Okay. You probably noticed that I have several mentions of gluten free food on my blog, because I have been on a gluten free diet for years. Most people say “Oh my god, I could never give up <insert favorite gluteney food here>”. Yeah, I thought so too, until I realized that I did not have acid reflux disease, I have a gluten intolerance. Turns out when you realize a food makes you feel sick, it’s not so hard to give it up. I do miss good beer, and of course people like to say ‘Oh, there’s gluten free beer’. Yeah. There’s also imitation bacon. No thanks.
So anyway, for years I have substituted other grain based breads and tortillas and pastas for the wheat stuff…and I didn’t lose any weight. In fact my weight crept up to 216 lbs by the end of last winter. YIKES! I even went to the doctor to try to figure out how to handle it. Not helpful. They just told me to eat 1800 calories a day and exercise. Duh. The problem is, that doesn’t help if you’re hungry all the time on that amount of calories. I would just be bitchy and then overeat anyway. So finally, one night I binged on some horribly disgusting yet delicious candy, and I did not have my usual hypoglycemic crash afterward. I felt very strange, and assumed it was from high blood sugar. Diabetes, both types, runs in my family, so of course I realized that if I were not already diabetic, I was at least pre-diabetic and better stop eating sugar. I quit it the next day. Unfortunately, though, I soon realized that eating rice, rice pasta or rice bread also did the same thing. So I quit eating those. And I started losing weight. Because as it turns out, eating those carbohydrates was causing me to feel an inordinate amount of hunger. I realized that my weight problem has been caused by the carbohydrates all along. All those times I tried to lose weight eating a low fat diet and ate lots of whole grains and walked around hungry and cranky all the time…totally opposite of what I needed. I’m not saying the diet industry has been lying to us all this time, but I sure felt pretty betrayed when I figured out that I can eat bacon and eggs every day and lose weight by leaving out the toast.
So far, it has been about six months and I have lost about 40 lbs. I recently gave up dairy, too. I have asthma and allergies and have been meaning to try going off dairy for a long time, but was just afraid I would not know what to eat if I did. A few weeks ago I decided to go on a candida detox, because I take an inhaled steroid for my asthma and it predisposes one to build up yeast. I got a freaky armpit rash that lasted for months which I finally got rid of with monistat. Anyway…I took this product that was recommended to me called Candex, looked up what foods to avoid (most of which I was already off anyway) and decided to go dairy free just to see if it helps clear my respiratory system. So far it doesn’t seem to have improved much since I quit the dairy. Anyway, when I did the candida detox, I felt really really sick for about 2 days. I am pretty sure it was the die off, all the sources that I read said that can happen if you have a lot of it. After the initial illness went away (during which my husband said I smelled funky, but I couldn’t smell it, though that was listed as a symptom of the die off too), I decided that I didn’t need to stay off dairy anymore. I ate a burrito loaded with cheese, and about 2 hours later I noticed that there was a dramatic increase in my armpit odor. I mean, if I had been a cartoon person there would have been visible stink waves emanating from the armpit region. I have always been rather pungent if I don’t shower and use some kind of deodorant, but honestly, never before in my life had I gone without dairy, so I had no idea it was doing that to me. So, I decided to try organic cheese. Same result. Went without dairy for a few more days and definitely noticed that I did not need deodorant for like, 3 days. Then I ate some mashed potatos made with milk. Even that little amount of dairy made me wake up stinkin’. So I thought, I’ll buy some rice cheese just to have something until I made the transition. Which sounds like a good idea, until I realized the one I bought at the grocery store has casein. I didn’t read the ingredients well enough because I’m getting all old and my vision cannot make out those teeny letters anymore. I went around for a few days saying “maybe it’s not the dairy” because I was definitely not un-smelly like I had been for the time I was totally off dairy. Cue the lightbulb over the head which prompts me to read the cheese ingredients. Duh.
For months or maybe years, I have been complaining that my fingernails have been crumbling due to my steroid use. Well, it has been long enough since I killed (presumably) my candida overgrowth to have some fingernail growth, and lo and behold, they’re back to normal. Who knew? I am planning to continue this way just to try to make sure I don’t have any more candida overgrowth problems. I am eating some pie tomorrow though. I have found, though, that if you’re not used to it, sugar is really really sweet. I have been having some carbs here and there, because I noticed on a completely grain free diet that I got really deficient in B vitamins which really does cause some depression issues. I take vitamins but there is something a little weird to me about getting all your b vitamins from a pill. I don’t have the same crazy blood sugar reaction now that I’ve lost some weight anyway. So mostly I stick to stuff like organic corn (in cornbread form, sometimes tortillas or tortilla chips, though those are not exactly ‘health food’) and a few brown rice preparations like tortillas. I do notice the rice products tend to increase my feelings of hunger later, so I eat those very sparingly. Interestingly, potatoes do not seem to make me especially hungry later on. I read somewhere about ‘resistant starch’ in potatoes but I can’t remember where, surprise surprise. Anyhoo, I’ve been eating the grain products really sparingly and paying attention to my level of hunger. I can eat a small amount each day (I’ll say less than 20 grams or so) and be fine. But I don’t eat it every day. I still want to lose more weight. I would say I want to take off another 30 lbs or so. But I’m now down to my pre-pregnancy size (wow, that only took 16 years) and I’m feeling pretty good. I am starting to feel like I have more energy, I thought that would have happened sooner, really, but better late than never. I am also doing yoga at least twice a week but trying to get more practice in. I still have the chronic sinus/asthma crap going on. I just unearthed more mold in my closet…not good. That always gives me breathing problems. Working on getting that cleared up.
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