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Gluten-free for 30 days - The Beginning

Monday, April 22, 2013

Stuck at this uncomfortable place... I have not been serious enough about really losing. Decided it was just way too hard of work when I lost the 12 lbs 2 years ago. I wasn't ready for that again. But...

I have this motivational phrase hanging on my computer:

"When the pain of staying the same is greater than the fear of change - we will change!"

Right now, none of my clothes fit comfortably, some not at all. I just spent a weekend at the beach and didn't even take a bikini because I'm too embarrassed of my belly fat. My recent lab work including some numbers like LDL cholesterol and fasting blood glucose to be creeping up. I am slower on the tennis court. It is not comfortable being where I am. But how to make the change? How to do this without suffering as much as I did before... always hungry, drinking some awful tea prep... ??

Since I eat very healthily compared to many... I eat tons of fruits and veggies, I eat healthy whole grains, lean protein and very little meat. Almost zero red meat. I drink lots of water. I rarely eat out. I bring a healthy lunch to work every day. I don't binge. Rarely eat anything after dinner other than a couple of squares of chocolate on occasion... I figured it just had to be quantity. But when I cut back on amounts I get too hungry and then eat too much later on.

I received the book "Wheat Belly" for my birthday and have been reading it. Maybe this is what is the problem. Maybe my metabolism is more sensitive to wheat and high-glycemic foods than I realize. So, today I begin my experiment. 30 days gluten-free. Well, as close to gluten-free as I can be without being a fanatic. No bread, crackers, pasta, etc. for 30 days. I am going to journal about how I feel and my energy levels, digestion, etc.

I'm going to try to blog here on a weekly basis to keep track of how it is going and my challenges. I hope it may be seen by one or two and may be helpful for anyone else who decides to try this. But mostly, I need to have this project to get me motivated!

I started to try while I was in San Diego this weekend for my birthday. We had to eat out every meal since our hotel did not have a kitchen or microwave. It was not as difficult as I thought to try to avoid the obvious like bread, toast, bagels, breaded, etc. But it is what may have been inthe Thai green curry sauce that I don't know... and even though something may be gluten-free, it can still have lots of high glycemic ingredients like sugars and rice, potato, tapioca starches, etc. It will not be perfect, but let the journey begin! Feel free to come along for the ride!

Day One: 149.8 lbs on my work scale 33.9% fat

Food so far:

Blueberries, 1.5 banana with 2T peanut butter (natural, no additives)
Coffee - 2 cups - with 1% milk

3.5 ounces rotisserie chicken
1 cup mixed veggies with spices and olive oil.
1 medium apple

Dinner will be more of a challenge... wish me luck!
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