Carbs and sugar have been my downfall since I was a teenager. I have always been a sweets/dessert girl over the salty/chips girl. With all the changes that I have been making I have begun to notice how my body reacts to certain foods, reactions I never noticed till now. I have known this day was coming, but in all honesty, have been in denial about its existence, but I can’t ignore it any longer because the pain and discomfort is becoming unbearable. Refined sugar, wheat/gluten and dairy will be exiting my life on a permanent basis.
I have done a few personal tests where I omit one of the above things for an extended period of time and notice a drastic difference, but eventually it crept back in and I became ok with the suffering. When I ate/drank dairy 30 mins to an hour later, the cramps, bloating, gas and nausea feeling followed. Following wheat/gluten was what I began to refer to as my “gluten baby” as that was how bad I would bloat. I just took a nutrition class with a Holistic Nutritionist and a Naturopath and nothing good comes from refined sugar consumption. Even natural sugars, like fruit should be consumed in moderation.
So now what? Well if this week has taught me anything it’s that cold turkey will not work for me, so I will begin the reducing and phasing out process. From all the reading I have done online, 2-3 weeks seems like an acceptable amount of time to reduce and phase out. I know my taste buds will take some adjusting and the two lovely ladies that were teaching the class, said aim for 80/20. 80% of the time you are good, but allow yourself to make mistakes (20%). Slip ups will become less frequent and the cravings and urges will subside and then you will be living a gluten/dairy/sugar free life.
I am excited about returning to a life of more energy, fewer mood swings (I am female, doubt they will disappear altogether!), and just an overall feeling or health and vitality. I also intend on going to see the Naturopath Alea, who taught the class, to find out if I have sensitivities to other foods.
So, if you have any favorite recipes that doesn’t include any of the above items, let me know!