Posts made in June, 2013

Day 9 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Day 9 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 9 – The First Day of Week Two Monday Since the week one recap I wrote last night nothing has really changed body wise. My calf’s feel good my knees not as good. Not much has changed since last night and I think that’s the way it’s going to be from now on, just very subtle changes. One thing has to change, and that’s my menu. I need to find more variety. Basically when I make a dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner I make extra and then I eat the same thing for two or three days it’s getting pretty boring. The only breaks come on my days off (from work) when I make a new batch of food for the next couple of days and have a fresh cooked dinner with the family. I’ll have to spend some time looking up some gluten free food ideas, but in the mean time I’ll crack into some of the GF foods I’ve bought, and when I do I’ll review them here. Gluten Free Bread a Pleasant Surprise Before I started this diet I procrastinated for months, I could not bring myself to even consider giving up bread or pasta, but after trying a few different breads I have to say I’m pretty happy and surprised. I’m surprised because I thought bread without wheat gluten would be awful, and I’m happy to say it’s not, especially if you like your bread toasted. Don’t get your hopes up, I’m not saying these breads are awesome, But you don’t have to give up sandwiches. The bread I’ve been using for my breakfast egg sandwiches and as a hamburger roll is… Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Bagels This was one of the first GF food items I bought, and I bought it because I couldn’t believe a bagel made without gluten could be any good. I was wrong; it is good, not great. If you happen to live in the Eastern United States you’re blessed with thousands of great bagel shops. Each making dozens of different varieties of soft chewy bagels, and Udi’s GF bagels do not compare to any of them. You can read my full review here.   So it’s one week down, and a new week starting today. This one doesn’t start with the apprehensions last week did, instead there’s a feeling of...

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Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Bagels

Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Bagels

Udi’s Gluten Free Soft and Chewy Bagels A bagel made without gluten, come on. Gluten is what makes a bagel, well a bagel. It’s what makes the outside crust tough and chewy, and what makes the inside all soft and stringy. I happened upon this item during the months of procrastination leading up to this diet, and trying it made the decision to go wheat free easier. When I grabbed these bagels from the shelf I thought these are going to be horrible, and that would convince me that giving up wheat and gluten was a crazy idea, but trying them had the exact opposite effect on me. They were pretty goodWhen toasted.   Pretty Good but Not Great If you live in the Northeast United States you know what a really good bagel tastes like, and these bagels do not taste like a fresh made bagel shop bagel. They taste like a frozen bagel you would buy at your supermarket. Which by the way they areThese bagels can be found either frozen or fresh. I've tried both and they are very similar. .   Toasting Leeds to Boasting I probably wouldn’t be praising these bagels so highly if I didn’t toast them first. I’ve found toasting makes any gluten free bread product better. I’m not sure why this is perhaps it adds a little structure or mouth feel to the bread something that gluten would provide. I use these bagels all the time for sandwiches. I have my breakfast egg sandwiches and hamburgers on them. Just like frozen bagels that contain gluten these bagels have a texture that’s more bread like than bagel like. They lack the dense rich feel of a true bagel. This is a Tough One to Score As I sit here trying to figure out a score to give these Bagels I’m torn. On one hand if I judge them as bagels they don’t warrant a great score since they don’t come close to a bagel shop bagel. On the other hand if I judge them as a bread or roll substitute which is what I use them as they’re pretty darn good. So I’m going to score them three stars, right in the middle. If you’re buying them thinking yum bagels you can move the score down to 2.5 stars, and if you’re looking for a bread alternative you can bump the score...

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Day 8 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet Week One Recap

Day 8 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet Week One Recap

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 8 Well I made it week, and it really wasn’t so bad. There was some anxiety, some headaches and some hunger but nothing unbearable. Melancholy I don’t know if it’s the fact that today is a very small milestone in my wheat free diet or not, but I’m pretty bummed out. I feel better, both in my body and my mind, but I guess I was expecting more. The customers who had told me that going gluten free would change my life and that I would feel amazing almost instantly had built my hopes up. Don’t get me wrong I feel much better, my energy and mental clarity is better; my muscle aches are much better. I FEEL MUCH BETTER, but I was expecting more. So is it worth it? This is the question I’ve been wrestling with all day… to be honest I don’t know. I don’t want to go back to feeling the way I did, but is it worth all the things I’ve given up? I guess we’ll see. AT the end of each week I’ve decided to go back to the original list I created and report all the changes that have taken place in one week. Achilles/Calf’s – It took almost the full week but finally there is some relief. The morning stiffness goes away much quicker, and I think thanks to massaging the ropey knots out of my calf’s they feel pretty normal. Knees – This feels about the same. The week I started this diet my knees did not ache as badly as they usually do so I have to say they feel about the same. Before the diet I was getting a sharp pain on the front shin bone below the knee, and I still am. Digestive Tract – No real change here, if anything I’d say I’m gassier. This is probably due to eating more vegetables. I never really felt too bloated, but I certainly feel less bloated now. Back/Spine – I was hoping for more improvement here, but this is probably the area of my body that I’ve felt the least improvement. The stiffness and arthritis like feeling has not changed at all. This was a busy week at work and I was moving a lot of boxes so maybe that’s the reason why. Rosacea – The red blotches on the right side...

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Day 7 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Day 7 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 7 Saturday Another first, a day off but this time with my family at home with me. This day should not be any different than my last day off from work, until my daughter asks me to take her shopping. Now I am going to be away from home, but not at work with my drawerful of gluten free emergency foods. I try all morning to figure out where we can stop for lunch and what I can eat. Luckily I eat a few crackers with edamame dip and stick a gluten free granola bar in my pocket before we takeoff. The day starts off easy enough, a day searching through twenty year old leisure suits (did I mention that my daughter wanted to go thrift shopping). How cool is that? Pretty cool until half way into the third store, and well before I hit the bins of phono albums ( OK I was going to make a witty comment about how 97% of the internet had no idea what a phono album is, until my word processor-Word 2010 highlighted “phono” and had no idea what the word was). I started to feel the jittery shaking that I felt on Wednesday coming on. This time the shaking in my hands was not as bad, but I felt as if I might pass out. Both times I had this feeling a subtle greying out. But very subtle, I never felt it imminent, just a slight possibility.   Udi’s to the rescue I took the Udi’s gluten free granola bar from my pocket and before I was half way through the bar I felt the jittery feelings disappearing. Although I was glad to see the uneasy low blood sugar symptoms go away. I was not happy that they came back in the first place. I had hoped my blood sugar swings would level out without wheat’s blood sugar spikes. Did I Just Eat Gluten? I might have eaten my first accidental gluten product. We went to dinner at a friend’s house last night (I’m writing this the morning after day 7) and had a nice BBQ we had some steaks, chicken, grilled veggies, a perfect gluten free meal. Before dinner we picked at some almonds, and honey roasted peanuts. I didn’t think of it then but the next morning I wondered what they coated the...

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Day 6 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Day 6 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 6 Leg Pain Just like yesterday my legs were stiff and achy when I get out of bed but quickly loosened up. This is great news since muscle/tendon pain and achy joints were two of the main reasons I started this diet. The very occasional stabbing pains are still happening as well. Because of this I decided to look deeper into Fibromyalgia.   Fibromyalgia What I knew about Fibromyalgia was simple that it caused pain in the muscles and connective tissue. I also knew that I probably had it, or something just like it. When I first heard of it I read that there was no cure for it and no surefire test for it, so I stopped my research there. What I found out today was that Fibromyalgia has many of the same symptoms that wheat allergies do. Fatigue, muscle ache, brain fog, digestive problems, headaches, mood swings, itchy skin, and many more. As more research is done maybe a direct connection between the two will be discovered.   Prescription Drugs and Non Drugs There are currently three FDA approved drugs to treat Fibromyalgia, Savella and two that you have probably heard ofIf you own a TV Lyrica and Symbalta. As well as drugs that can treat certain aspects of Fibromyalgia like muscle tension and fatigue. Since I hate taking medicines with their long list of side effects I will concentrate on the non-drug approach, using vitamins and minerals. But I am going to wait a little longer to see how the muscle aches respond to just the elimination of wheat. By the end of week two if I feel exactly the same I will try adding some vitamins and supplements. Magnesium, Malic Acid – A 1995 study using a proprietary supplement called “Super Malic” showed a decrease of pain in a group of Fibromyalgia sufferers. Super Malic is no longer available but I will try to mimic the dosage. For a complete list of alternative remedies as well as lots of other Fibromyalgia information check out. http://www.fmnetnews.com I went to a number of medical sites with plenty of useful information but this one has everything you will need to know about FM. Muscle Ropes One thing I found out about Fibromyalgia was that the muscle pain is often associated with a tight ropey band inside the muscle. I’ve felt this in...

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