Monday, January 5, 2009

What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours...

Yesterday morning I woke up and logged into my daily food log blog and typed:

Today I will be gluten free and casein free (aside from the butter I had on my waffles this morning). I will be healthy again. Health comes first. Nothing tastes as good as gluten free feels.

And I stuck to it. By the afternoon I was feeling 200% better than I'd been feeling the day before. Phew! So happy. And today is the same. I feel so much better. Thanks everyone for the comments.

Here at the office (that consists of myself, my Dad and my Brother) we're trying to be generally healthier. My brother has a lot of the same issues that I do. I never push him to try to be gluten free but I think he knows he'd be better off. This morning he sat with me and we chatted about how he can clean up his diet. He's a pretty big guy and is very uncomfortable with his weight but has a hard time knowing what to do to fix it. We talked about cutting down portions, avoiding the takeout foods, what to eat for breakfast and lunch, and he did mention that he is trying to cut down on bread. I am glad to hear it. I know he'll feel much better. My Dad on the other hand, went to get takeout for lunch but I think he got a caesar salad wrap, so it could be worse. We're all trying to do better so none of us are going to "corrupt" the others. We all put on some weight last year. Keep in mind I did not mention the D word. We are not dieting. Just a few adjustments to the lifestyle. I'm focused more on being gluten and casein free, which automatically has me eating pretty healthy. I rarely weigh myself, just focus on how my clothes are fitting, so I'm not going to beat myself up over that. If I try to do too many things at once, I inevitably fail at all of them, so I'm just keeping my focus on what's most important and that is being gluten and casein free.

I learned an alarming little tidbit the other day while reading The Gluten Connection. Did you know the wheat that we consume nowadays is nothing like the wheat that grows in a field? It's scientifically altered to be more glutenous. I know, can you believe that? Humans (those that are not GF) consume 90% more gluten than ever before. No wonder so many of us are now intolerant. Even when you're baking at home, thinking you're doing the right thing, your flour is a chemically altered substance. But the other thing is, wheat in it's natural state is toxic. The only way it can be consumed is by being processed and cooked. Before the agricultural and industrial revolutions, gluten foods were rarely consumed and the wheat was not chemically altered, but there was still the beginnings of evidence that humans are not designed to consume it.

7 comments:

Liz said...

That's ridiculous about the modified flour, and the amount of gluten now in it. No wonder 35 to 50% of Americans are gluten sensitive!

I often wonder if humans are meant to eat other foods that are toxic in their natural state -- potatoes, other grains... it sure makes you wonder.

Jenny said...

Potatoes are toxic?!?! :( I eat them all the time. I've recently come across a lot of things about "nightshades" (potatoes, tomatoes, etc) and was wondering what that was all about. I think in general, we eat a lot of foods that we shouldn't, unfortunately.

Liz said...

I have heard in their raw form that they're not good for you (but googling that I discovered that lots of people eat them raw). So, toxic is probably too strong of a word, but doing a little research I discovered that if there's any sort of green on them then definatly toss them.

jacobithegreat said...

wow, i never knew that.

Emilija said...

did you ever have ridiculous pain around your bellybutton? :O

Jenny said...

Yes Emilija! I get this frequent and persistent pain just to the right side of my belly button. I haven't actually brought this up to my doc yet because it comes and goes but lately it's been more persistent... I wish you had left your email address so I could email you, do you get this too?

Anonymous said...

yeah, but mine is right behind it. it's so lame. emilija3860@gmail.com


I'd love to have some insight into this.