Lethargy, depression, tummy ailments – that’s what made me go gluten-free.
Except, I had no idea that eating food with gluten in it led to all the above symptoms/illnesses.
It was only when I was having terrible tummy trouble – went through loads of tests (blood, internal examinations) and thankfully found nothing sinister – that my doctor suggested a change of diet.
Now, I always thought I ate healthily – lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, chicken, fish and the carbs consisted of rice, potatoes and pasta.
Aha – but, on many days I was having Weetabix for breakfast, a sandwich or wrap for lunch and then pasta for dinner. All food rich in gluten.
What’s weird is that I’ve never had a problem with wheat or gluten products before – but I think I must have OD’d on the stuff because suddenly my body was saying “No more!”
Gluten, gluten – everywhere!
So – it’s fairly easy to identify the main culprits – bread, pasta, most cereals, noodles – basically anything made from wheat, barley and rye. But what is surprising is that you will find gluten in baked beans, ketchup and …OXO cubes – to name a few!
So, I’m experimenting with new foods – some gluten free varieties – they don’t always taste great…but trying a lot more to stick to more vegetables and protein – and upping my intake of seeds, nuts and fruits.
A few days on – I can already see a difference. Less lethargic, tummy seems to be settling down – and I’m shedding some of the pounds that nothing seemed to want to shift!
I’ll give you an update in a few weeks – but for now – no more toast for me!
Gluten is the protein content of wheat (including spelt, durum and semolina) barley and rye.