G is for Gluten and Grains
I've been (mostly) gluten free for about 6 months. I discovered I had a gluten intolerance by accident.
In the fall of 2010, I went gluten free for a few months as sort of a weight loss/get healthy kind of thing. I had spent the summer training for my first half marathon and suffered from bouts of heart burn but at the time, I chalked it up to the extreme AZ summer heat and the amount of Clif Shot Blocks I was snarfing while running. I didn't really put it together that I went gluten free after that summer to lose weight.
Trust me, I was in denial. The symptoms would come on so gradually, that I wasn't quite convinced I had a gluten intolerance. In July, I had gone to NYC on vacation for a week after eating gluten free for a few months and by the time I had spent a week eating all sorts of gluten-filled deliciousness in NYC, the symptoms slowly came back.
By August, my heartburn was out of control and I was starting to have horrible stomach cramps randomly. I hit bottom in the middle of the Disneyland Half Marathon 2011 when I got incredibly sick in front of hundreds of my closest friends!
The next day, even though I was still on vacation, I tried to limit my gluten intake (which is HARD at Disneyland with all of the churros everywhere!).
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I felt better within 24 hours. A week later, I went completely gluten free. Now, I'm not one to preach. Giving up gluten is a personal choice and hey, if you can eat it and not have problems, then enjoy some pasta for me! It took me awhile to finally stick with it and I haven't had any heartburn since last summer.
And yes, my BFF coffee, and I don't have to end our lifelong romance.
I read this article awhile ago and just reread it today. Try to ignore the horrible title, but it makes a lot of sense. Besides being gluten free, I think I'm going to try to be completely grain free. I've mentioned going grain free before, but I love me some carbs so I have a hard time giving them up. Sniffle, sniffle.
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I'm going to attempt to give up grains for the rest of April. Wish me luck, cuz I'm gonna need it!