“It may be what I am including, rather than what I am excluding that is making the difference.”
I suggested this in my first post about my Tiny Mission turned huge mission and it resonated with a few people.
I have finally completed my two month experiment being gluten-free. (And the first sentence is a spoiler!)
It’s been an exciting journey. Lots of good things have come from it.
I have been battling candida for several months, culminating in prescription antifungals (three weeks into the experiment) and a recommendation for taking probiotics permanently. Just before this, a rather bad flare up manifested itself, lasting for two weeks.
After 60 days gluten-free, the only difference I noticed was a slight reduction in the brain fog, the filmy cloud that hangs over my brain.
At day 40, I was experiencing less bloating, I am not sure whether it was the food, the antifungals or both.
I lost 2 kilograms and put 700 grams back on in the first three weeks. I ended up 1.5 kilograms lighter than when I began – this is my pre baby weight! Yay!
At day 50, after four days of an upset, bloated tummy with immense hunger, I decided to listen to my body when it demanded gluten. I had a little wheat flour over two items, two days apart.
After day 60 I gently began reintroducing most glutenous grains. I am still too scared to try oats again after an intense reaction at week two.
I have had no negative reaction to gluten so far.
I am going to focus now on what I am eating. I will nourish myself in the best way possible and I believe that includes a diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, meat and dairy alternatives (for the most part).
It was a good experiment, unfortunately gluten wasn’t my magic bullet, but it did help me to examine my eating habits and encourage me to be wary of too much of anything.