I may or may not have tears in my eyes when I tell you that as of today, June 20, 2011, I am exactly one year gluten free.

I will never forget the day I decided to go 100% gluten free, to make the life commitment. It was shortly after my 2nd endoscopy. They determined that although I did not have Celiac, I was highly inflamed and a gluten-free diet would only help my digestive system progression.

Baked Apple Stuffed Crumble gluten free, dairy free sarahkayhoffman.com Organic Apples

One Year Gluten Free

The exact day I decided to put “gluten” to death, June 20, 2010, just so happened to be the day of the Eric Church concert. Crazy?! Yes! But I knew that if I could start on a day like that with so much temptation for food and drinks around, I could do it on any day!

This past year has been amazing with what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown. Mostly, the number of days I’ve had symptom free compared to prior years! I can’t tell you that I am 100% because the honest truth is that I still have days when I am forced to wonder, “Okay, I’m not eating gluten so why am I feeling miserable today?”

I still have days when I don’t understand why it is that my body can’t process an over abundance of vegetables and various other fruits and sugars. (Updated to add: It was because of SIBO.)

Those are usually the days when I’m not religious to my natural supplements. But as a whole, from where I was then to where I am now, I am doing amazing.

I don’t have huge goals for year two because to be honest, year 1 is probably the biggest hurdle to overcome. That being said, here is my #1 goal for year two:

To keep creating more, new and interesting (gluten-free) things. And to share them, along with the knowledge acquired over the years via this site to benefit your life. I I’m desiring to share with anyone and everyone who finds themselves now or will find themselves tomorrow in this very place.

Taco-Salad Inspired on the Gluten Free


  • Black Beans (You don’t have to use Organics, but I do because they don’t put additives or extra salt in. I am not a huge fan of canned goods, but to save time I use them from time-to-time and go the best route possible.)
  • Avocado (My KitchenAid = heaven! I placed 4 avocados in and whipped them up, adding only a hint of sea salt to it.)
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Ghee Butter (I have used this for a couple of years now. I melted about 1 tsp with my mixed vegetables for extra flavor.)
  • RW Garcia – Flaxseed Chips – Thai Sweet & Spicy (First time I have tried these. Highly recommended! I crunch just a few on top.)
  • Pace Picante Salsa – Medium (I used this as my dressing. It might just be a plain salsa, but it’s clearly labeled gluten free and I like it for the times I don’t feel like making my own!)
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Lettuce

Today is a day  of celebration! I don’t need anything fancy to celebrate. But I will soak up the accomplishment, dedication and milestone with some awesome gluten-free food, an intense workout and a big ‘ole smile through it all. Catch you on the flip side of gluten free: year two.

p.s. Want a far better taco salad? Check it out in The Leaky Gut Meal Plan HERE.

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    3. How to Reintroduce Foods After an Elimination Diet


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  1. Interesting diet concept. I’m definitely feeling the bloat today. Maybe I’ll have to start reading the labels looking for gluten.

    1. I’m always here for support, and I am happy to answer any questions. Being gluten free is much easier with support!

  2. WOW! So interesting to learn more about you (I knew a bit) and I ALWAYS learn more about food (I’m a dork). I’ve been thinking about the gluten thing – cuz it is quite popular – cuz I def have reactions to some stuff. But I’m thinking it’s not gluten cuz I can have many cereals no problem. But bread? I’m thinking it might be the yeast or something.
    Sorry to use this as my own personal exploration… ha!
    PS Posting GF COOKIES tomorrow – YOU. MUST. HAVE. THEM. they even passed the toddler test 😉

    1. Hi Kris!
      Thanks for the great thoughts. Have you ever done an elimination diet for about a month? I will check out your GF Cookies today! Have a great day – and thanks again!

  3. I just had my one-year anniversary on June 4. You are right! The bloating went way down, and my joints feel a lot better. I, too, have miserable days and wonder why, but I just think it’s what consititues being human, changing hormones, and daily life. I’m glad I stumbled across your blog!

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