I’m now on week 3 of gluten free. my cheat day was great a reminder that going gluten free was the right choice.
To be clear: I am not celiac, and I have not been diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity. I have not even spoke to a doctor about this. I was having some harmless but annoying health issues (see below), and decided to experiment with an elimination diet to see if I could determine what might be causing my issues. And really, what was the worst thing that could happen during a week of gluten free? I’d eat more vegetables? I’d eat less prepared food? The worst thing that could happen was that nothing would change, and I’d be no worse off than I was before. By day 4, I was already feeling better. My most annoying health issues were already starting to subside.
Here are the things that I miss from my gluten lifestyle:
Craft beer. I was well on my way to being a craft beer snob. . . and i guess that career has gone out the window. But I’m drinking a glass of white wine as I’m writing this, so life is not all bad.
Cake. My husband and I have a tradition of buying single cake slices (but only from these two particular bakeries!!!) and sharing the slice of cake. Last time he brought a slice home, I said “you get to eat the whole thing”.
Here are the things that I don’t miss:
Being bloated all the time. I was popping gas-x pills like they were candy. I was buying pants another size up. Sitting was uncomfortable. I couldn’t find anything that would make the bloat go away except waiting it out, however many hours or days it took. I looked pregnant. My belly was so distended with bloat that it was pressing on my bladder, making me feel like I had to pee all the time. TMI: so I’d go to pee, and felt like I really, really had to pee, and i couldn’t pee. The bloating went away, and now my bladder seems happy and normal.
Being hangry. I’d eat something, even something low carb, and two hours later I’d be ravenously angry-hungry. I’d spend hours each day counting down the minutes to my next meal, having a snack on the commute home from work, having a snack the moment I walked in the door. I was already on a high protein low carb diet, why was I ravenously hungry all the time? I remember being out with my Dad, and we were trying to decide where to eat and no one wanted to make a decision, and I was like “I need to eat really, really soon. I don’t care if I eat McDonalds, but I need to eat”. I’d be so hungry I couldn’t think straight, and it had only been 3-4 hours since my last meal. I don’t miss that. Sure, I get hungry, but it is a normal “When’s dinner?” rather than hanger.
Adult Acne: I have tried everything in the world to get rid of my zits. I also really love it when people innocently ask me “well, have you tried washing your face?”, as if that had never once occurred to me. or they say “zits make you look young!”. I am nearly 40, I have zero interest in looking like a zitty teenager. I still have a few zits, but they aren’t the giant whiteheads I had before, and they seem to go away faster. Still using witch hazel, but not as often.
When I tell me people that I’ve gone gluten free, they inevitably ask me these same questions:
don’t you miss bread? Have you seen all the gluten free breads at the store? No, I don’t miss bread. I’ve been on a low-carb lifestyle for years, and anytime I had bread or pizza I paid for it afterwards. I equate bread with feeling yucky, so no, I don’t miss it. and no, I’m not really interested in gluten free bread because of the connotation my brain makes with bread products in general.
Are you allergic to wheat? Nope. my insides just don’t seem to like gluten.
have you lost any weight? 1 pound. Not really looking to lose weight, just want to feel less like shit and more like a person.