Gluten and other things
Thursday, June 27, 2013
My sister is having me try an experiment by trying to go gluten free for a week or so. She definitely is gluten intolerant and gets pain and inflammation from wheat and corn. My cousin had a lot of inflammation and used an elimination diet called Abascal Way. She now doesn't eat wheat and some other things and has gone from being in chronic pain to pain free.
My sister thinks because we are related I may share this gluten sensitivity but I doubt that I am. I really don't eat a lot of wheat or crave it but I am substituting my piece of squirrely bread (high fibre) for gluten free oat bread. I also bought gluten free flour to thicken soups with and gluten free pizza crusts and quinoa pasta. Gluten free products are expensive and I learned on Dr. Oz that you should watch the sugar in prepared products because it is usually high. My sister's theory is that gluten causes our middles to bloat from inflammation. A theory shared by others.We both carry weight there.
She is also trying to get me off artificial sweeteners. I know Dr. Oz doesn't like them because your body thinks you are consuming sugar and acts accordingly so it messes with your insulin. I am trying a plant based sweetener called Xylitol. I know Splenda the artificial sweetener I used to use made me want to eat sweets. For the last couple of days I haven't craved them so maybe it is working. My middle also seems to have gone down.
I don't know. There is this book called, "Wheat Belly" that claims that the bread we eat today is not like the kind we had in the 1950s because wheat is genetically modified and reacts differently in our bodies now. It is a very popular book and has made a lot of people jump on the gluten free band wagon.
The only drawback of my sister trying to help me is that she talks a lot about the food and what I should eat. Of course, I have to log in my food but I really try not to dwell on what I eat or don't eat because it makes me obsess about food. I just really want to eat healthy and not overly focus on it.