August 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm #12103BetsyParticipant
Interesting about the blood pressure. I’d never had problems with blood pressure except as a side effect to a sleep med that I took for a while. I was GF for three years, then the beginning of this year I decided to eat it again. No issues – except that I was struck with high blood pressure about a month after starting to eat gluten again. Coincidence? I’ve been enjoying my wheat all year, but am thinking about another trial of GF eating after I get back from vacation in September.August 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm #12114catieParticipant
Betsy – I’d always had slightly elevated blood pressure, from the time I was a kid, but after starting to eat again and with all the extreme hunger, my blood pressure skyrocketed. It was seriously scary. It got to 175/102 at the highest I recorded, and I was freaking out.
I posted here though: http://180degreehealth.com/180forums/topic/high-blood-pressure
And Matt’s response to me might apply to you as well. After I posted that, I think my blood pressure came down completely within about 2-3 weeks? It’s now typically 115/70 or so, give or take, even though I’m now 50+ lbs. heavier than I was before.
Just throwing it out there. :)August 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm #12117KristiParticipant
@The Real Amy, of course you are right! I DO need to pay attention to my own biofeedback, rather than read articles on gluten. I’ve just been so brainwashed by the gluten “experts” that I’m having a hard time getting past what I’ve “learned.” And, I put the word learned in quotation marks because I noticed after reading several books that they were all saying the same things, quoting each other, and I started wondering where they got the info they were sharing. I don’t know why I’m having such a hard time letting go of the gluten dogma. I easily let go of the sugar/carb dogma, dairy dogma, and the belief that I needed to be slurping down coconut oil by the spoonful! But, gluten still has me stymied. I guess I want to read more pro-gluten stuff to reassure myself or something. I did read the article you linked to a while back, but didn’t get a whole lot out of it. Thanks!August 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm #12135BetsyParticipant
@catie, I think I saw that post. I wasn’t refeeding per se when my BP went up, so I’m not sure that’s the answer. I guess I won’t know if it has improved until I try going off meds. It’s certainly not too low at this point.
I can keep hoping, though. :)September 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm #12364KristiParticipant
Update: I ate bread. Yummy, crunchy-on-the-outside-chewy-on-the-inside, yeasty delicious gluten-filled bread. And, nothing happened. Maybe a little bit of gas, but nothing else. No gut swelling, no diarrhea, no nothing. :-) Now, I want *real* pizza, CINNABON!!!!, *real* chocolate chip cookies and brownies, a cheeseburger WITH the bun… Trying not to go at it too fast too soon!
I could “I wonder” myself to death, but thinking back over the years, I wonder if some of the health problems I’ve had over the last few years I could have avoided if I’d never been told I was gluten intolerant. Who knows, I guess? I feel really GOOD these days (though, a bit “fluffy”), so I should probably just focus on the here an now!
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