Updates and Allergy test
So I completed the 30 day challenge of not eating wheat and most grains. Lets face it, I tried my very best not to cheat, but when it came down to eating somewhere and I had no other options I had corn once or twice. However, I did completely cut out wheat for 30 days.
At the end of my 30 days, I tried eating wheat. I know what your thinking, I must be crazy, right? Well, I guess my thought process was just trying it to see if I was really doing the right thing. While my results weren’t CRAZY reactions or anything, I do know that I have a wheat allergy. I had stomach cramps and heart burn about 30 minutes after eating the wheat. So while that sucked, it also just made me realize how my body reacts to it and although its not severe, its still an allergic reaction that I should cut out of my life. After doing the 30 day challenge I have also noticed some changes in my body - I started working out 3 days a week about the time I started the 30day challenge and I have been able to tighten my belt one loop! Yay, go me! I haven’t noticed a huge weight loss or anything, but I wasn’t really expecting to since I am working out and the muscle will be making up for whatever fat I burn for now.
So ultimately I will be trying to continue the life style that I’ve been doing the last 30 days. My only complaint right now is that I’ve been getting bored of my meals, so I have set a goal to try to come up with new recipes and trying new things so I don’t get sick of the same type of food. I guess you don’t realize how many different meals you can make with wheat until you can’t have it anymore.
But tonight I am making eggplant layered lasagna. Also, over thanksgiving I made an almond crust pumpkin pie which turned out pretty good. The only difference is the almond flour cooks much faster than regular flour, so while the crust with the filling in it turned out great, the edges burned REALLY fast. So I suggest cooking pumpkin pies on low instead of the normal temp.
Also, completed a 5k yesterday! I’ve been running 2 miles for the last month and signed up for a 5k for motivation. While I couldn’t run the whole thing, I did complete it much faster than I had anticipated, and I wasn’t in last place of my age group. So go ME! I am going to try to run a 5k every 3 months or so to keep me motivated.
Its been 20 days since I started the 30 day challenge of no wheat, legumes, or grains. So far so good! Honestly I had to count back because I couldn’t remember when I started and it hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be.
The only difficulty I ran into was when I was at work and the boss wanted to buy us all bagels and explaining why I don’t eat wheat. Her reaction - “I feel like EVERYONE is doing that now, a new fad or something.”
Its moments like those that are the most frustrating. Having to educating someone who actually happens to be allergic to many things - you’d think she’d be one to understand.
Oh well. I tried making the paleo pumpkin muffins, they were pretty good right out of the oven, but I made them with plantain flour and not almond flour. My complaint was mainly the texture after they cooled the next day, much too grainy (sort of sandy). It was a little frustrating but I am jut going to have to keep experimenting!
Not much to report
I’ve been doing relatively well - except for the small things, like my cravings for peanut butter cups when I’m stressed.
I am also trying to keep a cold in check - sore throats and colds cannot over take me! Or at least I am trying. Halloween was relatively quiet as I started getting more cold symptoms and decided to come home and sleep it off. I ate three pieces of candy and that was it. I feel pretty proud of my self to keeping it towards the low amount.
I am still doing well with the no wheat or grains. Its really not hard because of the main benefit for me. I don’t mind not eating bread when it allows me to feel healthy again.
Discoveries and exhaustion
I’ve done pretty well this week so far. Although I haven’t cut out as much dairy as I had planned, just 3 days of excluding wheat and grains has COMPLETELY change my stomach issues.
Normally I felt sick and bloated and just fat after eating any wheat or grains. I was so sick all the time that I often associated stomach aches with fullness. Now that I don’t have stomach aches I’ve realized that I am hungry a lot more often than I thought I was. I also think this has to do with my increase in exercise as well though. I’ve started eating breakfast every morning, and a snack before lunch. I realized that I was afraid to eat most of the time because of the soon to be stomach aches and problems. So I skipped a lot of meals which probably only contributed to my problems.
I feel excited still. I thought this would be a bigger deal than it is. For the most part I had nixed a lot of grains and wheat from my diet, but obviously not enough. I am just so relieved to feel like a normal person again. Not only in stomach problems, but my mood has started to stabilize and I don’t feel so “down” or if I do, I am able to move through it faster than previously.
I was really excited to find a paleo friendly granola bar called Lara Bar. So far my favorite is apple pie. They are pretty great and they taste better than the few that I have attempted to make (need to adjust my recipes!).
I have been super stressed with work and my new job interview coming up, but I am determined to continue this route. I’ve done great so far and I don’t see it changing!
One admission, I did get a cup of black coffee today. I was craving the taste so badly. It really didnt seem to affect me at all. So I would say a cup a week is a good deal for me. Especially as I am a coffee addict.
Enough is ENOUGH!
Last night I felt so terrible from digestive problems that I finally was fed up enough to go through my cabinets and throw out all wheat, grains (that my boyfriend wouldn’t eat), and all my coffee. When its all said and done, stress from work and stress from stomach problems just aren’t worth the occasional hamburger or slice of pie. Enough is enough for me. I can do this if it’ll make me feel better in the long run.
I made some cupcakes with the left over flour to take to some friends house tonight, and I was thinking about making some caramel corn as well because I have so much popcorn for some reason. I feel terrible about throwing out half empty containers of things, and half the time I just enjoy the process of baking and don’t usually eat much of it anyway. So I figured I’d just make some treats and give them to my friends.
I also bought a juicer today and while at the farmers market got a TON of different produce to try out. The first juice I made for Harry and I included 2 apples, a few rasberries, strawberries, 4 carrots, and ginger. IT WAS DELICIOUS! Even Harry loved it. I am just thankful that I found something else that I can replace coffee with and play around with different flavors - it’ll also help replace baking I think.
I am also going to make Ginger Dragon - a type of ginger tea that I use to make at a cafe where you infuse ginger, lemon juice and honey. Its quite simply delicious and I feel like it’ll be another good substitute for coffee in the morning.
So here it goes, my goal is to do a solid 30 days eating this way and slowly re-introduce myself to dairy and hopefully coffee. We’ll see how it goes.