So, I have removed gluten from my diet over the past 2 months. All bread, pasta, cookies, pizza, everything that has gluten has been removed from my diet. I have had some by accident – who knew that a Slim Jim stick of jerky would have gluten and that most soy sauces have gluten?
I immediately felt better – had more energy, felt less drowsy after eating and I sleep better and more soundly. I have also lost about 17 pounds and my A1C has dropped by 3/10ths of a point since it was last checked 3 months ago. My blood pressure has dropped considerably too – losing the 17 pounds has a lot to do with it so my doctor said I could drop one of my blood pressure medicines which is a huge deal for me.
I have become a firm believer in a gluten-free diet. The hassles associated with changing your meal plan like shopping for gluten free products are minimal. Heck, even Wal-mart has a gluten free section and Fred Meyer and Costco both tout gluten free products and WinCo has bulk gluten free pasta suitable for storage. A couple of the local pizza joints in town offer gluten free crusts. It isn’t that hard. I already eat tons healthy stuff – turkey, chicken, salmon, lots of salads and vegetables – I just don’t have a big chunk of bread or regular wheat pasta with my meals and that has made a big difference.
I read an article a week or so ago about the gluten free thing and the general tone of the article had the usual suspects poo-poo’ing it but some research says there may be something to it – either we are more sensitive to wheat or the changes in the genetic make-up of modern wheat are causing the issues in folks like me who are just ‘gluten sensitive’.
After reading Wheat Belly by William Davis, M.D, and after seeing the results right before my eyes, I heartily recommend the book and trying out a gluten free diet for a while and see how you feel. It’s pretty hard to deny what I am seeing and experiencing.
I think you can read a pretty sizable sample of the book through Amazon on your Kindle or other devices.
If you are like me, (and unfortunately, I don’t think I am unique in this) I am diabetic and am packing around 50+ extra pounds around the middle with high blood pressure to boot, it is worth giving the gluten-free diet thing a try.