Up until about 2 months ago I have never really worried about food sensitivities/allergies, now I’m obsessed! About 7 months ago I started having a lot of GI tract issues. Mostly early in the morning when I was out for a run. It got so bad that I planned all my runs around local bathrooms. It eventually got so bad I knew I wasn’t going to be able to train for my upcoming marathon if I didn’t do something.
I was also finding that no matter how well I slept at night I was SO tired in the afternoons. So as embarrassing as it was (and yes this is embarrassing to blog about) I went and visited my doctor. He ran some tests, they all came back normal. So he suggested that I had Irritable Bowl Syndrome. I was not willing to accept that diagnosis because I knew something must be causing everything that was going on with me physically. So I met with Tracie. After a long once again embarrassing conversation she suggested I try going gluten free, even though my tests came back normal. So for the next 2 weeks I would do something I never thought I could do give up bread and everything else with flour in it!
I was not excited about this suggestion but was willing to do ANYTHING to fix my problem. So I gave it a shot, the first 2 days were very hard. By days 3 and 4 I had more energy than I had ever had before in my life! About 9 days in I was no longer having any sort of GI issues. So while I was really excited to have figured out the problem I was also a little sad about it. I have been a vegetarian most of my life so pasta and bread were a big part of my diet. So I slowly introduced meat into my diet to help replace the gluten items. I can honestly say I have never in my life felt so good! I feel strong and I feel like I have the energy to get me through a busy day with working out, chasing my boys around and working evenings!
Here is a day out of my food diary:
Breakfast- crustless veggie quiche and a banana.
Snack- almonds and string cheese. (might want to add a carbohydrate to balance this a bit better)
Lunch- Salad with blue cheese, apples, walnuts, and balsamic vinegar with a glass of milk. (salad greens sometimes can increase digestive issues, so if you are not getting better going gluten free you may want to limit leafy greens)
Snack- Greek yogurt with berries.
Dinner- chili with sour cream and cheese and a piece of gluten free corn bread.
Dessert- piece of dark chocolate.
I think the most important thing for me has been planning. I pack a cooler in my car almost everyday so I know I will have access to the foods I can eat. I know you are saying to yourself who has time for that?! But I challenge you to try it for 2 weeks! See how your body responds! It may not be for everyone but it’s worth a try right?! If I can do it, you can do it!!!! I have lost 16 pounds in 13 weeks just by following this eating plan.
Are you up for the challenge?
By: Liz G – Madison