀

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