Hi, I’m Kevin, and I’ve gone gluten free out of necessity. I was sick for a couple years, and it finally came to a head at the beginning of 2014. I missed like six weeks of work, and it was really frustrating trying to see the doctor time after time trying to figure out what was wrong. When we finally learned that gluten was the issue, it was both relieving and sad, because it meant I had to change my whole approach to eating.
Going out to eat is almost embarrassing. I have to ask for a gluten free menu, and I’m suddenly one of “those people”. I work in food service myself as a bartender so the last thing I want to do is start out asking for special treatment when we’re out (although anyone who takes their job seriously will take care of you, no matter what your dietary needs are. If anyone gives you a hard time while you’re at a restaurant, just leave. They should accommodate you. Although their gluten free menu might be just 4 dishes). I miss fast food. But the good that has come of this is that I’ve really gotten to experiment and explore more foods that I can eat now, and I’ve really enjoyed trying new things.
It took me about 2 months before I really felt better after going gluten free, but my stomach doesn’t give me many issues anymore, and my skin looks so much better, too. I used to get rashy spots, I just had no idea it was just wheat causing it.
My wife is my best friend, she’s always so supportive of what I need. So when I had to change, she jumped right in with me, helping me sort through this new diet and even helping me find a way to enjoy my new circumstances. We’ve got 2 kids, both younger than preschool, so I stay at home with them all day while my wife is at the office. It’s a challenge, being basically a stay-at-home dad, that’s for sure! About the only time I get out of the house on my own is to go to work and bartend a few nights a week.
I’m a die-hard Colts fan, I really enjoy bartending, I love spending time with my family, whether it’s playing with my kids or having a date night with my wife. I like watching the Marvel movies, professional wrestling, and playing Xbox when I have time. I fill my commute with 80′s music, Deftones and Tool. If I could save the world, I would! But since that’s not likely, what I’d like to do is share what I know about living gluten free. Hey, it’s what I can do, right?
I hope that no matter where you’re at living gluten free (if you’re highly sensitive, if it’s a new diagnosis, if you’re just testing the waters to see if you feel better, or maybe you just like a good recipe and some funny dad-stuff) that you enjoy our blog!