The first thing I want you to know is that I am not giving advice. I don’t know what I’m talking about and I’m not making recommendations. I’m simply telling you my story.
At the risk of offending some, which I don’t mean to do, I’m going to be brutally honest . . though not so honest as to tell you my weight! 🙂
For years, I’ve felt the gluten free craze was a little exaggerated. I’m definitely not saying there is no such thing as gluten intolerance or gluten sensibility but I think there are some people who diagnose themselves, or convince a doctor to diagnose them with everything that comes along and for the past few years, it’s been the gluten free craze.
Then I read Grain Brain. As I’ve told several people, and probably said on here also, it’s been a long time since I read a book that I just couldn’t put down. Grain Brain scared me half to death and I couldn’t put a plan into action fast enough. I continued to research the best diet plan for us. I didn’t want a “diet” but I wanted a change in our eating habits.
We’re doing my version of Paleo with probably a leaning towards Atkins. Basically, we’re having no sugar, no wheat, no gluten, no starch, lots of veggies, an average amount of meat, a small amount of fruit, and a good amount of fats.
I’ve been such a sugar addict for so many years. I was drinking 5 – 6 cans of real Dr. Pepper per day. I love hard candy. I love ice cream, but on January 1, it all was off limits. I told myself that if I truly wanted something . . if I was really craving anything, I would have it in moderation. I figure in 8 days, if we hadn’t changed the way we eat, I would have had 40 – 48 Dr. Peppers. I’ve had 3. On all the other forbidden items, I’ve been fine.
This morning, I weighed . . at the end of 8 days, I’ve lost 10.4 pounds. Not only have I lost weight but, best of all . . I’ve had acid reflux issues for quite a while. I took Prevacid for many years and even after it was available over the counter, I continued to take the prescription strength. A year or so ago, I thought it had improved enough that I quit taking Prevacid but was still taking a whole lot of over the counter antacids. Any time we had smoked meat, I would take antacids before eating, after eating and then felt terrible for a few hours after eating. I am so happy to report that since January 2, I have not had a single antacid. We had smoked chicken the first night our friends were here and in the hustle and bustle of getting ready for them, I totally forgot to take antacids before eating, and didn’t ever need an antacid.
I’m truly convinced that not having gluten has made the biggest difference in the way I feel. Not drinking so many Dr. Peppers has made the biggest difference in my weight.
In nine days, I’ve completely changed my opinion about gluten. I was concerned that I would have a problem not having bread. I haven’t missed it at all.
Here’s a funny story. During a recent cleaning episode, I unearthed a pair of jeans that was a size too small. I didn’t even realize they were the wrong size and they got in with the rest of my jeans. Right after Christmas, I grabbed those and couldn’t get them past my thighs, and realized they were the wrong size. I tossed them aside but Sunday, I thought . . let me see if these jeans fit. They did! I wore them but they were snug. This morning I was getting dressed and as I buttoned my jeans, I thought they were the old size and they weren’t baggy. I figured I had eaten too much with our company here so my old jeans were back to fitting like they did before our diet. I went to weigh myself, was shocked to see that I had lost 10.4 pounds, ran to the bathroom to check to see which jeans I had on and again, it was the smaller size and they fit so much better than they did on Sunday.
I know our new eating plan is working for us but it’s so good to see it on the scales and in my clothes. I also know that I won’t lose 10 pounds each week but it was so nice to get that jump start. That really helps me stay committed to the eating plan and exercise plan.`