Ok, this post has been a long time coming. I want to go more in depth later with this, but it’s part of our fertility journey & it’s quite a big part actually. Let’s rewind to when I was 25 four years ago. I was diagnosed with PCOS. It was scary, it was alarming, it was devastating, & it was confusing. I had no idea what PCOS was & still to this day I’m confused by the diagnosis. I blogged a whole lot about my PCOS [HERE] for those of you wondering more about it. But in all fairness doctors really don’t know a whole lot about it either. It’s incurable, it’s a very different experience for everybody, & each case needs to be treated differently as such. Ok, so after that diagnosis I was seen by many doctors who all didn’t really know how to approach my PCOS & none of them really had great solutions for me, but one doctor highly recommended that I go gluten free. That was some of the best advice I had ever gotten in my entire life. Right after the doctor recommended that Jose and I quit gluten cold turkey & it’s now been almost 5 years with no gluten & it really has changed my life for the better. In short the reason I was given that doctors recommend going gluten free when you are diagnosed with things such as cancer, PCOS, & other diagnoses, is because when we consume gluten our bodies have to work extra on .so it takes time away from those areas that need the work. Also gluten acts as an estrogen hormone in most cases which our bodies are already hormonally imbalanced as PCOS patients so we do not need to disrupt that more. [This was a very dumbed down explanation that I was given…. please talk to your doctor about going gluten free as I am clearly not a medical professional.. but I can decorate your home like a mad woman ;)] Anyways, since going gluten free my body has acted more normally & Jose and I have seen some great benefits. Another thing to note is that when we both consume any gluten now on accident we both get reactions from breakouts, rashes, & tummy issues that are not pleasant. The one issue with being gluten free? It’s a lot of work & as a busy woman it’s hard to be on the go & GF. Over time I have found some ways to help me & I wanted to share a few small tips with you today & some companies that I have found to help you with not only eating gluten free, but just healthy in general…
- Xoby Organics.Xoby is an organic grocery delivery service that is one that I found recently & have been falling in love with. I have been using this service for snack/breakfast/drink delivery. The thing about grocery shopping when you are gluten free it is so hard to do research on items and find them in the store to make sure they are for sure gluten free. With this service you can search “gluten free” and be reassured that every item that pops up is certified gluten free & it takes the searching for hours and guessing out of it. Basically on Xoby.Com you can create certain boxes for example I have one labeled “liz’s snacks” & you can can get that box delivered monthly or as needed. My “Liz’s snacks” box has items like peanut butter [it’s my favorite I have ever had before so glad I found it through this], cereal, pasta, & other items like that. My favorite thing about xoby is that once a month I get these snacks and other items delivered that forces me to eat at home, organic, & gluten free so that I don’t go out to eat everyday & also so I’m not researching for hours at the grocery store looking for gf snacks that are also organic. Oh, & who doesn’t love the convienence of free shipping & groceries delivered to you? I’m hooked!
- Shipt.Shipt [HERE] is a delivery service connected to your local grocery store. Ok, this one I have been using for a few months now & it has been life changing. I get everything from toilet paper, food, mouse traps [don’t ask], to toiletries, groceries, and more. I’m not sure if Shipt is available in all areas, but I believe most larger cities now have some sort of grocery delivery service available. This one goes something like this… It’s $99 a year [They offer deals on this once in a while] for the membership & it’s free grocery delivery service [you can do multiple deliveries a day above a certain price point which is $25 I believe]. This makes my gluten free life so much easier because with a simple “gluten free” search on the app it pulls up all of the gluten free items up from our local grocery store at once. It’s that easy. No questions on whether or not anything I’m getting is gluten free or will make me sick. Shipt makes it so that in my busy schedule, like Xoby, I don’t have to deal with going to the grocery store & everything is just delivered to my front door when I want it 24 hours a day. Shipt forces me to eat healthy at home & not have the excuse that I couldn’t go to the grocery store. It’s amazing, life changing, & has truly changed my eating game. You can check out Shipt & see if it’s in your area [HERE].
- Sun Basket.Sun Basket is one of the things that has gotten me back in the kitchen & made me fall in love with cooking again. Between busy schedules, moving, & gutting our kitchen in the past few years I fell out of love with cooking & truly had no drive to cook. I thought a dinner subscription box would be such a great idea, but every single one didn’t offer a “gluten free” option until I found Sun Basket where you can select preferences like “gluten free” “vegetarian” and more. So every meal we get is gluten free & delicious. What Sun Basket [HERE] is is a meal delivery service that delivers all the ingredients easy gourmet meals from the spices to the meat to the fresh vegetables to then sauces. They include every single ingredient needed in the right portion so there is no measuring needed. Our dinners are never boring & we get to explore recipes we would never have thought of trying before. It’s been so fun to get back in the kitchen & eat fresh food. It’s also a fun thing for Jose and I to do together. There are options on the website where you can choose the next weeks meals & you can select how many you want for the month. You can also select how big your family is & all of those things. It’s honestly amazing & I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t love it. You can sign up for Sun Basket [HERE].
Gluten free isn’t an easy journey, but it’s part of our fertility journey & I think it has made a huge difference. Mind you we have lost seven babies & have not had a successful pregnancy yet, it still has made my body function better & has done wonders for Jose as well. I TRULY HOPE that this helps someone out there that is struggling with a gluten free diet or just eating well in general. All of these things can help anyone eat healthier & not necessarily for gluten free & a great diet is a huge step in helping your fertility. I am by no means saying my diet is great. I have gained weight, not made great choices, & I haven’t always been kind to my body, but these things have been helping a ton. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. As always, THANK YOU for stopping by my little blog it means the world to me to share every aspect of this journey we are on from the fixer upper to the fertility. xx