The Wheat Free Journey Begins
How long can Someone drag Their feet?
For about a year I’ve suspected that I might have a sensitivity to wheat, but I would always push the thought from my head. I simply couldn’t conceive of a life without wheat, so I didn’t. I did however talk to anyone with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, and what I found was that most of the people who had recently given up gluten said it was the best thing they ever did.
The first person who told me this was a gentleman in his early forties who almost glowed with happiness as he told me he felt like a new person, after giving up wheat. Before he claimed his joints hurt constantly, he had weight around his belly that he could never get rid of, he was always tired and worn out, and his memory was horrible, then worse of all he said he felt like he was dying.
Denial is very strong and clever; it will find any crack in an argument and use it.
After talking with this guy I remember thinking wow that guy could have been talking about me. About how I feel every day, but I certainly don’t feel like I’m dying. So I must have some other problem, that’s what I kept telling myself over and over and over as my brain kept replaying our conversation. Then one day the logical part of my brain (the part I rarely listen to) made a startling discovery, as I was thinking WOW that guys problem sounds just like mine except that I don’t feel like I’m dying, Mr. logical brain replied “no I just feel like I’m waiting to die”. This thought came out of nowhere and it really hit home, I really did feel like I was waiting to die. I did not feel like I was 47 years old I felt like I was 67 years old. I could not do many of the things many of my friends the same age could do. I couldn’t go for a run; I couldn’t play kickball with my son, heck I can’t get out of bed in the morning without limping around for a half hour. I was simply a man (or some would say a boy) trapped in an old person’s body waiting to die.
That was it. It doesn’t sound so earth shattering now, but I decided I was going to give a wheat/gluten free diet a try.
So now what? I needed a plan… a test… I could go see a doctor, no that’s stupid. I’ve got it; I’ll give up wheat and gluten for thirty days and see how I feel. Surely anyone can survive without wheat products for thirty days, right. Well let’s see. Here is my Plan for a thirty day wheat free diet.
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...read more