Thursday, January 8, 2015

One of "those" people...

Sorry, it starts with an ad, and you need to be over 18 to view 'cause of the F-bomb, but look:

For those of you unfamiliar with the show, Mr. Mackey is the gluten free zealot, and Mr. Garrison is the "oh-shut-up-already" guy.

I used to be more like Mr. Garrison, not falling for fad diets or believing in easy fixes.  Now, I fear I sound like Mr. Mackey, and don't you just want to smack that guy?

As I've said, I had a few issues, mainly the joint pain, and had given up on finding a solution.

A friend told me that her joint pain was terrible before going GF.  Doctor visits saw no results.  Her story sounded so much like mine that I thought it was worth a try, at least.  No painful injections or expensive medications, just avoiding gluten.  How hard could it be?

Of course, I didn't start out with, "I'm gluten free and I feel fantastic."  I started with, "I'm gluten free and I'm STARVING!!"

It's a bigger change than I would've thought, cutting those delicious wheat carbs from my diet.

This isn't the kind of diet that you can cheat.  You can't be casually gluten-free and expect things to change.  I understood that.  I've given up a lot of foods I love, just to be rid of this agony.  I've been extremely careful, or at least tried to be.

There have been times, however, that I have not thought, "Oh, that may have gluten," because it was just something I never considered...like a flavored coffee.  The results of "getting glutened" that time were so miserable that I thought my appendix had ruptured.  I'll spare you the gory details.

I started the GF adventure in August.

The first thing I noticed, other than being constantly hungry, was that, three days into the diet, I got into the shower, glanced down, and realized there were bones in my feet.  I hadn't seen said bones for quite some time, thanks to the unexplained swelling that had given me feet Miss Piggy would be proud of.   Suddenly, it was gone.  Poof.  I had never once suspected gluten was the culprit in the swelling.  Now, I know when I've accidentally consumed gluten, because the swelling will come back for a few hours, sometimes longer depending on the amount.

Slowly, some of the joint pain vanished.  My shoulder stopped aching, but had been replaced by such a bad pain in my hip that I really didn't notice the shoulder was better.  I think part of the hip pain was caused by a pinched nerve in my back, but I don't know for sure.

Then, I realized just the other day that my hip had stopped hurting.  Just when I wondered if I would ever be pain-free again, if I was doomed to be in agony at a fairly young age.  I had found myself envious of anyone that could move around freely.

And now, five months into the diet, I feel almost myself again.  I can move!! I can bend!!!  I can climb stairs, and better yet, I can descend stairs without agony.  Those of you with hip or knee pain know what I'm talking about.

So, I hope you will all forgive me, now that I have become one of those people, talking about how great this diet is.  If it bothers you...well...it's probably the gluten, m'kay?


2 comments:

Lynda D said...

So glad you wrote your post even though i hate diet posts (boring). A few months ago i started paleo in an attempt to finally get rid of some weight, permanently. Of course that meant no grains, and consequently gluten free. It took about two weeks but i started feeling really good and not so sleepy. Its hard though, as grains and sugar are everywhere and basically if you don't make it yourself then you cant really be sure what's in something. Today i mastered turkey balls as a quick pop in the mouth protein snack that curbs hunger. Awesome. So, i guess im one of those people as well. Argh!!!!!

Country Wife said...

Lynda, glad you are seeing results! I've been so hungry on the GF diet that I can't even imagine paleo!! I'd be gnawing on random strangers. lol