Gluten Free The First 30 Days

Gluten Free The First 30 Days

Giving Up Gluten

I decided to stop eating gluten, and the first 30 days were tough. The first two days were the worst for me physically. My nose was running constantly, and I was TIRED! My energy level was shot and I was having trouble staying awake. The throat “tickle” on day two had me worried. I thought I might be getting sick again, but the scientist in me was willing to stick it out. Luckily, I didn’t get sick! After about two weeks, my energy level improved, I had more energy than usual, and my nose stopped running.

What made the first 30 days tough was, gluten free eating is not as simple as I’m not going to eat bread. When I told people what I was doing, some said, “I thought wheat was good for you” – others said, “I don’t eat a lot of bread…” Giving up bread was actually the easiest part. My main concern was eating gluten by accident. Since, Twizzlers, Soy Sauce, and some salad dressings contain wheat.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Although weight loss wasn’t a goal for me, I lost 5lbs. My weight was recorded, because science is about numbers.
  2. There was a big change in my appetite. Less food was eaten, but rarely did I feel “hungry”.
  3. The “mental fog” described in the book went away. It was amazing. I had more mental energy than I’ve had in a while, and my productivity greatly benefited.
  4. Withdrawal symptoms, low energy, some mild flu-like symptoms (runny nose, sore throat).
  5. WHEAT IS EVERYWHERE! Open your pantry and take a look at all the wheat or wheat containing products in there.

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