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The Gluten Question

Friday, October 11, 2013

Well, for me at least, the question is settled. A few months ago, after some research and reading, I decided to try eliminating gluten for a couple of weeks to see if it helped with how horrible I felt back then. It did seem to help and I was pretty much convinced that I was one of the unlucky few to have significant problems with modern wheat gluten. I was trying to keep it out of my diet as much as possible.

Fast forward to October. After juice fasting for several weeks and then combining plant-based clean eating with juice, I was completely gluten free. And if you've read any of my blogs, you know I was feeling fantastic. My experiment during the Spring was done when my diet overall was a mess. I noticed a reduction in joint pain and stomach pain and brain-fog but any improvement was just a matter of degree. I had come to think that was all I could ever expect from anything so that was good with me. Well now, I know that I don't have to settle for a few degrees better; I can demand GREAT! So I decided to redo the gluten experiment.

This past week, I reintroduced very healthy, limited portions of sprouted, whole-grain bread back into my diet. For the first time since I began my juice fast, I have had stomach pain, brain-fog and aching joints. Also (coincidence maybe? I kinda doubt it....) the first week I haven't lost a single pound. So that's enough proof for me to make a decision. FOR ME, the gluten question is resolved. No gluten for me. I don't settle for better any more. I want to keep feeling fantastic. I am not saying that everyone should eliminate gluten, but I would recommend that if you have a pretty healthy diet and are still struggling with weight loss and/or digestive issues, joint pain, brain fog, fatigue, etc, it might be worth it to at least try a couple of weeks without it and then put it back into your diet to see if it affects symptoms.
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    I've experimented with eliminating gluten out of my diet as well and I'll have to second your findings.
    Love reading your blogs and following your success.
    1553 days ago
    Hi! I'm glad to hear you have figured out the cause of your health issues!

    I just saw this blog - I haven't read any of your others, so I'm sorry if I'm telling you something you already know - but have you read the book, "Wheat Belly"? It's a pretty condemning critique of modern wheat, which is really nothing at all like the wheat people were consuming even 50-60 years ago. And I think it really opened my eyes to just how bad the Standard American Diet (SAD) is for our long-term health and all the possible negative side effects that can come from eating so many genetically modified foods like wheat, corn, and soy.

    I just wanted to say hi and welcome to the wonderful world of Gluten Free emoticon

    1562 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/11/2013 1:52:58 PM
    Soudns like a good plan. I'm just "restarting" again with SP, but trying to find what will work for me. If what I'm trying this time doesn't seem to work may try the gluten-free approach. I been yo-yo dieting for years.
    1562 days ago
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