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!