March 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm #15787CameronDayParticipant
I just got around to reading the March newsletter today, and felt like sharing a little.
Quick background: I got crazy-lean by doing intermittent fasting during 2009 & 2010. Stayed quite lean throughout most of 2011 while putting back on some lost muscle due to my over exuberant IF’ing, but towards the end of 2011, the fat started creeping back in.
By 2012, I decided to overfeed / eat to fullness and just take on the fat since the body was doing that on its own anyway. I gained weight steadily throughout 2012 and 2013, although probably half of it was muscle, tendon & bone weight. I finally leveled off somewhere in the middle of 2013. I cut back on ice cream and cookie consumption, and just continued to eat a mostly organic diet, eating to fullness at every meal. (My pancreas was a little stressed from all the sugar, and now I only have “extra” sugar in the form of a small serving of ice cream 2-3 times a week).
About a month ago, I went on an experimental gluten-free trial. Immediately I noticed improvement in mental clarity, and over the next few weeks saw improvements in inflammation reduction, sleep, libido and general well-being. I usually feel warm, but I feel more warm, more often now that gluten is out of my diet. Carbs come from basmati rice, brown rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes and gluten-free bread.
I used to eat only organic wheat thinking ‘gluten intolerance’ was related to pesticides, but I now realize that it’s the damn wheat gluten. Which sucks, because I am still addicted to bread and most GF bread isn’t that great, and it’s never organic. What’s up with that?
Anyhow, I put this out there to show that there are a lot of factors involved in how we feel. I haven’t lost weight since going GF, but I feel less bloated and have gone in one notch on my belts.
If you’re on the fence, try it for a month and see what happens.March 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm #15818DutchieParticipant
@Cameronday Yeah,I basically noticed the same when being without wheat I feel more positive&happy and when eating I feel even more happy and want to eat even more of it but shortly after my mood immediately downgrades. (and I think it may cause some bloating too.)
A couple of days ago I read this article that stated that the opoid effect of wheat in the brain mask it’s inflammation in the gut….or something along that line. I’m thinking that migth be the case for me too.March 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm #15823DavidModerator
@Cameron- It’s worth considering whether your issue with wheat might just be because it’s easy to overeat it. If you asked me to eat 500 calories of plain potatoes, there’d be no way in hell I’d be able to get through it all without feeling stuffed. But 500 calories of spaghetti? No problem. It’s the same with rice vs. bread. It’s just easier to overeat bread than rice.
I gave up gluten several years back and I did notice some health improvements. But when I reintroduced it later in moderate quantities, it didn’t cause any problems. I honestly think that giving up gluten just made it easier for me not to overeat. Now when I eat spaghetti, I actually weigh the noodles first to make sure I’m eating a reasonable serving size.March 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm #15824ChristinamParticipant
I wonder about this, too. It doesn’t feel right when I eat bread, pasta and all that stuff. I’m back to lots of quinoa etc and I feel better. And my mood is affected by those foods, also. I might be a brainwashed orthorexic but what is more sane than doing what feels good?March 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm #15974jaketthomasParticipant
I feel basically zero difference between having gluten and not having gluten in my diet. I actually feel worse from gluten free pasta, than normal pasta. Way worse.
For me and my body, it’s all about starch, sugar, saturated fats, and animal protein (mainly beef, bison, deer, and eggs). Starch rules for me. My body thrives off of it. Sugar drops my body temp.
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