Gluten Free – Day 10 – Update on symptoms …

Day 10 seems like a good time to check in on symptoms …

  • Headaches gone for about one week now ! (I had a headache last night, but it disappeared by morning, so I think it was just a regular old “hormonal headache”)
  • Shoulder/neck pain greatly reduced for about one week now.
  • Nose is much clearer, still needs improvement …
  • Sinus pressure better, still needs improvement …

* I have “accidently” gotten some dairy (baked potato at TGIFridays with butter, some “unavoidable” cheese, etc…) so that is probably contributing to the nose/sinus problems as well …

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Gluten Free – Day 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9

Day 5: Disneyland !
I came prepared. I brought 2 bags of trail mix (almonds, raisins & Ghiradelli chocolate chips) and 3 Lara Bars (peanut butter chocolate chip). I managed to get through the day with 1 bag of trail mix, 2 Lara Bars and 1 order of french fries from some place in Tomorrow Land. I did OK !
Although, next time I will bring more (and more varied) food choices.

Day 6: My son’s birthday !
I made a Betty Crocker gluten free chocolate cake mix. It was good. Really good. Better than the regular cake mix I had for my birthday. The only noticeable difference was that the cake came out more moist and dense. Not so light and fluffy as a regular mix. Which I prefer anyway. I would recommend it.
I made a few additions to the recipe:

  • Added one packet instant coffee to the water
  • Added two teaspoons vanilla extract

It was so nice not to feel terrible after eating cake. I guess I never really realized over the years, but, I actually kept expecting to feel bad all night after eating a piece of cake. And I didn’t. I felt fine. Wierd.

Day 7: Christmas dinner at TGIFriday’s :O
I do not recommend this place for gluten free. The only thing I really felt safe eating was a baked potato. I was considering a salad, but as they had us next to the smoking exit on really cold (SoCal) winter night, I did NOT want a cold salad !
I had my baked potato and did OK.

Day 8: Back to my regular diet – yay !
I actually much prefer my regular “at home” diet. I usually have: apples, peanut butter, bananas, avocados, pictachios, beans, and of course lots of veggies, etc… I’ve even got another bag of trail mix left over to finish up 🙂

Day 9: Trader Joes’ Gluten Free bread
I got a package of TJ’s GF Multigrain Brown Rice Bread with Flaxseeds, Sesame, Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds. This stuff is good ! I’ve always loved breads that are nutty and crunchy and full of good stuff (used to eat sprouted grain bread) I actually like this better ! I can now make a sandwich if I need to 🙂 I know what I’m bringing on my next trip to Disneyland 😉

Gluten Free – Day 2 – Delicious !

These are delicious !

Lara Bars

I’ll be going on a couple of short trips soon and needed some gluten free snacks I could keep in my bag. So, I picked up a box of these Lara Bars. I got the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.

They are SO good ! They taste kind of like Tigers Milk bars (which I always loved as a kid – my mom shopped at the health food store a lot, so they were the only “candy bar” we got to get on a regular basis) I think they are even better than the Tigers Milk bars 🙂

LaraBars

 

Gluten Free – Day One !

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This is the first day of recording my gluten free diet progress. I’ve actually manage to avoid it for about 3 days now, but will consider this the first “official” day.

Here are my current symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Sinus pressure/pain
  • Sore, achy feeling (flu like)
  • “Crackly” ear
  • Ear “pounding” – this drives me nuts !
  • Fatigue (* please note, I recently started taking a liquid B Complex for fatigue, and this has helped some)
  • Joint pain (right shoulder/neck area)
  • Tinnitus

Had a yummy Orange Banana Blueberry Spinach & Flaxseed smoothie for breakfast !

Trying to feel better …

After several years of trying to figure out what was wrong with me, I stumbled on the idea of food allergies. I already knew I had problems with dairy (since the mid 1980’s when California decided to “outlaw” raw milk) The raw milk never gave me any problems, but when we were forced to switch to that pasteurized milk “product”. That’s when I noticed problems, such as: nasal allergies, increased congestion, sinus problems, I was sick all the time through Jr. High and High School.

So, I know I need to avoid dairy.

What are the other top allergens ?

  • Milk (already knew that …)
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts)
  • Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder)
  • Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp)
  • Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp)
  • Wheat

Maybe it was because I never liked bread or pasta much anyway, but I decided to try and cut out wheat first and see if that helped.

It did.

I went about 3 weeks with no wheat and started to feel better.

Less allergy symptoms, less achy feeling, even my ears were starting to “settle down” a little.

Then came the holidays, I slipped up quite a few times and had wheat on several occasions. I have been feeling bad again.

This blog is an attempt to stick with the wheat/dairy free diet long enough to see if I will truly feel better.

I am thinking it will take at least 1 month.

Here goes …