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?!?
„« 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.
„« 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.