When I started writing this post, I didn’t think it was going anywhere. I didn’t feel any different and I missed bread. I was seriously considering up and even indulged in some birthday cake. But that piece of cake changed everything. Almost straight after finishing the cake I felt sick gassy and was very bloated. Pre experiment I would have never noticed this. I would have passed it off as me being too full and it would have gone no further. But now, having cut out gluten from my diet I can identify the warning signs so much easier. Something is going on inside my body as a reaction to that piece of cake, and it is not a good thing.
So, I am two weeks into my gluten free lifestyle and I have had mixed feelings towards it. Although I have stuck to it well, (one or two slip ups due to pure absent minded habit) I am finding myself feeling worse at the end of week 2.
I feel more tired, more sluggish and fatter.
I in no way put these adverse effects down to me cutting out gluten. In place of gluten I have begun eating more sugary food that I never normally would have eaten. I adopted a mindset of ‘my only goal is to avoid gluten, outside of that I can eat what I want’.
These first two weeks have led me to the rather obvious conclusion that at least in my case, eliminating gluten is in no way a quick fix, or a single ideology to base your diet around. For me to reap the benefits of a gluten free diet, I will also have to follow my idea of healthy eating.
However, as I said before, this experiment has already shown me the damage that gluten is doing to my body. I have slipped up the last two nights on the last meal. On Saturday I had a couple of slices of bread, and on Sunday I had a slice of birthday cake. On both occasions I have got bloated and felt sick, and I would have never noticed this without removing gluten from my diet in the first place.
I can’t tell if my performance has got any worse/better as I have only managed one gym session after which my shoulder kicked back and frustratingly put me back out of action. But that was to be expected.
Moving forwards I am going to continue to keep gluten out of my diet, however I am going to do so within my normal fat loss ideals.
Below is what I ate over the last two weeks. The real revelations were the home made protein bars and coconut covered chicken!
|Mon 31/03||Scrambled egg – 4 eggs, mixed herbs, salt, pepper||Lettuice, spinach, broccoli +turkey breast steak W/olive oil+balsamic vinegar||Fried turkey and BBQ sauce, spinach, cambizola, 2 cheese triangles, an orange||Omega 3 suppliments, 4 thin slices of cambazola, handfull of seeds (pumpkin, golden linseed, sunflower and sesame), and apple,||2 Pints of water , 1 large cup of tea (milk+ sugar)||Starving between meals, not eating enough. Ended up filling up on cheese.|
|Tue 01/04||Scrambled egg – 5 eggs, mixed herbs, salt, pepper||1 bannana, 2 dairylee triangles||lamb chop, broccoli, salad (photo) and an orange||bannana and nuttella||3 Pints of water , 1 large cup of tea (milk+ sugar), 1 pint apple juice||not hungry at all, real contrast!|
|Wed 02/04||Fried egg – 5 eggs, + salsa||Greek Salad- cucumber, tomatoes and feta cheese||Home made chicken and sweet poato curry||Left over salad from last night, and apple, 3 cheese triangles||3 Pints of water , 1 large cup of tea (milk+ sugar), 1 pint apple juice||completely full until about 4-5 o clock where I get hungry and tend to snack on cheese||Gym Session, small cario circuit + abs|
|Thur 03/04||Fried egg – 5 eggs, + salsa||Home made protein bars x 2 (vanilla whey, coconut milk, dessicated coconut, + coconut flower||Meatballs, bria and spinach||omega 3 suppliments, Protein bar||6 Pints of water, hot choccolate (nutella and milk)|
|Fri 04/04||Protein bar||Coconut coated chicken, protein bar||Beef stew and mixed salad||Glass of Apple Juice, 1 pint of water||Cravings dissapearing now I am eating more|
|Sat 05/04||Scrambled egg – 4 eggs mixed herbs, salt, pepper||salad: salad leaves corgette , red onion, feta cheese, olive oile + balsamic vinegar||Chilli, baked sweet potato and salad||gluten free flapjack||4 pints of water||Starting to eat sugary food as replacement|
|Sun 06/04||None||Banana||Coconut coated chicken, broccoli, spinach and sweetcorn||3 Pints of water , 1 large cup of tea (milk+ sugar)|
|Mon 07/03||Fried egg – 5 eggs, + salsa||Tomato soup and brie||Roast chicken, peas, carrots and sweetcorn||6 Pints of water,||Gym Session, weights (shoulder kick back)|
|Tue 08/04||Fried egg – 4 eggs, + salsa||none||Steak hashe burgers w/ spinach||magnum ice cream||1 pint of water|
|Wed 09/04||Protein bars||none||Steak, carrot + sweede mash and brussel sprouts||4 Pints of water and 1 cup of tea (milk and sugar)|
|Thur 10/04||Fried egg – 5 eggs, + salsa||Tomato soup and brie||Gluten free pizza||Chocolate bar||4 pints of water|
|Fri 11/04||Scrambled egg – 4 eggs mixed herbs, salt, pepper||Chicken breast, salad, cottage cheese||chicken and sticky rice||magnum ice cream||4 pints of water|
|Sat 12/04||Scrambled egg – 4 eggs mixed herbs, salt, pepper||Bunless burger, bbq sauce and cheese, sweet potato fries (tango)||Absent mindedly ate some bread. Baked camambert and red onion chutney||2 squares of chocolate||Glass of coke, hot choccolate (tango), pint of water||Not feeling good having eaten poorly|
|Sun 13/04||Poached egg x2, fried mushrooms + spinach, potato waffles||home made coconut chicken strips and garlic sauce||Roast turkey, roast potatos, stuffing, broccoli||brithday cake||3 pints of water||again, feeling ill|