My Gluten Free Experiment Results

By Amy Braid

As I mentioned last month, I read Wheat Belly by William Davis MD and decided to go gluten free for 30 days.  Well my 30 days is up…

I felt no significant difference eating gluten vs not eating gluten.  I did eat a lot more fruits and vegetables and yogurt which I loved.  And I was hungry a lot more too.  But I was eating lots more quantity.  The first week or two I did feel less bloated after eating, and my wrist problems seemed to be diminishing.  But I can’t say that for certain since I was not using it as much as I normally do either.  By the time I hit the two week mark I felt exactly how I did before I started.

One thing that did change significantly…my fasting blood sugars.  They were all in the normal range for those 30 days.  But my post exercise blood sugars were awful.  I crashed every single day I exercised, and that was 4-5 days a week.  Not good.

I only cheated once.  Hand to God I swear.  It was the last week.  We were going to my mother in laws for dinner, and since I make fresh bread a lot this time of year and , I made some the night before.  I had to try a bite when it was finished!  Just a small bite, and I didn’t have any at dinner the next day.  And to be honest I didn’t feel anything negative side effects from sneaking a piece.

So for me I don’t think gluten has any noticeable impact on me.  I was a little disappointed, I won’t lie.  I did hope my lungs would feel better and my wrist would feel amazing and I would not bloat like a balloon with meals.  The first 10 days or so I was excited that I might get there.  But in the end, nothing.  So it is back to gluten for me.  But modified, I will eat less, avoid all the snacks and processed foods (for the most part) and try to maintain the healthy fruits and veggies I was eating for that month.

All in all I don’t think this experiment was a total bust.  It was a learning experience and I tried some new foods I didn’t think I would like, and ended up loving them.  So win win for me!

9 thoughts on “My Gluten Free Experiment Results”

  1. I’ve often wondered about this, you hear so much about gluten contributing to bloating and issues with CF. I imagine the experiment would depend on each person, but it’s actually good to hear someone tried it out and the details of what the results were. My son’s main part of his diet is gluten, so that’d be a hard one for him to try… we have been increasing the healthy stuff to kind of equal it all out and doing less of the processed stuff, so feel we’ve made some changes for good for his diet too.

    1. That is really all we can do right? Try our best. And yes I think a lot of the results are definitely related to each person. And most people know their body well enough that they can see patterns and reactions etc. I hope the diet change works for your son! Thanks for the comment.

  2. If bloating is an ongoing problem, you might have Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). From what I have read, SIBO is common in the CF and CF-related disease communities. is a great resource for learning about this SIBO and different treatment strategies.

  3. Hi Amy,
    Congrats for trying to be gluten free. I have to say that I only started noticing a difference after about 2 months into it. That is when I realized I was not having migraines any more and that my joints felt better. But I really felt better after 90 days. It does take a while. Now, when I have a meal with pasta or pancakes (my cheat meals), I do get migraines afterwards.
    I am glad you experimented and sorry it was not the fix you were looking for. But good to keep eating fruits and veggies and whole grains and limit your processed foods.
    Keep up the good work.

  4. PS. While is sponsored by a doctor of naturapathy, it technical advice is drawn from studies conducted by Dr. Mark Pimentel, associate professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai.

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