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Monday, August 19, 2013

A Word About Wheat

"Wheat allergy" "wheat allergy symptoms"
If you "like" Annie's Blessed Nest on Facebook, then you'll know that I am on a wheat elimination diet to see if wheat is one of the allergens wreaking havoc on my immune system. (I don't have gluten sensitivity, so I eliminated all wheat, even oats.)

Well, to say that I went on a wheat elimination diet so nonchalantly is deceptive. There was nothing nonchalant about it. It was freakin' hard. I'm a bit of an addict. The first 3 days I lost 4 pounds worth of water-weight because I had just gone on a wheat bender the weekend prior.

So my symptoms that I was/am trying to determine a cause from were bloating (seriously, I looked about 12 weeks pregnant by the end of the day), sinus headaches, muscle aches, and fatigue.

I had completely eliminated wheat, and then on Saturday night we went to a Mexican restaurant, and I ate the corn tortilla chips they put out on the table. Well, unbeknownst to me, they had wheat in them. Dang it!

So the next day I was SOOOO tired, and I thought it was just from end of summer blues. But no, I was so tired I had to take a nap. And y'all, I don't ever "choose" to nap. If I'm napping, then it's necessary. I also had a nice little sinus headache to accompany the fatigue.

And today...I told the kids we were going to the gym at 1:00...then 1:15...then 1:30...then I was napping on the couch by 1:45...with a sinus headache.

So the good news is, I think I may have an answer to my wheat question. I'll continue to eliminate it and maybe check again after another month or two.

Oh and y'all, that gluten-free bread mix that's in the gluten-free section of the grocery store, do NOT..just do not. It's disgusting.

1 comment :

  1. You might think about trying a Whole30. There are quite a few foods that can cause systemic inflammation and basically make you feel like crapola. Wheat (all grains really) included. I finished my second Whole30 last week and feel great. I lapsed a bit after it was over, cause, well why not, and my body rebelled. I feel so much better when I'm grain/gluten/dairy/legume free. Whole, unprocessed foods are my friends. Check out the book It Starts With Food. Tons of great info and the scientific basis of the Whole30/paleo premise.

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