My attempt at going Gluten Free.
After last weigh in I celebrated by eating too much pasta. Later that evening I noticed the inflammation in my neck was really flaring up. It does that sometimes, but I've never really equated it with specific foods. Every aspect of my health has improved since I started changing my diet, with the exception of the inflammation that plagues me. This has caused me to suspect a food allergy of some kind, and the pasta/inflammation incident stirred me to attempt to go gluten free for a while. I've tapered off the gluten containing foods and am on day 5 of no gluten at all. I've read up on the subject some but still have some questions. They are:
1. Assuming I'm allergic to wheat or have an intolerance to gluten, how long before I notice some improvement?
2. Am I okay handling wheat? I'm still milling wheat into flour and baking bread and pizza for my wife.
3. Oats. I've heard conflicting advice on oats. I'm pretty sure I remember the bag of Bob's Red Mill Oats saying on it that it was processed in a gluten free facility, but I've long thrown the bag away so can't go check it. It'd be a pain to have to give up my oats, but I will, if I have to.
So far I've not noticed any significant improvement in how I feel. I've not had any flare ups in the two weeks since I overdosed on pasta, but I'm not feeling significantly better. I did notice today that my wedding ring now fits looser. I've given up wearing it on my ring finger some time ago because of the weight loss, but now I've moved it to yet another finger where it fits better, and I can get it on one finger now that I couldn't get over the knuckle just a couple days ago. It's very tight, but it goes over that knuckle now! It's possible that it's due to the weight loss, but I'm hoping it's a sign of good things to come on the inflammation front.
I have gluten intolerance myself and had inflammation too. After giving up gluten containing foods and going McDougall -- the minor arthritis in my hands and more major in my left shoulder - just went away entirely.
I just watched the Advanced Study Weekend videos and Dr. Klaper was one of the speakers there. He is really in tune with issues of the gut, so to speak, and inflammations, so I am providing you a link to his website below, which summarizes some of what he said in his recent talk.http://www.vegsource.com/klaper/nutrition.htm
Personally, I haven't done the elimination diet myself yet. It sort of sounds like a Mary's Mini - so I may do one in future - just to kick start myself and get off the plateau I am in just now.
The things he stressed are in point 2 of the above linked article - about leaky gut, as Nicole was explaining above. I am intending to do these. So his recommendation there is:
2. Repair "Leaky" gut (for 30 days):
A) Quercetin 250 mg. 3 times a day.
B) Glutamine 250-500 mg 3 times a day
C) Acidophilus supplement (non-dairy) between meals
(The above supplements are available at natural food stores.)
I was on high dose anti-biotic for years and leaky gut is huge for me and may have a lot to do with my fibro. Why I am intending to do the 3 things above is that I was just in the hospital for an operation and got huge doses of antibiotics there and am back at square one with my issues. So I hope to supplement as Dr. Klapper suggests above for a month.
Even though I haven't gotten to the health food store to pick up these items yet - I am doing a food remedy now that worked so immediately I was stunned. So the above acidophilus is a probiotic, and he is fine with using a full spectrum probiotic too. These don't necessarily have good shelf life - so I use Korean Kimchi or raw sauerkraut instead. Both are fermented foods and exponentially more full of probiotics then any supplement. But they are both an acquired taste too and neither can be a pasteurized, so it takes some looking to find active foods.
I got some Kimchi last night ate 1/2 cup and my tummy is thanking me already!! Also just like you my food cravings have gone away again overnight and I just am not at all hungry today - I am having to remind myself to eat today!
Anyway - it's not like you haven't been doing enough experimenting lately - but these few steps are something to consider doing for a brief period. Personally I figure it worth it to get everything fully back in order
Take care - Michelle