I sailed right threw and blew the doors off the 350 pound mark during these past two weeks! 350, while a nice round number, has not been one of my goal numbers, for reasons I've mentioned much earlier in my journal. I should reach 336 pounds with my next two-week weigh in, marking 150 pounds lost... But an even bigger motivator for me comes at 327 pounds!Norm,
this is wonderful news!
Nice graph above, too. My husband (who is deeply in love with spreadsheets and charting things) is losing weight now, too, and he has all sorts of graphs going on - I showed him yours and he was impressed.
Nifty to hear about the stomach shrinkage following the volume eater recommendations has caused. This whole WOE is so very interesting, is it not?
1. Assuming I'm allergic to wheat or have an intolerance to gluten, how long before I notice some improvement?
From what I understand, if it is an allergy or celiac then the results are very dramatic, but the effects can last for weeks, because the gluten is gunking up your digestive tract and that takes awhile to un-gunk (I is a scientist, I know you can tell
ON the other hand, if it is juts a sensitivity, and you also have other sensitivities, it could be harder to pin down, especially if you are still eating other trigger foods.
2. Am I okay handling wheat? I'm still milling wheat into flour and baking bread and pizza for my wife.
I think so. Not an expert, but I have not heard otherwise.
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.
Oats do not have the same gluten as wheat, barley, rye and whichever other grains have that are typically problematic, but they do have their own form of glutinous stuff. If the oats themselves do not bother you, then Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free oats re good - thye really are wheat-gluten free.
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.
Lets hope so! Speaking from experience, inflammation issues can sometimes take a while to resolve, and do so incrementally. Also, there may be substances you are reacting to with inflammation stored in you fat cells, and as you lose, the weight loss itself can trigger flares. This happened to me noticeably any time I lost a significant amount of weight in a particular week. It was a wild ride
2. Complete lack of appetite/hunger.
I don't see how either of these, especially the first, could have anything to do with spreading out my meals into smaller portions, but who knows? I figured the change in gluten might be a more likely suspect. When I say that I have no appetite or hunger I mean it. I can feel when my stomach is empty and know when I should eat, but have no real urge or drive to do so. Often I've been eating more because I've paid attention to what I've consumed during the day and know I have to consume some nutrition than out of any real drive to eat. If these symptoms make sense to anyone, please chime in and let me know! I'd especially like to hear from anyone who has a gluten/wheat intolerance and if they've experienced anything similar when removing gluten from their diet.
If you are sensitive to gluten, (or any other food, really) it can create a reaction in the stomach that is like acidy-empty-growling, and cutting it out might have stopped that cycle, so the hunger feels different. Thus no appetite.