Going Gluten-Free (For Now)
Happy Tuesday! I was supposed to reveal my experiment yesterday but I forgot that the baby shower at work meant that I couldn’t leave during my lunch break to write anything. The good news is that everyone LOVED the trail mix cookies that I brought in.
So here is my experiment (as you’ve probably guessed from the title): I am going gluten-free to see if I may have a problem with it.
I have had stomach issues for years and I don’t know why. The main symptom is that on random occasions my stomach will swell with air and I will look like I am multiple months pregnant (hot). It is extremely uncomfortable since it stretches out my pants and I have to be conscious about sucking in my stomach. I have tried to explain this to people many times, but I often get dismissed with comments of “oh please, you’re so small” and “your stomach is supposed to be full after you eat.” This is true, but I am not supposed to look like the food has manifested itself into a fetus inside my stomach. I know the difference between being full and having this reaction.
For as well as I eat and the amount of exercise I do, I sometimes find myself feeling tired and drained. I can’t help but think that this can be attributed to something dietary. If anyone has any experience with this, I’d love to hear about it. This weekend I ate more bread products than normal and then felt glued to the couch on Sunday afternoon.
In researching gluten intolerance, I have found that unless you actually have celiac disease, there isn’t a very reliable medical test. The best way to determine if you have an issue with gluten is to remove it from your diet for an extended period of time and then slowly reintroduce it in small amounts and observe the reaction.
I haven’t wanted to do this before because I was scared that it would prove that I did have a problem with gluten and I don’t want to. Thankfully, if it turns out that I do, there are so many gluten-free options that I shouldn’t have a problem. They even make gluten free oats so I won’t have to give up my beloved oatmeal!
Yesterday marked the beginning of my trial so I woke up and had this for breakfast: