This is maybe week 6 of being gluten free?
(or as gluten free as possible. I did not check the salad dressing or teriyaki sauce that’s in the fridge, and i’m sure the spicy Chinese food I had wasn’t gluten free. I’m trying!)
Beyond the less zits and less hanger, here are a few more things that I’ve noticed:
Less Anxiety – I have been in denial that over the last 10-15 years, but my anxiety had been at times crippling. I would freak out in the grocery store (too much over simulation!), get angry and cry over nothing, be fearful that something terrible was right around the corner, be irrationally impatient over silly things, etc. I suddenly don’t have that as much anymore. And when my anxiety does spike, it is easier for me to recognize it. Was this caused by gluten? who knows. I just enjoy that i am not having it as often.
My hands don’t shake as much – i’d having trouble picking up a mug of coffee. I could hold a pen ok, because the side of my hand was resting on the paper. I couldn’t carry a plate of food around a party my hands would shake so bad. This is a strange thing that I’ve had on and off since my early 20s, I am used to it, my husband is used to it, but it is still embarrassing. it’s still there, but no where near as bad.
My period isn’t as awful. Only had 1 period since going GF, but PMS and cramps didn’t seem to be as awful. I’m used to absolutely brutal PMS followed by cramps that don’t give up (the cramps are debilitating, but they sure are annoying!), and this last period was just like “eh, ok. no biggie”.
Gluten free bread doesn’t have to suck! Experimented with a few GF bread recipes, and even my husband thought it tasted good! Very heavy, had the texture of a quick bread, but yeah, tasted like bread!
I am still afraid of carbs. We went to a health food store the other day that had tons, and do mean tons of GF foods. I stood in front of a shelf and said outloud: I can eat all of this stuff! with a huge smile on my face. it was cookies and crackers and brownie mixes, types of foods I have not eaten in years because of the carb count. I did’t buy any of it. I am still legit afraid of carby foods.
I’m still getting bloated, but it wasn’t like before. I made a GF oat bread, and it bloated me right up. I’m eating potatoes more, and they are bloating me right up. BUT! the bloating isn’t painful like before, and it goes away in a normal amount of time instead of days and days.
What are some of the things you noticed after going GF?