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Day 9 of 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on 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 boredom. Boredom in the food I’m eating, and also with the foods I will eat in the future. So I better find something new...

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Day 10 of the 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Day 10 of the 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

Day 10 of the 30 Day Wheat Free Diet

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 10 I woke up again feeling good, the muscle aches haven’t returned, and today my achy joints aren’t too bad. Everything else seems the same. Resist the Urge to Do Too Much Today is a beautiful day, and although my Achilles/calf has been feeling good for the last couple of days I resist the urge to start exercising on it. My daughter is going on a short one mile run and a part of me thinks this would be a good test for my legs but I convince myself it’s too soon. So I won’t do anything for one more week. The Best Laid Plans Well I had the right idea, but I failed on the execution. Later that evening I’m working with my son on running and as I’m showing him how to get down and start from a crouch, nothing too strenuous or so I think. Then I pull the same Achilles that had been hurting me for the last couple weeks. What’s with all the Achilles Talk? Why do I keep bring up my Achilles? The main reason is because I believe the gluten that makes my joints and muscles ache is causing the pain I’m experiencing in my Achilles. I have no proof of this other than the fact that when the muscle pain and tightness I feel in my calf muscles flare up I also experience tightness and pain in my Achilles. Also before I started this diet the issue most affecting my body was my Achilles tendon pain. I spent some time today looking into gluten intolerance and its effect on tendons. What I found out is a little disheartening, the joint and muscle pain associated with inflammation caused by gluten intolerance can take anywhere from 2 to 18 months to go away. I also found some other sources of inflammation they are a group of vegetables called nightshades and include potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplant. This is something I’ll have to watch since I’ve increased my consumption of all these vegetables since starting this diet. Note: Sweet potatoes are from a complete different vegetable family than regular potatoes and are not considered nightshades. Still Looking For a Good Gluten Free Pasta So far I’ve had no luck finding a good gluten free pasta alternative. Today I checked the normal pasta aisle at my supermarket and was very thrilled when I found a gluten free pasta from a traditional pasta maker. Rienzi corn and rice rigatoni. I had high hopes for this pasta feeling that a pasta company wouldn’t release a GF pasta unless it tasted pretty close to their regular pasta. Sadly this pasta didn’t live up to my expectations. If you want to read more checkout my Rienzi Gluten Free Rigatoni...

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Day 11 of 30 – Wheat Free Diet Healing Tendons & Good Pizza

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Day 11 of 30 – Wheat Free Diet Healing Tendons & Good Pizza

Day 11 of 30 – Wheat Free Diet Healing Tendons & Good Pizza

Today the Achilles pain was horrible, by dinner time my limp was so bad I could barely walk. This is defiantly a pull not just sore inflamed tendon. Oh well so much for feeling better and starting to exercise. As bad as the evening was the night brought a pleasant surprise, I’m writing this late in the evening and I just got up and walked into the kitchen with very little pain and barely a limp. Could it be that my body without gluten is healing faster, I don’t know since I’ve never had an Achilles issue before. Body Improving but Slowly I’m still disappointed in the body aches, I was hoping for faster relief. I do feel a little better though, and the blues I was feeling last Sunday when I was doing my week one recap is long gone. It’s now Wednesday and every day that passed I felt more and more sure the diet was working. The Best Gluten Free Pizza So Far I love good pizza, I love East Coast thin crust, Chicago deep dish, California Pizza Kitchen, grilled pizza, breakfast pizzas, but I especially love a good fresh made brick oven pizza. With that said this pizza is nothing like any of those, instead it’s more like a good frozen pizza. I have my full Gluten Free review here. I still need more variety in my diet so every time I find a new wheat free food that tastes good I get excited. Things are looking...

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Day 12 of 30 – Wheat Free Diet-Sweet Cravings

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Day 12 of 30 – Wheat Free Diet-Sweet Cravings

Day 12 of 30 – Wheat Free Diet-Sweet Cravings

Wheat Free Diet-Day 12 of 30, Sweet Cravings I keep feeling better every day, not a giant leap forward but a tiny step that I hope will eventually lead to a healthier body. The inflammation and joint pain is just about the same if not a little bit better, so little in fact that if I wasn’t paying such close attention I probably wouldn’t notice.  But I do notice, it’s subtle but it is definitely improving. Cravings Cravings Cravings I’m noticing now that I am having strong cravings for sweet foods. I’ve always had a late afternoon sweet tooth, I would keep a small bag of M&M’s in my drawer at work, and after a small handful I’d be fine. Lately though the cravings come all day and night. On a scale of one to ten I would rate my old cravings at a one or two, but these new cravings are easily a six or seven. Could it be Carlo’s Bakery? About five months ago Carlo’s Bakery of “Cake Boss” fame moved in around the corner from work and all day long customers come in with Carlos boxes filled with cakes, pastries and other goodies. At the beginning, before I started this diet I would see the bags and just imagine the treats inside, cannoli’s, napoleons, or dark chocolate mousse cakes and I would think “boy I bet those are great” and move on. Then when I started the diet seeing the bags would fill me with a sadness thinking that my days of delicious bakery treats were over, but now the bags start a craving for something sweet that almost makes my stomach ache. Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out what my body is craving, whether it’s sweet or salty, protein or carb, but I can tell that these new cravings are different, they seem to be more mental not physical. I wonder how long they will go on.  ? Sweet, I Found Something to Help Just in time, I found Udi’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies are really good.  They are a soft chocolate chip cookie but not in a greasy way like some soft chewy chocolate chip cookies I’ve tried in the past. I like these better than any store bought cookie made by a big commercial baker like Nabisco or Keebler. They might be my favorite gluten free food I’ve tried so far, and I would still eat them even if I wasn’t on a wheat free diet. If you want my full review click...

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Day 13 of 30, Wheat Free Diet – More Cravings, Less Fatigue

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Day 13 of 30, Wheat Free Diet – More Cravings, Less Fatigue

Day 13 of 30, Wheat Free Diet – More Cravings, Less Fatigue

Wheat Free Diet-Day 13 of 30, More Cravings, Less Fatigue Today was like yesterday and the day before in that I feel a teeny tiny bit better. I have to admit I had hoped the joint and muscle aches would have diminished more, but at least I see some very slight improvement.   Still Craving The cravings for sweets continued today, as I assumed they would. When they kick in I eat a few M&M’s or a gluten free cookie but that doesn’t seem to satisfy them. So I just ignore them. Fatigue, What Fatigue? One thing I noticed today is that I don’t seem as lethargic. I feel as if I have a little more energy, not the nervous jittery kind of energy I felt on day two but a more natural improved energy level. I would say it feels like one of those “good days” when the weathers perfect and you have a little more pep in your step, or you feel a little lighter on your feet. I might just think this was one of those “good days” but looking back I believe this has been building for a few days.   Gluten Free Improvements are So Subtle One thing I’ve noticed is that the improvements I’m feeling are so subtle and so slow that it’s hard to notice them when they happen, instead its slow realization after the fact.  Like feeling a little less fatigued, I never mentioned that in the previous posts but when I noticed it today I can look back and sense very slight improvements for the last few days. What’s most amazing about this slow realization is the fact that I am paying such close attention to changes in my body so I can write about it on this blog. For anyone following this blog and considering starting a wheat free diet I would recommend waiting till you finish the diet before coming to a final conclusion....

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Day 14 of 30,Wheat Free Diet – Another Dinner with Friends

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Day 14 of 30,Wheat Free Diet – Another Dinner with Friends

Day 14 of 30,Wheat Free Diet – Another Dinner with Friends

Another Saturday and another barbecue, but this time I have no worries. Tonight were heading over to a friend’s house for dinner just like last week, but this time I’m not concerned about my wheat free diet or worried I won’t find enough gluten free foods.  For one thing it’s a barbecue so I’m safe with grilled chicken and steaks. My wife and I are bringing a sweet potato side dish and a black bean salad so I know I’ll have plenty to eat, and more importantly I won’t have an empty plate that I have to explain.   Picking at Snacks One of my Favorite Things to Do I’ve noticed that snacking at parties is easier than I thought it would be.  Fresh vegetables plates are no problem if I skip the dip, and cheese without the crackers. Or if we bring the veggies and cheese plate I can make sure they’re wheat free. Most potato chips are fine, in fact I don’t think I’ve found any with wheat yet, but I still check to be sure. Oh No! My friends Know I’m gluten Free, No Big Deal You would think someone voted Most Talkative and Class Clown would have no problem being the focus of a conversation, but I do. Perhaps I like poking fun at others miseries rather than talking about my own, strange for a guy with a wheat free website talking about his journey to millions of people on the internet. At some point the evening’s conversation turns to me and my gluten free diet. It seems most knew I was trying it and knew it was because my body ached so badly. So there was no fad diet talk, no one mentioned Miley Cyrus, just questions about the symptoms, and if I felt any different. Everyone wanted to know what has gluten in it, and if any of the gluten free foods taste good. It seems as if a large number of people I talk to about my diet have heard about the effects wheat can have on the body and they have lots of questions, as if they have been considering weather gluten is affecting their own lives. After all it took me close to a year of asking questions before I started this diet. It was also nice that they found out about my gluten free website and didn’t think it was...

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Day 15 of Wheat Free Diet, Week Two Recap

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Day 15 of Wheat Free Diet, Week Two Recap

Day 15 of Wheat Free Diet, Week Two Recap

30 Day Wheat Free Diet Day 15 Two weeks in and I’m half way home. The second week was easier, with much less anxiety. Over the first seven days I had gone through almost every possible situation that can come up during a normal week. So week two felt more like falling into a new routine, now I just have to streamline the routine. By the end of week one I felt very down. I felt that the improvements I was feeling in my body might not be worth the effort that it took to live without wheat or gluten, but after seven days of very slight improvement I feel the opposite. I would say I am leaning more towards staying on the diet after the thirty days. So again I ask myself, is it worth it? Yeah I’m beginning to think so; it is a lot of work, planning everything you need to eat throughout the day, each and every day, then preparing it, which takes time. Before my wheat free diet I used to prepare many of my meals to bring to work, but I would always skip many meals knowing I would grab a slice of pizza or a burger. The Full List of Wheat Intolerance Symptoms Once again I’m going to go back to the original list I created and report all the changes that have taken place in week two. Achilles/Calf’s – This week saw just about the same improvement as I saw in the first week. The morning stiffness goes away a little quicker and over all the pain stays away most of the day. Even after seven days this improvement is very subtle; and my right calf with the pulled Achilles still hurts most of the time. Knees – Again they feel about the same as they did when I started my diet, since they felt pretty good at the start of the diet I’m happy that they haven’t reverted to the way they’ve felt in the past. Also the sharp I felt under my knee has gone away. Digestive Tract – The one change I’ve noticed is a lessening of bowl movements, I thought the diet was making me constipated, but I have none of the associated discomforts. So I believe it’s just putting less garbage into your body means less garbage exits. Back/Spine – There has been a very slight improvement with my back. I cannot say it’s because of the diet though, like I said in last week’s summary we were busy at work and I had to move a lot of boxes. This week it seems like my back feels better because I didn’t have to move a hundred boxes of wine. Rosacea – Again there has not been very much improvement here, red blotches on my right cheek have not changed much. Dry Eye – This week just like the first week the stinging stayed away. Dermatitis – The rash on my back appears to be getting better; I was expecting this since it goes away in the summer. So this may be a seasonal improvement, not because of the diet. Brain Fog – Just like last week I feel this improving, little by little, clearer and clearer each week. Not each day, but enough to be...

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Wheat Free Diet-Day 16-21 of the 30 day Wheat Free Diet

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in 30 Day Wheat Free Diet | Comments Off on Wheat Free Diet-Day 16-21 of the 30 day Wheat Free Diet

Wheat Free Diet-Day 16-21 of the 30 day Wheat Free Diet

Wheat Free Diet-Day 15-21, the Whole Week in One Post Week three of my diet was truly a continuation of week two. This week was a standard week of going to work, with a few days of in between. Each day brought slight relief to my wheat sensitivity symptoms. I could easily create seven daily posts talking about the slight changes I’ve noticed in my body, and filled each with fluff, but this blog is to help others who are considering going wheat free, so I don’t want to waste your time or mine. I am Seeing Improvements in all My Wheat Sensitivity Symptoms. Just because I’m not writing individual posts about the daily improvements I’m feeling doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been any, in fact by the end of the week I am the more optimistic about the diet than I have been so far. I’ll tell you all about them in the next post, the third week recap. Falling into a gluten free routine This week was just another average work week. Go to work, come home, pack a bag for tomorrow, wake up and repeat. On my days off I make enough food for my next few days at work. Although I have to make sure I plan my meals for each day, a life without wheat is just like my normal old life. I definitely recommend creating a meal planner before starting this diet. I will be creating one and I will create a post explaining how I did it. Cravings and Longing The cravings have lessened, I’m not sure if this is because of a physical change in my body or that my brain realized that I wasn’t going to give in and feed it a big Carlo’s lobster tail. Although the cravings are going away I still find myself longing for foods. Thinking of a great brick oven pizza or some other fantastic dish loaded with gluten leaves me with a sad feeling like I’ve lost something. I wonder if this will ever go away completely. Next Week Brings Another First This week was all about routine, a week with no “firsts”. But next week brings something new; I’m going on a short vacation, it’s only for three days but it’s been on my mind for...

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