One thing we all know, but never seem to learn, is to never say never.
When all this talk about gluten started flying around the web, I laughed, mocked ridiculed, enjoyed my muffins and vowed to never bash a gluten I didn’t know (I’m not sure there is a gluten I don’t know and love with all my heart).
When I spoke with the specialist that tested my adrenals, he warned me that I could possibly have a gluten sensitivity, but I brushed that off with an air of gluten-loving freedom and continued to happily consume gluten-laden goodies liberally on a daily basis.
Then last summer, after reading an article on losing your post-partum belly, I decided to severely limit my grain intake. I spread this across the entire grain spectrum – gluten or no gluten – and promptly lost 20 pounds. My energy levels were higher and I felt awesome.
The only downside was that a) the first two weeks I was hungry non-stop and b) I had to remain very focused on not consuming too much grain. I had to make conscious choices at every meal everyday. Sometimes making two separate meals. Once I fell off the wagon, it was pretty much impossible to get going again.
Two weeks ago, while on Pinterest, an article caught my eye: 10 Signs You Are Gluten Intolerant. Usually I would flippantly pass an article like this by, but for some reason I decided to read it. I had all but 1 symptom: I do not have Fibromyalgia – but I have all 9 of the other symptoms.
I was astounded. Seriously, I was. I had never considered myself to be sensitive to gluten before. For the past two weeks I’ve been researching the Elimination Diet, Paleo Diets, Gluten-Free meals and I think I’m ready to try this.
I knew I needed to give myself time to adjust to the idea, and plan a strategy. Why? Because when I need a snack, my first instinct is to spread some peanut butter and honey on a slice of bread, grab a bowl of cereal or make a ham sandwich. Gluten, gluten and gluten.
So, for the next three weeks, I will be tossing out the following items from my diet (and this is big, folks, because those of you who know me know that I am really NOT in favor of tossing stuff – especially healthy stuff – from your diet).
- Citrus fruits and nightshades
One reason is because the eczema I had has never gone away. I have been on Claritin and various types of cortisone creams for 30 days and not only is it not better, it is spreading up my arm. Perhaps this will help (with the aid of a dermatologist, whom I am seeing next week).
Have any of you ever done an elimination/gluten-free/paleo diet? Please share your experiences.
Also, if you have tips for those crazy gluten/sugar/chocolate cravings, share those, too!