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.
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