It’s 2.5 weeks into my gluten-free trial so I thought I’d write a little bit about how it’s going. I’ve felt a lot better….except when I haven’t. I noticed right off the bat that I was much less moody. Sometimes I get into really bad moods for no reason whatsoever and I feel like since I haven’t had any gluten, coincidence or not, I’ve felt much happier. I kept a journal for the first 10 days or so, before I got lazy about it, recording my stomach issues and what I ate. I also…TMI alert…recorded how often I went to the bathroom. When I say that I have stomach issues, I think that people probably picture me running for the bathroom all the time. That’s not the case. In fact, it’s the opposite really. My stomach will hurt but I can’t go. It usually won’t feel better until I do, which might be a day later. Even if I don’t have a stomach ache, I still don’t go every day. Sometimes not even every other day. But when I stopped eating gluten, I started to feel much more regular.
At first, I was kind of lost as far as what I could eat, but after a couple of days, I felt like I knew what I was doing and managed to eat some really good stuff.
I found myself eating a lot more vegetables and a lot less processed food. I felt much healthier for that and even like I might have lost a couple pounds, although I haven’t weighed myself.
But it wasn’t all happy tummies. My stomach still hurt sometimes and since I was writing everything down, I realized that it was dairy. It’s not like the idea of being lactose intolerant hasn’t crossed my mind before, because of course it has, but for whatever reason, I just didn’t think I was. But now I see the direct correlation. Salad with goat cheese = stomach ache, frozen yogurt = stomach ache, sadly enough, even regular yogurt, which doesn’t bother some people who are sensitive to lactose, = stomach ache.
So basically I felt good when I wasn’t consuming gluten or dairy. But maybe the gluten has nothing to do with it at all. Maybe it’s just dairy. I’m planning on eating a piece of bread or something soon to see how I feel. (Not today because I ate this dumb Think Thin bar that has maltitol and my stomach still hurts eight hours later. Dumb because I know that maltitol and sorbitol do that to me, but I bought it by accident and ate it anyway because I was hungry even though I realized beforehand.)
Honestly, I sort of liked not eating gluten. I felt like any previous cravings for tons of carbs were gone simply because I just wasn’t eating most of them. Not eating dairy, especially when I am a pescatarian and eat a lot of vegetarian meals, is honestly a little bit harder, strange as that seems.