Without Wheat

I’ve long suspected that I’m intolerant of or sensitive to wheat, but I always found something else to blame for my stomach issues.  I can’t eat early in the morning.  I’m lactose intolerant (true).  I forgot my probiotics.  I’m stressed.  The list goes on.  Basically, I didn’t want to give up wheat.  I love wheat, and wheat products.  I couldn’t imagine my life without macaroni and cheese, goldfish crackers, and banana bread (or any kind of bread).

A friend suggested I read Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by Dr. William Davis.  Whoa.  I’ll admit I skipped a lot of the 1st section – the history of wheat is not an easy bedtime read – but overall it was an eye opener.  I wasn’t more than halfway through when I decided that my health was worth more to me than macaroni and cheese… at least a shot.

I’m now 1 week in to my experiment.  I feel… okay.

The first 3 days were awful.  I was tired.  No.  Exhausted.  I felt sick and grumpy and sensitive to the most minor irritations.  My poor husband.

It got better.  I’ll admit that I was disappointed to wake up this morning still feeling tired.  But as a woman with a full-time job, a family, and a growing business to run, I suppose that tired is just my state of being.

For now I’m just grateful that 3 of my favorite things are gluten free:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Potato chips
  3. Fruits & Veggies!