Let me start by saying that I am shocked by this “diet”. For a number of reasons, actually. First one being that I wasn’t hungry at all. Normally, I think about food CONSTANTLY. I was always checking the fridge, the cabinets, stopping at fast food restaurants, etc. I never felt full or satisfied by food. It was an all day, every day obsession. The first day, I did have a little of that going on, but I just ate something that was gluten free, and went on with the day. I wasn’t expecting miracles on day one, so I wasn’t worried. To be honest, I thought it was normal to think about food all the time. Well, maybe not normal, but it was “just me”. Part of my personality. Which is probably why I gained so much weight.
Day two, I ate three meals, and didn’t feel the need to forage for food all day. Weird, I thought. Maybe I am getting sick? Although I felt fine. Good, actually. Days three through seven were pretty much the same. I wasn’t starving. I wasn’t thinking about food constantly. I didn’t feel the need to go out to eat. It was odd. Well, for me, it was odd.
A few things I should mention before I go on. I used to be tired all the time. Took a nap every day. Couldn’t concentrate on anything for long periods of time. I always had ten projects going at once, but couldn’t finish any of them. I had headaches, almost daily. I was always hungry. I was kind of irritable. (I’m pretty sure my husband would say “kind of?!” LOL!) I was also feeling kind of depressed, which I chalked up to not being able to finish my list of things to do and being overwhelmed.
Since I started eating gluten free, I have had one headache, no naps and finished four long-standing, halfway done projects. I feel happier – more mellow, and I have been able to stick to tasks on hand. I also seem to “lose” less words when I am talking. Like a fog has been lifted. Actually, I was really worried about that – the losing my words thing. I thought I was losing my mind. I’m glad to know that wasn’t the case 🙂 I was never one to have stomach problems that most people with the allergy have, so I can’t say that it has helped there.
Oh, and I lost 8 pounds.
Yes, 8 pounds!
I think it might surprise you to know that I bought a bunch of “gluten-free” products at Whole Foods, to replace the things I couldn’t eat, but I haven’t used any of them. Well, except for the GF Bisquick. I tried a pancake recipe I found on Pinterest for greek yogurt pancakes. They were yummy!
Instead, I’ve been eating eggs, chicken, vegetables, fruits, cheese, potatoes, rice, beans, yogurt. All things I had eaten before, and can find in the regular grocery store. I just checked the ingredients and made sure they didn’t contain gluten. Many products say so on the label, but if it didn’t, I checked online (there are a million Gluten free websites). I am not a fan of foods with “weird” textures, so the few gluten free cookies and breads I have tried, didn’t appeal to me. They were kind of “gritty”. But I’ve found that I don’t miss them. At all. It’s like a switch turned off in my head. Maybe the desire will come back, but for now, I’m grateful that it’s not nagging me.
I have not counted calories. I have not stayed away from sugar. I still have my coffee with lots of cream and sugar every day. I eat potatoes, and other starchy carbs. And I still lost the weight. This has never happened for me before. I have tried a low carb diet before, and I hated every second of it. This is not the case for me with this way of eating.
I don’t know if this diet would work for everyone. I can’t give you any advice because I’m not a doctor. All I know is that I feel better.
Okay, before this thunderstorm knocks out my power, I’m signing off.
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