Gluten Free Mumma: My gluten free story with before and after pictures


jessicas gluten free story Hey, I’m Jess. Sister of Lucy – The Gluten Free Kiwi.

I’m in my 30’s. I’m a mother of two very rad beings and married to a very handsome Samoan. I work full time, but I am always keen to learn more about natural ways to improve my health. I’m on a mission to discover how to do more with less, focussed finding ways to live a simpler and more intentional life. I guess you could say I am an aspiring minimalist, but I still want to have a Pinterest worthy home. (you can check out my Pinterest here).  

I’ve been around the blogging sphere for a few years, having my own ‘mummy blog’ in the past. But life and stuff got in the way and I had to let them go.

Mumma goes Gluten Free

This year I want to do more for me. As a wife, mother and career woman it’s easy to put the needs of others before you, but as Hollywood has told us: ‘If Mumma ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy”.

if nothing changes, nothing changes!

And I can look back on this past year and see that was completely the case. I let myself go. I didn’t care about my health. I was trying to be all things to all people and I felt like I was of no use to anyone.  

I was bloated, unhappy and completely overwhelmed and I didn’t want to be an overweight 30-something who was too unfit and self-conscious to run around after my kids.  

So I made the decision that I would change.  

I started taking steps at the end of last year to begin on this journey. I started going for walks, cut back on alcohol and massively changed my diet. I still have a ways to go in the getting more sleep department (thanks to a snoring hubby and two sneaky bed hogging kids).

It’s been 14 weeks on this ‘healthier/happier’ me journey and I have lost 8kgs (17.6lbs).  You can follow my progress on instagram: @gfkiwi

But why did I decide to go Gluten Free?

Being related to the Gluten Free Kiwi, gluten sensitivity has been on my radar for years, but I didn’t have it.

As far as I was concerned it was completely normal for my belly to swell 4 dress sizes over the course of a day. Sure I was offended by the number of times I was asked about being pregnant. But it wasn’t bread’s fault.

Bread was good for me, wasn’t it? That’s what the food pyramid and ‘experts’ told me.  

Turns out I really was having a ‘food baby’.

before and after eating gluten photoOver the past 3 years, my weight has slowly crept up (15kgs in 5 years). I wasn’t really doing anything different, except eating powdery white stuff (bread, pasta, cake etc. and drinking beer. Stuff that a younger (and skinnier me) used to actively avoid.

Being related to the Gluten Free Kiwi, gluten sensitivity has been on my radar for years.

I think deep down, I knew that these foods didn’t sit well with me, but it wasn’t until I started to develop rashes that other signs/symptoms that I realised the gluten had to go.

Now I’ve never officially been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, but I don’t need to pay the Doctor $50 for her to send me for tests to tell me what my own experience has already confirmed.  


Look at this picture. I weigh the exact same amount in each image. The difference has I consumed gluten in one and I don’t in the other. Now I know why people so often questioned the occupancy of my womb!

When I initially stopped eating gluten my weight change slightly, but my body shaped changed dramatically. Sure I still have a ways to go, repairing the damage I have done to myself, but I’m happy that while I’m on the path to wellness I have one less chin and way less itchiness (and bitchiness).

I can’t credit all my weight loss to just going ‘gluten free’, as I have been following a glugluten-freeto diet, that also incorporates intermittent fasting.  But if I eat gluten, my body lets me know. I look 6 months pregnant almost instantly and the people in my life notice.

I’m fairly new to this gluten free lifestyle and have heaps to learn.  So for now I’m just popping in to introduce myself and let you know I’ll be appearing around these parts more often, sharing my experiences going gluten free, eating a keto inspired diet, applying the principals of intermittent fasting and all the other benefits I’ve experiences from making the decision to go gluten free – including the effect this diet change has had on my kerostatis pilaris (a.k.a chicken skin), acne and my skin in general.

I’m not a whizz in the kitchen but if I whip up some amazing gluten free food you can bet your boots I will be on here to brag about it and because I’m also on a mission to simplify life, if I come across any pearls of wisdom I’ll be sure to share them on here.


Talk soon

x  Jess