Years ago, I went to a nutritionist to find out why I was working as hard as I was and not losing any weight. She had me carry a food journal with me and work on learning what it is exactly that I am putting in my body as well as how much. It took almost 5 months to really figure it out, but while I was there…we talked about symptoms of a problem that could be keeping me from losing weight.
And thanks to a stomach bug, a bad decision, and two sleepless nights – I know it’s most likely fact now.
I should also warn you: this post has GI talk in it. If poop makes you queasy, don’t read it.
Gluten sensitivity is still a pretty new concept. I also didn’t buy the fact that someone could be “allergic” or “sensitive” to GLUTEN. Which is kind of hypocritical of me, considering I have a dairy allergy and have to fight all the time to get people to realize that there is a difference in an allergy and a sensitivity. An allergy gets you sick…a sensitivity is a digestive issue.
I’ve seriously been an idiot.
Anyway – When I got sick with the stomach bug that everyone else in my world had, I literally detoxed myself. I lived on two days of water, gatorade, and chicken broth. Then, I slowly started to add healthy, gluten free foods back into my diet slowly. Salads with spinach and romaine and some honey mustard, lots of fruit and veggies, lean meats and fish. I felt good, was pooping regularly and easily, and didn’t feel bloated at all. I was in heaven! I felt fantastic!
Then – because I was the only one who had an issue with pizza when out with friends on Saturday night, I did the unthinkable. The one thing that ruined the great feeling I had the entire week after ending my vomiting. I ate two pieces of pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut (and burned my mouth in the process.) While it was a delicious meal that I haven’t had in years, I instantly started feeling the effects of the wheat filled crust that tasted so good.
The next day showed more signs of issues: not pooping, feeling insanely bloated, my clothes too tight, and pressure that caused me to double over in pain. I ran the trails at the University of North Florida for the first time just to get an understanding of what they will be like to run (read: easy and slow) and then went home. I felt worse, not better. Dammit.
Through the day I felt horrible. I felt like my stomach was growing with no real outlet, and I continued to eat like normal and it just made me feel run down. I took some OTC meds to try and help to no avail. Then we went to Sonic for dinner since we were with Tiffany watching the race, and I got popcorn chicken: breaded chicken bites. I’m an idiot. I tossed and turned night Monday night, cramping and pain like you wouldn’t believe. It was misery. That’s when it hit me. Duh, you idiot. It’s the wheat. GLUTEN.
If I needed any more proof, then this was it. I told Brian about it. He told me that if I wanted proof I needed to stop eating it and see what happens when I ate it again, and in the same breath admitted that’s just what I had done. Yeah, exactly. I have always tried to eat Gluten Free when I could because of what the nutritionist said to me, but never took it seriously. Now, I very much am. Not only did I feel better with more energy and stronger the days I was “clean,” I also was able to wear clothes I hadn’t been able to in a few weeks. Not being bloated seems to work miracles, and may give me some of my wardrobe back.
I’m not going to be able to go absolutely 100% on this, but I am going to try to do as much as I can to make it work. I live with a guy who can eat anything and everything (except Hazelnuts, he’s allergic to those) and I am not going to set my family up for some kind of drama by making them change their plans when they want to go out to eat. I will, however, be significantly more concious of my intake and limit the gluten/wheat laden products as much as I can in order to make myself feel better.
I mean – it is almost bathing suit season. Who wants to see a bloated whale in a two piece? 😉
Do you have an intolerance, and if so how do you handle it?