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Wheat/Gluten Free - Week 1 Update

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It has been an interesting week. Not without obstacles, but much easier than I expected.

I've been reading a lot of food labels and it is absolutely mind-boggling to find wheat contained in foods where you don't even expect it, like canned vegetable/beef soup and potato pancakes. What's it doing in there?!?

Pros:
Cravings - gone. Seriously! The minute I stopped eating wheat containing products all cravings stopped. Just like that. I've had a bag of Dove chocolates (my #1 guilty pleasure) sitting in my pantry for a week now. It hasn't called me yet.

Stomach bloat - gone!

Brain fog - improved. That is an ongoing problem, especially in the afternoon, where concentrating on anything is just too painful. I've seen improvement here also.

Weight - instantly and seemingly automatically dropped back down to my ideal maintenance level.

Difficulties:
Energy level - while I'm feeling perfectly fine during the day I seem to be running out of steam during my workouts (say Zumba, hiking). This means that I have not yet figured out how to substitute correctly. Will need to figure this out before my Saturday hike. Can't be running out of steam halfway through an 8-hour hike. (Suggestions are welcome.)

Never hungry (well, maybe that's a pro, but no cravings and not hungry often makes for not enough food intake). No, I won't start tracking my food. I've worked long and hard to get away from that.

Not sure what to eat any more. I'm definitely consuming more protein and also more veggies, but have not yet found my new balance. Will work on that going forward.

Overall my week 1 was successful and I will continue with my little experiment.

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IRP1114 5/15/2013 6:00PM

    That is awesome! Good for you : )! I tend to make up the difference with more fruit and healthy fats.

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MEXGAL1 5/15/2013 5:12PM

    Woo hoo, good for you. I have been doing gluten free now 2 weeks and similar results.
Yeah!

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CHERYL_ANNE 5/15/2013 10:40AM

    I totally agree with your astonishment on finding wheat on the nutritional label in foods. Manufacturers have chosen to use wheat and corn as fillers in many foods - items you would never expect... like powdered sugar... and with names that do not always reflect wheat as an ingredient like vegetable gums... edible starch... filler... hydrolyzed plant/vegetable protein.

It is a learning curve for sure. I have a wheat (and other grains) allergy and have been gluten-free for over a year.

As much as you write you don't want to track - how about if you track this new way of not eating wheat/gluten just to get an idea of your fat, protein, and carb levels so you can know if you're hitting the mark in order to sustain your energy level through the day.

I wish you much success on your journey to become the healthiest you can be!
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DEBRA0818 5/15/2013 7:03AM

    Quest Bars (www.questproteinbar.com) makes a great bar that is gluten free and provides a ton of energy for around 160-200 cals.

Great going on Week 1!

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CARTOONB 5/15/2013 12:04AM

    Think Thin, Nature Valley and Lara Bars all have gluten free varieties that can be packed on a hike.

Tinkyada makes excellent gluten free noodles for your favorite pasta dishes. Cook following directions on the bag. Texture and taste are just like wheat-full varieties. Can also reheat without losing anything.

Peanut butter is good too...just check labels!

Good luck!!!

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NORWOODGIRL 5/14/2013 10:47PM

    I am not an expert - but I would suggest that you need more healthy fat in your diet. In the past few months I have become a fan of coconut oil. Almond butter also ranks high on delivering energy when I need it.

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JULABELLE 5/14/2013 4:50PM

    Be careful of soy sauce!! That got me. emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 5/14/2013 4:38PM

    My Mother was gluten intolerant, and we were amazed at the things that contained wheat... and what is wheat in disguise! (hydrolzyed vegetable protein? What about that says wheat to you??)

I'm glad you are feeling better. You'll get this balance of food down just like you did when you began maintenance!

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MARLINDA5 5/14/2013 3:56PM

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That is great

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SALGUOD2 5/14/2013 3:55PM

    congrats and keep us posted on how it goes

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KIMBERLY_Y 5/14/2013 3:47PM

    Terrific! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to the next update.

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BOVEY63 5/14/2013 3:36PM

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