Yeah, I put a question mark after that title on purpose.
Without getting too gory and in-depth, I’ve had GI (gastrointestinal) issues my entire life. I think it mostly has to do with stress, but there have been times where I’ve been really sick … and stress wasn’t even an issue at the time.
I quit dairy in January of this year. I’ve had some slip-ups, but that’s to be expected, because cheese is amazing. Seriously. I didn’t have a problem giving up ice cream, sour cream, yogurt (although I’m sad I didn’t get to eat more Greek yogurt), milk …
Cheese was my nemesis.
I’m still working on conquering that. Living with a cheese-a-holic doesn’t help, but he tries to make things that will accommodate me and my veggie cheese.
Anyway, I’ve digressed. So, I’ve been on this no-cheese lifestyle change (I refuse to say diet, it’s such a dirty word) for 10 months. To my disappointment, not only did I not lose weight (Skinny Bitch totally said I would!), but my stomach problems only lessened slightly.
My next step was to conquer stress. So, I joined a gym at the end of August, and have worked out at least 5 days a week — if not 7 — since then. There have been 2 weeks where I have not kept this schedule. 2 out of 10.
Keep in mind, this is not go-to-the-gym-and-walk-on-the-treadmill-for-30-minutes working out. This is hour-long spinning classes, cardio weightlifting, etc.
I have lost TWO POUNDS.
At this point, I’m just feeling like this is silly. Sure I feel a little better, which was the goal first and foremost … but I was kind of hoping I would get healthy inside and the outside would reflect all that effort.
My pants still fit the same.
So, I went to a GI specialist, who did an endoscopy and took a biopsy. He mentioned he was going to test me for celiac disease, aka gluten intolerance. I haven’t gotten the results back, but looking back on both my diet and my mother’s diet, I think he might be on the right track. My mom has pretty intense problems with wheat, but has never gone gluten-free.
As I do with everything, of course I Googled “gluten free” right away. I’ll be honest, I was intimidated. Seems like gluten is in everything. I didn’t even know where to start, really.
So, yesterday I decided that I’ll go gluten-free for 2.5 weeks (this diet — okay to say because it’s temporary for now — conveniently ends on Thanksgiving). If I see a noticeable difference in GI activity, weight, energy level, etc. I’ll probably stick with it, regardless of the test results. If not? The search continues.
I am a bread-a-holic. Moreso than BF is a cheese-a-holic. This could be rough.
Image from penguino’s Flickr
Cheese photo from dorineruter’s Flickr
Runners photo from Sheffield Tiger’s Flickr
Baked goods photo from penguino’s Flickr