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

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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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 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 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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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...

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