Friday, October 19, 2012

Wheat IS a Problem!

So... I've been grain free, sugar free and low carb for awhile now and feeling GREAT. I found my 'groove' with the fat around 50%, the protein above 70g, and the carbs well under 85g a day. I have had no headaches, very few cravings, almost no hunger, and just a bit of PMS last week. Everything felt right.

Yesterday I woke up with a headache. As the day went on, I realized I was achy all over, even in my shoulders and back! All day the headache hung on and I thought about what had changed. As I was munching a protein bar, it hit me: the protein bars changed! I had just bought some of my very favorite Power Crunch bars to use when I am on the go and busy. I'd been eating other bars on occasion, but these are soooo good. They taste fantastic, are not made from soy, have 13 grams of protein and only 10 grams of carbs. I haven't eaten them in awhile. But this is the only thing in my diet that changed. Two days ago I ate a PowerCrunch bar... and another one yesterday before I figured out the connection. And this morning? Yep, headache, tired, and having some cravings, too. Like... for Power Crunch bars. As in, I want to eat the whole box of them. But the headache and icky feeling is enough to stop me from doing that.

So what's in the Power Crunch bars? Since they weren't new to me and I'd eaten them before, I didn't even look at the ingredients the other day. But I did now: the third ingredient is ENRICHED FLOUR (and in parenthesis, "wheat flour"). I am making the connection that wheat is the problem. Whether it is only wheat or perhaps gluten doesn't matter much; I am 99% sure that without Power Crunch bars in my diet (and therefore without wheat or gluten) I will be back to feeling MUCH better within a few days.

I have to wonder if all this time... the headaches, the migraines I suffered with for decades... was it wheat? That would make sense; my headaches went away for months while I was on Medifast, and most of their meals are certified gluten-free.

Wow. Well it couldn't get any clearer to me. Now I have truly internalized the desire to stay gluten free, just like I internalized the desire to stay low carb and off sugar earlier this month. When your body answers you so clearly, and you actually *feel* the effects of these substances on your system and your quality of life, it makes it so much easier to avoid the poisons.

If you have never gone off sugar and gluten and/or tried low carb eating, I encourage you to give it a try, at least for a couple of weeks, and see what you learn about your body. Maybe those aches and pains and that low mood and energy are a result of something you're eating.

19 comments:

timothy said...

gotta love those "AHA" moments! glad you figured it out so quickly and put a STOP to it!

Anonymous said...

I was diagnosed 1 yr ago with Celiacs. I can't have wheat, barley, or rye. Once I cut it out I had more energy, no bloating....I felt so much better. I believe that our bodies function better without the gluten. Wheat is in so many things. It is just best to eat natural. So glad that you figured it out!!!

Marc said...

I have a step daughter that gets severe migraines. She tried everything except give up wheat. For some reason she doesn't count the wheat in chips, crackers and pretzels as wheat.

i should be full said...

My son, who is 4 years old, is gluten allergic. We learned this about a year ago when his school was trying to tell us that he had ADHD and we were really struggling with his behavior. A good friend suggested I take him off wheat for a while to see what happened. I did and it was like another child emerged. For the first time in his life, at age 3 and a half, he started sleeping through the night. He stopped having nightmares. He stopped having headaches. He began to be able to listen and focus and pay attention. No ADHD, just a gluten allergy.

Apparently, gluten is a neurotoxin and can have serious neurological effects on people who can't tolerate it. It's been an amazing journey to watch him be able to mature without this burden on him anymore. I gave up gluten with him in solidarity and it brought me closer to my own sanity and the abstinence I now follow: no sugar, flour, or wheat.

Good for your that you are so open to listening to your body, making change, and taking care of yourself!

Michelle said...

The Robert from from WB would tell you the same thing. He suffered for years with migraines until he went grain free! For me it was the joints. I get such bad pains in every joint when eating grains. Good for ya for finding that out.

Anonymous said...

Can I get a hell yeah???? LOVE this!!!it is soo true:)Before I gave up sugar/carbs(its been about 5 years now) I felt horrible, tired, cranky...EVERY DAY!...to the point I finally went to the doctor for all sorts of tests...when they all said, nope nothings wrong, your levels of everything are in rang, blood fine, etc...I kept saying NO NO NO there MUST be something wrong...nope they'd said, everythings fine...AT THAT POINT, there was only ONE thing left to look at...my diet. The diet full of sugar and carbs. The diet that caused me to gain and keep carrying around an extra 80 pounds!! Changed that 5 years ago and funny thing is...I can eat a pint of Ben and Jerrys now (lol, yup!) and not suffer those long term affects. THAT pint, every month or 2, will not make me gain 80 pounds (I do feel its sugar effect in the morning but I flush it out with tons of water)...eating THAT way everyday makes you gain and feel miserable. Keep it up, its a way of life, not a 'fix' but rest assured it fixes many things:)))

Anonymous said...

Good for you Lyn! A year ago I discovered I was gluten intolerant, and eliminating it changed my life. I had severe joint pain, fibromyalgia, and acid reflux, just to mention a few things. I am totally symptom free, pain free and feel great! I love your blog, in fact, I've gone back and read it from the beginning. You have helped me so much!! Whenever I'm stressed or upset and feel the "binge urge" I repeat over and over "this is not about food". Thank you for your honesty and inspiring perseverance! Love and prayers!! ErinK

lisa~sunshine said...

I'm glad you figured this out.. it will make things SO MUCH easier.. I've been gluten free for a while and have noticed HUGE differences.. I also suffered from migraines, joint pain and other stuff and I do have pcos too.. Once you make the connection it's very easy to not eat the stuff because you know just how you will feel and it's not worth it.. it also takes A LOT of the processed junk from your diet.. I've found huge success eating this way..

Taryl said...

Wheat and oats, to a lesser extent, do it for me too. Which is such a pain, since I LOVE oatmeal and grind my own wheat for delicious homemade bread. But while my kids can to,erase it and my husband likes it, it's just no good for me. Joint pain, acne, inflammation, headaches, mucousy throat and congested sinuses, NO THANK YOU!

I finally detoxed off of carbs and wheat, from my vacation, yesterday evening, it was like a veil was lifted! I always forget how crappy it makes me feel until I'm not on it anymore, then it's miraculous. You think I'd learn ;)

Anonymous said...

Are you really sugar free? I mean you ate chocolate the other day and even if it is dark it still has sugar in it and I would venture to guess that the power bars also have sugar in them in some form or another.

Anonymous said...

i am happy you have found something that makes you feel good, but this is just too extreme in my opinion. It's not livable for the long term. "gluten" is just the latest bad guy, the latest fad. i am not saying it doesn't affect some people but... eating this way doesn't seem realistic for the long term. i do hope you continue to find success though.

Lori said...

Good for you, Lyn. I love the way you are so in tune with your body and search for answers when things aren't right. I'm glad you found the answer so quickly this time.
Lori

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

True, I am not 100% sugar free. There is a small amount of sugar in a lot of foods, including fruits and vegetables and the dab of ketchup I had the other day. Let me adjust that: I am 95% sugar free :)

other Anonymous~

many, many people avoid eating wheat or gluten or keep their carb levels low. It's deinfitely sustainable for many; time will tell if it is something I can sustain or not. But I don't want to go back to feeling sick and tired all the time, so that's a good motivator.

Anonymous said...

My son has multiple life threatening food allergies so I am an avid label reader. My advice- read the labels everytime. You'll be SHOCKED at how often the manufacturer modifies their recipes. Its terribly upsetting when a previously safe food becomes off limits but it happens to us nearly every week. Glad you are feeling better!

Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Just curious -- have you ever gotten an allergy test (one of those skin prick ones)? Maybe that could identify any food culprits that are causing sensitivity issues...

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

I have had skin prick tests but I am pretty sure it was just pollens, stinging insects, shellfish and pets.

Anonymous said...

I gained about 80lbs while trying to lose weight with the low fat, high carb. My favorite was whole grain angel hair pasta. I never understood why it made me feel like I had the flu the next day. I mean low fat, low salt , nonanimal foods are healthy right? The book "Wheat Belly" and the corresponding website lifted the veil.

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MargieAnne said...

Hope your problems are just wheat based. It's so easy to live without once you know.

I have been almost 100% wheat free since early January. What a difference!

I can trace wheat related problems back to my 30s and probably beyond. I will never deliberately eat wheat again. I'm not celiac and most medical people do not consider wheat intolerance. Stress and wheat work like poison. I knew something was wrong but reading Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis gave me understanding although my wheat intolerance problems pre-date modern wheat so it's not only the hybridised newer varieties that cause problems.

I would not have a weight issue today If I'd known about wheat .... but there was nothing around until recently and you cannot turn the clock back. Daren't think too much about it or I get angry. *smiles*

The good thing is that now I can get on with the rest of my life.

All the best.

PS I have lost 60 pounds this year but been in a weight loss stall for what seems months. I still need to learn what works for continues weight loss as I'm only half way to goal.

Blessings