One Full Week and Restaurant Review

I know I kind of posted about it a few days ago, but I wanted to do a proper “Full Week” update, plus a restaurant review. It has been one week of being completely gluten free!

I’ve definitely noticed changes. One of the biggest changes are that I no longer feel bloated. I used to feel so incredibly bloated day and night. It was uncomfortable and honestly a little damaging to my self esteem, because I felt bigger than I am. I feel like I’m finally seeing the true look of my body and I don’t feel as bad about it.

Another big change is that I haven’t felt the fatigue I was suffering from. My usual schedule is up and ready at 5:20 AM, make coffee, make breakfast for my boyfriend, get his lunch ready, send him off to work, and start working myself at 6 AM. But before, I used to start dropping off as early as 10-11 AM. This past week I have been alert and able to stay awake much longer, no naps, no afternoon coffees, etc. It’s been awesome.

Along with the less bloat, I believe I’ve lost a little weight. I didn’t start being gluten free for weight loss, but it’s definitely a plus! Right now I’m wearing a pair of jeans I could barely close a week ago.

I’m looking forward to more health benefits as I keep this going. I read that it can take a few weeks for gluten to 100% get out of my body, so I have to just be patient. I also read that there are lots of skin benefits. I have bad eczema on my hands, and I had a huge flare up right before I went gluten free. My left thumb is scaly and cracking at the moment, but I haven’t had any other fingers suffer. I’m hoping that the eczema will clear up. It will be a huge benefit for me.

Now, I’d like to talk about a restaurant Justin and I went to yesterday for a Valentine’s Day lunch. We went to Brixx Pizza in Mayfair, because they have gluten free pizzas!

I forgot that 50 Shades of Domestic Abuse came out on Friday so I didn’t anticipate the crowd, but most of the poor woman who fantasize about being abused were in groups and wanted tables, so Justin and I strolled right past them and and sat at the bar. Our bartender, Preston, was really nice and a very hard worker. We ordered a glass of wine, and looked at the menu. I ordered the Rustica pizza with the gluten free crust, and Justin had the regular Pimento Cheese pizza. I was a little sad to see that the prices on their online menu were not the same as in-store, but I’m sure they jacked them up for Valentine’s Day, which is okay. I have worked in the restaurant industry before, and it didn’t bother me too much.

My pizza was great! If you didn’t know it was gluten free, you wouldn’t even know. Prosciutto, mozzarella, olives, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and whole cloves of garlic made me very, very happy. I didn’t try Justin’s for obvious reasons but he said his was great, although the spinach wasn’t cooked, it was more like a raw garnish, but he ate it all anyway.

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Mmmmmmm! After our wines Justin got a milk stout and I ordered a Bold Rock cider. The bill was a little steep at over $50, but the glasses of wine were probably at fault.

If I found myself in Mayfair for some reason and I was hungry, I’d stop here. But I don’t see myself making the drive anytime soon. While it was very, very good, the drive was long, the crowds were crazy, the parking lot was worse than WalMart, and it was just a little too expensive. But definitely try it if you’re in the area, it settled my need for pizza without the gluten!

I’ve got lots to do today: laundry, cleaning, and probably going to have to work a little in order to meet my deadlines. But I’m turning some creative ideas in my head as well!

Be well my friends, and I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day!

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