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Monday, April 08, 2013

My trainer has put me on a gluten-free dairy-free diet for the next two weeks to find out how my body reacts.

Things that I cannot eat or drink:
Soy sauce
Stock cubes

And so the list goes on and on and on. I know it's for my health, to find out whether I'm sensitive or intolerant to gluten or dairy. But the more I look at that ever-expanding list the more I think it doesn't matter if I am.

How can having a bit more energy possibly cancel out the faff of not being able to eat any of those things? Of being limited to the 3 restaurants in town that serve gluten-free? Of being that one person whose answer to any food-related offering is "Does it contain...?" rather than "Great, thanks!".

I just don't think I can do it. I've been eating and drinking every single thing on that list (except whisky) for my whole life and I haven't died yet. So I may not be running at my totally optimal level. So what? At least I've been able to eat like a normal person, absolutely anywhere I want.

Unless I notice a massive difference by the end of these two weeks I'm going to celebrate the end of the torture with a double cheese pizza. To myself.
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    1765 days ago
    I managed to eat like that for a year - and I felt great. I was eating a raw vegan diet. You will feel good - but you might feel bad first as your body gets rid of toxins - I had some patches of eczema which broke out - then vanished and never returned.
    1772 days ago
    I know that dairy sensitivity is not just lactose intolerance, but if it's lactose that bothers you, taking the enzyme helps -- and I don't know how available it is in your area but there is lactose-free milk. FYI, my lactose-intolerant son is not bothered by yogurt at all, even though all other dairy bothers him. Ice cream is the worst.

    I tried going wheat-free for a while, but it didn't change anything much -- although it is easier to lose weight when I stay away from bread and pasta, AND it was a great excuse to eat more japanese food (sushi is my favourite). As others have said, I don't understand why rice is on your list of things to avoid.

    You can still have grilled meat, poultry, and fish; potatoes (though not mashed); salads (without cheese or croutons); steamed or grilled vegetables. There's still a lot you can eat, even in a regular restaurant that doesn't do GF. And if you reconsider the rice thing, it's even easier...
    1775 days ago
    If you can do it for even a couple of days if you are having gluten issues you will notice a big difference. My roommate just found out she is gluten intolerant. It is a big change but the effects are pretty fast once all the gluten passes through. There is an app that may help, "find me gf(gluten free)". It has some good restaurant suggestions. good luck!
    1775 days ago
  • NEEDBU66
    Sometimes I think we'd just do better tossing out all the rules and eating what we like.

    Ok maybe not.

    Way too frustrating to process: too late at night, I guess.
    1775 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    Are you having stomach issues?
    I agree with several other posters on this blog. Your trainer might not be the best person for nutritional advice. You might consider seeing a nutritionist.
    1775 days ago
    SUNNYBEACHGIRL actually took my response (almost verbatim)... Most trainers at gyms have little or no experience with nutrition (other than MAYBE taking a basic class on the subject) and honestly are the last people I'd go to for nutrition guidance. Even medical doctors have little nutrition training during their schooling, but at least they'll know what to do if you experience any adverse reactions to anything. Altering your diet without supervision by a doctor or dietitian can be dangerous as you need to make sure you're getting the proper nutrients in other ways that you'll be missing by cutting out dairy and gluteny products.
    1775 days ago
    Instead of focusing on what you CAN'T have, why not find delight in a few of the foods that you still can have? Like, if you really do like veggies, then get excited about having a bowl full of veggies for lunch. And I KNOW it's hard to get excited about it, but FAKE IT until you start to actually feel it!
    This will at least distract you from the stuff you can't have. Think about ANYTHING else!

    1775 days ago
    I wish I could be a supportive, happy go lucky, inspirational person and say, "You can do this!" but looking at that list, I feel the same as you do. If I had to cut all of that from my diet, I wouldn't be on a diet. I do what works for me, which is I cut back on too much of the "bad stuff" and try to keep it balanced with "healthier" stuff. That list is seriously the things I live on (except Whiskey, lol) I hope you're not lactose intolerant or gluten intolerant and that you can still have (reasonable) amounts of these foods. Good luck emoticon
    1775 days ago
  • ARW715
    When I started sp, I cut out 90% of the sugar and flour I eat. No bread, pasta, etc. I wasn't doing it for gluten, but for blood sugar reasons. Now when I eat bread (like when I am on travel) it has a HUGE effect on me, causing lots of stomach irritation and issues. I used to think the stomach irritation was caused by all the fruit I eat, but I kept the fruit and lost the bread and the stomach irritation went away.

    It is worth a shot.
    1776 days ago
    You should definitely be able to eat rice, as it doesn't contain dairy or gluten. The other stuff on that list though: yikes. I know it's rough!

    Aside from just the energy benefits, there are a lot of other reasons not to eat gluten or dairy if you actually are intolerant of them. Part of the reason you need to spend at least 2 weeks off of them is that your body needs that time to heal itself. For example, I had chronic digestive issues but was never diagnosed with anything. I did a two week gluten free stint at the suggestion of my doctor, and then ate a piece of bread and VOILA! acute reaction! Even though I don't notice the reaction as much when I'm eating it constantly, I know now that's only because my body is essentially constantly attacking itself. Being gluten free does get easier (look into Thai food... a lot of it is naturally gluten free), but it's definitely helped by the fact that I know beyond the energy hit and everything else, it actually makes me sick.

    When your two weeks are up, though, you should probably start by eating gluten and dairy individually... it'd be pretty terrible to determine that you do react to something, but not know which it is and have to start all over again! At any rate, all of that to say that if you do these 2 weeks and then eat gluten or dairy and don't react, then by all means keep eating it! If you do react, believe me, it's worth it not to eat it, and eventually you'll miss that stuff way less!
    1776 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/8/2013 2:37:05 PM
    That seems pretty radical to me...I'd probably eat the food and give up the trainer. :) Seriously, it seems to me it would make more sense to give up one type of food at a time to see if it makes a difference. Good luck! emoticon
    1776 days ago
    There are so many things on that list that I like!
    1776 days ago
    I'm in the process of doing the same thing. I have a gluten sensitivity. Although the process hasn't been fun, it's been an eye opener. I don't really crave the sugary things anymore. Instead of cake, I'd rather have an orange or apple. Plus, I've not as bloated, tired, or cranky as I used to be. I know it's tough, but, like I said, it's been worth it for me. This week, I get to reintroduce dairy! Woo hoo! Haha. Good luck!

    You should be able to eat brown rice and quinoa. I didn't on the cleanse, but they are gluten-free foods. Oh! And try spaghetti squash with tomato sauce, yellow squash, zuchini, and onions. It's good!
    1776 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/8/2013 11:54:00 AM
    Unless you have a medical reason for going gluten free, don't do it. If you are not working with a medical doctor don't do it. Give up sugar, trans fat and processed foods but whole grain has a lot of vitamins and proteins which are really healthy. Most gluten free foods are higher in calories, fat and sugars than the non gluten products which does not help you in your weight loss journey. I have to live the gluten-free life and it is not fun or satisfying.

    I read your blogs and your journey helps inspire me to keep trying to live the healthy life each day.
    1776 days ago
    Wait - rice?? Why? There's no gluten in rice!!

    I could never give up dairy. I've gone on and off giving up wheat products, because it really does seem to make a difference on my weight loss journey, so I just eat them as seldom as possible, trying to go several weeks without them. But gluten and dairy at the same time? No. I think I would die if I had to give up my milk and yogurt...
    1776 days ago

    Have you ever noticed, the word D-I-E-T and T-I-E-D kinda go hand-in-hand? My sis married into a family that had celiacs disease. It was crazy, having to avoid stuff we would normally buy, for fear it might cause them an allergic reaction. I mean, it went as far as what type of flour we used to the type toliet paper we had in the house.

    Consider this time, as a time to reflect. Hopefully, you'll find out what your triggers are. As amazing a the pizza sounds, it might not be the best way to spend your calories. Hugs!!
    1776 days ago
    I have done this as well with a doctor. I found out that I was lactose intolerant, so I only really eat yogurt now for dairy. That was hard to get used to at the beginning, but it's easier now. And if I want a pizza or ice cream, I just accept that I'm not going to feel so great later. There are pros and cons to every decision, right? And a few years ago I stopped eating gluten (although your body does require some gluten to function properly) and I noticed more energy and I just felt better, but it was way too hard to get rid of all gluten. So again, I make decisions. I don't eat bread anymore, but on occassion I'd rather be able to have breaded fish or pasta, and just know that I might feel the effects the next day. Your body will tell you what you can and cannot handle. My only advice is that you really track your food and how you feel every day. This will help so you can look back on the effects.

    Good luck! I know it isn't easy, and every time I looked at a label, I found a new type of dairy or gluten that I hadn't expected in that product. But you can definitely do it!!
    1776 days ago
    oh dear what will you live on??????????????????????????????
    1776 days ago
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