Getting Off Gluten- It's Not As Easy As You Think DATE: 01/12/2012

OLD POST# 2 (See my previous post about why I'm bringing these back)

Ok, friends. This is hard. I posted about my intention to go gluten-free two weeks ago, and so far I have made it about one, maybe two days total. As I said before this stuff is everywhere!! I can't hide! I will tell you that being at home and having a fully stocked refrigerator and cabinets full of healthy gluten-free alternatives helps immensely. But as we know, this is not always possible...especially around the holidays and when the Patriots are in the playoffs. So here I am starting over at Day 1.

I will also admit my weaknesses and own up to all of the wheat/gluten containing items I have indulged in, namely beer, pizza, pasta. Ugh. I feel bloated just thinking about it. And I was when I was consuming it also, trust me. And my asthma flared up, I was sneezing, sneezing, wheezing, wheezing. And I can't believe how much energy I was matter how much I slept, I still feel like I could sleep forever and day more. I must put an end to this!

So since I am clearly lacking willpower, despite knowing how gluten makes me feel, I started reading Wheat Belly, by William Davis, MD and found some interesting tidbits I want to share with you as I *really* start my gluten-free adventure. Like for real this time.

Dr. Davis is a cardiologist in Milwaukee, and sees lots of patients. And they are overweight. And it's not just because of the potato chips, soda, high-fat snacks they are consuming. Wheat products play a huge role also. He has personally lived through this- noticing how he felt sluggish all day after consuming a bagel, toast, waffles, etc for breakfast as opposed to eggs or some other wheat-free products. How did he combat this sluggishness? Coffee. Tons and tons of it. But that is not the answer; caffeine really just depletes the body of it's nutrition and natural healing systems.

But the USDA says we should all eat more whole grains, right? I think this is wrong. Sure, eliminating trans-fats will lower your cholesterol and is obviously good for you, but the increase of these "whole grains" in the average American diet, has certainly caused some other real issues.

Dr. Davis found that whole wheat bread increases blood sugar as much or more than table sugar. So he had his overweight, diabetic patients eliminate the foods that cause their blood sugar to rise the most; foods containing wheat.  And what happened? Their blood sugar dropped from the diabetic range to normal. The weight fell off, some losing up to even forty pounds. BUT the best part, is that by eliminating wheat they also noticed many other changes. Patients reported that their symptoms of acid reflux, alternating diarrhea and constipation, cramping, asthma symptoms, and even pain and inflammation from arthritis were basically improved or completely resolved.

And what happened when they "slipped up" and ate something containing wheat? Yup, back to feeling like garbage. The stomach pain, constant bathroom trips, joint swelling, and wheezing is back.

To me, that type of night and day difference is amazing. And makes going on this difficult journey so very worth it. That's all I can say right now. I can't wait to read more and to see how I feel in the next few weeks. Wish me luck!


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