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Wheat free, and other ramblings

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

So, my wheat free experiment has amounted in some very obvious observations and concrete conclusions. I can't eat wheat. It's painfully obvious. I've realized the only time I've had success on SP and in the past with weight issues is when I don't eat it. I went all last week without wheat, lost four pounds, without killing myself with fit mins. On Sunday I went out to eat, ate just a few bites of wheat containing items, I instantly felt like I was going to pass out from intense sleepiness, followed by cranky/moodiness, leading to restlessness and inability to sleep and abdominal pain. I also gained 5 (!!!) pounds overnight, and am still, 3 days later feeling quite out of sorts. I cut the wheat these last couple of days again, and have dropped a pound. Yes, it's obvious, I can't eat wheat, at all. I am begining to realize just what a HUGE source of my physical issues come from eating it. Last week, I was full of energy (albeit strong cravings for wheat did arise), motivation, mental clarity (even did better at my android games) and of course, saw immediate weight loss. Just a few bites of wheat washed all the goodness of the week down the tubes, fogged my mind, muddied my mood and all around put me in a funk that I am struggling to crawl out of.

So, wheat free me. OK, I can do this. It's actually a huge relief to put a finger on why I've had so many of the issues I've had these last years. I firmly believe wheat containing items have been killing me slowly. Another observation is joint pain. I have been dealing with mild knee discomfort the last year or so. During last week, I noticed it felt a bit better...........I know that may sound like it's in my mind..........but I can tell you, hours after I ate the wheat, my knees hurt, and contined to hurt for the next couple days. Only today are they feeling a little better. So I could go on about my wheat woes, but the point is, I just can't eat the stuff. 'Wheat Belly' really pushes for a low carb/wheat free diet to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, I'm not sure I'm quite ready to drastically cut down on all carbs, but wheat filled carbs are an absolute no for me. I just can't do this to myself anymore. I'm still pretty amazed at just how drastic the effects of wheat are on my body, I just had no idea what poison it is to me.

I didn't hit 1,000 fit mins this month. I'm at 800 and will probably get close to 900 before the month is over, but I'm just not sure I'll make that extra 100. I'm OK with that. I've been realitively consistent, and have kicked my 250 fit min months to the curb, which feels great.

I have a mini, long weekend vacation coming up. I'm quite excited to be getting out of town. I'm going to visit a dear friend of mine who lives just outside King's Canyon National Park.........not too far from Yosemite and Sequoia National Park. I plan to do some hiking, and of course, photo taking. I feel a little odd because I'm leaving the weekend after my husband's birthday, but he has assured me that I deserve to go and that he is OK with it. What a great guy!! I do feel that I really need to go, I've been itching to get out of here, and if I don't go when I get that itch, I end up getting quite cranky.

Well, we'll see how consistent wheat free living treats me. I have a strong feeling, based on last weeks experiences, that it is just what I need, along with regular exercise, lot's of fruit/veg, water and other positive health activities, of course!!

Cheers to health!!
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    Good for you ! I am also wheat free - two reasons for me they contain to many oxalates - and cause severe damage to my kidneys . Some peoples bodies just do not do well with wheat. So it requires reading every label but must be done - Good luck - Karen emoticon
    1726 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/31/2013 11:09:27 AM
    Sounds like your listening to that beautiful body of yours! Enjoy your mini-break! emoticon
    1727 days ago
    I'm happy to hear that you have discovered just how detrimental wheat is for you. I personally can't imagine giving it up, but then, it doesn't seem to have any negative effects on me as long as I eat it in moderation. But it sounds like it has super negative effects on you. Crazy! Like mojo_risin said, though, please make sure you are eating enough food that isn't wheat...

    Anyhow, good luck with cutting out wheat completely and getting over those cravings. I am sure they will pass with time. Also, I hope you have a great getaway! You definitely deserve it!
    1727 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    I have a wheat (and other grains) allergy and it finally got the best of me about 2 years ago. I decided to go gluten free and began educating myself on what to look for when I am shopping (those hidden ingredients that are actually wheat-based).

    Since wheat is one of the Top 8 food allergies - it does have to be listed on the nutrition label in bold letters, but you also have to know what "hidden" things to look for - like who would imagine that you might encounter wheat starch in powdered sugar, but you will, so self-education is very beneficial.

    Once I stopped all wheat, I noticed an improvement in many things that had been inflamed before, so no, you are not imagining it.

    I do not follow What Belly/Low Carb, however, by eating "whole" foods and as healthy as possible, my blood work is phenomenal as compared to before I made that dietary change. Regarding carbs - we choose complex over simple carbs. Even in regards to baking which was the biggest hurdle for me - once I found a gluten free flour mixture I could make up and use I was off and running, recreating our favorite recipes gluten free.

    Our whole household is gluten-free, even though my husband and Mom don't need to be and we have all benefited from it.

    When we go out to eat, I simply ask if wheat is used as part of the recipe they are preparing, and if it is and they cannot substitute then I order something else. Unless we are going somewhere that has a dedicated gluten free menu (and space in the kitchen) I do not even assume they understand what gluten-free means. It's up to me to not eat it, so I am the one that has to be educated on what I can and cannot ingest.

    It is a learning curve to make the best decisions for what works for you.

    1727 days ago
    YAY! The cravings will pass - they are rare now for me and it's been almost a year of 99.99% gluten-free eating. Also, the joint pain relief isn't that uncommon. The DH used to have bad plantar's fasciitis. It's been gone since he went mostly gluten-free. Keep up the good work and enjoy that vacation!
    1727 days ago
    please tell me what you ARE eating? i eat A LOT of carbs, even when i was losing...i am not much for meats, so i guess i should just stick to fruit and veg and be done with it....cause once a carb crosses my lips it's hard to stoppppppp. i hope you have a great time picture taking and adventuring. me love you long time.
    1728 days ago
    congrats on finding the source of some of your issues. I wish you luck in cutting out the wheat - that's going to be tough. Best of luck.
    1728 days ago
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