Originally, I was to try this gluten-free thing for 21 days and see how I felt.Â
I was very open-minded to the idea of trying it, but was somewhat doubtful it would actually make a difference.
I mean, my love for bagels is really well-documented on this blog.Â
When Tina was making a bunch of blog t-shirts, I even asked her to make a Will Run for Bagels shirt.Â Which I will still proudly rock, because I still believe in that. Even if I maybe wonâ€™t always be having them now…
As I write this, I just got home from being out in NJ for Motherâ€™s Day.
So many holidays past, the trip home was marked by needing to stop to use the bathroom (or feeling like I needed to the whole ride) en route. After I lost weight, I thought perhaps it was due to my old propensity to eat way too much. Or that it was normal to feel sick after eating more than usual.Â
I went back to the nutritionist for a second visit last week to discuss how the first three weeks had gone, and I was really happy to report that it had gone incredibly well. In the three weeks prior, Iâ€™d say my stomach had bothered me more days than not.
In those three weeks, my stomach bothered meâ€¦twice?! And I lost 4 pounds, which was nice, but even more importantly, I felt so much less bloated. Iâ€™d forgotten what it felt like to not feel bloated all. the. time.
There were several things I knew would test me in these three weeks: Easter, Kentucky Derby Day and my NYJL volunteer day, where they provide breakfast of sweet, beautiful bagels.
Easter ended up being relatively easy; I asked my mom to get gluten-free pasta, and I just didnâ€™t touch the bread, and didnâ€™t touch breaded things (which I donâ€™t usually anyway.) Derby Day: after several glasses of wine, I could not resist the mac and cheeseâ€¦so I didnâ€™t. I thought itâ€™d be a good test to see how I felt, too. And my stomach felt just fine. That next day, I brought my own GF bagel to volunteering so I wouldnâ€™t be at all tempted.Â
Iâ€™ve had bites or small servings here and there of gluten, and I find them okay if theyâ€™re isolated, but if I go several meals or days in a row having more gluten, I start feeling crappy again.
One commenter on my original post talked about her going gluten-free last year and then not staying 100% gluten-free “because I donâ€™t want to become so intolerant to it that the tiniest little bit will make me violently sick, I enjoy gluten too much to make that total lifestyle change.â€ I donâ€™t tolerate dairy super-well either, but I long ago decided a life without cheese is not a life worth living, so I do have cheese sometimes for that same reason.
The RD and I talked about this and agreed that it probably made the most sense for me to just keep up a mostly gluten-free diet if it made me feel better, but since I donâ€™t have celiac, that it wouldnâ€™t harmÂ my body to have some gluten, I just should know I might not feel as great, and decide what itâ€™s worth it for.
Having gone through several holidays in the past month, Iâ€™m really surprised how easy itâ€™s been. Iâ€™ve tried to abstain from most of the GF substitutes because Iâ€™m also trying to cut more processed food out of my diet,. BUT when Iâ€™ve tried GF pasta, Iâ€™ve realized how itâ€™s not really the pasta I was ever craving, but the comfort of the carbs. Because I donâ€™t notice much of the taste of the pasta at all. I notice feeling happy having carbs and the sauce/meat/vegetables with the pasta.
Another interesting thing I noticed was the decrease in sugar cravings, particularly in the afternoon. Iâ€™d been on a serious sugar kick in the weeks and months prior to this that I found myself banishing without even really noticing.
I DO NOT INTEND FOR THIS TO BE A GLUTEN FREE BLOG. At all. But I wanted to record my thoughts on this for myself, and for any one else who is curious about this type of experiment.Â
While Iâ€™m going to try to stay away from most of the processed stuff, obviously Iâ€™ll never do that 100%. So – what are your fave GF products/brands? NYC people – any great restaurants with GF-friendly menus?