Sunday, September 15, 2013
I didn't have time to blog last weekend so I'll have to do 2 weeks in 1. As I discussed in my last blog, I experienced a few symptoms my first week. Starting my second week, those symptoms disappeared and I haven't had any other issues. I've been better about planning my food so I haven't felt like I've been missing any nutrients. I've also eaten out a couple times for family birthdays and I haven't had any issues at restaurants. (I've been going online before hand and looking at the menu and that has made the process much easier. )
Week 3 has been more of the same, no new issues. I'm feeling really good. I'm still managing to stay in my calorie range and am not experiencing any huge food cravings like I used to. I don't miss any foods or feel like I'm depriving myself at all. So it's been smooth sailing the last couple of weeks.
I have 1 more week to go. Then I want to try incorporating gluten back into my diet for 1 week to see if I notice any difference/problems. Then I'll review everything and decide how long term I want this to be for me. I will keep you updated on how that goes.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
What a week it's been! As I said in my last blog when I started this whole thing, I'm often surprised at how my body reacts to dietary changes. So far this has been no exception.
The first day or two I didn't really notice any difference. I felt fine and didn't have any big cravings, which is supposed to be a major side effect from what I've read. However, on day 2 I started to feel really light headed periodically during the day. This lasted for about 3 days. The last couple days I haven't experienced this. From what I've read online, this could either be a sign of gluten withdrawal, or could be a side effect of not enough protein in my diet. I have noticed that my protein levels have been a little lower than normal. I follow a mostly plant based diet and have been struggling with balancing my food intake this week. I will do a little extra planning for my food next week to hopefully fix this problem.
Then yesterday afternoon, I started getting horrible stomach cramps that lasted into the night and that I'm still experiencing this morning. Again, this could a sign of withdrawal or could just be a 24 hour bug completely unrelated. However, they're severe enough to keep me in last night and force me to cancel my workout class this morning.
My take so far: I think the stomach cramps are probably related to the gluten free diet. I've also been fairly constipated this week, which is not a problem I normally have. I think my body is still adjusting to the change. I think it will help a lot when I get in the kitchen later today and spend some time cooking and preparing for the next few days so that my diet is more balanced.
The biggest and most positive change I've noticed is in my hunger patterns. For the past few months, I've really been struggling with staying within my daily calorie range as I've been hungry all the time. This week I haven't had any issues with that. I find that I'm not very hungry at all during the day. I still eat all three meals, but unless I go 8 or 9 hours without eating (which, yes I know I shouldn't do), I don't feel starved like I used to after 3 or 4 hours.
So that's my experience so far. I'm excited to see how week 2 goes and to see if some of these issues/possible withdrawal symptoms disappear. I will keep you posted.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
I tend to read a lot of Natural Health books and newsletters. I love Food Matters and Hungry for Change especially. I've been reading a lot lately on being gluten free. I don't have Celiac's Disease so I never thought it was something that I would try. However, I recently read Wheat Belly and while I think it can be a little boring in some areas and the research he presents is not always very impressive, he's raised some interesting points for me. I had no idea that the majority of our wheat it genetically modified! I hear a lot about corn and soybeans, but wheat is never really discussed. I also didn't realize how much they've increased the gluten in wheat in the past 50 years.
I do have several friends with either Celiac's or a gluten intolerance. I've wondered why the number of people with these afflictions has increased so much in recent years. After what I've read, I'm finally starting to understand. So, I decided to try a Gluten Free diet for 30 days. Over the past couple weeks, I've cleaned out my kitchen, eating all the last of my gluten filled products. Last week I went to the store and restocked it with gluten free items. So, I'm all ready to start tomorrow.
I don't really expect to have any huge results, but want to at least try it and see how my body feels. In the past I've tried different food/nutrition lifestyles and I've often been surprised at how my body reacts. So it starts tomorrow. I'll let you know how it works for me.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
The last few months have been a little slow for me. I tend to lose my workout mojo in the spring for some reason. I started to feel a little lazy, then skipped one workout, then two. I told myself that as long as I wasn't gaining any weight it was ok to take a little break.
I went on vacation at the end of May and I gained 3 pounds. Boy, was I motivated to get back on it after that! I started walking again. I usually walk 2-3 miles at a time, but it's been awhile since I've been out since it's been so hot lately. Well, I walked 6 miles on the 4th! And another 5 yesterday. I have plans later today that I'm walking to, so I'll be doing at least another 4. The best part is: I'm not even sore this morning. My body feels really good which is amazing.
I kind of wish that I hadn't been so lazy earlier this year, but at the same time, I'm so happy that I've found my groove again. I look forward to going out and walking on the Greenbelt. (It also does wonders for my peace of mind.) And I'm so happy that my body can walk 5-6 miles at a time and feel like it can keep going. Next weekend I want to do a longer walk, maybe 10 miles. I'm going to pack a lunch and start walking and just see where it takes me. Hopefully, I'll have my new phone by then and can take pictures and post how it goes!
Sunday, March 31, 2013
I was first diagnosed with high cholesterol when I was 18. I was living a healthy lifestyle, at a healthy weight, and working out every day. I had never had all my labs tested and decided since I was finally an adult, I should know where all my health levels were. So I made an appointment and went to the doctor. All my blood work came back fine, except my cholesterol. At the time my cholesterol was 243 and my triglycerides were over 400! My doctor put me on special diet: no red meat, no eggs, no cheese, no butter...basically no fat whatsoever. I followed this regimen religiously for 6 months and went back to the doctor and guess what? My cholesterol was 243 and my triglycerides were still over 400. At that point, my doctor decided that it was a genetic issue (many people in my family have high cholesterol) and that I would have to go on medication by the time I was 30 and probably have to be on it for the rest of my life.
Well, that's not good news, nor news that I was willing to easily accept. I've spent the last decade trying different foods, different lifestyles, trying to get my levels down naturally. I've had quite a bit of success here and there. I would get my cholesterol down but my triglycerides would still be elevated or vice versa, but I still struggled to get all my levels down at the same.
Finally about a year ago, I realized that every time my levels went down, it wasn't about me eliminating things from my diet, but rather adding in healthy items. So I decided to focus on that and see how it worked. I've added oats, flaxseed, chia seed, hemp seed, and several other healthy items into my diet in the last year. The results???
Overall ratio: 3.0
This is the greatest my levels have ever been! This is the first time my cholesterol has been below 200, and my triglycerides are almost at a healthy level. Plus, my overall ratio is the lowest it's every been! My doctor, who has been very supportive of my search to naturally reduce my levels, was very impressed. I'm now 29 and there's no need for me to go on medication for this condition. Yay!!!!
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