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!!