When I went gluten free my doc had me cut out many things that can cause allergy problems, or are tougher for people with gluten intolerance to digest to give my system a rest for the first 3 weeks, and then introduce one of things I wasn't eating each week. Kind of like a detox since you've had a weak/unhealthy gut. He basically had me follow the clearvite diet, without the fasting period beforehand.
One other thing he told me to do was switch peanut butter for almond or cashew butter. The cashew butter stirs up really well and is cheaper than the almond butter so I went with that. Because the peanut shells grow fungus so easily, they are sprayed with a lot of chemicals and. Peanuts are the only thing he's told me to absolutely not eat besides Gluten, so I think they're a bad deal.
Here's the clearvite diet, I'm sure you could sub about any nutritious shake for what is on their diet. The third phase is no meat.
The first week I had headaches and I gained weight like crazy and I was freaking out even more because he told me not to exercise at all, just walks were OK. Basically because I wasn't absorbing enough nutrients with gluten in my diet, my body pretty much went into starvation mode and when I switched to gluten it held on to everything. Exercising when my body was already clinging onto everything would have made it worse. I quit gaining after 4 weeks, and the "fluff" I'd put on in my face and around the belly quickly started melting away, and I was able to start out slow with cardio at the gym.
Now, I drink a teaspoon of lemon juice before each meal. It activates your stomach acid so that when you do eat, it helps you break down you food and absorb the supplements you are taking. I'm on potassium, magnesium, and some other stuff myself.
I know of course that every person is different, but I really thought the 3 week diet he put me on made sense, and that it would help me start feeling better faster with the GF diet.
Edited by: MACKJESS1234 at: 5/14/2011 (22:35)
Mini Goals and rewards:
167-Reached 10/08/2012, allowed myself a McDs sundae for a treat!
| current weight: 164.4