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40 Days

Okay so, i’m not Catholic. I’m not anything as far as religion goes. But when someone brought up Lent on the ppk, I figured, why not participate? No one is perfect, we could all use some improvement. And giving up things and learning to work around them builds character. Puts hair on your chest. All that good stuff.

So, I have decided to go 40 days without sugar or gluten. I have a bottle of agave nectar and a bag of spelt flour to get me through  ( iwas just informed that spelt is NOT gluten free). I think the biggest challenge will be not using condiments like ketchup and bbq sauce. I already gathered up the pantry items and hid them away in a box, but I think i’m going to have to empty out a drawer in the fridge just so I can hide the condiments, so I don’t forget and try to drink a bottle of syrup.

I decided to do sugar and gluten together because if I just cut out sugar, i’ll just overload on carbs, and vice versa. If anyone has any links for me to read, or recipes that are gluten free, that’d be great. I see a lot of baked tofu in my future. I’m going to see if I can find a gluten free cereal around here. I’m debating if I should include oats or not, I know they get contaminated by wheat a lot even if there’s no actual gluten in the oats themselves. For breakfast I had leftover tofu scramble and brown rice, and now i’m eating some blueberries that are absolutely terrible, which is what I get for eating something that’s so out-of-season.

Ill see you soon!

I'll see you soon!

posted: 09 February 25
under: food, gluten free

  • Good luck with your lent fast! Although I was raised Catholic I never do anything for lent.

    By the way, spelt is not gluten free as it is a sort of wheat.

  • …frick.

  • bex

    yeah I guess people who have only a light intolerance to gluten can sometimes handle spelt.

    This is a good idea. I’m not religious either and have never been anywhere near catholic but sometimes I just need a particular goal mapped out for me. Good luck! I’m sure it will be a cool educational experience.

  • Good luck! I am eager to see how this goes for you, as I have been trying to avoid gluten and sugar as much as possible, but I haven’t cut them out 100%.

  • Good luck! I did a similar sort of cleanse a few months ago, and there are quite a few gluten free recipes in Eat Drink & Be Vegan. That was the cookbook that helped me the most.

  • Lacey

    spelt is one of those things that many people who are gluten-free can tolerate. it’s a different part of the wheat. anyhow. the hardest thing about giving up gluten for me was SOY SAUCE. oh sad day. aside from that; quinoa pasta is awesome, and baking is easy with brown rice flour

  • Lacey

    regular soy sauce is also something to watch out for. you’ll want to switch to a wheatfree version. bragg’s is GF though. i recommend trying quinoa pasta; i like it better than regular.
    also, Hi from Nashville!

  • A-K

    That’s a really good idea… My ladyfriend was joking last night about how we now have to give up meat on Fridays (har har) but I hadn’t thought of using Lent as a useful excuse to stop eating some things that I’ve been wanting to cut out for awhile anyway.

    Good luck!

  • agave=sweet=cheating 🙂

  • i didn’t realize it would actually put a smiley face…whoa.

  • GK

    hi, i just came across your blog and read your 40 days post. that’s an awesome idea.

    she has AWESOME recipes, most of which are gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free, but you may have to substitute for eggs in some of them:
    http://www.elanaspantry.com/

    also, if you feel the need to order something ready-made, i’ve heard really good things about this bakery!
    http://www.babycakesnyc.com/order.html

    good luck!

  • Get thee some rice flour! Also, all things corn are your friend, as are beans!

  • Katrina

    Good luck with going gluten and sugar free! I am gluten free and it can be a challenge. I recommend going to http://www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com for some A-MAZING recipes. Good luck!

  • Organicville makes organic, sugar-free ketchup – rejoice! It’s sweetened with agave and tastes great.

    Good luck on kicking the sugar and gluten!

  • Very cool that you’re exercising some discipline for Lent. I’m actually using Lent as a low-pressure way of going vegan and am blogging about it. So far, so good!

    Good luck with your gluten- and sugar-free Lent!

  • lol. I love your ‘grow up comments’ re: menstration. So true!