30 Day Wheat Free Diet

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The Wheat Free Plan.

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet, Blog | Comments Off on The Wheat Free Plan.

The Wheat Free Plan.

The plan is simple; don’t eat wheat or foods that contain gluten for thirty days. Keep an online journal of the pitfalls, the surprises that happen along the way and finally the results. I own a wine shop and for years I talked to customers with celiac disease about gluten free products, and I always felt I could never live that way. Lately though I’ve spoken to a couple of customers who recently gave up wheat, they said they used to feel the same way I did, that giving up wheat was impossible, but it turned out to be the best thing they ever did. So with this in mind here goes.   People go on wheat free diets for two reasons. Because they are sensitive to wheat, and they want to lead a healthier more enjoyable life. They want to lose weight. For quite some time weight loss “experts” have known that eliminating carbohydrates from your diet is a fast way to lose weight. These experts stress that including gluten free food substitutes in your diet is a bad thing, and for radical weight lose they are right. These foods are filled with starches, quick simple sugars and hollow calories. So what kind of wheat free person am I? I fall squarely into the first category, I feel as if there is something seriously wrong with my body and I want to feel better. But at the same time who doesn’t want to lose a little weight, or at least not gain anySome people in poor health may experience weight gain after giving up wheat., so this website will chronicle how different I feel without gluten in my diet, but I will also write about the changes in weight/body fat I experience along the way. I will start this journey with a pantry full of gluten/wheat free foods, but I will carefully monitor their effects on cravings, weight, and blood sugar. None of this will be done scientifically of course, but by paying attention to the effect these foods have on me. So here goes, follow along as I see what life is like without wheat. Next stop Day...

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Day 0 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Day 0 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

Day 0 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

Day Zero, How I feel the day before I eliminate wheat and gluten. So here it is the day before I give up gluten and go wheat free. I’ve been to the food store twice today and I think I’m ready.   First a list. Before I start this journey here’s a list of the gluten intolerance symptoms I’m experiencing right now. My hope is to report in the days to come how they all disappear. We’ll see. I’ll start at my feet and work my way to the top of my head. Achilles/Calf’s – This is currently my most painful affliction. Normally when I wake up my Achilles tendons are so tight I have to limp around my house for about 15 minutes before they loosen up. For about the last two weeks though my Achilles is painful all day long, they are also sore to the touch. Knees – Always sore and aching. At times I can barely bend them, forcing me to go up or down stairs one at a time. Digestive Tract – Like most people with (or who suspect they are gluten sensitive) my body runs the gamut of digestive issues. Currently things seem pretty normal. Back/Spine – my back pains/issues are constant or chronic but not the same as anyone I know with a “bad back”. I don’t have lower back pain, or throw your back out problems that most have, my back feels like arthritis a constant ache like a knuckle that needs to be cracked. Unfortunately it runs up my whole spine which makes it feel like 75 knuckles that need cracking. Rosacea – This is a problem that usually affects me in the winter. I had always assumed it was normal dry skin, but for few years it has become very noticeable and year round. Although it is less noticeable in the spring and summer I currently I have some red blotches and bumps on my right cheek, and very slight redness on the left. Dry Eye – This can be a side effect of Rosacea. It affects my left eye, but in the last couple of weeks my right eye has started to sting a little. Dermatitis – I’ve been told I have contact dermatitis, which is caused by fabric softeners and dryer sheets. But I’m interested to see if going without gluten has any effect on my rashes. Currently they are on my back and scalp. Brain Fog – There are many symptoms associated with brain fog but what I’m hoping to improvement on is my short term memory. My friends couldn’t believe the things I can remember from our childhood. I can remember things in such vivid detail it is like it happened yesterday. But ask about something that happen within the last year or so and I have to struggle. I can remember books I’ve read 25 years ago better than a book I’ve read last summer. I also am getting very bad at finding the right word. I may stammer over the simplest word like birthday or someone’s name while trying to finish a sentence. That’s my list, I’m sure I missed something but if I did I’ll include it in the 30 day wheat free journey. On to day...

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Day 1 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Day 1 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Day 1 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 1 Day one is over. I have to say it was slightly more nerve racking than I expected. For weeks as I’ve told friends what I was going to do, they all told me they couldn’t do it. I always told them about the many gluten free food alternatives around now and how they taste pretty good, but as I woke up and started a brand new day with completely new eating rules I was a little scared. This was a work day, I would be far from home and far from my little pantry of gluten free goodies. In the past when I was hungry I could  grab a slice of pizza, a burger or a bagel all within fifty feet of work, but now I had to plan all the food I would need for the day.   First Recommendation Start your Diet on a Day when you stay home.   Beware your brain is not your best friend. One thing I didn’t expect was the remorse I felt each time I thought of a food I could no longer eat. Was this my head playing games, trying to get me to give up this diet? Cravings? So on day 1 did I have uncontrollable cravings for wheat or wheat products? No, I don’t think so. I say I don’t think so because I had deep hunger pains. A feeling of starvation like my stomach was empty. I’m not sure if this was my brain trying to fool me into eating, or if I was in need of something like protein. Tomorrow I will pack more protein based foods. I am also not sure if the foods I am eating have as much fiber as the foods I am replacing, which would make me feel hungry sooner after I ate. I will have to look into a gluten free source of fiber. So What About The Old Decrepit Body? As far as my list of gluten sensitivity symptoms I have to say that most of the day and evening there was no improvement. No surprise there. Right thru the evening I limped around as my Achilles ached with every step I took. But as I type this it is late at night and I have to say I can walk around with very little limping. Too soon to say for sure, it’s probably just because I’m sitting at the computer and not walking much, but we shall see. On to Day Two. I am actually looking forward to see what tomorrow brings, which is a far cry from the night before day one. As I type this it’s late and I don’t have tomorrows foods packed yet, but that’s ok I know I’ll get...

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Day 2 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Day 2 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

Day 2 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 2 Day two of my wheat free journey didn’t seem that much different than day one. Day two arrives without any of the apprehension I felt yesterday, plus the cravings or feelings of severe hunger stay away most of the day. On day one I thought the empty stomach feelings I had might be due to the fact that my body was in need of protein. So I made sure I had more for day two, But all day long at work the cravings never came, even before I ate the protein packed foods. Late at night though as I sat and typed this post they returned and wouldn’t go away no matter what I fed them; carbs or protein. Headaches I noticed late at night on day one that I had a slight headache but I didn’t think much of it. On day two the headaches came back in the same spot, on the side of my head by the temples. Today though they were much more pronounced and came and went most of the day. Tendon Pains The tightness in my Achilles seems the about the same, no real change. On the Bright Side My energy level all day was great. I’d almost say off the chart. I first noticed this as my legs wouldn’t stop bouncing. This also led to a much more alert feeling that lasted though out the day and night. I really hope this continues. All in all a good...

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Day 3 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Day 3 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

Day 3 of 30 Day Wheat Free Journey

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 3 No gluten for three days, no problem? OK maybe a few. Today was my first day at home since starting this wheat free diet. I thought being home would make things easier since I’d be closer to my pantry of gluten free foods, but what I didn’t think about was all the temptations I’d be around as well. The cookie jar, the chips, muffins, etc. I want them so bad. Big Headaches Today the headaches are bad, before they seemed to be on the left side of my head, but today it’s both sides. I usually only take aspirin once or twice every few yearsYep every few years, but I had to take them today. The headaches were actually making it hard to think (OK harder than normal). I fought off the urge to take the aspirin as long as I could because I didn’t want to affect the monitoring of my other body aches. But by lunch time I couldn’t take it and gave in. Achilles Pain If I wasn’t on this diet, and thinking about my calf pains I wouldn’t think there is any improvement at all. But since I’m watching and waiting every day for some improvement I do believe there is some very, very slight improvement maybe this is the aspirin or just my mind tricking myself. Trying New Gluten Free Foods So far the most disappointing but not surprising thing about gluten free foods is bad pasta. So after the first two days of bad pasta dishes I spent today grilling chicken and making rice dishes for the week. I will have to work on some stronger sauces for my pasta, and then I’m sure things will improve. One good thing I discovered is that one of my favorite packaged rice dishes Vigo-Black Beans and Rice is gluten free. The label has no mention about gluten on it and the website for Vigo has been down for a few days, but celiac.com has a list of gluten free products from...

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Day 4 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Day 4 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Day 4 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 4 OK this is the day I was dreading when I started this wheat free diet, and decided to post about it every day.   So here goes. I feel about the same as I did yesterday. I knew posting about the changes going on in, (or to) my body would not change that much from day to day, and today proved it. I feel about the same as yesterday.   Headaches There are no headaches today, and that’s good, but that’s about it. Tendon Pain Same as yesterday Did you really think I was going to deviate from the story line . I still don’t know if I can say there is any improvement? So that’s it, I could waste your time with some written fluff, but I wouldn’t do that to you so go ahead and see if day 5 is any more...

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Day 5 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Day 5 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Day 5 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 5 This is it the day I can finally say my legs feel better. When I got out of bed my calves and Achilles were tight and achy but not as bad as usual. They quickly loosened up and felt normal. Throughout the day while at work they stayed almost entirely pain free. Today was a pretty rainy miserable day and a few times throughout the day I got these stabbing pains in my calves. This is not unusual for me and it normally happens when there is a major change in the weather, either a high or low pressure system coming in. These pains hit me in two places the calves and the wrists/forearms. Like I said the pain is a stabbing pain in the meaty part of my calf, but in the wrists it feels like it’s deeper into the bones. Today though I only got them a couple of times and only in my legs. They were subtle and passed quickly. Low Blood Sugar I have an issue with low blood sugar, my hands will get a little shaky and I’ll get a little grumpy when I’m hungry, but today it was very bad. I was preparing my lunch when my hands started shaking very noticeably; I had a jittery feeling that was almost overwhelming. Luckily I had some gluten free chips in the cupboard that I shoved into my mouth. This bought me enough time to get my lunch cooked.  By the time I finished my lunch the felling had almost completely faded. This was most defiantly not a good feeling, and in the past no matter how hungry I have been or how long I had gone without food I have never felt like that. This is something I will have to keep in...

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Day 6 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on 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 my left forearm for quite some time and never knew what it was. I also found it in my calf muscle right where the stabbing pain has been. As I massaged this out I noticed that the painful rope ran from my upper calf all the way down to my ankle. It ran right next to my Achilles tendon, maybe this is the source of my Achilles pain. Not everything is known about Fibromyalgia. Doctors still don’t know what causes it, weather gluten is a trigger and/or a cause of it, and most importantly how to cure it. So I’ll just see if eliminating wheat relieves the...

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Day 7 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on 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 peanuts with. While at the grocery store the next morning I decided to check out the ingredients on the honey roasted peanuts and the first can contained wheat, but luckily every other package did not. So who knows? So beware wheat can be lurking anywhere, even on a tiny little peanut....

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Day 8 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet Week One Recap

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet, Wheat Free Journey | Comments Off on 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 of my face seem exactly the same as before the diet. I find this very surprising, because for some reason I thought this would be one of the first things to improve. Dry Eye – From day one of this diet this is the one thing I felt cleared up immediately. I never felt the sting or burning in my left eye for a whole week that is until today. This morning after seven days the sting and burn is back. Dermatitis – Again nothing new to report here. Brain Fog – Alright lets end this list on a positive note. I do feel less foggy in the brain, nothing earth shattering, but better. The feeling is like a cleansing, a little clearer thinking. Energy – The almost nervous energy I felt on the first two days of this diet is gone, but it has been replaced by a new...

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