GOAL: Stop feeling like crud and start losing weight.
PROTOCOL (yeah, I said I was a scientist): Stop eating chemicals and determine which food groups make me feel like crud.
Do I want to go cold turkey and stop eating EVERY possible inflammation-inducing food immediately? Or do I want to reduce one food at a time? The risk is that elimination of gluten wont feel any different to me because I'm still reacting to something else. But I'm going to give it a go.
So I'm gluten free as of yesterday.
Day 1 went well - I had ONE thing that contained gluten and that was the steak sauce my mom slathered on my meat at dinner. I couldn't stop her, I didn't even know it was on there and honestly its a bit rude to tell someone that just cooked you dinner that you don't want to eat it. Anyway it was only about 2tbl of sauce. I definitely ate more than I normally do - I rounded out the day right about 2000 calories and I bet that's because I was kinda looking for something if you know what I mean. Before dinner I was kinda like: THERE'S NOTHING TO SNACK ON THAT ISN'T GLUTEN FREE!! So by virtue of the fact that I couldn't snack I proceeded to NEED a snack IMMEDIATELY. This makes no sense but mind games are part of this process and they need to be dealt with too.
My pantry is awful - honestly. There are reduced fat chips (loaded with crud), pretzels, another kind of pretzel, crackers, 4 boxes of cereal, rice off all kinds (technically doesn't have gluten naturally but I will need to determine if my brands are sprayed with gluten-containing stuffs), pasta (hello?) and a few varieties of convenience foods like bars, fruit cups and fruit leathers. Most will be off limits to me.
Despite snacking a bit extra, I woke up this morning and was down 2 lbs of most probably water-weight. Day one of no gluten and 2 lbs go away? If this keeps up I might accidentally lose some weight! I'm motivated to continue.
Tonight we will have grilled chicken and veggie skewers at the park - we're having a picnic! YAY!
Later I will discuss why gluten is bad and list some resources people have shown me in case anyone wants to try to go gluten free.