When we start this wonderful Sparkin' experience, we just try to track our food and exercise. Somewhere along the way, we also try to figure out other elements of our life, and how to make our new way of eating a lifestyle change. I've heard that toward the end of our analysis, our actual identity in how we relate with ourselves actually starts to change.
Well, I am in the stage of figuring out what works for me. Exercise definitely works as it helps to keep me practically pain free, even if it is just for a little while. That has helped me cope with pain, as I have it daily, and some days worse than others. I've taken the attitude of doing some activity instead of just lying in bed, tensing up my body and feeling bad, when I am having a pain attack. You cope with things better when you think you have some control over it.
As to my food style, gluten free is working for me! I had actually given up losing enough weight to be in twoferland. However, now that I am gluten free, I am getting into weight ranges that I haven't seen in over a decade. My dermatologist was the one who said that it looked like I had the "gluten" rash on my back. That happened several months ago. From that point on, I am gluten free, unless I've eaten it by accident, and boy do I get sick then.
I've turned to better starch components in my eating style too. For example, for a snack I eat a potato. In the past, it would have been a piece of bread or some other "convenience" food. (How convenient can it be if it really isn't that good for you?) Now, I can still have the bread as long as it is gluten free, but I usually run for a tuber. Purple potatoes and sweet potatoes are the best, but the poor ole' white potato is good for you too, despite its bad reputation. As I am part Irish, I love my potatoes. For that matter, as I am part Italian, I love my pasta (as long as it is gluten free quinoa/corn blend--just had some last night. Ahh, the memories.)
Anyway, I digress. My better eating style has enabled me to continue to lose weight. My layman's analysis is that I don't have as much inflammation in my body now and that helps to keep the hormones down that actually help you to gain weight, such as cortisol. Gluten was causing some pretty bad things to happen, and not just with the GERD and IBS. It affected my skin! My legs had started to get these weird little red spots in every hair follicle. My back had a terribly itchy rash. My facial skin looked different--hard to say how, but now my face looks wonderful--not so lackluster as before. I am truly becoming the picture of health!
Now, if only my blood glucose would follow.