Gluten Free is the New Me
So a few days ago I reached out to my lovely readers for advice via the Organic Mama Facebook Page about going gluten free. The thing is, I kinda thought all this gluten talk was just a fad. I mean, only 1% of the population has Celiac Disease, so why are so many people removing gluten from their diets if they don’t “have” to?
Well, before you start telling me a million and one reasons why people go GF, let me stop you right now and say that now I get it. It’s not just a fad. Heck, it’s not even a ‘diet’ per se, but instead I have come to find out that while so many people are perfectly hunky-dory with gluten in their systems, many people just aren’t. I, as I have now found out, am one of those people. Let me explain.
If you have been following my blog for a while, you would already know that I have a few prominent health issues. From Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) to low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia) to chronic headaches and joint pain, I guess you can say that I’ve finally given up on trying to live with these in the background, and instead want to start eliminating them all together. In my (excessive) research over the past few months I have consistently come across those two words – “GLUTEN FREE” and like I said above, I thought it was all smoke and mirrors, so I didn’t give it much thought seeing as I’m pretty darn sure I don’t have an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine. I know, stupid me for only thinking black and white and not realizing that there IS a grey area when it comes to gluten TOLERANCE. I digress…so after hearing about some other people’s successes with going GF, I decided to commit to 1 month and see if my symptoms get better, get worse, or stay the same. Well I am now on Day 5 and guess what? I FEEL AMA-ZING! (Said in my best Oprah Winfrey voice) ;)
Okay, so let me start by saying that my headaches vanished on Day 2, my IBS is totally under control (trust me, it would be TMI to explain), my joints are not as sore or stiff (still not sure how gluten plays a role in that, but I’m not complaining) and lastly I have so much more energy! But wait – there is more to this journey so far. I have lost 3 lbs in 5 days. Yup. There it is, folks. So while I still don’t fully understand gluten sensitivities, I’m pretty sure that I have one. If you are curious if you have a sensitivity to gluten I encourage you to begin with this simple Dr. Oz gluten test (I scored 7/9 – yikes) and then follow up with going gluten-free for a few days, a week, a month – however long you need to do it until you see (or don’t see) a change in your body or symptoms.
Curious to know what I’ve been eating? Well I will be posing a food log in the coming days of my first week going gluten free (with pictures) so you can see how simple it has been to substitute barley, rye and wheat for (in my personal case) rice, quinoa, soy & tapioca, just to name a few. Oh & Confession #658,943,753 – I thought my food options would be slim to none going GF. How silly!
Don’t be afraid, people – give it a try if you think you, too, may have a sensitivity to gluten!