Welcome to WheatFreeMe.com. my name is Randy and this site is run by my wife Michelle (Mitch) and myself. WheatFreeMe is a resource for wheat and gluten free enthusiasts, and is dedicated to fun times, good friends, and great food.
I began my gluten free life in late November of 2013. I was 43 at the time and had been feeling what I thought were the side effects of getting older: swollen knees and pain ascending and descending stairs, feeling generally tired and achy for no apparent reason, and weight gain without any changes in my diet. I had even quit smoking in May of 2012, after 26 years. Each doctor checkup yielded the same results – I was in perfect health and only suffering from getting older.
One afternoon my wife happened to catch the tail end of a medical show while waiting for the evening news. The host wrapped up the show by saying “If you’re feeling tired all of the time and think you might have a food allergy, try giving up wheat for a week”.
Michelle called and we chatted about it. And I stopped eating wheat for the next 7 days. After 3 days, the swelling in my knees started to diminish and my aches went away. My energy levels also went up and I found that I was only needing 1/2 of the sleep that I needed previously.
As a test we decided that I should try eating wheat again. Sure enough, within 12 hours, the aches and swelling were back and it lasted for 3 days. It appears that I have a gluten allergy.
Since going gluten free, I have lost 20 pounds and feel great. I have learned that going gluten free doesn’t mean going hungry. It means eating healthier. It’s about adapting and trying new things. Sure I still miss a lot of the foods that I used to eat. But I don’t miss feeling lousy and being tired all the time.
This site is a collection of our experiments, discoveries, and findings from sites and people from all over the world. It’s our successes and failures, the do-agains and the learning experiences.
We welcome you to our site. Please feel free to submit a gluten free recipe if you have one that you would like to share. We welcome your comments and suggestions and hope you enjoy your visit.
Randy & Mitch