And so came the grand experiment! We were heading off for the Hornets' homecoming game on Saturday- Sacramento State University versus Eastern Washington University. Here is what I ate throughout the day:
This was my meal during the game. Tri tip sandwich with plenty of barbecue sauce. It came with a side of beans and potato salad that I didn't really eat. I enjoyed the smoky goodness of the meat most of all.
The result? It't not really super dramatic. Minimal digestive distress, no humongous lupus flare. The only thing I really noticed was that the following morning (Sunday) I was cranky, lethargic, and cranky (it needed to be said twice, I was a bit of a bitch to Kevin). It wasn't until I got on my bike that I really noticed a big difference. Weeks past, my knees moved easily as I pedaled- and typically I could go for at least an hour. But after wheatie-funsies on Saturday, I just couldn't really get moving, it just felt tight and forced. Needless to say, I did not burn many calories.
So, am I actually gluten-intolerant? Probably not. But I feel much healthier when I'm leaving it out of my diet, and I still haven't had a flare since I started. I think the best thing is that I know I won't die if I cave into my McChicken craving every once in awhile. I'll just have to expect that I won't be rocking it in the motivation department afterwards.
Perhaps all of us would benefit from cutting back on wheat, though. Maybe you would have more energy, bounce out of bed a bit faster, increase your time on the treadmill. Wheat may not even be what's dragging you down- what about sweets, processed foods, or red meat?
Food for thought. Happy Monday, everyone! Being off the gluten again, I got in a walk, pilates at PT, 30 minutes on the elliptical, and a bit of the P90X Core Synergistics video (just enough to know I won't be able to hack it).
Any thoughts on possible changes to your lifestyle?