14 Jun Did Gluten Cause My Depression? Plus a Vegan Gluten-Free Bread Recipe!

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Vegan Gluten Free Bread

Vegan Gluten Free Bread

Vegan Gluten Free Bread

Recipe adapted from www.hopeskitchen.info

Something weird happened to me a few weeks ago.  Let me begin by saying that I started cutting gluten out of my diet maybe a year ago (I’m not exactly sure) due to my endometriosis.  I learned that gluten and soy can make my endometriosis symptoms worse, so I slowly started eating them less often.

I have also had chronic headaches and migraines since the age of 14.  They were so bad that when I was a teenager I was convinced that I had a brain tumor so I asked my parents to take me to the doctor to get checked out.  All of the tests and scans came back normal.  For the rest of my teenage years and my young adult years I went from doctor to doctor to find out why I got headaches nearly EVERY SINGLE DAY from the age of 14 to my late 20’s…..and I’m not exaggerating.  None of the doctors were helpful so I just accepted that for the rest of my life I would have daily headaches and/or migraines.

A few weeks ago I was REALLY craving a Vegan Chocolate Cake from Whole Foods.   I knew it was made with gluten flour, but I didn’t care.  I had been so good with not eating gluten for so long and I wanted to treat myself, so I prepared myself for the horrible abdominal pain and bloating I would inevitably experience over the next few days.   What I didn’t prepare myself for was the horrible migraines and depression I would get.

I bought the cake, went home, started a movie on netflix, cuddled up on my couch and DUG IN to my cake!  A few hours later my stomach started hurting, but I knew that would happen so I paid it no attention.  I went to bed that night and woke up the next morning with a horrible feeling in my chest.  You know, that feeling you get when you are super sad.  Like, your heart literally hurts.  I felt that when I woke up.  I was so sad for no apparent reason.  I tried to walk around, go on with my day, and shake it off, but that didn’t help.  Halfway through the day I felt like I couldn’t move because I was so sad.  So what did I do?  I ate more cake!   lol.  Cake makes everything better right?!

The next day I still felt extremely sad and my head was killing me.  It hurt so much.  Before this day I hadn’t even realized that it had been weeks, maybe even a month, since my last headache.  I was wrecking my brain trying to find out why I was so sad and why my headaches were back with a vengence.  I thought to myself, “What have I done differently lately to cause these issues?”.    My husband was out of town so I wrote him this super long text message about how depressed I was.  I figured writing my thoughts down, or talking to someone, would help, but it didn’t.

And then I thought, “That DARN Chocolate Cake!”.  The only thing I’ve done differently over the last few days is eat gluten.  What the hec!  Gluten causes depression?  And is gluten the reason why I’ve had daily headaches for over a decade?   I guess that’s why doctors couldn’t figure it out.  They don’t consider food and nutrition very much when diagnosing illnesses and disease.

So I started my research.

It turns out you don’t need to have Celiac Disease in order to have issues with gluten.   I learned I was not alone.  Tons of people experience depression when eating a diet containing gluten.  Plenty of people who tested negative for Celiac Disease still cut out gluten because they felt so much better without it.

So I threw away the rest of the cake and gave my body a few days to get it out of my system.  I ate super clean, had my daily green smoothie of course, and 2 days later I was back to normal.  It was like I was a new person!  I woke up feeling SO good.  I had energy, I wasn’t sad, and I didn’t have a headache!

I’m telling you, I have been learning about nutrition for a few years now and I am still amazed everyday at how much food affects us.  I know for a fact that gluten is what caused my sadness a few weeks ago and I know for sure it is a MAJOR reason why I had Chronic Headaches since the age of 14.  The only time I get headaches now is if I stare at the computer too long.

This is why I constantly urge people to take charge of their own health.  Doctors know a lot, but they don’t know everything.  They couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me.  They had no solution.  So I found a solution.  Eating clean has change my life so much that I’m honestly grateful for my health issues otherwise I would still be eating S.A.D.  (Standard American Diet full of processed foods and loads of animal products).

Now it will probably be a while before I try that Vegan Chocolate Cake again because I’m scared, lol, but if I do at least I’ll know what to expect.

Here is an awesome Vegan Gluten Free Bread recipe for those of you who miss eating bread because you cannot have gluten and you’re sick and tired of that horrible frozen gluten free bread you purchase from the store that breaks apart as soon as you thaw it out!  Ugggghh, I hate that stuff!!  This bread is MUCH Better.  You can use just about any gluten free flour you want.  The recipe below uses Sorghum Flour and Millet Flour, but I’ve made it with brown rice flour and oat flour.  It also calls for Xantham Gum, which is an ingredient you cannot skip because it holds the bread together.  Gluten helps hold bread together so without it we need a replacement.  Xantham Gum is that replacement.  I purchase mine from Whole Foods and you can definitely find it online.

I hope you give it a try!

 

***NOTE: This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner.  All information contained in this blog is the opinion of Monique and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.

 

Vegan Gluten Free Bread

 

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All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix
 
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Recipe type: Pantry
Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 1½ c. millet flour
  • 1½ c. sorghum flour
  • 1 c. tapioca flour
  • 1 c. potato starch
  • 1 c. arrowroot powder
Instructions
  1. Mix Everything together in a bowl.
  2. Place it in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator or freezer so it will keep longer.

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The BEST Vegan Gluten Free Bread Recipe!
 
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Slightly adapted from Hopes Kitchen
Recipe type: Pantry
Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 3 cups All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix (recipe above)
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil (melt before measuring)
  • 1½ cups + 2 tablespoons warm water
Instructions
  1. Grease and dust with GF flour an 8×4 loaf pan. Heat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Combine GF Flour Mix, xanthan gum, salt, sugar, and dry yeast in a medium sized bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
  3. In mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil and warm water together and then add the dry ingredients. Mix on high for 2 minutes, this activates the yeast. It should resemble a thicker cake batter.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and cover with a tea towel. Turn OFF the oven and set the covered bread in the warm oven to rise. Carefully shut the oven door.
  5. The bread will take about 30 min. to rise to just below the top of the pan. Take the bread out carefully and set aside. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Place bread in preheated oven and bake 45-55 minutes. After the first 10-15 minutes, tent tinfoil over the bread for the remainder of the baking time to prevent the crust from darkening too much.
  7. Test the bread with a toothpick. After you’ve removed the bread from the oven, immediately rub the top with butter (or to keep it vegan, try a little melted coconut or olive oil). Remove loaf from the pan to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Let cool completely before cutting. This makes a big difference on how well it will slice and stay together.

 

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42 Comments
  • Kylie cre8tone
    Posted at 08:58h, 14 June Reply

    Wow! I dunno gluten really contribute to depression.. I’ll make sure I have a gluten-free meal then..

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:51h, 14 June Reply

      It may not be like that for everyone, but if you notice symptoms then I would try eating gluten free to see if there is an improvement!

  • Eugenia
    Posted at 09:41h, 14 June Reply

    I’m glad you found a solution at your problem 🙂 and yes, the food that we eat is the biggest controller of our body, so we should eat consciously!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:51h, 14 June Reply

      Thank you!

  • Pal Raine
    Posted at 14:13h, 14 June Reply

    Oh-oh feel sorry about that – I am like that too! Too much of eating cake will make me sad because of a headache and a chest pain. I am not allowed to eat too much of ice cream too!

    Good thing you are okay..well, we are okay because we positively make a great move to have an alternative food to make as more healthy and free!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:50h, 14 June Reply

      Thank you! I’m glad you’re okay too. Those headaches are no joke! 🙂

  • Marie Barber
    Posted at 19:08h, 14 June Reply

    I have been looking for a good gluten Free bread recipe this looks great I’m going to give it a go, we have been changing our diet for a few years and this is just another step we haven’t cut gluten out completely but reduced it, same with dairy products. We try to eat as clean as we can. Thank you for the recipe 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 01:16h, 15 June Reply

      That’s awesome. I think slowly cutting things out is the best way to go, instead of cutting everything out all at once! I hope you like the recipe!

  • Fernando C Lachica
    Posted at 01:06h, 15 June Reply

    Different people have unsimilar ways of eating their foods. Vegan has its own way to rackle their way of living. This is great for people who are very conscious with their health. Dieting takes a lot of time to settle for me. I love eating and not a vegan. But these foods really can help a lot.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 01:09h, 15 June Reply

      Yes this food can definitely help a lot!

  • Katrina Centeno
    Posted at 01:48h, 15 June Reply

    It is great that you found the cause of your migraine and depression. I’d say that you just say goodbye to that chocolate cake. I think you need to find a vegan gluten-free chocolate cake.. Your bread looks good, btw.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 01:52h, 15 June Reply

      lol, I know I know, it just tastes sooooo good! But I’m too scared to buy it again. I don’t bake desserts very often so I’m on the hunt for a good gluten-free vegan cake that I can buy. Thanks 🙂

  • Franc Ramon
    Posted at 08:28h, 15 June Reply

    I think that important part with any diet is that you are happy with it. It’s nice that you are really conscious about the food you eat.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:31h, 15 June Reply

      Thank you!

  • Milena
    Posted at 10:42h, 15 June Reply

    My son had headaches and some depression. Once we removed the gluten- no more headaches! We try to live gluten-free and eat only whole here with an occasional treat.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:31h, 15 June Reply

      That’s AWESOME! I’m so glad you all discovered it was gluten. 🙂

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 12:06h, 15 June Reply

    What a discovery! That took quite a while to figure out as well. I’m glad you finally solved the issue and that you also have a solution for it. It’s so much better to know what you’re dealing with especially when it’s about your health.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:30h, 15 June Reply

      Exactly! It’s a lot easier knowing what I’m dealing with. Thanks!

  • Anosa
    Posted at 12:08h, 15 June Reply

    I would never have thought to link depression, headaches and gluten but I know some foods affect people in different ways

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:29h, 15 June Reply

      Yes, I would have never thought to link those issues with gluten either if I hadn’t eaten that darn cake!

  • Mommy Roxi
    Posted at 12:33h, 15 June Reply

    I know for sure gluten is not making my journey to eat healthy easier. Being Filipino, gluten is practically a part of our meals. For me, I’m pretty sure gluten is a part of the effect of my current health situation.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:29h, 15 June Reply

      Trust me I understand. Gluten is so hard to give up. Good luck with your health 🙂

  • Claire Algarme
    Posted at 14:44h, 15 June Reply

    This is interesting. I never knew about this until I read in your blog. I know of some people who have low tolerance to gluten (they feel something whenever they eat food with gluten) but I never really paid attention to it. I’ve learned something new today, thanks to your post.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:28h, 15 June Reply

      Thank you, I’m glad this post was helpful to you!

  • Fred
    Posted at 15:01h, 15 June Reply

    My sister in law is very conscious about gluten, and here I am I do not know anything about it. Because of her, we get to be more aware of gluten, but I still go ahead and eat those foods. Hehe.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:28h, 15 June Reply

      lol, foods with gluten are hard to give up!

  • Tiffany Yong
    Posted at 17:41h, 15 June Reply

    I’ve never thought of checking if gluten has been causing any of my problems, but now you got me worrying… maybe I should try to go off gluten and see what happens!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:17h, 15 June Reply

      It doesn’t hurt to try!! 🙂

  • Bhushavali
    Posted at 19:10h, 15 June Reply

    Interesting new name for your blog. I’m gonna try out this recipe. Never had a problem with gluten so far though diary gives me an occasional issue. We do make pan breads (roti) in traditional Indian cuisine with millets.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:40h, 18 June Reply

      I LOVE Roti! Yuuum. Wish I could make a gluten free version

  • John Paul Quiambao
    Posted at 22:48h, 15 June Reply

    wow! i was not even aware what gluten was. haha much more that it could cause depression.. i’ve learned quite a lot in this post. It’s great that you were finally able to do something about it. hehe thanks for the tip as well. 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 22:51h, 15 June Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you learned something. 🙂

  • Saminu Abass
    Posted at 03:41h, 16 June Reply

    Yes, gluten can cause that. I have worked with someone on recipe who always warn me not to add a gluten recipe on the list. It is good that you have got a way out of this.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:11h, 16 June Reply

      Thank you!

  • Kylie cre8tone
    Posted at 08:11h, 16 June Reply

    Great recipe.. Gluten free is always extra healthy.. I dunno it contribute to depression as well..

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:10h, 16 June Reply

      Yup! It can for some people. Thanks!

  • Jasmine Watts
    Posted at 08:57h, 16 June Reply

    I have never thought of gluten can cause any problems! I need to try your gluten free recipe. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:10h, 16 June Reply

      Thanks, I hope you like it!

  • Shub
    Posted at 09:22h, 16 June Reply

    I really don’t bake at home even if I have oven! The photos of this bread are so tempting that I feel like trying out baking.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:10h, 16 June Reply

      Thanks!

  • Ana
    Posted at 18:40h, 16 June Reply

    It’s good that you got to know the reason of your migraine and thanks for sharing your bread recipe!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:39h, 18 June Reply

      Thank you!

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